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 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