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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 8 of my nine day giveaway!! Celebrating Big Magic!

 Yikes you guys!! I still have two posts to write and the winners are to be drawn tomorrow!!
( Jan 11th 8.00pm PST)
Looks like I'll have to keep these last two short and sweet 

In 2015 a lot of incredible, fantastical things happened in my world! 

one of the most incredible was that........
The super awesome, talented and inspirational writer, and all round creative cheerleader Elizabeth Gilbert kind of adopted me as the patron artist of her FB page


Then credited MY book!! with teaching her to paint!

"Today's spotting of Big Magic comes from the wonderful artist, traveler and art teacher Tracy Verdugo whose book Paint Mojo taught me how to paint! " "

She then sent me an advance copy of her new book Big Magic which I read start to finish several times as we traipsed across the world, scribbling and earmarking so many words of wisdom that resonated completely for me in my own creative process and my workshop teachings. 
If you haven't yet read Big Magic yet, its a must for every creative being, which is.... ahem.... everyone!

Throughout the year Liz featured many of my works....

"Another beautiful painting (and statement of power!) from our friend Tracy Verdugo, who always brings such brightness to this page...just lovely.
Thanks, Tracy!
ONWARD,
LG "




and I am truly grateful for her willingness to support, not only me but so many other creative friends with such grace and generosity.....

"MAGIC EVERYWHERE!
Dear Ones -
I want to thank you for the incredibly enthusiastic response to my announcement yesterday about my new book, BIG MAGIC!
(And for those of you who somehow missed my flurry of excitement about the book, here's a link, explaining all: http://etsy.me/1Iqw59y)
Then this happened: A dear friend of this page, an artist named Tracy Verdugo, shared this painting of hers...which just seems to fit the magic and exhuberance of the mood perfectly.
Plus: ELEPHANTS!
I hope you all have a beautiful day — with magnificence in bloom everywhere you look.
And seriously: Thank you all for seeing me, and for letting yourselves be seen.
I love you guys so freaking much, it's stupid.
ONWARD
LG

more loveliness to be found here: http://tracyverdugo.com "
The post below made me do internal cartwheels for weeks!!
I mean seriously!!!

"I feel like lately Tracy Verdugo has become the patron artist of this Facebook page. I just love everything she makes...
By the way, she's teaching an e-course in painting soon, if anyone wants to sign up!
I'm thinking of taking the course myself — both because it could be fun, and because I think it might help me with my writing. Einstein believed in something called "Combinatory Play" — the idea that, by expressing creativity in one realm, you could get inspiration for another. This is why, whenever he was blocked, he would spend some time with his violin. By playing music, some channel opened up in his mind, and he could solve whatever mathematical problem had been dogging him.
Whatever it takes to get the inspiration flowing, get it flowing, my friends!
All love,
LG "

and this one, well, my heart expanded a little more as I fell into the blissful interconnectedness of it all and the awesomeness of being able to be a small part of what I believe is a necessary and beautiful creative r/evolution on the planet. 
and guess what? 

you are all part of it too

and I believe in YOU

"Dear Ones -
Our sweet friend Tracy Verdugo (one of this page's most beloved artists-in-residence) sent me this image recently, and I felt the urge to pass it along to you all this morning.
Because I believe in you guys, big time.
In turn, why don't you each pass this image along to someone you believe in today? It's such a lovely piece of grace to let somebody know that you have faith in them, and that you're thinking of them.
Happy Sunday, everyone...and so much love!
ONWARD,
LG

ps - check out www.tracyverdugo.com...she's the bomb. "

Please check in with Liz' facebook page Its a daily truth, wisdom and inspiration pit stop for me :)

love to you all on this beautiful day!

Please leave a comment on all 8 posts so far for lots of chances to win.
Let me know if you share on FB, Instagram or elsewhere for more chances. 
Todays prize is this 7x8" original painting on paper!
"Whispers of Wisdom"

Good luck everyone!!!

99 comments:

Becky said...

I love this so much:)

Stacy H said...

I love your art!!

madiha qamar said...

The moment I saw her work and style of painting ...it took me into looking at things differently and took me into different heights of emotion and drama.I have started taking things differently and it has pushed me into my new world.I am yet to take her course and books bur her spell is enough to change my self.Im financially not fit to buy your courses but I will one day and that would b the best day of my life...I love you Tracy ...u r my virtual mentor.Cant wait to learn from you and one thing that I have started to paint the black apples RED.Thank you

M Adaya LeMae said...

See? You're awe inspiring for so many, myself included! What a neat tribute! I definitely want to read that book!

