Monday, 22 December 2014

Merry Christmas and a Giveaway....



So the madness of Christmas week is upon us and I am feeling the season in all its glory
 this may be fuelled by the steady diet of candy canes and chocolate
while I finished my painting of the Solar Santa
and the one of the clubhouse for Sinus to use on his Christmas cards for work
 or perhaps the fact that we now have a solar Santa to add to the shelf
 with the Solar Queen and her solar Picorgi 
it is a veritable shelf of solar waving and flapping goodness I tell you
not to mention I also found a mug that has little Santas
that bear an uncanny resemblance to the solar Santa 
which is just icing on the solar powered Christmas
all this solar waving energy is pushing me slightly over the edge 
into the land of manic humming of Christmas carols
while having random bits of tape and a sprinkle of glitter stuck in my hair
thanks to an epic session of present wrapping
even the dog has a light frosting of glitter which is quite fetching
though undeserved as he was absolutely no bloody help with the wrapping
but in the spirit of the season I get to give you a present
well one of you anyway...


I am teaching at Soul Food next year and I get to give away a place in the course
which is kind of perfect given the season
Soul Food is a mixed media class
which is all about the teachers sharing their lessons with you
 and teaching you about the art that nourishes their souls
So to be part of the draw all you need to do is enter your name in the comments
and in a week I will draw a winner using a random number generator thingy
or perhaps I will return to the tried and true method of using the dog to draw it
it will come down to whether or not I can handle the slobber factor



part of the requirements of being a teacher at Soul Food is that I had to make a video
answering some questions to introduce myself to you
now before you watch it a few warnings...
anyone with any OCD tendencies may need a cuppa to be able to watch
because every frame on the wall behind me is crooked... seriously crooked
I also shot it with the ipad the wrong way... which you would expect I am sure
and I have post chemo badger hair and one and a half eyebrows
 though I did manage to hide the thin patches very well I have to say
and no it isn't centred on the blog page
hey I am just happy I managed to actually get it to embed
so here it is ...


Soul food 2015 interview from Tracey Fletcher King on Vimeo.

I hope you all enter by commenting below
and that you all have a magical time this holiday season
I want to send out a huge thanks to each and every one of you who has been part of my blogging  and creative world this year
it has been quite a rollercoaster at times, but so filled with love and joy 
... happy painting all...xx

entries have now closed and I will be drawing the winner shortly... thanks to all who entered

97 comments:

Rita said...

OMG! I LOVED-LOVED-LOVED seeing you, my friend!! You look fabulous!! I would be thrilled to win. Count me in!! :)

Carol said...

So nice to be able to put a face to your amazing work. I would be thrilled beyond words I won !!!!

Neesie said...

Your post came through just as I'd turned out the light for the night... but how could I go to sleep without seeing you and hearing all about Soul Food 2015? Of course I couldn't so sneaking out of bed in the dark, to go to the bathroom in order to hear you, and I trying not to wake hubby, I managed to grab my dressing gown only to put it on backwards, slippers were nowhere to be found so feet stuck to icy bathroom tiles... then the belt from my dressing gown dipped into the loo! But it was all worth it to see and hear you looking so full of energy and enthusiasm. How could anyone not want to be part of this... please put me in! I can't wait to see more. Now how to get back into bed undetected and to thaw my feet! I'll watch you again in daylight hours with s civilized cuppa to hand. Nigh night and well done on the film shoot. I think you look beautiful.
(just realised that that sounds like I'm grovelling to win but it's true) You look amazing. Have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the vest new year to come
xoxo

dkatiepowellart.me said...

Lovely interview! It is so nice to have your voice in my memory now as I read your blog! I fully expected you to have tufts of hair beased on what you said, and the your kids would have dyed them magenta and lime by now. And you and me both on the encaustic -- $$$ keep me from trying it. When I win the jackpot. Have you ever seen her work: http://donegallizdoyle.com/author/donegallizdoyle/

This is my second commentary -- dufus identify theft people tried to tell me I was not dkatiepowellart. Haruph!

Neesie said...

Obviously I mean Best not vest... promuse I've not been at the sherry its just late ZzZ zzzZZ X

Marji said...

You look Marvelous my dear! Count me in on the draw. Enjoy your Christmas gatherings and celebrations. It will be here before we know it! M.x

Neesie said...

