Tuesday, January 31, 2017



The Art of Sisterhood REGISTRATION OPEN!


As you might already know, I have been chosen as a featured guest artist in Kara Bullock’s BRAND NEW course The Art of Sisterhood!  

AND REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!!

If you're interested in finding out more about this fantabulous class, click here!

The goal of this course is to emphasize the value of women to each other, the value of love and support, and the value of sisterhood!  It is all about brave women sharing their own personal stories in the hopes that we can all learn from one another how to be a supportive sister in this world.

Join us as we come together for one common goal, embracing each other and changing the world.  Let’s share our stories AND our tools that have helped us in our own experiences. 

Let’s learn to accept and celebrate each others differences!  Let’s be sisters and create art in a whole new way!  

Be sure to follow this link to register for this amazing online workshop.  TAOS is for everyone!  I hope to see you there!

Lots of love,
Tracy xoxo




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Art of Sisterhood Giveaway!!


I am so excited to announce that I will be a featured guest artist in Kara Bullock’s BRAND NEW course The Art of Sisterhood!

AND I HAVE ONE SPOT TO GIVE AWAY!!!

Please leave a comment below for a chance to win!! Tell me in just a few words what sisterhood means to you and be sure to include your email so I can let you know if you are the winner!

Click here to read more about this fabulous class!

The goal of this course is to emphasize the value of women to each other, the value of love and support, and the value of sisterhood! It is all about brave women sharing their own personal stories in the hopes that we can all learn from one another how to be a supportive sister in this world.

Join us as we come together for one common goal, embracing each other and changing the world. Let’s share our stories AND our tools that have helped us in our own experiences.

Let’s learn to accept and celebrate each others differences! Let’s be sisters and create art in a whole new way!

Online registration will open on February 1st BUT there is also an IN-PERSON workshop and registration for that is now open!!! Unfortunately I am not able to make the in person this year but the other amazing teachers will all be there! Space is limited for the in-person!

Be sure to bookmark this link so that you can also come back on February 1st to register for the online workshop. TAOS is for everyone! I hope to see you there!

lots of love
Tracy xoxox

POSTSCRIPT~ and the winner is
Wendy Ten Hove!!!
Congratulations Wendy!!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Lucky last winners!!


A super quick post and shout out to my lucky last winners today and a little inspiration above from the indomitable Dr Seuss!!

I hope you enjoyed my 2016 recap and I do hope you will consider joining me on January 20th for the next (and last ever!) guided session of Paint Mojo the ecourse!

I have been so honored to guide over 1400 people through this class and I'm super excited to be your Paint Mojo creativity catalyst one last time before beginning to work on some new, fresh, ever evolving class ideas!

Tempted? 
Early bird registration is now open and you can sign up here at the discounted rate for the next couple of weeks only!

Here's a little snippet from my website about what to expect....to read more about how this class could supercharge your creative journey click here!

YOU HAVE IT IN YOU.
That creative spark. That flame of desire.
 
That arrow of intention to shoot things out into the world that are beauty-full, not always pretty, but real and true and YOU.
You want to watch the paint flow with ease, get whats in your head to match what comes out on your canvas, paper, page, be so filled with ideas and inspiration that you never get stuck!
“I wanted to find out if I could paint from my heart/my head, rather than paint what I physically see around me. This class is so chock full of different ideas that actually help to pull creativity out of your bones! Tracy is a loving, generous, kind and wise soul. She teaches and lives out of her heart, and is willing to share whatever she can to help a fellow ‘creative’ play with no judgement of ability or talent. Art is a very powerful source of expression, and Tracy had a unique ability to make me feel secure enough to be vulnerable while exploring the things I want to express artistically”  
Dawn Lang Weiland

This WILL be a class about finding your voice, your style, your confidence. About exploring creative process and possibilities and finding new things, epiphanies from mistakes, happy accidents, making new connections and being open to new dreams.


Will you join me?

Huge congrats to 
creativspirit
rainbowconnection2@yahoo.com.au
and 
lynalou.nordstrom@gmail.com

You will both be joining me for the January paint Mojo ecourse!!

                     and last but not least one more wise and wonky owl painting goes to......            
Edie!!
                                                                        purpleone@gmail.com

If you see this announcement please email me at info@tracyverdugo.com 
I will be contacting those I haven't heard from within a week :)

Hope the New year is treating you all with grace and love so far! 
chat again soon
lots of love Tracy xoxo

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Day 2 winners AND earlybird registration now open for Paint mojo ecourse!!



I'm super thrilled today to announce more winners of my huge end of year giveaway!!! 
If you haven't entered yet please click here to leave a comment and get yourself in the draw!!

