The weekend Tracy Verdugo brought Paint Mojo to Newcastle!

I was lucky enough to be able to host Tracy Verdugo and her fantastic Paint Mojo Workshop in Newcastle, which has totally enriched my creative adventure!

Meeting the wonderful Tracy was only just the beginning, her warmth and thoughtful style of teaching had us all relaxed and able to explore.

The day started with a meet and greet and the sharing of why we were at the workshop and the majority of answers were all about freeing up our creativity.  Tracy showed us various techniques and ways to think creatively with symbols and poems and gave us permission to play.

I had a grin from ear to ear all day and thoroughly enjoyed the creative play process that Tracy shared with us.  By the end of day one Tracy had us all engrossed  in our paintings and no one wanted to leave – one student even suggested that we camp out and paint all night!  We were definitely all in our elements and enjoying the day.


The next day was a little more of a challenge for me because I was loving what I had already created and the decision to go further was a frightening one, but then I remember why I had wanted to do the workshop and that was to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new and I knew if I didn’t push through I would have gained nothing.  So I decided to go for it and my painting changed dramatically (as you will see in the image below) and I was so glad that I let go with help from Tracy 🙂


Here are some wonderful images of the beautiful paintings created from the workshop:


At the end of the workshop we were all very excited and inspired.  It was a pleasure to spend the weekend with such wonderful, creative and caring women.

If you ever get the chance to do one of Tracy’s workshops I would thoroughly recommend it, you won’t forget the experience.  I have come away from the workshop with creative confidence, a bunch in fantastic techniques, plenty of inspiration and even some new friends!

Tracy’s beautiful painting created at the workshop (image below) was sold to a lucky student on the day.


Thanks Tracy for such a wonderful learning experience xxx

Keep Creating



Paint Mojo workshop is coming to Newcastle in 2013!


Tracy’s unique style is very inspiring and I can’t wait to let the paint fly!


Where: Art Space Studio 11 at Newcastle Community Arts Centre

Please spread the news!  Even if you aren’t in the Newcastle area – have a look at Tracy’s Blog because she runs a number of workshop’s around Australia and other countries too!

For further details check out Tracy’s Blog

Keep creating! xx

29 Faces Challenge Round Up 17-23

I didn’t quite make the 29 faces challenge, only completing 23.  I had an unexpected personal issue arise which threw me off course, but I’m glad I made the effort that I did.

This challenge really gave me some confidence and got me trying new techniques with my art supplies in ways I hadn’t used them before.

Thanks Ayala Art for creating this challenge!

29 Faces - 18-23

Faces 18 to 23 were all created from the template face sketch (top middle).
Top Left Face – Pink, silver and black posca paint pens – love em!
Top Right Face – Watercolours
Bottom Left Face – Copic Markers
Bottom Middle Face – Watercolours
Bottom Right Face – Watercolours


29 Faces - 17

Face 17 – created with Neocolour II watersoluble crayons.

Keep creating!

Cheers Chrystie xx

Paint Mojo Workshop at Newcastle, Australia

The goal of my creative adventure is to learn and experience as many different types of drawing and painting to try and find my own unique style and also enjoy the process along the way.  I’ve come across a wide network of  creatives so far on my creative adventure, but one in particular has caught my eye –  Tracy Verdugo, who has wonderful paintings and a style that is truly inspirational and freeing.   I just new I had to experience the Paint Mojo Workshop that she runs because it looks just right for my creative adventure.

To my surprise, when I contacted Tracy about a workshop, she mentioned that she would love to bring it to Newcastle and the rest is history…….TRACY IS BRINGING HER PAINT MOJO WORKSHOP TO NEWCASTLE!  Woo Hoo!

Tracy’s unique style is very inspiring and I can’t wait to let the paint fly!

When: 7th & 8th July 2012 – 9.30 to 4.30pm

Where: Art Space Studio 11 at Newcastle Community Arts Centre

Please spread the news!  Even if you aren’t in the Newcastle area – have a look at Tracy’s Blog because she runs a number of workshop’s around Australia and other countries too!