Oh I give in...g' night x

Ophelia Staton said...

Very generous giveaway!!! Loved watching your video...did not even notice the frames :::))))). Thanks for the chance to win!

RosA said...

Oh yes, it's nice to put a face (and a voice!) to a name, or a blog :) The Soul Food thingy sounds good, but what really caught my attention, right at the end, was when you mentioned Encaustic Art! I've been wanting/meaning to try this for ages and just recently I went to a free demo (by Patricia Seggebruch), and was so inspired that I have started to put together a few supplies. It doesn't have to cost squillions. She gave us a few very cost effective hints. I will share them, if you are interested :) Like you, I am also concerned about burning the kitchen down, cos that's where I "work", but I think it can be done safely, and poisonous fumes, apparently, are not an issue either :) Anyway, mixed media is my preferred art form, and I reckon that encompasses everything! Hooray!
Thanks for all your fab blog posts. I do enjoy them.

Cozycomfycouch said...

Oh it is such a delight to hear you speak! How lovely! you are so sweet! I really love this interview! WonderfuL!

Pixie Moon said...

Wonderful Giveaway thank you :) Loved your video

cjsrq said...

How fun to see you in person! Being able to take a class from you is all the incentive I need to join the Soul Food class. Thanks for this opportunity to win a space.

Lynn Pauly said...

Love you and your blog and your beautiful artwork. I'm glad Soul Food is an online class so I can enter my name into the fun!
I'm delighted and inspired every week by your wit and bright watercolors. Happy Holidays To You and Yours!
Lynn in Minneapolis, MN

JoyCorcoran said...

So wonderful to see you! But I have to admit my eye was drawn to the She Blooms painting I sent you still on your studio wall. I'm so proud! You look gorgeous and I know you'll do a fantastic job teaching this class. You truly work from your soul, which is full of laughter and light.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, my friend. Blessings!

Caitlyn said...

I've always been a little skeptical of online classes, but I'm starting to want to try one. Maybe it's the solstice season, making me think about new things. At any rate, thanks for the opportunity.

minnemie said...

Oh my goodness, you are the cutest thing ever! OK, not a thing, but that's how these southerners around me talk and it has rubbed off:-) SOOO fun to get a glimpse of you, and your hair is very fun. Mine is as long- just curly. That's why we're friends.:-) So even if it was bushy and dark before, this suits you just maaaarvelously. Count me in on soulfood! Tell Karyn I'm sending the boys over so i can do art with you:-)

Tracy said...

Lovely to be able to see you, Tracey, and put a face (and a voice) to your blog posts. I'd be thrilled to win!

Giggles said...

So today is officially my Christmas now that I got to see you and hear your voice after just having the most amazing visit with my best friend!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for this video!! You are beautiful inside and out and even if I don't win the spot in this class I feel so blessed just to have seen the authentic Tracey Fletcher King with her hint of humour shining through! I love how Nessie was as excited as I was!! She reminds me of you so much!!Thanks for the opportunity, but mostly thanks for solving the mystery that is Tracey!!

Hugs and Merry Christmas Giggles

Oh is it Monday already? jk

swxe said...

Tracey ~~~ Hello from the mountains of Western North Carolina. I got hooked on your blog and have been forwarding posts to various artist friends for a while now. I teach classes for an Advertising & Graphic Design program at the community college level, along with an oil painting class for adults downtown, but have hardly gotten to do my own work for years now between jobs, commute, elder care and the zoo. Since my 60th annual solar return is coming up, I've decided I have to start prioritizing time for getting back into mixed media art on a more personal level. Would love to be able to take your class, and BTW, enjoyed your artist statement for the Soul Food faculty page --- it's so hard to write about yourself in any meaningful way and have to keep it so brief; you nailed it in 2 sentences!-)

Dianne said...

your class sounds like it would help me enormously Tracey. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the well wishes and sending you the same

Leeanne Horne said...

Season's Greetings Tracey. Loved the video. Nice to see the energy behind the artwork. Great giveaway prize too.

LoriRobin said...

Your art is some of my favorite ever. I also love bright colors, watercolor and strong lines. Hooray for giving everyone the courage to draw whatever catches their eye. What fun!! I want to learn how to do it also,

Jennifer McLean said...

