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She gave herself to art.

My name is Connie Solera. I create art, teach, travel, and write in order to inspire every woman to pick up her paintbrush, let go of her fears, and sink into the artist her heart is calling her to be.

In my past, I skimmed the surface by doing the typical things a “good-lil-artist” should do. But it wasn’t until I stopped doing what was expected of me and started following my own truth that my life cracked wide open. From that moment on, art has been my compass, my mirror, and an endless adventure.

Welcome to my online world where art does a deep dive into life’s creative mysteries; becomes a thread between stories, and a translation of one's inner landscape. Everything you find here will help you demystify the journey and sink with confidence as you, too, give yourself to art.

She shape-shifted like the moon.

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  • I got my apron on from Oaxaca & I’m glowing like a firecracker because I just hit send on a series of videos that zoomed off to my painters attending Paint FEARLESS Mexico!!! In 51 days (who’s counting, right?) I’ll be kicking off my 9th #paintFEARLESSmexico retreat & I still get ridiculously excited for each one. I LOOOOOOOVE, LOOOOVE, LOOOVE taking painters on retreat & I’m beyond smitten with the beautiful, magical city of Oaxaca — I never get tired of it & I always discover something new with each visit. But the best part are the talented, soulful women that always attend my Paint FEARLESS retreats — they make everything pure magic!! 51 more days!!!!
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  • I created this paint sketch in Sedona last week & I happened to take a couple photos of it as it was in process. When I started I had this idea of what I wanted to express — but once I got that idea out on the page, it felt too contrived — too neat — too dang tight & tidy. So that’s when I Conniefied it. That’s how I approach my life as well. I have an idea, I go for it all gingery & then a point comes where what I created feels too dang small & suffocating, so I go in & break up the energy till my creative juices are bubbling over in excitement again. I realized in Sedona that the last couple years I’ve been in demolition mode in my life & now, I can slowly start to see the restoration phase starting to take place. I share this today as a prayer — for all the hearts struggling to breathe from a life that is suffocating and caving in on you. I share this to the brave ones that are standing in the middle of a life on fire, heart aching but welcoming a new & foreign feeling of liberation that is starting to creep in. And I share this as a prayer for all the Souls that are ready to restore, rebuild, & renew a life.  As it is in art, shall it be in life. ..
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  • Lots of new energy filling the studio now-a-days. #wip
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  • Right now I’m working on 4 different projects at one time & I don’t feel ready to share publicly about them yet. I know that once I do, something always shifts for me. As artists I think keeping a bit of mystery is very important — not just as a way of keeping your “audience” interested & excited in what’s coming next — but most of all to preserve the intimacy that is a vital part of the creative process. What are your thoughts?
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  • Saturday morning paint sketch. ..
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  • Get your paintbrushes rev‘d up! It’s full moon magic tonight!! ..
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  • Paint sketching in hotel rooms — it’s kinda my thang!
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  • Good morning. #sedona ..
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Francisco Toledo, Thank You

September 8, 2019

It was a quarter past midnight when I heard the news that Francisco Toledo died on Thursday, September 5th. Toledo, a very prominent Mexican artist and activist, was a huge inspiration to me.

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Last Day To Register for Painting The Feminine

September 7, 2019

Today is the last day to register for the Fall session of Painting The Feminine that starts up Monday. In Painting The Feminine we spend 4 delicious weeks creating a body of work together that explores, expresses & celebrates Feminine Wisdom.

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Wood

September 5, 2019

Yesterday I shared how my creative process unfolded into the painting above. Though I purposely left out what happened after her loving presence washed over me and I told Hansel my big idea.

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