Other exciting news is that Paint Mojo the ecourse will run again (for the last time!) on January 20th and early bird registration is now open!! Click here to read more about this life changing course and to register for the special early bird price of $197 USD 

Early bird price is only available for the next two weeks! 




This past year I painted as much as I could amongst all of the other planned and unplanned adventures, continuing on with several of the series I have begun over the last several years and revamping my website with the help of my talented and gorgeous Santana Luz! If you haven't had a peek at the changes please head on over here. It's sooooooo pretty now!!

I had a lot of fun continuing my quest to understand more about abstraction


 and I was also inspired to begin a whole new series. Meet my "wise and wonky" owls. 
Each one comes with a personal "wise and wonky" message on the back and they have been flying out the window faster than I can paint them. 
Loving these little cuties!!

and I've been trying my hand at a little poetry as you can see in the image up there at the top.
Never a dull moment around here that's for sure


 and now......
todays winners are!!!

two spots in the January session of Paint Mojo the ecourse go to

Jackie Byers

jackiesfun@gmail.com

AND

Ann Shaver 
rshocar@aol.com
Big congrats to you both!!

PLEASE DONT FORGET LEAVE YOUR EMAIL WITH YOUR COMMENT!! 
I WANT TO BE ABLE TO FIND YOU xoxoxox
ps feel free to come back and add your email :)

but wait there's more!  
two more winners who get to choose from one of my Mini Mojo classes! Congratulations to....


AND 


Please email me at info@tracyverdugo.com and let me know which class you would like to take. 
You can take a look at the choices right here

and before I go I have one little original wise and wonky owl to giveaway today also!! The winner gets to choose their own colours!

Congratulations to.....


Please keep leaving your comments on the 2016 blog recap post here for more chances to win and do consider joining me for this very special upcoming session of Paint Mojo the ecourse!!

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. 
SIGN UP HERE.

I love this course. Truly.  Tracy, you are a phenomenal teacher. Because not only are you an intensely creative person but you are amazing at being encouraging and supportive, which is so important when people are exploring their creativity. On top of that, the people on this board are so wonderful. I think we all have a unique bond after being in the very first e-course group! I feel an intimate closeness that is very real and very special. I love the videos. Doesn't mean I do all the exercises or that I even do them the way they are taught all the time. But it does mean that they have sparked such various ways to stay creative and fresh. To stay inspired. To FIND inspiration. Thank you  ~Amy Paige Siniscalchi
 I wanted to find out if I could paint from my heart/my head, rather than paint what I physically see around me. This class is so chock full of different ideas that actually help to pull creativity out of your bones! Tracy is a loving, generous, kind and wise soul. She teaches and lives out of her heart, and is willing to share whatever she can to help a fellow 'creative' play with no judgement of ability or talent. Art is a very powerful source of expression, and Tracy had a unique ability to make me feel secure enough to be vulnerable while exploring the things I want to express artistically. The fellow students the ('the Mojo Tribe') have been a warm accepting safe place of refuge for me during this artistic exploration process. I will be forever changed! (honestly! It sounds rather dramatic to say so, but it is true! I have met some of the most wonderful kindred spirits here.) I have enjoyed so many things about this course, and my art will forever be better for it. ~Dawn Lang Weiland


much love and Happy New Year from Australia!!!! 

lots of love, Tracy xoxox

Friday, December 30, 2016

First winners announced!!



Oh my two days in a row!!

That hasn't happened in a while!!

It's important business you guys! 

I have gifts to give away!!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments. 
I LOVE reading them and feeling your joy and gratitude. 

Keep 'em coming on my 2016 recap post here and keep sharing for more chances to win!!

I'll be announcing winners for the next two days!!

I'll also share with you a few other special memories from 2016...

like catching up with teenage besties!!!



 Such fun to reconnect with Sydney best friends Megan and Fabienne (and Fabienne's sweet mama Marie) after 36 years!!!!

I moved away from Sydney when I was almost 15 and we didn't have the same kind of ease of keeping in touch back then. These ancient blurry pics are from a very special album they sent me as a gift after I had moved. 


We don't look too shabby after all these years do we!! 


and then I also got to spend some time with one of my Gold Coast besties Stacey! She was always a sweetheart and nothing has changed there either!! That's us all glammed up for our year 12 formal.


So fun to reconnect and share memories. Love these women!!

So........... just before I announce todays winners

I am so excited to announce that my popular online ecourse Paint Mojo will be running for the very last time in January!!


If you haven't yet experienced this six week Mojo finding, creativity sparking, life changing class and community now is your LAST chance!!



