Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in. Day 4






Hey there lovebugs.
Listen closely.
Wanna know a secret?




Creativity is a gift
and I am so grateful for it.

But it's not a gift just for a select few.

It's our birthright,
every SINGLE one of us

and we are finding our way back home to it
every time we choose to bring
something new to the world.
When we dare to try new things

envision new outcomes
let go of old patterns and belief systems




This week has been pure delight with lots of hours in my studio, and elephants and owls flying and stampeding in and out as fast as I can paint them. 
I've felt in flow in every way and for that I am truly thankful.

At the end of a studio session on Wednesday evening I picked up one last piece of watercolor paper and made some different marks.

The paper was not completely blank as Bella had decided, the day before, to put her little paw into some wet teal paint on my palette and go for a meander across my table. 
Can you see the cute teal pawprint on the right side of her chest?

I painted for 30 minutes, completely lost in process as this beauty emerged, almost of its own volition, from the ether.

A collaboration of Ms Bella and I, the beginning of a new series, from an accidental mark.

What are you creating/dreaming up today?

I'm dreaming of the workshops I will teach after my PAUSE is over and how much I have grown in these past months and how much more I will have to offer my students......

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR ALL OF MY 2017 AUSTRALIAN WORKSHOPS
 and I would LOVE to see you in Huskisson, Newcastle, Darwin, Byron, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide. 
You can find all of the dates, costs and info here.

(Melbourne and Adelaide just opened hours ago and emails are already coming in fast)


If you haven't yet taken a class with me you can find out more about Paint Mojo here by clicking on the workshops tab.

I'm also grateful that my students write me such sweet love notes!

Jessica Brogan- My experience with Tracy was that, as a teacher, she exuded enormous calm and trust in the process she was teaching, and in us as students to create magic for ourSELVES, with her guidance, of course, which is invaluable and irreplaceable, but there was a palatable sense that she knew we would be creating our own unique magic within the space she created. I walked away emboldened by her teachings, with a mental grab bag of new artistic techniques, and also, knowing that my own teachings would go on to be influenced by that calm trust she exuded in the creative journey.


Adele Morrison- Tracy you create the most beautiful environment that brings out something spiritual in all of us. Your weekend class was life changing…

Lisa Page- My experience of your online classes 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 no idea existed. After the Whidbey mojo course I created for 48 hours straight in a way I never have before. I believe I was elevated in my creative self, not so much by the teaching or techniques but by the exposure to a creative person with a clear and strong intention to help others find that creative source.

Leslie Peterson Snyder- Your style of teaching was perfect for me. I love seeing the process and then doing it ourselves. You showed us your techniques and thought process and then gave us some freedom to explore and express our way. I loved seeing each individual's interpretation of your instruction. I felt free to just explore without judgment. I believe you're gentle soul and guidance creates a safe haven for artists to grow and take with them the ability to continue with techniques that help you in whatever style you work in. I fell so lucky to have had the opportunity to attend one of your classes. I never believed I would! I will treasure it always!

Deborah Belica- I think the fascination that comes from your teaching comes from the fact that you are a skilled special person that shares from the heart. You tap from deep inside and everyone in the class senses that. So they reach down inside and get their brushes out and do the same. It is pure magic... I love you <3 nbsp="" p="">

Margaret Henning- Taking a class with you in Southold, Long Island last year was an enlightening experience for me. I felt such kindness, sincerity and authenticity from your gentle self. I felt comfortable painting my heart and learned so much about stepping out of my small box from you. It was an aaahaa moment in my life! Online classes have been wonderful. My favorites have been the short and sweet Animalitos and Pattern play. My creativity has been enhanced and I have become a better artist because of you. Thank you, dear Tracy. 

See you tomorrow for Day 5 of my 30 day gratitude check in!!
Lots of love Tracy xox

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in-Day 3



“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

~Francis of Assisi



 Today I am grateful for light in all of it's incarnations.
The light of a new day.


The light that illuminates what is already beautiful to new heights of gorgeousness


the light that stops us in our tracks and shows us things to make us smile


The light that gives us strength when the darkness looms larger


 The light that makes us catch our breath and see the world with new eyes



and the light which makes us recognise that not only is it all around us but emanates from within us too if we allow ourselves to see it.

Own your light
stand in your light
emanate that light
to everyone you meet 
so that they can own and share their own
each one of us passing the torch
of an unextinguishable flame of love.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 
~Marianne Williamson

see you tomorrow!
Lots of love Tracy

ps The little painting above of that divine light coming through the trees is one of six video tutorials I share in my Luscious Landscapes class!
It's available any time for just $59, self paced and fully downloadable.
You can take a look and/or sign up right here. :)

pps Just a little heads up that tomorrow I get to announce a massive art bundle that I am super proud to be included in!! 

There will be over $2500 worth of classes, tutorials, interviews and art resources in the bundle (for just a teeny fraction of that price!) and I am very excited!! 

Thats all I can say for now but please, watch this space. You don't want to miss out on this one



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Thirty Day Gratitude Check in-Day 2


Good morning sunshines!!!
I hope your world is looking shiny today and if it's not I hope this short post might help to shift your perspective just a little....
(or a lot!)

You see I've been feeling a little flat lately, not depressed but definitely flat. 
 It kind of feels like I spent a lot of last year on auto pilot. 

The initial diagnosis while on my U.S tour, the stress of finishing my workshops with uncertainty about what I was facing, the return home and subsequent round of appointments, tests, treatment. 
Getting through what I needed to do to get well, giving myself time to pause, rest and reflect. 