For further details check out Tracy’s Blog

tracy's work

Happy Creating!

Cheers Chrystie xx





29 Faces Challenge – Faces 13,14, 15 &16

Hi All

I’ve been very busy and have only just got round to photographing some of my drawings today.   I’m only going to put up four because I think more than that is too much at a time, so I will come back to it as soon as I can and upload the rest.

My Neocolor II’s arrived last week and I had them out with glee!  I really love them they are so soft and they go into a really creamy when water is added.

Faces 13 through to 16 are a mix of Neocolour II experiments, Copic Markers and a sketch from a session I attended at the Drawing Room in Newcastle.  The Drawing room happens every Tuesday night at the Royal Exchange, check it out on Facebook if you want to come and join in.  They have a great mixture of models from entertainers, ballerina’s, actors, circus performers and many more.


Face 16 of 29 Faces

This is a sketch from a session I attended at The Drawing Room in Newcastle.


Face 15 for 29 Faces

Face 15 – Art Nouveau Serenity
experimenting with Neocolour II – note to self: don’t mix green and purple for a background…yuk!

Face 14 for 29 Faces

Face 14 – Cute girl with bird. Just another quick one with Copic Markers


Face 13 for 29 Faces

Face 13 – my first face with Neocolour II


Have a great week!

Cheers Chrystie xx


29 Faces Challenge – faces 10, 11 & 12

I’m still a little behind, just finding the time to photograph is hard because I often create at night and then have to wait till the next day to get good light for a photo.

I’ve played around a little again with my art supplies and tackled another painted face as well as a quick Copic Marker and a face done with graphite pencil and Prismacolor pencils….and they are yummo!

I’m loving experimenting with all of my art supplies and I have just freshly opened my latest addition of Neocolour 11 crayons.  Can’t wait to try them out and have a play.  I will let you know how I go and if I’m brave enough to put up my first attempt with them…stay tuned!

I will also soon be announcing details about a fantastic paint mojo workshop that I am helping to organise for Tracy Verdugo in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

Face 12 of 29 Faces Challenge

Face 12 – Done with graphite and prismacolor pencils. I used ink tense pencils for the hair…they are so bright and wonderful…although I did go a little overboard with water and wrinkled the paper…oops!

face 11 for 29 Faces

Face 11 – just another quick one with copic markers.

face 10 for 29 Faces

Face 10 with acrylics – as I was thinking about relaxing on mothers day she just appeared on the page in her dressing gown.

Cheers Chrystie xx

29 Faces Challenge – Day 6 – 9

I’m falling behind and decided just to put up my work even if it isn’t finished yet.  I’m learning a lot about my own style and need to put the black outline pen down more….hmm like not to much around the eyes.  That’s what I love about this challenge, it’s making me experiment! I hope you having a great weekend and finding time for art!


Face 9 for 29 Faces Challenge

Face 9 – a work in progress with Copic Markers – not sure what colour to do the hair?  Any suggestions?


Face 8 for 29 Faces Challenge

Face 8 in Copic Markers – experimenting with hair and eyelashes, think I went a little overboard with the eyelashes!

Face 7 for 29 Faces Challenge

Face 7 – just a quick face in Copic Markers

Face 6 in pastels for 29 Faces Challenge

Face 6 done with pastels – unfinished.


Happy Mothers Day for tomorrow to all the wonderful Mum’s out there!

Cheers Chrystie 🙂


Face 3, 4 and 5 for 29 Faces

Faces 3, 4 and 5 for 29 Faces Challenge!

I’ve decided to mix it up a bit with a copic face, painted face and a quick sketch.

Face 3 – I had no plan for this one, she just appeared.  I used Copic Markers again because I love them and they are so fast, but I really need some more colours.

Face 3 for 29 Faces Challenge

Face 3 – Copic Markers


Face 4 – No plan for this one either, just wanted to use paints.

Face 4 for 29 Faces Challenge

Face 5 – Just a quick sketch because I’m running out of time.

Face 5 of 29 Faces Challenge

Face 5 – Quick Sketch

Enjoy your Sunday night!

Chrystie xx