I'm with Neesie and Minn, you look absolutely beautiful. That hair ROCKS! It was a christmas present to hear your voice and bask in that lovely accent, mom says your hair is perfect for pool time all summer, you look and sound wonderful. Nope, not sucking up for a placement either, but put me down on one of those pieces of paper, will ya? I'd sure love to actually take a class from you, my friend. It'd be like you were in my own home and we were gabbing about art. Sending lots of Christmas love and I must say, mom was a little disappointed she didn't get to see the paint splattered mutt in the vid. Maybe next time, hehehe. Love you all, talk soon Darl.

Carin Cullen said...

Oh how wonderful to see you and hear you! Your part in Soul Food sounds wonderful. I can't wait to hear more about it and hopefully be a part of it.

Happy Christmas to you all. xo

TwinkleToes2day said...

Ahh, hello gorgeous!! It's so fabulous to see you and hear you. Your accent is amazballs. I'd love to be in with a chance to win a spot on Soulfood, but am considering doing it anyway, just so I can take your class :-D

Sorry if my cursing woke you, but my phone is being a real pain in the arse and putting words where it likes (I bar skipping lines) so this has taken a lot longer to type than it should.

Have a great day xxx

Stacey Vadaj said...

wonderful to put a face to the laughs from over the year! no need to enter me in the contest, just wanted to let you know that i love your accent and look forward to the next time you decide to post a video.

HollyM said...

I too love being able to put a face to your words.
I'd love to win a spot!
The line energy in the teapot painting is lovely. The thicker, thinner lines really excite me and the color is luscious.

Karen Maggio said...

Thank goodness its an on-line class so I can enter! (I live in the Unites States) Just loved your video and your crooked picture frames, your thoughts on creating art and your blog. You always inspire me to keep creating.
~ Karen

Snap said...

Merry Merry and a big Ho Ho Ho. So nice to "see" you. Here's to creating!

alarmcat said...

i always love stopping by your blog to see what's going on. What a bonus to see a video this time!!

merry christmas to you and your family!!

WrightStuff said...

Hey beautiful eyes... what at treat to see and hear you, I was so excited!

Big hugs lady!

xx

Robyn (RedDogGirl) said...

I am so excited to meet you! I am loving your style! I look forward to getting to know you better in Soul Food 2015!

Gina said...

OMG Trace, you look SOOOO much fun to be around! Can't wait to see your classes at Soul Food this year :D XXX

JackieP Neal said...

So happy to have met you!! What a wonderful video you made!! Tracey, you are such a beautiful woman and I look forward to learning more about you!!
Merry Christmas and all the best to you and yours! xo

Star said...

Merry Christmas season, and thank0-you for the chance of winning a place in Soul Food 2015

postalorphan said...

So looking forward to next year's Soul Food! Can't wait to see what you have to offer in your class - love love love your artwork!

Sandra Busby said...

Yay!!!! You finally did it! And might I say you look AMAZING!!! I had visions of you looking a little fragile after such a year! And maybe leaning over to one side as well as hanging upside down, but nope! You look healthier than I do! Oh and that Aussie twang... I just LOVE IT! I could listen to it all day! I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally want to join your class! So if I don't win, is therea way of joining your classes only, or would I have to do everyone else's too? I love the advise you gave. It is etched in my head now and one of my resolutions for next year aside from paint more, is to 'chillax', as Charlie would put it and stop stressing about perfection. After all, there's nothing interesting about a straight line is there? That was a fabulous interview and I'm so glad you shared!! :0)))) xx

Linda Kunsman said...

Brilliant and fun Christmas card Tracey! Loved your interview and getting to see and hear you in person. I'd love to win a spot in this class-thanks for the giveaway offer!

ZenziB said...

Your writing is so fun to read and you make me smile. I'm not too Christmassy- mostly I'd rather go live in a cave until the holiday season is over - but your solar Santa is cheery.
Toodleoo. Debbie Baier

Magenta said...

Merry Christmas! Love your solar post a lot, brought many smiles to my face. If slobbery dog picked my name that would make mine a very happy Christmas and an even better new year. Good health and happy painting everyone.

Sheri said...

thanks for the chance to win! merry Christmas!

Colleayn said...

Hi Tracey, It is so fun to see you in person. It would be so fun to win a spot and get to take your class. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Gramma Sue ~ Grampa Max said...


Happy Holidays! Would love to win this class. You make it look so fun and simple.

