Painting the Feminine Spring Student Show 2020

Welcome To The Painting The Feminine Student Show!

I absolutely love spending four weeks in a virtual circle of women as we paint, share and deep-dive into our intuitive narratives. It never fails; each Painting-the-Feminine session comes with its own special magic, based on the unique blend of amazing women who show up. What unfolds during our time together enriches and directly influences who I, myself, am as an artist. It is always a great honor to host this eCourse.

Because the work we do in Painting the Feminine is intimate, vulnerable and an extension of one's Soul, the Student Show is an invitation and never a requirement. The beautiful paintings and statements you see below, demonstrate each artist's personal experience, interpretation and definition of what Painting the Feminine means to them.

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Together we are brave. Together we are wise. Together we are Painting the Feminine.

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Abigail Hain

I love connecting with others in community to make art. I’m a self-taught artist living in Canada. Painting the Feminine 2020 this spring was a source of hope and inspiration, and being with women from all over the world in this soulful way filled my heart and brought me joy.

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Abigail Schischa

Painting the Feminine is the doorway to my safe heART space, where all is sacred, all is held, all is permitted, all is OK. I have been privileged to take part in Painting The Feminine six times now. Each time has been a continuation on my ever-deepening journey of understanding the nuances which make up me—the mess, the shadow and the light; it’s all there. And as I paint the feminine, all of it comes gushing out onto the paper like the waters of birth. Each time, I am surrounded by the other women artists here—my “doulas.” We hold one other through these birthings in our safe circle, looked after by the beautiful Connie—our “midwife.” X

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Adriana Veloza

It was a sign. In the days leading to quarantine, I saw several promotions for online classes to explore creativity, but only one class made me hit the “enroll” button. I felt it in my gut; I needed this connection, this space, this energy.

This is my first time taking Painting the Feminine, and I hope it will not be the last. I left this class with an opened heart and shifted mindset.

Over the past four weeks, I learned to let go of expectations and to shift the focus of my practice from product to process. I’ve heard of this shift before, but this time it truly sunk in for me.

Prior to Painting The Feminine, I considered my supplies, time and energy so precious, that I would often avoid making art because I feared I would make crap and everything would be wasted. I’ve learned that to truly honor my creative soul, I need to remain open, flexible, kind and curious. Hearing encouragement and feedback from fellow women artists and Femme Queen Connie was invaluable. I appreciated the honest and raw moments during video calls and in our posts. To my knowledge, that level of vulnerability is rarely experienced in other online courses. I am very thankful to have been part of this feminine collective.

While I’m still working on my identity as an “artist,” I am recognizing myself as a “creator;” something I believe is critical to Painting the Feminine.

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Painting the Feminine has repeatedly helped me express my inner voice and acknowledge the beauty of my creativity. This time around, I've found a way to integrate Painting The Feminine into areas of my life beyond my creativity: We are agents of change manifesting our power of transformation by Feminine wisdom. I am honored to be part of this circle of amazing artists. Let's make the world a better place one painting at the time.

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Andrea Maloney

This was my first time taking part in Painting the Feminine.

While this (spring 2020) was my first time experiencing the process of Painting the Feminine, I sense that whether it’s ones first time or it’s been experienced multiple times, it is always memorable.

I have been drawing and painting on and off throughout my life for as long as I can remember. Recently, I have been feeling stuck and I needed a push to help me listen to myself and trust in the process of making art again.

I am trained as an architectural draftsperson and am typically more comfortable with the organization of black and white and straight lines than I am with more intuitive processes. Painting The Feminine has helped give me the confidence to make a mess and see the beauty in not only in black-and-white organized lines but in the color of that mess! Thank you, Connie and everyone for awakening the Messy Colorful ME!

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Andrea Small

This was my third time experiencing Painting the Feminine. Each time has been different; all have been deep and important experiences. In the carefully-held circle of creativity, these three pieces took me by surprise.

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Anya Helgeson

This is my first time taking Painting the Feminine. Honestly, I was a bit nervous about taking a painting class. I didn’t consider myself to be a visual artist and hadn’t used paint since probably middle school. I am so grateful I was able to participate in this course and to delve into the painting-the-feminine process.

