I am over the moon excited to announce that Early Bird Registration for Face Fascination is now open!!
Class begins January 10, 2018!!
It runs for four weeks and all videos are downloadable and yours to keep forever!!
Our faces are the doorway to our stories and I have always been intrigued by the stories we carry.
The older I become the more I realise that there is so much more in those stories that connects us than there is to separate us. When I first started making art at the beginning of the century (I just love saying that) I gravitated immediately to the human face. Eager to learn and explore I moved away for a little while into abstraction and intuitive painting but something is calling me back. And my sweet students have been begging me also…to
Please make a class on faces!!
And so for you, dear creative, I have done just that.
It’s a class with:
Quirky faces. Nostalgic faces. Imperfect faces. Angelic faces. Unusual faces. Beautiful faces. Wise faces. Quick, loose and easy faces and faces that take a little time.
Faces emerging from abstract backgrounds and faces that command the whole space with no need for distraction.
Faces that tell stories and faces that make us guess.
In short, I have been up to my eyeballs in faces (wait does that sound weird?) for the past several months and I am more than excited to share it all with YOU in this 4 week class!!
The next session of Face Fascination will run over four weeks commencing January 2018. There will be a private Facebook group where I will be available during that four weeks for guidance and encouragement. ALL videos and content will be fully downloadable and yours to keep FOREVER!! So, no need to rush through all the lessons. You can take your time and go at your own pace.
You get 16 different lessons and 20 video tutorials!!
And here’s what I want you to know….
When you take a class with me it’s not even just about the art.
It’s about the whole shebang.
Art as a metaphor for life.
It’s about you finding your voice in the world, feeling at ease within your own skin and doing what you came here to do.
Create beauty and allow your gifts to shine.
That’s my gift to you and I feel blessed and honoured to be a catalyst for you to lead your most inspired life.
“Until you see beauty everywhere,
in every face,
you are blind.”
― Kamand Kojouri
So who exactly is Face Fascination for?
(You can roll your eyes or laugh out loud or crinkle your nose or any of the above if you recognise yourself in this list.)
*You desperately want to try faces but there’s no way you’re going to do it in front of anyone else.
*You’re overly self-critical and you tend to give up on yourself too soon. (I’ll be the judge of when too soon is ;p)
*You’re searching for your own creative voice and want to try a myriad of different techniques and approaches to help you better hone in on your own emerging style.
*You’re a total beginner with a whole bunch of enthusiasm and/or a shy curiosity.
*You’re a long time painter but feel the need to try some fresh new approaches.
*You are both fascinated AND intimidated by the thought of painting and drawing faces.
*You see the beauty in all faces and are drawn to the stories they tell but doubt your own ability to convey that beauty.
*You want to work with a teacher who will gently guide you to find your own creative strengths.
*You want to loosen up and not be so uptight in your artmaking.
*You’d love to paint more but need a little nudge from a supportive guide and community.
*You’d rather paint at home in yoga pants or pj’s and unbrushed hair up in a messy pony tail (wink, wink…me too).
*You’re looking to expand your vision of what is possible in your art, in your life, in the world. That’s what I’m here to facilitate.
*You get bogged down or go into overwhelm with the amount of art online and need some help focusing in.
*You’re excited by the thought of being able to find your own way of painting/drawing the human face with confidence and individuality.
Does that cover everyone?? Let’s do this!
Do you need a little (or a lot of) inspiration?
Do you ever doubt that you have what it takes to be a “real” artist?
Do you get stuck before you even begin, in overwhelm or doubt?
I’ve been “there” you know. But I decided that “there” wasn’t a place I wanted to hang out forever so…
I set an intention to actively pursue my dreams, to be aware of my self-imposed limitations and to push beyond them, to grow my “bubble” of possibility daily and shine my light as bright as I can!
Will you allow me to sprinkle a little of this inspiration on you?
As your guide and facilitator I have/am:
*17 years as a professional artist
*Sold out workshops and retreats all over the world
*Best selling author of Paint Mojo: A Mixed Media Workshop
*Thousands of inspired students
*Paintings in collections around the world
*Believer in abundance and the power of intention
*Inspiration instigator and creativity catalyst
*Your biggest cheerleader
Still on the fence?
Here are some love notes from students I’ve hung out and flung paint around with over the years.
Nicole- The most striking thing for me both in your class and the online course is how generous you are in sharing your knowledge with your students, and how accessible you are. You’ve a unique spirit and it fills the entire space. I’ve done many workshops, courses, etc., but never met a facilitator who’s more giving.
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.
Annette Eldon Graves- My dear Tracy, you are a wonderful teacher that shares from your heart. You so inspired me and set me free so to speak. I am now not afraid to just let my muse flow and because of you this is possible. Before Tracy, in the 1970’s and early 1980’s I was a stiff, if you will, artist. I was painting what I was not really in love with. Some I loved but I never felt it was me. Now after a giant break with a career and back to painting I am doing what comes from my heart. I have you Tracy to thank for that. Your class is like letting a bird fly free. Thank you from my heart.
Debra Gabel- I found this quote that perfectly matches what I experienced… “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward. You inspired me beyond belief, I would take another class with you in a heartbeat!
Consuelo Liv Yoga- I can only speak from my on-line experience, but what I can tell for sure is that your teachings are not just about painting but about living. Your approach to creating art is an approach to creating Life. You invite us gently to be ourselves, to be true to our truth and uniqueness and to express then with grace and courage and integrity. You not only invite us, but you demonstrate daily through FB how to do it. You teach how to love the beauty within and the beauty in imperfection: the beauty of life, since life is imperfect by definition. When I talk about my yoga teachers I always include you… Paint Mojo (the book and the course) are a life companion, a guide I come back to not only for painting but also for inspiration for my yoga lessons. You teach to love and respect our journey, our art, our expression and to honor the journey and most of all to be a true vehicle for the creative power we all are connected to.
