Coffee Art Project

October 12, 2017

tracy hetzel, longbluestraw, watercolor illustration


Existing on a lonely Sunday even though the house is filled with family. They are still asleep and will be til noon. I am the morning person. It is my “me” time, where I welcome being trapped inside myself. My thoughts start to bleed and run wild in the abandoned hallways of my mind. The coffee and cigarettes fuel my introspection. The quiet embraces me, accepts me, until the garbage truck turns down my street and brutally brings me tumbling back to reality where I notice the pile of last night’s dishes still in the sink.

I am proud to be one of 40 artists exhibiting at this year’s New York Coffee Festival. If you happen to be in NYC this weekend, October 13-15, 2017, stop on by, check out the art, and have yourself a cup of joe.

The Coffee art Project supports Project Waterfall, which is committed to bringing clean water to communities which grow our coffee through the Allegra Foundation and other registered charities.

So far, Project Waterfall, has raised more than £520,000 and delivered clean water to over 20,000 people in Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Nicaragua in partnership with WaterAid, Charity: Water and Water for People.

The Coffee art Project is a non-profit initiative aimed at encouraging artists by providing them with an open platform to showcase their works.

They are funded by donations, sponsorship and art sales. All works are for sale in the exhibition(s) and on the Coffee art Project on-line gallery. For each artwork sold, 50% will be donated to Project Waterfall.

In Repair

June 23, 2017

butterfly, in repair, watercolor, tracy hetzel, illustration, broken, broken heart, broken wing

“Today my forest is dark. The trees are sad and all the butterflies have broken wings.” —Raine Cooper

butterfly, in repair, watercolor, tracy hetzel, illustration, broken, broken heart, broken wing

In Repair

butterfly, in repair, watercolor, tracy hetzel, illustration, broken, broken heart, broken wing

“When I can’t fly, I start to fall, but I’ve got wheels, I’m rolling on.” —Miranda Lambert

butterfly, in repair, watercolor, tracy hetzel, illustration, broken, broken heart, broken wing

“The purpose is hidden within your wounds.” —Rune Lazuli

“Then one day I realized I had scars the shape of wings.” —S.C. Lourie

butterfly, in repair, watercolor, tracy hetzel, illustration, broken, broken heart, broken wing

“The moment between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life takes place.” —Unknown

Watercoloring Pages

January 18, 2017

DIY watercoloring pages by tracy hetzelwatercolor pages

A friend a while back once said to me that if I made a coloring book, she would buy it. Well, I’ll do you one better… Introducing Long Blue Straw’s own Watercoloring Pages. I did the drawing, now you do all the fun.

Sold as a kit: Package includes 8 individual sheets each with a separate drawing, all printed on Arches Natural White 90 lb (185 gsm) watercolor paper; Scholastic Short Handle Red Sable Round Brushes (sizes 4, 2, 3/0); and Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Pan Set (12 colors.) All to get you started on your own watercolor journey. Click Here! for the kit.

Or  Click Here! for just the pages. My first series, so excited.

Hoping these will be a success so I can have an excuse to do more. (wink, wink)

The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally

July 27, 2016

the great wellsville balloon rally

the great wellsville balloon rally

the great wellsville balloon rally

tracy hetzel artist

What a wonderful weekend! This year, I had the honor of being the The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally artist. It was an unforgettable experience. I loved walking around my hometown, seeing my art everywhere, (on posters, t-shirts, the balloon rally truck) having people stop me and tell me it’s the best poster they’ve seen in a while… I felt a little like a celebrity. My 15 minutes of small town fame was so much fun and it’s a weekend I will always hold close to my heart.

Strolling around town, I was able to stop in at all my favorite shops and, in my own way, help the local economy. I got to enjoy all the flavors of Wellsville that I miss so dearly and see family and friends, new and old. I had that warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia and got to share it with the ones I love… Elvis and his dog even made an appearance. I have to say, my hometown never looked better.

texas hot, elvis

art center cafe wellsville ny

the great wellsville balloon rally

the great wellsville balloon rally

My children, after many years of attending this event, finally got to experience a hot air balloon ride. If you’ve never been, there is nothing quite like it. They flew low, dipped the basket in the river, floated over the pink house and it’s surrounding neighborhood and eventually landed, funny enough, in the McDonald’s drive thru. Breakfast anyone? With all their cousins chasing the balloon, yelling and waving to them. I’m sure it’s something they will never forget.

I did have to drag three teenagers out of bed at 5:30am. But they promise me it was well worth it.

the great wellsville balloon rally

the great wellsville balloon rally

wellsville ny pink house

The culmination of such a wonderful weekend was made even more memorable by a surprise 50th Anniversary Party for my parents. With all their children and their children’s children, and a few surprise out of town relatives, everyone I’m related to was actually under one roof. Food, drink and cake was enjoyed over toasts and a tearjerker video compilation of their lives to date. It was absolutely perfect.

We Hetzel’s may be a small, but we are mighty! Watch out world, the next generation is upon you.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.

hetzel family



June 28, 2016

kendall jenner by tracy hetzel

I have been so busy lately, so busy—but that’s good, right? I honestly can’t believe it’s almost July! Where does the time go? Maybe I should start planning for Christmas before that sneaks up on me too (he he)… Anyway, back to art… I just love the colors in this illustration of the ever popular Kendall Jenner that I did for Face Factory Paris. And, I  have video! Time-lapse of the making of Kendall is on my YouTube Channel. Check it out here!

Making Lemonade

May 13, 2016

lemon watercolor by tracy hetzel

When life hands you lemons… Make a new website.

I went to update my blog yesterday and it, well, kind of imploded. Argh! Not what I wanted to deal with on a Thursday. But it gave me the opportunity to revisit the old and make it new again. So, my site has a new, beautiful, streamlined look. New mail chimp integration. A new contact form. It’s pretty. it’s simple. I like it… Voila! Lemonade.

fashion illustration by tracy hetzel

What an Honor

May 12, 2016

Zahara Bahrami by Tracy Hetzel

During the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Global Drug Policy (April 19-21, 2016) The Museum Of Drug Policy, a pop­up cultural hub that includes an immersive art experience and special live programming, took a look at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world. The Museum occupied space on Park Avenue for these three days. Through art, conversations and experiential events, the Museum showcased that the moment is now for drug policy reform and that damage caused by the war on drugs is evident across the world.

I had the great honor of being included among the artists that exhibited. My Execution Portrait Series, sponsored by Open Society Foundations, profiled 5 individuals who have been executed because of drug use or distribution. Their stories are heartbreaking and while working on these individuals I couldn’t help but become a bit emotional. My goal was to bring them a voice.

Above is my portrait of Zahara Bahrami.

Andrew Chan and Brian Chambers by Tracy Hetzel

Andrew Chan and Brian Chambers.

Martin Anderson and Myuran Sukumaran by Tracy Hetzel

Martin Anderson and Myuran Sukumaran.

Museum of Drug Policy portraits by Tracy Hetzel

Museum of Drug Policy portraits by Tracy Hetzel

Some pictures from the installation.

Museum of Drug Policy portraits by Tracy Hetzel

My portrait of Zahara Bahrami appeared on the Save the Date for the Event. And was even featured on a Jumbotron in Times Square (can you stand it!).

Portrait by Tracy Hetzel appeared in Times Square

I was even commended by Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York.

How he got my married name, I’ll never know…

tracy hetzel certificate of recognition