Stephanie said...

so nice hearing your voice! Good luck everyone!

Lorie Fuller said...

Look forward to seeing you in class!
Lorie Fuller

Ruth Guthrie said...

Fun interview and your art is lovely

Jo Murray said...

I think 'badger' hair should be a new trend....looks fab, as does the asymmetry of eyebrows. I'm all for asymmetry. Have a very Happy Christmas Tracey...and a creatively successful 2015.

Prairie Jill said...

Wow - solar Aantas and paintings and glitter and a giveaway AND a video! Awesome post. So nice to have the chance to see and hear you!

Merry Christmas to you, and best wishes for the new year!

bwheather said...

Thanks for a chance to win. ;-)

Robyn Wood said...

LOL! So glad you warned us about those crooked frames! :) it was lovely to see your beautiful face, badger hair and all! I'd love to win a spot in the Soul Food class please - thanks for the giveaway.
Oh, and when you are ready to try encaustics, give me a shout - I have been collecting supplies for a while now and am ready to dive in. Robyn Wood

Polly Birchall said...

You do write with so much humour. Always makes me smile. Have a great Christmas and a perfect 2015

Lori said...

Tracey - Lovely to see and hear you. I thought I left a comment yesterday but I don't see it so I'm commenting again (hopefully this won't become 2 and make me look greedy - not the intention). I do, however, want to toss my hat in the ring for possibly being picked as the giveaway winner. Fingers crossed.

anna maria said...

I love your style of writing and your sense of humour.
I know I'm going to enjoy Soul Food 2015, this will be my first time, and winning a spot will make all the more exciting!

HeidiHey said...

Tracey, I'm so glad that you made a video! I've enjoyed your blog and art for so long now and had my own vision of you. I expected someone much wilder and was pleasantly surprised at your calm and serene essence portrayed in this video. You are so funny when you write. I admire your spirit and bravery fighting cancer - it has offered many people hope. Thank you for sharing:) Have a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family - Heidi

Cindy Sutton said...

Sounds absolutely delightful.. what a wonderful way to look at art.
Thank you so much for the opp to enter to win a spot...

Renee said...

Everyone has said it all so all I can add is...pick me, please! Hugs.

Jackie Beeman said...

Love your art, and your quick, informative video. Can't wait to get to know more about you, and your wonderful art!

Cathy McClellan said...

Thank you for sharing yourself! And thanks for the opportunity to win a spot in this great program.

LindieLee said...

It would be a fabulous experience to win!

Sandy said...

Big hugs. Please let the dog choose. Dogs live me and I would love to win a spot in the soul food workshop.

Joanne said...

so nice to meet you tracey love hearing your voice looking forward to soul food 2015 I participated last year and it was wonderful I have already won a spot from ayala have a happy holiday

Artatag said...

Cool to see you in person, Tracey! Your hair looks great!! Congrats on being one of the sous-chefs! Of course I would so love to win a spot in soul food. I absolutely love this class.
I wish you a wonderful Christmas time with some nice cuppas!
Hugs
Gabriel

Kim Smith said...

Oooh, fun! I so hope I win! I would love to take a class with you. I love your painting style. :)

Saskia said...

Thanks for the lovely video! You look sooooo friendly!! :)
I just started painting and drawing earlier this year, but did not have much time. So 2015 is going to be 'my creative year'! :) Soul Food sounds like dreaming, learning, having fun, finding 'my style',... So fingers crossed!
Thanks for this great chance!

Smiles from Belgium,
Saskia :)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Merry, merry, jolly, fa la la. I will definitely be "in" for Soul Food 2014. Loved it last year, and can't wait to see what you come up with for us. xox

Michellem said...

So nice to see you "in person" and you sound as fun as I had imagined!! I'd love to win a place in class and learn under your tutelage!! Pick me!!

Joys said...

Hi Tracey...I'm not going to restrain myself here...and hope you pick ME. I so want to do Soul Food, need the nourishment at the moment...and I'm an avid tea drinker. So my fingers are crossed. I think it's my time to be the chosen one. ;)) Happy 2015!!

Ronda Conley said...

Would love to join you and everyone else on this new Soulfood adventure. Thanks for sharing Tracey. Looking forward to your lesson. Peace, Ronda

Linda said...