When I signed up, I was going through a difficult period of my life and didn’t really feel in touch with my feminine. Painting gave me grounding and a way to look at my inner-self in a new light. I look forward to continuing to create art on a more regular basis.

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Barbara Polc

As an artist, I’ve always worked from a sacred space deep within, but it wasn’t always easy to “let go,” and just feel free, uninhibited and uncensored while creating. Since my experience with Painting the Feminine, I can honestly say I now wholeheartedly throw my entire self into each piece—from my bones to my toes, from my heart space to my hands—and I still leave a sacred space in each piece, where I live and breathe.

Painting The Feminine is a community—not just a course—it is a warm hug, unconditional support and an acceptance unlike anything I’ve felt before. Thank you, Connie, for your honesty and your soul bearing. Until we meet again, peace and light to all.

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Becky Fowler

When I am painting the feminine, I am channeling my innate wisdom along with the expansive, collective feminine wisdom—available to all of us—through my paintbrush and onto the page. I enter a zone of present-moment connection and feel the rush of “next right action” flowing through me. I don't need to think; this is a no-thinking zone. I am a conduit. I am waiting to see what is revealed. I trust in the process and know that what needs to come will come.

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Billie Miles

Through my experience in Painting the Feminine, I learned there is a room inside me that I want to explore. I don't have words or fully formed thoughts for what's in there—and I've only started to feel my way around it. It feels like I belong in this room; maybe I'm finally home?!

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Camille Bohen

Painting the Feminine.
Joy. Sharing. Empowering. Love. Whaouuuu!
Thank you.

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Cathy Murrant

This was my first time exploring Painting the Feminine with Connie, and it was a very powerful experience. What I discovered—and what will stay with me—is the deep connection between my emotions and what turns up on the page. It's not about making a pretty picture; it’s about allowing myself to trust my intuition and follow the nudges. When I review the body of work I created throughout the course, I am connected to each piece, not because of how it looks, but because of the journey each piece took me through. Thank you, Connie for being such a wonderful guide.

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Cheryl Reynolds

Connie’s kind approach to helping me unfold and reveal my intuitive side is exactly what I needed. I am excited to paint and create much more often now because I’ve learned my inner critic can be helpful and resourceful.

One of the biggest aha! moments came after I completed the Genre, Style and Visual Language exercises: After boiling down each element, I could see my work in a different light and in a new way that made sense to me. It was a fascinating experience that led to a deeper understanding of myself.

I will keep the memory of this time close to my heart, and I am so grateful for this experience.

Thank you from the depths of it.

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Colleen R. Russell

Painting the Feminine was my first class with Connie Solera. I enjoyed the process and felt like I walked away with perspectives on both my internal and external worlds that have shifted my paintings. My “so-called fans" have begun to notice the shifts as well.

I felt like I received value from every communication I received from Connie. I've been a mixed-media artist for about seven years and needed a boost to take my art to the next level.

What I resonated with most though, was Connie's commitment to encourage each person to express her own voice and to follow the path of the feminine. I think it takes a lot of courage to follow the voice of the soul; what I saw was that Connie follows it.

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Cynthia Broschat

Thank you for this creative opportunity and for the incentive to keep exploring and excavating the visual language of my artist soul. Having "permission" to create—just for the sake of creating—set my juices flowing and helped me to continue to mature my relationship with my inner critic. Your class, Connie, was a huge gift to me, especially at this difficult time—the early days of the Covid-19 isolation. I so appreciate your enthusiasm, professionalism, authentic spirit, clarity and generous heart. Thank you, too, to all of the participants for your role as inspired examples. Hugs to all.

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Cynthia Hanna

My journey through Painting the Feminine has helped me reawaken my creative spirit and look toward the light, allowing me to meet the wild-woman adventurer that lurks within me. I feel a deeper connection to my art and my soul.