"I literally can't say enough about how Tracy's ecourse changed my life, but if I had to narrow it down to one thing, I would say that she reinforced the notion that there are no mistakes in creativity. everything good or bad, liked or not, was a springboard into something else. I learnt that in art as in life, it is a journey through layers and colors, full of texture and imagination, and that transition and change is the name of the game, to be embraced at all levels. Tracy's courses teach us a gentle and creative way of living and being, on and off the canvas."_ Jenn Ashton
Is it time to find your mojo and make your mark??
Early bird registration will be open on January 1st!!! Just $197 for over 50 hours of video tutorials over six weeks...... and much more!


Stay tuned!!



ps all alumnis of previous Paint Mojo ecourse sessions are offered a $35 alumni deal to be a part of the January session. Email me at info@tracyverdugo.com if you missed this special offer via email.



"My experience of your online and in person classes is this: You are authentic, grounded,vulnerable and generous. No hype, just great techniques from a lovely person.But there is more. There is an idea in spirituality of "transmission". From a great spiritual teacher there is a transmission of spiritual experience or knowledge. From you I have such a profound transmission of creativity. You are connected to a deep creative well and that has been your gift to me. You have connected me to a creative source that I had no experience of and had no idea existed" - Lisa Page

 and now......
todays winners are!!!
two spots in the January session of Paint Mojo the ecourse go to

Kathy H
hennies.pennies@yahoo.com

AND


Big congrats to you both!!

PLEASE DONT FORGET LEAVE YOUR EMAIL WITH YOUR COMMENT!! 
I WANT TO BE ABLE TO FIND YOU xoxoxox
ps feel free to come back and add your email :)

and before I go,  
two more winners who get to choose from one of my Mini Mojo classes! Congratulations to....


AND 


Please email me at info@tracyverdugo.com and let me know which class you would like to take. 
You can take a look at the choices right here

Please keep leaving your comments on the previous 2016 blog recap post for more chances to win and never ever forget that you are a child of the Universe, made of stardust and love and perfect as you are, in this moment and every moment.

much love and Happy New Years Eve from Australia!!!! 



Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 recap and giveaway!!!




Well hello, hello 
my intrepid, awesome, beautiful family and friends! 

Happy holidays and much love, peace, connection,  joy AND a plethora of all good things your way, as we head rapidly towards a brand new year!!

I know some of you may have begun to think that I had fallen off the edge of the blogosphere and others have been following along with my topsy turvy 2016 journey on Instagram and Facebook, sending so much love and support my way, that I have spent the better part of my year utterly astonished and grateful for this tribe that I belong to so intrinsically.

I'm going to keep this recap post MUCH shorter than previous years. Not because it has been any less incredible but because I am partially on a PAUSE and that means tending to my own self care and stepping back a little from the crazy pace I have set for myself these past few years.


As usual though, my favorite part of writing this end of year post is that I get to host a GIANT GIVEAWAY in gratitude for all of YOU!! 

And all you have to do is leave me a comment below letting me know something that you have been grateful for in 2016.

This year I am giving away 12 gifts valued at $1600!!

(please share on social media and then tell me how many times you did for extra chances to win)

* 6 spots in the upcoming January session of my wildly popular Paint Mojo ecourse. Over 1400 students have now taken part in this class and I have received amazing testimonials from many on how it has changed their creative worlds!

*4 spots in my Mini Mojo classes (you get to choose which one!)

AND 

*TWO original paintings from my wise and wonky owl series. these little owls have literally been selling within minutes, sometimes seconds of posting on FB and instagram and I would love you to be the lucky winner of one!


These ones have already flown off to their new homes but the winners will get to choose their own colours!

Paint Mojo the ecourse starts on Jan 20th and runs for six weeks. I would love you to join me even if you don't win a spot!

A special early bird registration of $197 will be available on Jan 1st. You can sign up to be kept in the loop on this class and all of my other artsy news right here.

So let me share just a little of my 2016......


It started off so beautifully. 

We had just arrived home from an epic 9 months teaching tour around the globe and I was greeted by our beautiful girls and Santana's sweet man Jacob AND the huge surprise of an incredible makeover they had pulled off on my studio!


We were loving being with our girls and Jacob and the kitties AND a houseful of visiting brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews over Christmas and New Year! 



There seemed to be a pattern this year of overwhelming contrast. 
Of deep emotions both joyous and heartwrenching. 
Like one day I'm cuddling a baby wombat for the first time in my life....


The next I'm helping my baby girl pack up all of her belongings and move three hours away leaving us with an empty nest....

Like one minute I'm backstage in Sydney meeting my dear friend Liz Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic fame, in person, for the first time, and totally hanging out by the washing machine and all!!



and next minute I'm having a mammogram because I've found a lump, two weeks before I'm heading off for my next three month teaching tour




and then suddenly I'm on the road again, firstly at my favorite art retreat Art Is You in Santa Rosa, Ca


then on to nine other venues across the country including Jenny Doh's amazing Crescendoh studio in Santa Ana. It's fitting that my first two workshops in the U.S this year were held in cities named after saints because I was about to be calling out to every Saint I could think of!