Mindful Mimi said...

Liz and Tracy. Words and color. Literature and Painting. Both equally creative. Both art. Both inspire me. Both push me onward on my journey. Discovery, delight, learning and growing.
Thank you both for putting your art out there!!!!

Aneta Srodon said...

Tracy you know how I love your art, every your workshop I enjoyed so much. You are Angel of Inspiration not just for me, but for everyone even for dear Liz. I read her Big Magic before start the New Year and I was so proud of you and happy that you are mentioned in that book. I read also posts on Liz Facebook page with smile on my face, when I read about you Tracy. Great Ladies, Great Creativity, Great Inspiration and Magic!!!!!! Love you!!!!

Mrs Annie Muller said...

Tracy your art is always so beautiful, it makes me happy just looking at such creative pieces. I am so looking forward to doing my first work shop with you in Toowoomba next month and meeting you in person. ��

Prerna Poojara said...

such a sweet pic of you reading the big magic. I ordered the book end of last year and am reading it in bits and pieces. Its such a revelation at times. All the conditioning that one goes through explained so well. And gently unfolding to change that. Well written.

Laurette Arriëns said...

Isn't it great when people who are geographically far apart appear to be so close after all? It's great to know there are many kindred spirits to connect with ☺

Laurette Arriëns said...

Isn't it great when people who are geographically far apart appear to be so close after all? It's great to know there are many kindred spirits to connect with ☺

Marika Steel said...

I love your writing as much as your art Tracy! It's beautiful :)

Brandy said...

Your beautiful outlook on life, and your luscious art inspire many. It's wonderful to see the way you two support and encourage everyone you meet!

Renee said...

Tracy Thank you there is big magic in you, magic that you share so willingy. Thank you again . . . I am currently reading E. Gilberts book and am truly enjoying it. Forever your fan

jacqueline said...

Big magic blogging Tracey.....thank you :-)

Ildy Karsay said...

Dear Tracy,
I love your art and personality.
Your book is inspiring somehow I have two pieces of it!

love and hug
♥♥♥
Ildy

deborahdesigns said...

Love you and your work Tracy. So delighted that I got a chance to see you create in person. This magical book is something I never expected to find. You continue to surprise! love Deb

Kristen said...

What a nice blog post to read first thing this morning, so much love! I will check out this book and thanks for the give away.

hennies.pennies said...

Perfect way to start this day!!!

Kathy H
hennies.pennies@yahoo.com

allyson thomson said...

Loved this post! I went immediately and checked out Liz's page =) I have her book next on my list too, thanks Tracy!!!

allyson thomson said...

Loved this post! I went immediately and checked out Liz's page =) I have her book next on my list too, thanks Tracy!!!

just4crafters said...

Love this post! A beautiful start for a beautiful day!! ~Sophia Vida

Anna said...

I am currently reading Big Magic and am loving it!! Thanks for the chance to win a painting!!

CreativSpirit said...

Another really beautiful post, both beautiful women supporting each other. How wonderful.

Terry said...

I am so loving all of your wonderful posts
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Pat Langley said...

I am enjoying each of your post, and the beautiful art. Also enjoyed Big Magic!

DonnaD said...

Thank you for this beautiful, inspirational post. Looking forward to reading Big Magic. Now heading over to Elizabeth's page.

Jackie P Neal said...

Almost through with my own copy!

koreakiwi said...

Beautiful art with beautiful messages ^^ So much inspiration, thank you so much :)

jennifer duncan said...

I bought 'Big Magic' a few days ago. I can't wait to dive in. So many inspirational woman surrounding us. Thank you for being on of them Tracy!

Karen Clewell said...

Received "Big Magic" the day after it came out and read through it twice! It was affirming all the things I believed and enabled me to go crazy on my easel!

Tracy, I would love, love, love to have a spot in your class. I need community like yours to keep going!

Thank you for the giveaways!

robin m said...

beautiful spirits! feeling blessed!

Jean said...

I need to read Big Magic! I love your art work! It is so inspirational! Off to visit Elizabeth's blog!

Jorin said...

I didn't read Big Magic yet, but I will do it! Your art is amazing!
Jorin

Tera Balog said...

Loved Big Magic and love your work! Magic always in the making!!

peggymcd said...

Really enjoyed today's post. I have your book and it really helps me create more freely. Thanks for sharing your trip, art and philosophy on life. It's appreciated.

Elaine Block said...

Love your work 💖

Sojna said...

I am looking for a new book to read. This suggestion came at just the right time. I always LOVE LOVE LOVE your paintings of women. They are contemplative and ethereal. They are so beautiful.