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Dawn Zichko

What I don't want to forget about Painting the Feminine is how the process nourishes and informs me. I don't want to forget to hone in on my divine curiosity and seeing where it will lead me.

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Deborah J Milton, PhD

Ahhh . . . . Connie, what a splendid journey! Almost ten years ago, your tutelage broke me free from the constraints of my devotion to watercolor. After BIG & DEEP, I painted the feminine with you in your second season of this series. Though I stuck to the journal format that time around, this time I painted ONE image and I am SO happy I did.

This season of Painting the Feminine broke me out of my Painting-the-Many-Faces-of-Gaia box. I knew I was ready for that—having a while ago met my goal of painting 100 faces—but I had no idea what my next passionate painting purpose would be. Thank you, for offering guideposts and a path.

The very first audio catapulted me to a larger format, despite having prepared four small boards ahead of time—one for each week. Best-laid plans out the window! (Aren’t we women famous for changing our minds?)

Almost every audio inspired the next layer of imagery and sometimes I even was “ahead” of you. I had no idea what each day’s audio would bring, but at least twice there was great synchronicity with what was already showing up on the canvas: Breaking away from patriarchy/women’s anger and honoring the mother, in the greatest grandest sense of that word. I offer three stages of the painting: first day, last day of second week, today (May 4). The painting unfinished.

Gratitude for your empathy, energy, wisdom and ability to care for us all.

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Denise Waldick

This was my first time experiencing Painting the Feminine. I have taken other classes where I've tried to learn how to paint from my heart—both online and in person—but this was the first time that I was actually able to get outside of my head ("the penthouse") and paint intuitively. It was an amazing experience for me, and especially during this time of self-isolation.

Painting in this way, helped me to relax, to get excited, to release heavy emotions, and to simply be myself. There were no worries about what others were thinking or about what others were producing. For this class, I was able to focus on myself and that felt great.

I'd like to thank Connie and the amazing women who participated in this session of Painting the Feminine. You all made it a safe, comfortable and encouraging place.

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Diane Martin, PhD

Painting the Feminine has been fantastic and fun!

Painting The Feminine provided an opportunity and a welcoming space for me to let loose, painting into free and uninhibited expression. Most of my painting in this course was immediate, tactile and spontaneous. Downright fun! The openness, warmth and positive encouragement from Connie and this amazing group of insightful women, created a synergy of “go for it” in expressive painting by moving from the “thinking” (brain) mode to the “feeling” (heart) approach. This was refreshing and liberating.

Connie is a great teacher and guide for exploring the possibilities of expressive art!

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Dru Nordmark

This was my third time participating in Painting the Feminine. I am so thankful and filled with gratitude for being involved with and embraced by this incredible community.

I can say with complete confidence I am in a much different place emotionally and artistically than I was the first time I dove into Painting The Feminine. Each time, though I’ve been drawn by the same undeniable cosmic force to jump in head-first!

If it wasn't for Painting The Feminine, I would have never attempted to use paints as freely as I do now—whether that be alone or with other mediums. My creative intention to having a daily practice of “arting” out my thoughts and emotions might have taken a great deal longer also had it not been for Painting the Feminine.

A big thanks to Connie for creating this safe, supportive community of inspiring women!

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Flo Schell

When I first saw the name of this course, I thought it meant I would be painting the feminine form. However, the course was much richer in content than I could have imagined. Connie’s unique ability to speak her truth and to share it with us in the most personal way, set the tone. Her truly moving audios had me feeling deeply and moving to my canvas to express my own truth—directly from my heart space and with more freedom than I have felt in a long time. There was no pressure for my work to be beautiful; just freedom of expression. I poured a lot of feelings into these uncensored works and saw lots of insights emerge that spoke volumes to me.

I am truly grateful for Connie and the work she is doing to empower women everywhere. And I am really grateful that she guided me to paint boldly—and sometimes meekly—but always authentically.

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Heather Freeman

In Painting the Feminine I fell in more deeply in love.

