Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo

In the end of last year I invited Tracy Verdugo to NZ to facilitate her popular Paint Mojo workshop here in Tauranga. She accepted and the planning started for May 2013. It seemed far away but time flies when you are having fun. After some searching I found a venue that was big enough for 15 people splashing paint around, I  wrote an article in the local magazine Creativebeat and got a notice published in the local paper... the spots filled up and finally last Thursday I picked Tracy up at Tauranga airport. 


She stayed with me for 4 nights and we had such a lovely time. It felt like having an old friend around. We had just moved a couple of days before she arrived, but Tracy did not seem to mind the mess. She is so lovable and sweet and the kids loved her. The house was full of laughter and fun. 

On Friday evening we prepared the venue together with Alison and Rod, the owners of the studio. On Saturday morning everyone arrived (some of them had travelled for 3 hours to attend the workshop)... and what a weekend we got. The weather was perfect, the venue was fabulous and Tracy with her thought through process guided us through high and low. There was a lot of laughter but at times the studio with 17 people in was dead quite of concentration and hard work.

We painted inside...
...and we painted outside.
Tracy demonstrated all the different steps on her own canvas and helped us build up a great background from were we could take our painting in so many different directions.
We had to add imagery and create problems for our self that we then had to fix:-)... and at the end of day 1 we were pretty stoked with what we had achieved.

After a nice glass of wine at Alison and Rod's place Tracy and I drove home to find the fire lit, the wine poured and the dinner on the table, thanks to Simon (my hubby) and my kids! What a fantastic day 1 we had!

Day 2 was all about finding our own voice. Tracy was guiding us through our individual struggles...
...she demonstrated different techniques and methods to develop the painting and our paintings started to take very different directions. Our own voices were coming through!
Tracy's final painting (sold to one of the participants!)... final painting...
... and all the 17 paintings and smiling faces!

Thank you Tracy for sharing your knowledge, inspiration and energy!

Thank you Alison and Rod for letting us use your fantastic studio and lawn!

Thank you everyone attending the workshop!!!


Read more about Tracy Verdugos workshops here!



Please comment:

  • Nola Sansom • August 27, 2015 at 3:25:53 AM
    Hello, On Aug. 19th I enrolled in your on-line Paint Mojo Ecourse. the receipt number is 5112 6550 1092 7817. I'm not sure if I was successful in actually registering in the class. Please send me some sort of conformation. Thank-you
  • Helen • May 23, 2013 at 5:54:01 PM
    That looked like a fantastic weekend, Jenny, and I do wish I could have been there too! ( if I was in NZ I would have definitely been with you all!) great to see the progression photos and everyone looking so happy at the end.
  • Lisa Darlington • May 22, 2013 at 12:00:13 PM
    Hi agian Jenny - thank you for allowing those memories. I had a great time and wish I could do that weekend more often. Tracey was fantastic and my art has taken a totally new direction - and is making me so much happier than before. I am re-addicted! x Lisa
  • Marilyn Davies • May 20, 2013 at 7:31:01 AM
    Jenny, wonderful blog about the awesome workshop - I'm still savouring moments of it and just about finished my piece that I started there. Met lovely people in beautiful surroundings and thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.
  • Tracy Verdugo • May 19, 2013 at 11:28:21 PM
    Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for a fantastic recap of an awesome weekend and for having me stay with your sweet family. Meeting lovely people like you and all of the Paint Mojo Papamoa tribe is the best part of my job ♥
  • Sue Cottle • May 19, 2013 at 10:45:56 PM
    Thanks for the brilliant summary of the weekend Jenny! It was a great time together, learning new things, and making new friends.
  • Sandra • May 19, 2013 at 3:36:32 PM
    Jenny, if your intention when you wrote this post was to make readers wish they had been there with you, it worked.

    I love that place and the paintings that submerged from the workshop - how inspiring! Yours gave me a sense of healing and search for peace and inner calm in between chaotic moments. Fascinating.

    I hope to be able to participate in Tracy's workshop someday. Thanks for your beautiful post!

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