Sojna said...

I love the owls you paint. Are owls your spirit animal? This last painting looks like it might be of one of your girls? It is precious.

Rossana Russo said...

Every time I read your post it's a pity to finish it! I looooove your art!

lindylu said...

I LOVE BIG MAJIC
THANKFUL for you sharing your love and insightfulness and inspirational wisdom!

Fly away home said...

Love love love the whispers of wisdom. The owls and the girl are beautiful. Thanks for sharing the big magic that is you and Liz Gilbert! Xo Reed

Fly away home said...

I just shared this post to FB!

lovingrd said...

So much magic!!! And I know how Liz feels about you... such a wonderful creative force and artist... both with painting/mixed-media and the art of living! :) Loved her book as well. Grateful to be even a tiny part of your virtual creative tribe. xo, Julia

AlaskaRuth said...

I just started doing Lifebook 2016 and this so ties into what I am learning right now! Excited for you to be one of my instructors!

Suzee said...

I'm reading Big Magic now. I was going to sign it out of our local library, but after reading a few pages, I knew that I was going to be underlining, highlighting, re-reading......and that isn't appreciated by the library! So I bought my own copy. It lives beside my bed. Perfect reading for the last thing at night or the first thing in the morning.

KelcieBryant-Duguid said...

How wonderful to have a peer as such a huge cheerleader for you and advocate of your work! So happy for you x
I have been collecting words of wisdom, quotes and passages that resonated with me since I was 15 yo and recording them in a hard cover book that I refer to when times are troubled or I need extra focus or encouragement. I too travel with this. It is part of my life journey. My journals and sketchbooks are also peppered with quotes and inspirational comments. I look forward to checking out Big Magic. Thank you x

Cecilia Stevenson said...

Big Magic always happens when two beautiful artists show up together to inspire us through color and words, you rock, girls! Love you, Tracy, can't wait to Paint Mojo in May.

Cristy @ Art•ing Shed•quarters said...

The impact you have on others, the inspiration, WoW!
How does the quote go?
"...to figure out your gift and give it away..."
Your doing it! <3

Jacqualine Hart said...

All I can say is AWESOME SAUCE!

Lee Anne Russell said...

I love Big Magic and Liz Gilbert too!

natski said...

Congratulations on finding such a kindred spirit :)

Unknown said...

Elizabeth Gilbert is a huge (positive) influence in my life! I found you through her page and I find your paintings beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring! Thank you :)

Shannon Martin said...

Elizabeth Gilbert is a huge (positive) influence in my life! I found you through her page and I find your paintings beautiful, peaceful, and inspiring! Thank you :)

Amy M said...

Thank you for sharing Liz with us, I hopped over to her page and liked it. While briefly scanning the posts I just knew it was a place that would encourage my spiritual journey. Now will have to put her book on my to do list.

Diva Kreszl said...

As always seeing your work celebrated makes me happy!!!

Birgit Kerr said...

Love it! Between the two of you, there's definitely some big magic going on! In every sense :)

Lisa Norvell said...

I love your elephant paintings, ok it seems I love all your paintings! Thanks for inspiring us to keep creating.

Kristin said...

Love everything you produce...even your older works

Michelle Hammons said...

Loving the elies!

Robbie said...

Would love to win anything of yours Tracy. Love it all

Karen said...

Yeah, it was fun to see the evolution of how yours and EG's worlds have merged....it was very organic and not completely unexpected.

Michelle Hammons said...

P. S. I shared a link on facebook and instagram. I really want this painting!!!! 🎨

kim dwyer said...

Tracy,
You lift my spirits everyday ~ not only with your art but also your words! <3

Leslie Pino Durant said...

My very favorite sentence of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear is "Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart."

Gilbert, Elizabeth (2015-09-22). Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (p. 101). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

My very favorite sentence of Paint Mojo is "What would the world look like if we stopped worrying about what we are suppose to do, stopped thinking about appearances and allowed ourselves to experience moments of play, silliness and abandonment?"

Verdugo, Tracy (2015). Paint Mojo, A Mixed Media Workshop (p. 42). North Light Books.

I have learned so much from two people - imagine how much we can learn from each other!
Peace,
~Leslie

Jan Ketza said...

There is nothing so intoxicating than to see an artist "BE ALL IN"!!!
To love Art so absolute is what passion is all about.
I'm right there with you in the frequencies of our juicy colors.

JK

Chris O'Brien said...

