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Friday, December 29, 2017

A brief 2017 recap and more than $2000 in giveaways!!

2017, a year to reflect and replenish.....

so here we go my sweet creative friends and family.....

Many of you know me well enough by now to know that I am not one for brief recaps. 
Some of my annual recaps go on and on and on, but this year, I am resolving to put it all in a nutshell, or at least a tiny glimpse of it in a nutshell.

**please read all the way to the bottom to enter my end of year giveaway.
There are 10 spots in my upcoming Face Fascination class up for grabs AND an original painting!!

After the intensity of last 2016 (you can catch up here), my journey through breast cancer and subsequent treatment, I made the decision to take things way easier than I have done for the past five years.

I soaked in numerous bubble baths

 Spent more time playing games, even when obstacles presented themselves

took myself on lots of walks to the beach

 looking for love in all the right places 

and relished the chance to  make beautiful memories with family

After taking the first six months off from teaching I had fun bringing new ideas and energy to several Aussie workshops from July to December, as always feeling grateful times infinity for this work I get to do and the amazing, beautiful people I get to hang out with


I spent as much time as I could painting and worked on several new series, including my wise and wonky owls which celebrate our innate wisdom and the beauty of our quirky imperfections all wrapped up in the unique loveable bundles we are!


My little owls continue to fly out the window as quickly as I can paint them and I LOVE seeing their little personalities emerge!

(You can win an original owl painting by leaving a comment on this post with a 2017 highlight of your own)

Mi amor embarked on his own creative project, a massive Tree of Life mosaic at the entry to our home!! 
(here's a sneak peek)

Friends and family sent us sea glass from ALL OVER THE WORLD and mi amor embedded a secret message in the wall. 

We'll be doing the grand unveiling soon and he has a riddle ready for those who want to take a guess. I'll be giving away a painting in January to the first person to figure it out!

We went on a little road trip up North to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and woke on the day to this incredible sunrise and whales and dolphins jumping all over the place!!

 We celebrated with a romantic Italian dinner and then took a visit back in time to the place where we made our vows. So blessed to walk alongside this loving guy.

In the middle of it all I created a brand new online class called Face Fascination and more than 400 students joined me for the first session!!

Next month we'll be running the class again (beginning January 10th!) and there is still time to register for the earlybird price ($147 USD) for the next 72 hours only!!! 
You can read all about it and sign up here
(if you sign up and end up winning a spot we'll refund you)

ps I'm giving away ten spots in the class (valued at $197 each) so please leave a comment below sharing a 2017 highlight of your own. 

Of course there was soooooo much more to the year than what I have included here but I think you get the gist. We all continue to grow and learn, through the wobbly times and the good and I am grateful for all of it! Wishing you more good than wobbly in 2018! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below and please share on all of your social media places for more chances. Most importantly include your email with your comment so I can let you know if you win!!!

I'll be drawing the winner in 48 hours and then sending a little reminder post that Face Fascination early bird sale price is about to end. 

"Face Fascination has provided fabulous opportunities to try new things, revisit some old ideas in a new way and generally thrive on getting loose and exploring. Tracy's teaching style is relaxed and encouraging. After watching each lesson I couldn't wait to try it out myself! I love the fact that throughout these lessons Tracy is so open about the times she has struggled to make a piece work and then shown us all how to take steps to move through the disasters and turn them into masterpieces. I have loved every single lesson in this course so much and honestly believe it has helped to take my skills to new heights. I was constantly amazed by the work I produced after each class. I have learnt so much that I will certainly be doing the lessons over and over again. I have to say that this course is incredible value for the money!"   ~ Ali Senior

"Besides learning to draw and see faces in backgrounds we already had or new ones we created, I loved the fact Tracy gives us permission. Permission to work in our own styles, to get frustrated and ways to overcome that, new ways to work with old and new materials. The videos are light, informative and all Tracy Verdugo, who is a pleasure to watch and learn from. Each lesson was challenging and rewarding. I loved the class so much."~Terri Ellis 

Be sure to click here to read all about it! 

Lots of love
Tracy xoxoxo

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tam's Book Launch Blog Hop & Give Away!- Create Your Lifebook!

Your chance to win a copy of Tamara Laporte's new book
"Create Your Life Book"!!

Hello lovely ones!!
I have some wonderful & exciting news! 
My fabulous, awesome, quirky and beautiful friend Tamara Laporte from
Willowing Arts has written a book! 

'Create Your Life Book: Mixed-Media Art Projects for Expanding Creativity and Encouraging Personal Growth'
and I get to give away a copy! 


Let me tell you a bit more about Tam's new book in case you
haven't heard about it yet!

“Celebrate and honour your creative potential with Create Your
Life Book!”

Based on much-loved mixed-media artist Tamara Laporte’s popular, multi-year series of online classes, which I am blessed to have been a part of several times, "Create Your Life Book" offers mixed-media drawing and painting projects that can raise your awareness of and help you work through personal challenges and other obstacles to creating art and achieving self-fulfilment.

Each themed chapter presents 4 or 5 two-part projects: The first part of each project explores a common issue that hinders creativity and/or positive self-worth, and includes a worksheet or list of questions to be answered; the second part is a step-by-step mixed-media art project that provides a way for artists at all skill levels to contemplate and work through that issue.

Also included are projects contributed by some of Tamara’s Life Book guest teachers--Roxanne Coble, Andrea Gomoll, Alena Hennessy, Mystele Kirkeeng, Ivy Newport, and Effy Wild--who are fabulous mixed-media artists in their own right. 

Along the way, Tamara shares inspirational photos and uplifting and encouraging affirmations. The final chapter presents a simple binding method for creating a keepsake book of your Life Book projects.

I was lucky enough to receive my copy last month and I am LOVING it all!!

You can now pre-order Tam's awesome book here:  (Australia)  (The Book Depositary)

It's officially published in January 2018, although many sites are now showing the publishing date as earlier in December 2017! 

You can pre-order it NOW! :)

Now then, onto the give-away and blog hop! :) 

I can give away 1 copy of Tam's book to 1 lucky winner, yay! :)

And if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning by entering all the other give-aways also! :)

How to enter the give-away 

1. Share this give-away on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+
2. Sign up to my newsletter (click here)
3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to get a copy of Tam's book!

I will announce the winner on 12th December!!

Here is the list of the other people on Tam's Book Launch Blog Hop – they too will be giving away a copy of Tam's book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! :)

1st December 2017 Tamara Laporte-
2nd December 2017 Effy Wild-
3rd December 2017 Ivy Newport-
4th December 2017 Roxanne Coble-
5th December 2017 Andrea Gomoll-
6th December 2017 Mystele Kirkeeng-
7th December 2017 Tracy Verdugo-
8th December 2017 Wyanne Thompson-
9th December 2017 Shiloh Sophia McCloud-
10th December 2017 Alena Hennessy-
11th December 2017 Lindsay Weirich-
12th December 2017 Jane Davenport-
13th December 2017 Carla Sonheim-
14th December 2017 Mati Rose McDonough-
15th December 2017 Annie Hamman-

Have a great time following the blog hop! :)

PS a thousand apologies for my tardiness in posting this!! 
It's been one of those weeks!!!

much love to all
Tracy xoxox