Please enter my name for a chance to win a spot in Soul Food 2015.
BTW, your hair looks great! The crooked frames gives them extra character.
I wish you health, peace, love and light.

Sandy Derryberry said...

Hello from north Georgia where the heavens have opened up to bring us buckets and buckets of rain. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a spot in the class. Lovely video introduction and I am hoping to see you in class...fingers crossed:-)

Lorrie Jonas' creations said...

wow would love to win a spot ..It would make my whole year..Thank you for the opputunity

datt doings said...

What a chipper video. Most informative and encouraging. Think it would be wonderful to win a slot for this. Thanks for your time.

Charissa Struble said...

What an absolutely beautiful and generous way to spend the holidays! Your artwork is gorgeous and inspiring!

Lindsay Whimsy said...

Thanks for the chance of winning a spot in the soul food class. Have a very Happy Christmas. Lindsay :)

Ellie said...

I would love a chance to win a spot in Soul Food.

I enjoyed your video!

loverofnewfs said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win a spot. It sounds like a lot of fun.

suzieq23 said...

I would love to win a seat for Soul Food 2015 and thank you for the opportunity. Happy holidays and the best in 2015.

Carmen Sánchez-Buster said...

Thank you for sharing yourself and art to us and also a big thank you for a the chance of winning a place in Soul Food 2015.
~Blessings

kenzie said...

Love your work :) Thank you for the opportunity to win a place in Soul Food. Happy New Year, Jen

Roz Willoughby said...

Thanks for the chance... Here's hoping.
Roz Willoughby
rozwillster@gmail.com

Roz Willoughby said...

Thanks for the chance... Here's hoping.
Roz Willoughby
rozwillster@gmail.com

Paul Disher said...

Sorry to hear about your spams they are so annoying. I so love the bright colours you use, they give me such a lift too.

lorrayneberthold@y7mail.com

Artsy Matilda said...

What a fabulously perfect explanation of how you do your beautiful art, Tracy! I so enjoyed seeing you here and listening to your "the way I suggest you do it" delivery. Worthy of a treasure in itself! Many thanks!

Gloria said...

Hi Tracey, Well this year is drawing to an end. I am looking forward to the New Year 2015 and wish you and your family good health and happiness. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art and wisdom. Thank you for all the helpful hints and comments on my blog, too.Your video was great. I hope to try out the Soul Food lessons with you and other talented ladies.

LindieLee said...

Glad to make your acquaintance - I love pen and ink with watercolor so I would love to win.

Nigel Roberts said...

Well, I've managed to make it through the silly season in one piece, and still relatively sane, so I thought I'd have a wander through the blogs.
And lo and behold, it's you! in full living colour; sound too!
Nice to meet you, so to speak, and good luck with the course.
P.S. if my name comes out, put it back and let somebody else have it.

java diva said...

Oh this sounds so much fun!! Congrats on being a teacher!
You crack me up! :)
Have an awesome 2015, Tracey!

Patricia said...

Oh my gosh!!! How wonderful to see your beautiful face & hear that amazing accent!!! So very cool, Tracey! How did I miss this post?! Oh how you make me smile!

RubberMoon said...

I would just LOVE to take a class with you!! Winning this spot would be super amazing!!!

RubberMoon said...

Oh and I am so sorry! I left my comment as "RubberMoon "! It's me, Kristen Powers!!

Shruti Dev said...

Hi,Tracy:)! You are so lovely:)!as a person and as an artist:)! and it feels lovely to "see" you finally:)! You look lovely:)....and the video was so fun to watch:)...Soul Food 2015 looks like an amazing experience:)!.....wd love to be a part of it:)....xx

Dana S. said...

2015 is going to be a great year and Soul Food 2015 looks like serious fun! (all my pictures are crooked too!!!)

Leila said...

Would love to win a spot. New to the community but love to paint and art journal.

soultreatartjournaling.com said...

Love love love to win a place...

Jette Sand Lynge said...

I am a Dane and I will be soooo happy to win. God bless You :-)

Ninja Times said...

Amazing!!! I liked this blog sooo much it's really awesome I liked your creativity your way.I have also gone through your other posts too and they are also very much appreciate able and I have got some sweet comments for them also now I'm just waiting for your next update to come as I like all your other posts... well I have also made a video of my art hope you go through it on my channel your feedback is important subscrib if you like. Christmas , love to sing