As I made my way across the country, navigating medical phone calls and results from ultrasounds and biopsies, far from home and running the gamut of emotions between uncertainty, dread, hope and optimism, my dear hosts, all of them close friends, held the space for me, loving me and giving me the behind the scenes care that allowed me to keep on teaching.


I taught in some incredible spaces, like this amazing hangar in Dallas and my students, as usual, filled my heart with such joy that most of the time,  I was able to be present in the moment, enjoying the beautiful space we were creating together.



I also got to give Liz another hug and she gifted me something very special.....more on that below.
(Those beautiful mala beads I am wearing are another treasured gift from my dear friend Marti)


I met up with mi amor in Taos, for a three day romantic rendez-vous, and we hiked and soaked and ate and wandered and filled our spirits with each other. We bought a giant love heart drum, found several heart rocks while hiking to an abandoned mica mine and I was mesmerised by a beautiful photo by Taos artist Zoe Zimmerman of a bare breasted, blindfolded woman next to a beautiful horse at the Love Apple restaurant.

We decided that somehow, everything would be okay. 


In Miami we were blessed to spend time with my beautiful Aunt Robbie and her sweet family. We've only known each other for 4 years since I met my biological father in 2012 but it feels like forever. Robbie and her husband Luis bundled us up, connected me with  the most beautiful breast cancer care nurse Tania, who I believe is secretly an angel, and within days I was having  a fine needle biopsy at South Miami Baptist Breast Center. (Man this is hard to describe in so few words!) 
Tania and I are working on a plan for me to come volunteer a workshop for some of the patients there in 2018.



In Melbourne Florida I returned to teach at the most wholeheARTed venue I know; Art Is More, and this truly amazing group of women waited with me on Day one of the workshop for the results of the biopsy, and then, danced and cried and laughed and painted abundantly with me for the next two days, after the results came back as cancer. Truly, truly, truly, being with this group at this time gave me such strength and hope and love and I am sooooooo grateful to these women.


 The magical demo painting that came out of our time together remained there in Melbourne with my dear friend Sherri and was appropriately titled "She Tribe"

and on I went, across the country to finish off several more workshops (will share a little more on those over the next few days as I announce daily winners) before returning home to Australia for surgery. Two tumours were removed successfully, I started on hormone blocking medication to prevet recurrence, and my oncologists decided that it was okay to postpone radiation until after we returned home from my Bali commitments in September 

and then I made some BIG decisions about 2017

so in August I posted this to FB





 Isn't the Universe just so freakin miraculous!!!??


 So on we went to the paradise that is Bali and the contrasts continued... a week of bliss with group number one...I mean teaching art in the pool!!! It doesn't get much better than that!


    watching the sun rise with mi amor, grateful for each new day....


 dinners on the beach with amazing women ( and one equally amazing man).....aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!


So many amazing memories! 
And yes. the contrast. Right in the middle, between two week long retreats, I had factored in a week off, you know, the self care thing I was talking about?

Instead, both mi amor and I became horribly ill, were diagnosed with Dengue fever and end up in hospital for the ENTIRE week between classes!

Special, special thanks to my wonderful friends/students Laura and Kelley who were staying on for a few days after retreat number one and stepped up to get all the goody bags ready for the incoming students while I was in hospital! A MASSIVE thank you also to the sweet students from retreat number two for allowing me naps and swim breaks when I needed them.


You all rock so much!!


and then it was home
to begin 30 sessions of radiation over six weeks


I kept my eyes open for simple beauty and everyday miracles and I found them in the conversations I had with the women in this waiting room....


 In the walks that mi amor and I took on the beach before treatment and the sand art created by little roaming clams....


In the sky where I looked to the heavens each day to give thanks as I left the Cancer care center.


and in the eyes of our two beautiful girls who trusted in all the best possible outcomes and gift me every day with their love. 


and then, it was done.


and here I am, in this home we have created together over the past twenty years.
Each day I begin with gratitude in my heart, for every part of this year, in all of its messiness and unplanned detours, in all of its poignancy and imperfection.
In all of its loving deep contrast



I wish you all so much happiness in this coming year. It seems 2016 has been tough for many, transforming in many ways, challenging us to step into a higher version of ourselves. 


I found these beautiful words from Gandhi so moving and perfect for this time and so I offer them to you all

with love 
Tracy xoxoxoxoxxo

ps don't forget to leave me a comment below. I'll be drawing winners daily for the next three days!