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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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  • Starting off my Saturday with a little digital drawing because I have a packed day ahead. First, I’m dedicating a couple hours to sitting my ass in a chair & writing, then I’m heading over to @phxart for a lecture on the amazing artist #AgnesPelton (I’ve been excited about this for weeks now! Can’t wait!), then this evening the fam & I will be seeing Angry Birds 2 in 3D. This is going to be my kinda day. How about you? Anything fun on the agenda? I’m all ears.
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  • Last night I spilled my heart out in my email newsletter about my own 5 year struggle with working on canvas..it’s not the canvas that prompted my resistance, as much as the body of work I know I’m being called to create. But that’s all past me now 😉!! Things are cooking & flowing & here’s a little diddy-oh that I’m still working on — got a bit more pattern work to include, but getting there. If you missed my newsletter (why haven’t you subscribed yet? 🧐) I shared my essay over on my blog today.  Hop on over. AND today’s the last day to save 20% on Painting The Feminine that starts September 9th! Would love to have you!! Come join us! 💙🖤🎨
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  • I have a whole slew of professional headshots sitting in a Dropbox folder that I absolutely love, that make me look oh-so-pretty-&-professional. But if all I ever throw up here is polished & posed—what fun is that. Right? So here I am in all my glory. It’s 5:30 PM. I spent my morning doing the mom thing, followed by a long wait & visit in a doctor’s office, followed by hours & hours of writing tomorrow’s newsletter. I also walked the dog & helped Hansel move furniture around in my studio so he could paint the walls. I answered email, texted my dear friend @palomakeen encouragement & love, called my mama, & picked Phoenix up from school on time. Maybe I’ll squeeze in an hour of painting once I finish dinner, dishes, & the usual bed time routine. Yep, this is me, living the glamorous artist life. #soblessed #sograteful ..
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  • My Full Moon newsletter goes out tomorrow & I will be featuring this limited edition print of one of my most favorite digital drawings!! It will only be available to subscribers of my newsletter — there’s still time to sign up if you would like to grab one yourself. It will come in two sizes. Here I am holding the larger one. The link is on my profile to subscribe, hint hint, nudge nudge!
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  • Yep! It’s that time of year again —When artists from around the globe gather virtually for 4 weeks of Painting The Feminine — my eCourse adventure that I offer each Spring & Fall. PTF is 4 weeks of nourishing our creative practice through daily painting, storytelling & delicious discussions around Feminine Wisdom. Register this week & receive a 20% discount-a-rooie! We start up on Monday, Sept. 9th. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to paint with you soon!
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  • I’m having one of those proud mama-bear moments over here because the virtual doors on the Painting The Feminine Student Show have swung wide open. 26 inspiring & courageous artists from the Spring session of my Painting The Feminine eCourse have stepped up to share their work & words. ..
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Come take a peek — like now!! What makes me all proud & giddy about this show is how absolutely different & beautiful & honest each artist’s work is. ..
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Painting The Feminine is not one of those cookie cutter classes where everyone leaves with the same painting. We go deep. We get real. We do this artist thang like we mean it. & believe me, these 26 talented women in this show mean it!!! ..
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Hit the linky dink on my profile — come check out the show — your heart will become a pile of goo when you do! ..
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And mY Painting The Feminine fall session went on sale today too. All week you can register & save 20%- hello!!!! You’ll find the link in my profile as well. We start Sept. 9th.
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  • Today’s early morning sketch is looking quite jalapeñoish! Let’s hope this is a good sign. 🤞🏼
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  • I spent the whole day in the studio yesterday. The WHOLE day. I made some serious headway on my larger blue-glazed-lady-pod painting that I am loving completely. And then, after an amazing conversation with Hansel about art, writing & life, I went back in the studio & started this little diddy. A work in process & a sketch. Color me blue, mama. Color me blue. ..
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  • Here’s a time lapse video of the digital sketch I shared yesterday. As you’ll see, it started with a photo of one of my paint sketches & then went through quite a few changes till I finally called it a day. I’m kinda smitten with the simple, spacious black-&-white line drawing that appears at the very beginning — now my hands are itching to carve that image in linoleum for prints. Stay tuned to find out if I follow through or not!!!! 😉💥🖤
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Fear, Fate, & Painting On Canvas

August 16, 2019

A huge stack of unused canvases have taken up precious real estate in my studio storage for over five years now. Don’t let their quiet demeanor fool you, though; these tall, slender beauties are quite the pain in the ass. They’re always taking up space when I need to store finished work, and—without fail—I have to move them out of the room and then back in again every time I’m hunting for a buried art supply. Total divas.

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Featured Full Moon Print

August 14, 2019

Every New and Full Moon I send out a newsletter intended to nourish my reader’s creative rhythms and keep her art tethered to her soul. Basically I tell a little story about my artist life and/or share some juicy insight I received through my creative practice or teaching.

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Filling In Space

August 14, 2019

Unlike my sketchbook where I tend to finish a drawing in one sitting, or once-in-awhile it might take me two. My iPad is packed with partially finished drawings that I come back to again and again. I started this drawing months ago with the intention to explore what it would look and feel like to leave more blank space in the image than actual line and pattern work.

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