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Hilda DiBiase

I'm so grateful for Connie's work, her generous guidance and for experiencing Painting the Feminine. This was my first season with Painting The Feminine, and it has been a deeply nourishing and beautiful respite from all the anxiety and fear in our strange new world. Painting The Feminine has been like retreating into a quiet cove if only for just a few moments and emerging refreshed again.

I was quiet throughout the course, but still felt accepted and surrounded by the soft feminine energy that reassured me I wasn't alone. I'm learning how resilience grows if I continue to show up with compassion and patience towards my creative practice and myself in general.

Also, I’ve learned the importance of taking a break to integrate what I’m experiencing. It's been liberating, allowing my intuition to lead the way through so many emotions both light and dark. This process has opened my eyes to so many forgotten places within me. Painting the Feminine has been, and continues to be, an illuminating journey of the soul-self in all its myriad forms.

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Painting the Feminine is a little bit of magic in this world; a new pathway of exploring and developing a practice with connection to the heartspace. It is a nourishing creative practice that encourages trusting intuition.

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Jacqueline Hunks

Painting the Feminine gave me gas. (I’m approaching 60, what can I say?!)

In all seriousness, this course gave me the fuel I needed to kickstart a more consistent and connected-to-my-heart creative practice. I learned that I could let go of perfectionism, results-oriented programming and self-judgment. Connie gently—and with such care and positivity—instilled in me a child-like wonder and in-the-moment mindset, giving me something I won’t be giving back: me.

Since I was five, I’ve known I am an artist and a maker. My life’s path, however, never embraced this and I prioritized all else, squeezing art in when I could. Through Painting The Feminine, I see I can be free to make different choices, in different ways, and I am doing just that.

Even though I actually began painting a week late in the course, and sometimes didn’t even use the prompts (I did view/attend/listen to everything however), I remained encouraged and was greedily filling my cup. The results show. Am I a better technical painter? Heck, no. Am I less fear-based and negative? Heck, yes! I’m singing from my soul that this was exactly the course, teacher and community that I needed to adjust my lifelong vision of who and what I am.

Thank you, Connie; you truly are a gift to the wandering artists of this time. And a thank-you to all the members, whose voices and energies cheered each of us on, including me, JAC.

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Jamie Lepore Wright

Through this was my first time with Painting the Feminine, I learned quickly to get out of my own way and trust the process. I unearthed generations of strength in my lineage, and found clarity and purpose there. I began to (re)discover and refine the grammar which my Artist uses to communicate. I created works of beauty and power. I began to explore what a nourishing and sustainable creative practice looks like for me; its rhythms and modes and the ways I can weave both into my life. I found much-needed solace and healing, and fostered connection with myself and others—courageous women artists across the globe—during a surreal and unsettling time. I found a mentor and guiding light in Connie Solera. Thank you all for everything. This is just the beginning . . . .

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Painting the Feminine means digging deep and honoring my Artist Soul—my heart space.

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What surprised me most about my experience in Painting the Feminine, was receiving permission to paint from my heart; to let go of pressure and expectations; to let my Artist Soul come out and onto the paper. That part of the process made me feel free and joyful. Painting the Feminine freed me to run wild. Freedom, I thought; that sounds like my Artist’s dream.

Through the process, I was surprised to see how I have a pattern in my work: layers and circles. I loved how Connie made the process as important as the finished piece I was creating. That felt like a new concept to me and one which I took and ran with. I enjoyed seeing how the process and art came together. Part of Connie’s feedback was that my written process was like poetry. That made me smile inside, as I started writing poetry a few years ago, and to combine my love of art and poetry, brings me so much joy and excitement.

I am grateful I signed up to take Painting the Feminine, as it took me out of my comfort zone. I was thankful to receive feedback on my art process and I definitely felt a freedom through the entire workshop, that spoke to my soul and gave my artist inside permission to just be me.

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Jane Horner

About three years ago, I discovered Connie Solera and took part in my first Painting the Feminine course. It opened the door to a wonderful community of passionate, creative women. But more importantly, it opened my heart to the creative process. I had always been able to "paint a pretty picture,” but I never felt deeply connected to the work. I admired artists whose work had depth and meaning, but I didn't know how to get there. Through this unique course and supportive circle of fellow artists, I have finally found a way to express my spirit and emotions through my work. It's not always pretty—in fact sometimes it's a little ugly and raw—but now it truly comes from my heart.

