Wednesday, October 23, 2013

30/30: Tracy Verdugo



30 artists...30 days. Spend the month of October with me at The Altered Page to meet the 30 spotlight artists in my book The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists. See them in action in their studios, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Mixed-Media Artist.


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Tracy Verdugo


"I can be quirky, serious, silly, creative, forgetful, complicated, simple, loving,


thoughtless, empathic, anxious, confident, kind, committed, fickle, overwhelmed, philosophical,


shallow, understanding, argumentative, dynamic, lazy, optimistic, visionary and careless...I am a walking contradiction...I am human."


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I met Tracy at Art is You in Connecticut just about one year ago. We were both on a panel and had to share some of our stories with the attendees at the retreat. I was immediately struck by the fact that although she lives just about as far from me as she can get in Australia, our stories in art have so many elements in common. And we share much with regard to our belief in connection and synchronicity as well. I felt an instant bond.

I find her artwork to be vibrant, bold, and energizing. Those of you who have taken her workshops will understand her process of covering and revealing that takes place when she creates. I did not attend her class at AIY but I did wander in to see what people were creating. When I saw her sprawled out on the floor painting her canvas and saw the rapt faces of her students working on their own pieces, I knew for certain that Tracy was one powerful artist.

Excited to share with you all that Tracy is now an author too. Her book Paint Mojo - A Mixed-Media Workshop: Creative Layering Techniques for Personal Expression will be released in July 2014.


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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in October on one of the 30/30 posts on my blog, you will have that many chances to win a signed copy of The Mixed Media Artist. I will be giving away a total of 3 copies. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). Please make sure I have a way to contact you. Winners will be announced in early November. 

62 comments:

MegWeaves said...

Wow, there is a dream-like quality to her work. At least this is how my dreams look some of the times...

Paula said...

I love Tracy! I attended her Paint Mojo workshop last year and am heading back for Sacred Marks in 2014. A lot of my friends have also attended her workshops. To say she is a true delight and inspiration is an understatement! I love the freedom and lightness that comes from Tracy's work. Congratulations to you on your new book!

Ruth L said...

I love the vibrant colors in her paintings...

donnaj said...

I love her work! so glad to see she has a book coming out as i am intrigued with her process~

Jo Murray said...

Tracy's upbeat personality shows in hew wonderfully colourful paintings. Her enthusiasm is infectious. But don't be fooled...there is more depth to her work than is immediately apparent.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

love this colorful happy ART!

Shells said...

Congrats on the new book and to Tracy too.

Angie said...

Such energy! (Love the fact that she has 2 mums & 2 dads)

Beanie Mouse said...

I WANNA TAKE HER CLASS!!! She's brilliant!!

yarngoddess said...

Until I get to one of her classes, I would love to have that book! Wow.
Thanks, Seth.

Diane
yarngoddess at hotmail dot com

Stan Alderson said...

I'd love to be her student too! She's just awesome. :)

Peg Englishman said...

her work is so colorful and vibrant! :)

elle said...

What a lively and enthusiastic lady. That has got to empower ones art!

Laura Strack said...

Another fantastic artist feature. I'd love to take one of Tracy's classes. Her energy is awe inspiring.

Jennifer Wright said...

I wouls love to take a class with her!

Kim Mailhot said...

I was lucky enough to spend two days with Tracy at that same Art is You, and it is truly one of the best classes I have ever taken. She managed to take us to a magical, intuitive, creative place in spite of the class being in part of a hotel ballroom with no windows. Love her energy and love for life so much. Thanks for celebrating her here, Seth !

Anonymous said...

So glad you included Tracy. Her work is a feast for the eyes. Can't wait to get her book.
Lois K

Kristina W said...

I am in love with Tracy's work. I would love to take a class with her. So excited for her book to come out.

Nina Clark said...

I love Tracy's vibrant colors!

Chris said...

Tracy's work is so colorful and vibrant.

Artfully yours, Linda said...

So colorful. I love your work. It has such wonderful energy.

Rachel Whetzel said...

I am GETTING that book. :)

betty wisse said...