But somewhere in there I started to feel unhappy and anxious about losing the momentum I had worked so hard to build up over the past 5 years. 

I began to doubt myself, to dwell on thoughts that didn't serve me, staying up later than I should, spending more time on social media than I needed to, drinking the extra glass of wine more often than I should, reflecting on the sad aspects of our empty nest instead of the joy of knowing our girls are out in the world doing amazing things. 
Losing my way a little.

It's a slippery path right?

and it's so easy to keep sliding on down once you've begun.

and so, this challenge is for all of us who know what it's like to slip away from joy for a while.

I know with absolute certainty that when you focus on the things that bring you joy, your joy will increase. 
The increments might be small but it WILL happen. 


Being with the new day as it begins is one thing that brings me a lot of joy and a great sense of peace, so this morning, for the second day in a row, I woke before the sunrise and meditated for just a few moments, distracted by the gorgeous colors in the sky outside.

Throwing on some clothes I walked the block to the beach and who should be sitting on the fence of the nearby caravan park but my kookaburra friend with another reminder to look for the joy!


At the top of the stairs down to the sand I took a deep breath




Took in the miracle, the wonder and the certainty of another new day


With just a passing flock of pelicans and a lone nearby seagull for company


I decided to stay in a state of awe and wonder for as long as I could this day


 Wishing you all a beautiful day! 
I'd love to know what brings you joy in the comments below 

Lots of love Tracy


ps I just came across this old pic of Mimi when she was a kitten and I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to make up some wise anecdote to go with it but you know what? 

I think it's enough for us all to just soak up her cuteness and smile.That is all :)


Monday, March 20, 2017

Thirty day gratitude check in. Day one.






“Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.” 




 Hello, hello my beautiful creative friends and seekers!! 

I've missed you! 

Have you missed me?

It seems like eons since I used to check in regularly here and I've been feeling the call to recommit to this space, to our shared experience, to our community of curious wonderment.

Most of you know that last year was a big one for me,
 and that this year I am taking things a little easier, 
spending time taking more care of myself,
 so that I can continue to do the work I value so much in the world,
 taking care of the creative souls of those whose paths intertwine with mine.

For those of you who may have missed my 2016 adventures it was definitely a doozy and I am soooooo grateful to be back on the path to wellness. 

Here's a little recap to get you up to date!


I truly believe that there is no better way to walk through this world than from a place of gratitude. Being centred in this space opens up everything GOOD so what better place to begin to blog again than with thanks for the abundance of beauty, love and kindness in this world.

Just yesterday these two beautiful kookaburras flew into the Paperbark tree in our backyard and serenaded me with the joyful sound of their raucous laughter.


Looking up Kookaburra symbolism I found the following words, some of which resonated deeply. 
Maybe they will for you too?

"Pay attention to opportunities around you, and listen to nature and to the world around you, you may find that you are being given some important messages at this time. 

The kookaburra encourages us to use laughter as a form of healing. Laughter can be a positive force for the body, even when we force it and we don't really 'feel' it. Laughter between people is a way that reinforces bonding and helps us to enjoy life even when things are very tough. Look at how much you laugh every day, chances are if kookaburra has flown into your life you could stand to laugh a little more. It is time to turn your hurt into happiness, and the power of laughter is a great road to doing just that. 

Kookaburra draws our attention to family, and our family relationships. Often kookaburra energy suggests that family connections are important in our lives at this time, either because of rivalry (particularly amongst siblings) or because we are looking at our role within the family unit. Ask yourself what your responsibilities are to your family, and what their responsibilities are to you. If you feel you are not being honoured or respected enough by your blood relations, ask yourself if you have given them the honour and respect you feel you deserve. 

Kookaburra has a very powerful healing energy, and its presence in a reading or in your life can indicate a time when profound healing is occurring. This healing is not just happening to you, but to people around you, and creates a more healthful ripple effect that creates positive changes to come. Kookaburra can indicate that the querent has reached the end of a difficult journey, and new healthful growth has already begun. "

~http://www.wildspeak.com/animalenergies/kookaburra.html


So, for the next thirty days I am committing to check in daily and record my gratitude here in this space of Heartful Musings. 


I would love it if you joined me. Just tag #tracyverdugogratitudechallenge on Instagram and FB if you feel inclined to jump on the "thank you" train. 



Today I am overwhelmingly grateful for this beautiful place we call home~ Jervis Bay.
Rising early I sipped on my coffee and then, just after sunrise, walked the short distance to the beach, crossing Moona Moona Creek. 
Everything was still, not a ripple on the water, a lone campervan across the way had found the perfect place to sleep.


A short walk and I am on the beach. The rain has washed the tannins into the bay and the water is chocolate grey rather than its usual turquoise blue.





I walk for an hour listening to an Abundant Artist Podcast discussion called "Are Women Worse at Self Promotion than Men"
It makes for interesting listening and I'm grateful for those who collate and share their wisdom so freely, helping us all to grow and learn.


On the way home the mood of Moona Moona has changed a little. 
Light breaks through the clouds, reflecting in the dark waters, and tiny fish dance along the surface. 
I breathe it all in, grateful for this new day, this walk, these legs, this breath, this light, this chance to share it all with you. 

Grateful times infinity and looking forward to being here with you for the next thirty days. 



Lots of love
Tracy xoxox


💚💚💚


 PS my brand new class "Animal Antics" has just begun over here at Jeanne Oliver's fab creative network! 
Would love to see you in class and it's only $48 with life time access!! 


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