The oddest synchronistic thing is that today I grabbed your book,
Paint Mojo, & headed south to one of my favorite cafes to order one of my favorite salads for lunch. Before my order came & while I was crunching away on a healthy salad, I was studying Paint Mojo again. It was like the first time--so rich with wonderful inspiration. Thank you, Tracy Verdugo! I'm going to do one of the activities tonight.

ansharas_atticbymaryann said...

Your art is amazing! I am still adjusting to the process. If retirement would get here I could devote more time. Until then, I will take time when I can! Love!

Kelly Fineman said...

Such a great post! And I am still working on my art, all thanks to starting with you last year!

Creative Soul Juice - Hobby Parent said...

You two.... My favorite writer and artist commingling together. Big Magic and Paint Mojo have me such inspiration in 2015! Can't wait to see what happens in 2016!!! ~Hobby

Rachel K said...

Loved this book and love your courses and work Tracy. Starting your course in September was the best thing I have ever done...you have opened my world!

Fer Pacu said...

Love your paintings

Samantha Chagollan said...

Liz is how I found you! Just signed up a live class with you here in Cali this spring and I cannot wait!

KarenS said...

I hope to read Big Magic soon.

Deitra Hart said...

Big Magic and Paint Mojo are two life changing books. Thank you so much for the inspiration! -Deitra

Alysse Hennessey said...

I love Big Magic. Listed to it on Audible and then had to buy a copy to write all over! Incredible. I've been reading all her fiction the last two years and now have such insight into her process and alllllll the magic!

I would love to win this beautiful piece. It speaks to my soul. Xo

What an exciting give away!

Josey said...

Both of you beautiful souls are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

Adriana said...

Tracy, Beautiful testimonial from a beautiful lady! Her book is on my to read list. Your joy spills into your art and into your life touching all and uplifting all you meet and that meet you! A life well created!Well done! xox

Adriana Carusi-DiLiberto
adee@satx.rr.com

Ciara said...

The power of 2 sacred souls finding each other, we are all reaping the benefits of this magical power. Gratitude

Ciara

Angie Bumgarner said...

So nice to hear when you've affected others :)

Angelwolfstorm said...

Love that Liz and you got together it seems like the perfect pairing!

Marybeth Eilerson said...

My ex-husband gave me Big Magic for Christmas. After reading this post, I can't wait to get started!

Jessica Lotito said...

Wonderful Story!

Paulette Sheffield said...

Tracy - I just got that book this past Sunday from a friend,a late Christmas present. I can't wait to start reading it!!! Love this post and all the wonderful pictures!!

KTMicek said...

Absolutly loved the book, Big Magic AND your book, Tracy. Both teach messages of "truth in our creations."
Kathy Micek

Jo Murray said...

Congratulations!!! 'Big Magic' is definitely on my list. Hope all that fabulous colour doesn't kill me with delight.

Becky Fowler said...

So nice for you to be acknowledged by someone you admire and respect too. I agree, Big Magic is a great book.

Tara Foye said...

ELLIES! Soo many gorgeous and beautiful elephants. This post really grabbed me and didn't let go. I just bought the book, too <3

cjaxon said...

How wonderful to know you have such an impact! What a gift to be told in such a lovely way.

Carolyn Nicholls said...

It's all too beautiful (please sing these lyrics in your head as you read!)

Kathleen Quinn said...

Thank you Tracy and Elizabeth for changing in my whole life!!!

Lisa said...

Oh this...this. This for me, for my daughter. That we may both be reminded to listen. Thank you, dearest Tracy.

Anonymous said...

There is lovely work on this post.

Beverly Sparks said...

What a network of awesome support, Tracy. I bet you wee walking on the moon?!?! :) I love, love, love your painting, "Whispers of Wisdom"... I hope I win this, if not than congrats to whomever the lucky person is.. so beautiful. Bev Sparks

Carol Regan said...

When your artwork pops up on my Instagram, I have to pause to ooh and aah. Thank you for all the color treats!

Kim Reed said...

What a cool experience for you! I can see why she loves your work. It touches the heart!

Stephanie Danbom said...

I remember the first time I saw your Name and book mentioned on Elizabeth's page. I was an instant fan when I realized you spoke my language. I'm so grateful I found out about you and your Art. Hugs! Stephanie

Stephaniedanbom@yahoo.com

Mrs. Styles said...

I just saw her speak on Oprah- inspired and "curious" :)

Mollie said...

Seeing all the fabulous art in you blog and email makes want to create, creat, create..... thank you so much for the inspiration! !!!

Mollie said...

I have not heard of Big Magic. I am going to go find a copy! It sounds really interesting.