As creative seekers, artists, poets, art lovers of all skills and levels we can bring so much beauty to the global table by exploring the human face.
It is my honor and joy in this class to show you a myriad of ways to navigate this eternal subject, some of them tried and true in my own process, others new to me cos’ I love to keep things fresh and make discoveries right alongside you all.
Please join me over four weeks as we explore our mutual fascination with the humanity of “faces.”
Over the course of four weeks I will share with you a variety of ways to approach the mission of painting and drawing faces!
Together we will use charcoal, ink, acrylic paint, pencils, pens and pastels to explore loose expressive sketches, character studies, whimsical characters, exuberant abstractions and mixed media portraits plus a whole lot more!
My aim is to show you as many different approaches to the human face as I can think of, from monoprints to nostalgia-inspired mixed media portraits, Picassso-esque creations to large scale expressive charcoal drawings!
We will begin in the first week with a variety of fun, playful, loose warm up exercises, seeking to familiarise ourselves with features and expressions and move beyond any fear we might have around our ability to paint and draw faces.
From there we will move forward with each week expanding on the last as we grow in confidence and ability.
Basic supply list
Watercolour paper pad (at least one pad) – I used Strathmore Watercolour pad (15 sheets) 9×12″ coldpressed acid free 90lb
A set of basic oil pastels
Small set of soft pastels including white
Daler Rowney FW acrylic artists inks- Payne’s grey, black, white, plus assorted colours
Transparency film sheets or a piece of glass for monoprints
Various brushes (one small detail, one wide flat 1″ wash brush, medium watercolour brush)
Patterned napkins (serviettes) for collage
Gel medium for collage
Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
White and black charcoal pencils
White gel pen
Black uniball vision elite pen
Willow charcoal and regular charcoal
How will the ecourse work?
The ecourse will be hosted on a private website which will contain all videos, PDFs, exercises, prompts and other creative musings.
“Face Fascination” will begin on Monday, July 17th and run for four weeks!
Community is a huge part of creative growth and our Face Fascination Facebook group will be our gathering place. A safe, supportiveplace to both allow yourself to be seen and to receive and give encouragement to others. I always tell my students that we are all teachers and students for each other and I look forward to learning as much from you all as you do from me. We’re on this magical journey together.
All content will be fully downloadable!!
Is Face Fascination suitable for any level?
Absolutely!! I have been teaching my in person and online classes around the world for the past six years! Both beginners and more experienced painters have enjoyed epiphanies in creative process, shifted perspectives and enjoyed learning new techniques. Mostly though I have come to realize that what I am teaching is about how to see the creative possibilities inherent in every moment and then to learn ways to process and translate those moments in our own artistic voice….AND to FREE UP and not be STUCK!!
What will I need to participate?
A basic supply list will be supplied upon registration. In my practice I often work with a small select range of whatever is at hand. Except for my trusty Golden fluid acrylics and Daler Rowney F& W acrylic artists inks, I am not fussy about brands. I often find inspiration in thrift store/op shop finds and fabrics and will encourage you to do the same.
Is this ecourse different to your in person workshop and/or the projects in your book?
All content in the Face Fascination ecourse is fresh and new. I like to keep things moving and get bored easily so this means I’m always changing things up and finding new inspiration and new ways to create. I hope I can pass that on to you!
Do I have to do all the assignments in order?
Feel free to jump around, pick and choose, go where your fancy takes you. I encourage it! We’re all at different places in our creative journey and we should totally honor that!
What if I can’t keep up?
No pressure at all. All content will be available for you to download, so you will have plenty of time to play!
Do I need to buy everything on the supplies list?
No way! I often use whatever I have on hand and have tried to keep the supplies down. If you have a limited budget I would urge you to go a little wild with the F&W Daler Rowney artists inks and a few water colour pencils in dark colours, charcoal, gel pens and somestudent oil pastels. You can always build a wish list for later as you watch the videos.
Do I need high speed internet?
It will help alleviate frustration. ☺
Can I share?
Please be mindful that this is a private course for those who have registered and paid. Please do not share the links.
You can, however, share snippets of your work and excitement on your blog and other social network sites with a link back to my website. That is totally cool. ☺
Can I exhibit or sell the work I create in this workshop?
One of my main intentions in this course is to help you find ways to connect with a style all of your own. So, with this in mind, I’m happy for you to show and sell original, innovative work created. If, however, you feel that you want to follow along more closely and produce pieces very similar to those within the projects that is all good, but I would ask that you don’t put those pieces out to exhibit or sell if they are close copies of my work. I trust that your heart will tell you what is too close. ♥
Is there a payment plan available?
Yes, there is! I’m offering an early bird special payment plan of $49 per month for three months. Click here if you’d like to sign up for the payment plan option.
Is there a refund policy?
Once you have registered for the course we are unable to offer a refund.
Am I able to take what I have learnt in this class and write about it in an article for publication or teach the methods myself?
I have spent a lifetime gathering ideas, techniques, perceptions, values, trying things, succeeding, failing, persevering. I bring all of this to the table when I teach and I ask that you honor that journey and your own by creating your own unique content when teaching or creating and that if you pick up a thing or two from me that you would like to incorporate into your own repertoire that you give credit when doing so. Thank you ♥