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This is my second time taking Painting the Feminine from Connie. This time around, I felt like I was able to descend a bit deeper into what the feminine means to me. Right now, it means trusting my intuition—not only when I'm painting but when I'm living my life outside of the studio.

Since the completion of the course, I've made some big, bold decisions that don't make logical sense but feel so clearly, perfectly right that I feel a sense of peace that has been elusive for quite some time. I am grateful for these last four weeks and the time I've had to listen, ponder, feel and act. The Feminine is my birthright, Painting the Feminine is my insight.

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Jo Anne Parker

My heart will be forever grateful to Connie and Painting the Feminine . This opportunity has opened my heart to possibilities and experiences that not that long ago I would never dreamed . The class lit a flame in me that I had been waiting for and the timing was extraordinarily magical . I have created much satisfaction in my life with the deep connection to me through the the map gifted to me from Painting the Divine Feminine.

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Joan Harris

Participating in Connie Solera’s course, Painting the Feminine, has allowed me to explore my artistic voice in a safe venue, and she has taught me to listen to my artistic intuition.

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Joanne Barwise

The process in Painting the Feminine caused me to go deep. Memories of my mother came up when we talked about the feminine. They say that a girl learns to be a woman from her father. I don't agree with that. With three girls in my family, all we saw was misogyny. My mother was our champion. She was my mentor and I learned to be a woman from her. She was a warrior; fierce yet still my soft place to fall and grow. My mother modeled the feminine. My tears are warm with happiness when I think of Mom. When I weep for her, I weep for me.

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Why did it take Painting the Feminine for me to claim time for myself in this busy household?

Somehow the fact that I paid for a course and needed to block off time each night to create and not be disturbed was respected by the whole family (husband and children). I shut the door, put on the headphones and nobody bothered me; that was AMAZING!

I need to remember how important this daily practice is to my wellbeing, personal development and feelings of self-worth.

Thank you Connie, for creating this course, inspiring us and bringing together like-minded individuals to support each other in our work. The fact that a seed/egg shape shows up continually in my work only proves to me that the seed has been planted and needs to be tended. Good luck to all of you in your own personal journeys.

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Painting The Feminine is all about strengthening and developing greater trust in my own inner knowing, and letting that knowing flow from my heart onto the paper. I learned that my intuition, like a muscle, can be strengthened by using it. Painting the Feminine is a beautiful and safe space to practice hearing this inner wisdom and acting on it.

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I have lived art all my life and painted most of it, too.

Recently, I had taken time away to hone my other loves, Yoga and teaching others about Yoga. Painting the Feminine helped me open up to my feminine self. I was never great at capturing face emotions until now.

I am so happy I took this course

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Karen Luzny

Having the opportunity to be part of Painting the Feminine was very special, and as we said our goodbyes during our last video conference I found myself welling up. Why? Well, it was wonderful to be part of a community that was supportive, inspiring and freeing.

As Connie would say, “You’re an art school survivor!” And I truly am. It was during the session that Connie shared her journals that I received my big aha! moment. It was liberating to see how Connie designated her journals and after that session, I just let go. I learned to trust my innate artistic meanderings and I’m excited about what I created.

It was through Painting The Feminine that I gained purpose during my Covid-isolation days. Although the course is complete, I will be fierce, continue to create daily and when doing so, I will hear Connie whispering to me to let go and just create what exists within you.

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Katherine Kinsley-Momberger

The opportunity to study with Connie and the other artists of Painting the Feminine was an incredible experience—especially during the challenges of the pandemic. This was my first online studio course and I found the structure and the interaction with the other artists very inspiring.

Painting The Feminine stirred a part of my creative practice that I had lost sight of. It enabled me to sort through the inner critics and expectations that cloud my vision while leading me to the intuitive wisdom that resides within me—that resides within each of us. I found myself rediscovering the whimsy and fantastical elements of my visual language. I have a new-found confidence and respect for my work and for my practice as a whole, and for this I am grateful.