I love Tracy's work, can't wait to take a workshop with her.

Kris said...

I would love to take one of Tracy's workshops. The layering in her work is so interesting.

Bill said...

I absolutely love all of the fun colors and patterns! Looks like her book would be great to have.

Lillian Mederak said...

i love Tracy
hope i can take a workshop someday
Lillian
http://www.canadianscraptramp.blogspot.com/

Sherry Smyth said...

I've been hearing a lot about Tracy over the last few weeks...so many people have said so many wonderful things about her. Is it possible to be a fan simply from word of mouth? I think so!

trish quilty said...

love love Tracy's art work. It is so exciting and alive and colorful .

Renata said...

Such vibrancy in her work! Beautiful.

.Trudi Sissons said...

Wonderfully colored with such radiant energy! Did anyone else notice her clothes mimic her artwork??? :0)

Irma said...

LOVE her explosions of color on canvas! I'll keep an eye on the book release too!

madelincwolf said...

I have one word for Tracy's artwork: exuberant!

Candice Thomas said...

Love Tracy's work and her self description. We probably are all quite complicated and just need to go deep enough to figure that out. Love her use of color and free expression.

Diane D. said...

Love her work and love your giveaway!
Her colors are so bright and cheery, makes me want to try my hand at her style right now!
Thanks for the chance Seth.
DianeD
dmd@dainis.com

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Tracy seems to have a very colourful soul! A class from her would be a blast!

Nan G said...

I see Tracy's vibrant spirit in her paintings.

debbleberrypie said...

I took a class of Tracy’s a couple of months ago – it was great to meet her. She is such a lovely warm person, a true teacher.

Deborah J Bein said...

looking forward to seeing Tracy's book...what a TEASE!!!! dbein@hvc.rr.com

Lynda said...

Tracy's work is very whimsical and colorful... inspiring!

Grace said...

I've been blessed to painted in three of her workshops. She is a great teacher and an awesome person! I pre-purchased her book already. Love her.
So glad that you included her in your book.

cat said...

If I dont win it Ill have to buy it!
Inspirational.
Thank you.

paintergal said...

love tracy, i wil will will be having a class from her sometime soon!

paintergal said...

love tracy and her artwork!

paintergal said...

love tracy's art!

Patty H said...

Vibrant!

Barbara Mason said...

Happy, happy, happy, Tracy obviously does what she chooses to love.

angi eharis said...

she is wonderful, her fish got me! so much talent in all your artist seth! tx for sharing and inspiring, aloha, angi in hana

Darlene K Campbell said...

The colors and movement in her work are amazing. I have been hearing about Tracy too and I definately want to see her book.

Carol Beckx said...

So very inspiring. Wonderful layered work.

Sarah Anderson said...

I love Tracy's work, can't wait for her book so seeing her work in yours will be wonderful

sojna said...

Hi Tracy,
I love your work. I am never lucky enough to ever win anything so I just went ahead and pre ordered your book! If Ido win I will give the book to an artsy friend as a gift. We would both win like that! You are inspiring!
Sojna Widmer
Tatesis@aol.com

Mickie said...

Oh WOW, love her bright bold colors, gets my mojo going!!

Parabolic Muse said...

Okay, now I have to buy her book. Lovely.

Hester said...

Love those fish!

Patsy Paterno said...

I have always been enamored of Tracey's art!!! LOVE it! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Giggles said...

Tracy makes the kind of happy art that makes my heart sing! So vibrant and full of life! Love it!

Hugs Giggles

Jana TangledPen said...

so awesome! I love the colorful contrasts... another artist to add to my 'watch' list :)

Christine Kiehl said...

Very nice artwork from an artist I would love to discover more about. Needing to brush up on my personal painting skills!

Barbara I. said...

Tracy's art puts a smile on my face. I love her happy colors! bkisrael@gmail.com

Eva Lundberg said...

Great colors and shapes - love her work!!! And another book to look forward to!
Eva

Jorin said...

I love these paintings.

Gillian Pearce said...

I Love Tracy's work. Wish I could do a workshop with her.