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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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  • Yesterday at #paintFEARLESSmexico we took some time to peek into some artist studios. It’s fun to see how some artists run a tight, organized machine & others....well....you get the picture! What kind of artist are you? Are you more at home in the midst of chaos & disorder or are you a stickler for keeping things tidy? I’d say I’m an artist that walks a fine line right in between. ..
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  • The city of Zachilla is where they host a mural contest each year for the Day of the Dead. It’s also one of the places we visit for inspiration at #paintFEARLESSmexico.
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  • Beautiful day to tour the countryside of Oaxaca & do some sketching here at #paintFEARLESSmexico ..
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  • There was a lot of painting, drawing, & creative mayhem happening in Oaxaca today! #paintFEARLESSmexico #detail
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  • It takes me forever to get anywhere in Oaxaca cause I have to constantly stop to take a photo!!! #paintFEARLESSmexico
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  • Morning paint warm-ups here at #paintFEARLESSmexico!! ..
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  • This is a quick demo I did at #paintFEARLESSmexico yesterday before we headed out on a walking tour of Oaxaca. I wanted to show how urban sketching can be fun, whimsical, & quick. Right now on my Instagram Stories I’m sharing a video where I flip through this travel sketchbook of mine & you’ll notice that the sketches in it are not in a grid fashion like this one. Instead they’re all done while sitting down taking my time. That’s one way I like to approach travel sketching — but this is another trick I use too! Especially when I’m out & about with my family or groups of painters. I love how the little snippets together tell a bigger story!
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  • Color, texture, line — wandering around Oaxaca is like walking in a painting. #paintFEARLESSmexico ..
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  • Yesterday was the first full day of #paintFEARLESSmexico & it was awesome!!! The first day of painting is always a little ticky-tacky because most artists are nervous to paint in community and/or come with loads of internal pressures they place on themselves. This group was no different, but I was blown away by the energy, excitement & raw talent I witnessed coming through their paintings from the second their easels were in place. ..
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The whole purpose of my retreat is to create a body of work that is uniquely your own by fully sinking into your heart space to create it. Yesterday, I found myself needing to tell my beloveds that artists don’t need fixing — they need understanding of who they are. As an artist, you are who you are & you can’t get away from it. So rock it. Sure, yes, of course the more you learn, practice, & seek support & community you will grow & develop as an artist — but no matter where you are in your development you already possess all the ingredients that make you whole — your style, message, & light as an artist is already there working through you — you just have to listen & be aware — you’ll see it.
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The 2 things I see most that deter artists from understanding themselves is 1.) they channel their energy towards comparing themselves to other artists 2.) they exhaust their energy comparing themselves to an ideal in their head. ..
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Honestly, I think it’s healthy to be “inspired” & even a little challenged by fellow artists we admire & also having a vision of the characteristics that are calling you to grow is great motivation to keep evolving. But most artists I encounter struggle with these distractions.
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My goal as a teacher at Paint FEARLESS Mexico is to redirect my students back to their heart, back to their greatness, back to why they as artists are so needed & important right here, right now. 🖤

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November 5, 2019

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Save $1000 on Paint FEARLESS Mexico!

October 4, 2019

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October 2, 2019

For those of you that have been part of the 21 SECRETS community for awhile, you’re probably wondering where the heck is the Fall edition?

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