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Kelly Jean Hollen

Painting the Feminine was such a profound experience for me. It was filled to the brim with emotion and transformation. Learning to connect and create so intimately with feminine energy is like taking a deep dive into the inner depths of your heart. I could not have imagined a more precious gift and honor than to be guided through this journey by Connie’s beautiful spirit, and to be able to connect with others from all around the world while we painted with our hearts and souls in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

Sharing this time when so much grief, fear and isolation surrounded all of us, was a potent experience that I will never, ever forget. I have grown, deepened, found strength, meaning and connection. I will continue to trust and surrender to this process always, not just in my artwork but also in life. So much gratitude for Connie and her loving guidance through this transformative journey.

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Leslie Typrin

Painting the Feminine brought something new out in me. Something from the depths of who I am. When I began my journey I was feeling scared to be visible for who I truly am and when it ended I was feeling so much bigger than I have ever felt. I am allowing myself to create and express with all of my intensity and depth.

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Liliana Nieto

I have to thank Painting the Feminine for providing a new meaning of painting to me. The four-week process helped me reconnect with my inner voice. I wasn’t painting before because I wasn’t comfortable with the anguish of choosing a theme, deciding at the start what the result should look like, and so on. Now, I have this space where I can experiment and feel free, because I was provided with an opportunity to explore my inner self through the mantra “If this feels OK, then it is OK.” I now can hear my inner critic and put it to rest, while I enjoy the perfection of the spontaneous, yet wise, voice of my intuition. Thank you, Connie for a well-structured path to gain focus on the pleasure of self-connection in art.

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Linda Faber

Any intensive time spent near the heart, mind and guiding hand of Connie Solera leaves you more confident, encouraged and skilled than you were before. Although I've taken several classes with Connie—including a fabulous breakthrough week in Oaxaca—in Painting the Feminine, Connie's teaching helped me peel away the layers of doubt and hesitation that cause me to stumble on this artistic path. Through connections online with other artists, live sessions, study of our intentions on paper and in discussion, I came away with renewed motivation, insight and, yes, a body of work I feel good about! Thank you, Connie for sharing your gifts with us!

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I love art. I love looking at it, surrounding myself with it; I love playing with it and enjoying the process. BUT. But, my elementary school art teacher always said, "No!" Art making had to follow the rules. Art had to be just-so. It had to be a certain way, and mine was never okay.

Painting the Feminine has given me permission! I can play! I don't have to hide! The result of the playing is just that—the result. It doesn't have to follow rules or be just-so. The result of my art making is about me and I can play with other artists who have different styles and training and experience, and who also make art about themselves. It's all okay!

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Lisa Lennox

Painting the Feminine was a mystical adventure of the best kind. Connie's content and guidance was deep, inspirational, challenging and supportive. I really didn't have any idea what I was signing up for, and I am thrilled that I did! With this circle of amazing women, I cultivated new freedom and playfulness with my practice, experimented with new materials, went on a personal deep dive, and grew light years in my understanding of my visual language. I look forward to doing Painting The Feminine again!

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Lola Clark

Painting the Feminine and Connie’s teachings have opened me up to a greater ability to enjoy the process of painting. Her suggestions for starting a piece and flowing with the tools we have at hand are paramount. Painting The Feminine is an experience that allows for letting go and diving deep into unknown realms of expression. Surely these lessons will forever be infused into my process and serve as metaphor for life as well as growing as an artist.

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Louisa Turner

Painting the Feminine gave me a rich opportunity to dive deeply inside and give expression to a long-overdue voice. I loved the guidance, affirmation and encouragement Connie gives so naturally in her way of teaching and bringing women together. I reconnected with a playfulness and freedom in moving paint around with my fingers, creating shapes and blending colors in what felt like gifting myself with time each day to go inward and explore. It felt deeply honoring to do this for myself, to be witnessed in this and to share this experience with so many other amazing women. I feel like a new life tool has been given to me. Thank you, Connie.

