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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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  • Hey Friends! I’m taking a little social media break to unplug & fully enjoy the final days of Summer with my family before school starts up again. (I’ll still be sending out my newsletter —so please be sure to sign up!) I’ll be back to sharing once August settles in. Happy Painting everyone! 🖤😎
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  • Friday night sketching on the iPad. That’s all. #palomaandpauline
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  • I love this gorgeous sketch from @cuppacreativity inspired by my Talking To Trees workshop in @artismagic.online year-long workshop: Make Create Express! I have a beautiful forest of student sketches over on my blog today as part of a little Talking To Trees Student Show — come check out all the fun!! And there’s still time to join us as well. Link to my blog is over on my profile — you know the drill! ..
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  • This past May & June I could have sworn that I was literally chained to my laptop & never touched a paintbrush. Seriously, that’s totally how it felt as I plowed toward some big deadlines. But this morning I gathered together all the pieces I created during those two months (excluding what I did in my sketchbook) & was kind of blown away by how my perception of myself is sometimes a bit askew. There’s even four more pieces I didn’t include here. Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!
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  • One of my absolute favorite art supplies (next to my paints from Oaxaca) is a simple, juicy black marker! But I know how many artists shy away from it. And I get it! Each mark is a commitment & I think that’s what I personally find so exciting about it. ..
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In 21 SECRETS Playful Experiments I teach a lesson called Random Bits of Pattern where I introduce you & guide you to making bold, expressive marks with black markers & then we get crazy by letting our intuition lead the way!! Fun stuff!
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21 SECRETS Playful Experiments starts tomorrow & registration is closing tonight.  This 10 day (11 lessons total) Summer Studio is designed to keep you connected to your creative practice during this hectic season. Each lesson is compact & inspiring. Come join us! Link’s on bio!
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  • Today’s a special day. For one thing, it’s Frida Kahlo’s birthday & another thing is that 9 years ago today I quit the last job-job I had as a full time elementary & middle school art teacher. I quit it to pour my whole heart into Dirty Footprints Studio. ..
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People are always inspired when I tell them that we only had $700 in the bank— not even enough money for 1 month rent. ..
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People get even more excited when I tell them that I knew with every cell in my body that this is what I had to do — that my intuition lead the way & still does. ..
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So when I walked into that school district boardroom to explain why I was breaking my upcoming contract, I knew completely that this was no longer about work for me. This was about surrendering to who I really am. This was about following my truth. ..
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Now, 9 years later, I’ve recently shut down Dirty Footprints Studio for good & I feel like I’m here once again. I wrote all about it over on my blog. Link on bio.
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  • Tomorrow begins the FREE online Creative Retreat hosted by @galiaalena  featuring ✨27✨ talented & inspiring teachers!! And goodness, I’m so honored to say I’m included. ..
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For the FREE retreat I’ve created a workshop called Talking To Trees where we grab our sketchbook & a black marker & “draw” wisdom from the trees in our own backyard & neighborhood.  Then, to make it extra juicy I show you how to add colored Tombow markers to the mix back in the studio. Fun stuff! ..
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To keep the creative nourishment flowing all year long, Galia is also offering a year long program called Create Make Express in which all 27 of us shower you with more love. In this extended program I’m teaching Talking to Trees 2 where we use our sketches as the doorway into a FEARLESS Painting adventure! Here’s one of the pieces from the diptych I share making with you in this workshop.
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To learn more & to register for that FREE retreat starting mañana hit the link on my profile.  See you there Love Bugs!! See you there!
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  • Alright friends. Today’s a New Moon,  so I’ll be sending out a newsletter later today. Not quite sure what I’m going to write about yet, but I think a little chocolate will help cure that fast! You can sign up for my newsletter over on my profile. 🖤
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  • When I am about to embark on something new in my life, I create a painting in honor of the energy I am welcoming in. How I paint it, tends to tell me way more about the unfolding that is about to happen, then the actual painting itself. ..
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I started this painting on canvas almost a month ago in honor of my new website & starting a new chapter of my career as an artist. It surprised me big time. ..
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First, because it’s on canvas. I use canvas, but very rarely. Second, the way I am painting it feels so different & this is what’s surprising me the most. I’ve been creating this painting by putting down layers and layers of glazes. With each glaze the form is becoming more & more alive — more & more 3-dimensional — more & more real.
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A few months ago Phoenix & I attended an Art opening that included 2 pieces made in virtual reality. It completely blew my heart & mind wide open. Ever since, I’ve been longing to see & feel & create my art with that same tactile experience. I think that’s what this painting is becoming to me & maybe, this is what this next chapter of my artist journey will become as well. ..
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Talking To Trees Student Show

July 11, 2019

This past weekend I had the honor of being one of the 27 talented artists in Galia Alena’s FREE Creative Online Retreat. For two days straight a different lesson was released every few hours to a world-wide circle of artists participating and sharing in the creative nourishment.

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Nine Years Later, Here I Am Again

July 6, 2019

Nine years ago today I walked into my School District Administration Building and quit my full-time teaching gig that I actually loved quite dearly. Lot of people find it inspiring when I tell them that Hansel and I had a total of $700 to our name. Not even enough to pay one month’s rent. They love it even more when I tell them that every cell in my body told me it was time — that it was my intuition that lead the way.

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This Is A BIG Weekend!

July 5, 2019

I believe with all my heart that retreats are an important part of an artist’s sanity and power. We need time away from our daily routines and responsibilities to dig deep into our own creative wells or to simply fill them back up again.

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