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Margot T Bigelow

Since journeying through Painting the Feminine, I'm creating more, I'm using ritual as part of my process, and I feel I'm finally beginning to create from my heart.

Painting the Feminine has helped me to recognize my own visual language and my own rhythms. I'm so glad I signed up and I hope to, again. Thank you!

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Mary Coffey

Through the container of Painting the Feminine Spring 2020, Connie gave me permission to listen to what is deepest in me. The inner wisdom that is deep inside each of us, had been waiting for permission, validation and expression. Connie’s audios were the invitation I needed to bring it out onto my journal. Connie’s insightful comments on my expressions were the validation I need to believe that my intuitive knowing can be trusted.

I have spent most of my adult life in my head, trusting only what I can see. I have spent most of my artist life being overly concerned with technique development and getting it “right.” Painting the Feminine helped me let go of technical concerns (for a time, at least) and empowered me to dip into a deep well, bringing up images that have their own stories to tell.

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Melissa Cherry

Painting the Feminine inspired me to dig out my art materials and reconnect to my sweet artistic soul. Listening to Connie’s words of wisdom and captivating stories, motivated me to explore, experiment and delve into new painting approaches. Since completing these amazing four weeks, I have continued to allow the paint to flow from my brushes and document my daily walks and love of nature.

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Melissa Ohlman-Roberge

Prior to Painting the Feminine, I was a very results-oriented painter/crafter. Through this course, I was able to visualize and then actualize works, painting more freely and combining mediums in new ways. I also came to a higher understanding of feminine power as it relates to my art. Thanks to Connie and the Painting The Feminine community for your support!

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Missy Storrow

The best thing that could have happened during this 2020 pandemic was to receive an invitational email from Connie Solera for Painting the Feminine! Seriously, I had previously participated in a few Painting The Feminine seasons, but this time was really medicine for my soul. I had a reason to show up at the studio every day and meet up with the gals, and my studio habit is now permanent! My visual language is incorporating stronger, bolder parts of who I am as an artist.

Connie’s passion is contagious and fun to be around; it rubs off and is remembered on a cellular level. I felt real growth and challenges, and even organized my own studio to better carry this forward. I’m sticking to keeping a studio log and can see its value over time. I even started an altered book for the first time! What I don’t want to forget is to play when play is needed and find a way through the junky junk to get to the other side where yet another door will open. I’m committed to showing up and creating for the betterment of my soul; it’s who I am.

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Nancy Ewing

"Paint simply for the sake of nourishing your soul." This quote from Connie informed my fourth session of Painting the Feminine. I'm nourished by the spring flowers and by flowing watercolor; by the shape of a rosebud and the feel of oil pastel against paper. This session, I also nourished myself by looking at long-untouched art books at home. I was inspired to try creating a stencil from my drawing. Resting in the familiar led me to trying something new.

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Nancy Ewing

"Paint simply for the sake of nourishing your soul." This quote from Connie informed my fourth session of Painting the Feminine. I'm nourished by the spring flowers and by flowing watercolor; by the shape of a rosebud and the feel of oil pastel against paper. This session, I also nourished myself by looking at long-untouched art books at home. I was inspired to try creating a stencil from my drawing. Resting in the familiar led me to trying something new.

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Nardja Segui

I’m a self-taught artist that has been painting for the last five years. I decided to take this course, Painting the Feminine, because I was going through my Facebook feed, stumbled upon Connie journals post and I was in awe! I mentioned on the post that the feeling that Connie’s journal evoked in me, was the feeling I wanted for everyone to feel when they look at my artwork! I want people to feel and be curious about why I created a piece of art. And I think the only way you achieve that is if you create from your heart. For that you need to be vulnerable and be able to open yourself up to the good and the bad, and trust that you are going to be OK. Art is there to catch you. So Painting the Feminine exceeded my expectations. I have learned so much about painting, about art, about intuition, about trusting myself and my decisions. Connie is truly gifted and I would recommend this course to anyone.

Painting The Feminine Runs every fall & spring!