Paint Fearless

Studio Diary January 9, 2016

Connie Solera of Dirty Footprints Studio is here at Art House Oaxaca (my artist retreat place in Mexico) teaching TWO Paint Fearless Mexico workshops.

Since Connie arrived last week, we’ve been painting together. Up at the crack of dawn and rocking out in the studio to any number of Connie’s magical artmaking playlists.

And this is BEFORE the workhop officially started yesterday.

Connie and I are both obsessed about documenting our creative process. We keep studio journals, project journals, and I’ve even photographed my work in process. But I never share my process as it unfolds.

But Connie is inspiring me to shake things up a bit.

And so is Tierra Madre – we started our workshop yesterday morning with a 6:15 am earthquake. 🙂 A little shaker, nothing serious.

Connie documents her creative process live with Instagram posts, so I thought I’d try something similar.

I’ve been taking short videos of my process and techniques. Today I woke up with this crazy idea – what if I start sharing this with you on my blog?

Here we go…

Studio Diary, January 9, 2017

Creative Habit

Documenting my creative process in a studio diary is one of my creative habits. But this is the first time I’ve thought of making short video studio diaries. And it’s the first time I’ve dared to publish something like this publicly.

If this is something you find interesting, I’ll keep doing it. Although I must confess it does feel like a huge creative edge for me. That’s code for: scared shitless.

This is terrifying!

But here I am, at a painting retreat called Paint Fearless.

Kinda perfect, huh?

Follow Along…

You can see what Connie and the other painters in the workshop are posting by searching for this hashtag:


And you can see more of Art House Oaxaca on the Art House Oaxaca Facebook Page:

and the Art House Oaxaca hashtag: #arthouseoaxaca

30 Day Journal Project Update

P.S. I’ve decided to push back the opening of this year’s 30 Day Journal Project to February 1st, 2017.

I’ve got some new surprises in store for this round of the 30 Day Journal Project, and with all of this painting going on, I simply want to take more time to put it all together for you. I promise it will be worth the wait! xoxo

48 Responses to Paint Fearless

  1. dani lyndersay January 31, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    Wonderful!!! Wish I too could jump on a plane and join you… but will keep checking your blog instead. All the best… painting hugz from me, dani (in Trinidad)

  2. Cecily Caceu January 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Such a great idea! Makes me want to get on a plane and join you all!
    Can’t wait to see more of the videos!!

  3. Carol Lowell January 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    Looking longingly at the beautiful, inspiring space you have created there in Oaxaca that I have just left. Missing you, Connie and all the puppies! I know you and Connie will have another great week of discovery, play and sisterhood. Take care xo

  4. Teresa January 13, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    Just what I needed to start my morning with a cup of delight!

  5. Angie Trianta January 12, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Lisa, your courage is awe-inspiring! I love that you keep pushing yourself to get out of your comfort zone despite fear and vulnerability. I love, love, LOVED your studio video! I want more (pretty please!) Something about your video unfurled something deep inside me which I need to delve deeper into. And there’s this deliciousness about getting a behind the scenes look into an artist’s creative process.

    • Lisa Sonora January 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

      Angie – I love what you’ve shared, “Something about your video unfurled something deep inside me which I need to delve deeper into.” I know what you mean! I feel that way when I get to be with another artist in their studio! Are you painting?! Playing in your visual journal?

  6. Kathy January 12, 2017 at 8:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing your process. If you are scared shitless, I’m sure there are many kindred spirits here (including me of course)witnessing Your process
    with heartwarming awe and curiosity. This is a noble inspiring and courageous act that enables all of us to make and share art. Thank you! More more more!

  7. Christina January 11, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

    Hey Lisa!! Love your video- nicely edited together too! Beautiful and inspiring… Thank you for all the good stuff you continue to inspire us all with. Xx Christina (Down-Under)

  8. Nina January 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your brilliance and your daring self!
    Being creative is solitary… Whether its a learned habit or intrinsic… So I truly appreciate all that you do and all that you share with others…
    The way in which you step outside of your comfort zone .

    Your emails are a gentle reminder of ones creative soul… Yours, mine and others that follow you.

    I hope to join you in the near future in your journal project As i am getting back on my feet after a lengthy bout with lyme… So i look forward to your inspiration,


  9. Rebecca Buchanan January 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    I love this treat of a video, too. The bright sunshine was wonderful. Watching from up here in Vermont, it looked so wonderful and warm (in spite of your jacket)! LOL Thanks for sharing.

  10. Rena January 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your video…as usual you are getting us all in the mood to paint ect. Much Love, Rena

    • Lisa Sonora January 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

      Rena, I love the etc. you put on “paint, etc.”…. I claim no responsibility for any ETC. that happens beyond painting. LOL!

  11. Stacia DeBill January 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    Love seeing your studio, looking forward to more process videos.
    Want to see diary also.

  12. Donna Levreult January 11, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing a peek at your studio and looking forward to more. You’ve inspired me to take a course on the Altered Book–I love your.

  13. tisha January 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    Loved watching this 🙂 and the pups too! A needed reminder to go create. Thank you!

  14. Kathy January 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    Someone already posed this question, but I just have to ask too…what types of things do you put in your “studio diary”? Dying to know!

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

      Great question Kathy, I’ll have to do a studio diary about that! Thanks for asking

  15. Megan January 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    I loved everything about this!!! I love seeing where artists create and I love the idea of using an altered book as a palette!!! I also loved seeing your sweet dogs! I appreciate that you are sharing your creative space with all of us. Honestly, seeing your art in progress is incredibly vulnerable and inspiring act; it encourages me to get to my creative edge and keep going. Also I just want to say I’m so excited for the upcoming 30 day Journal Project!!

  16. helen January 11, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Lisa ~ fantastico mundo ~ i too am off work today, and the sun is out and is chiilly “up the street” in Canada – wanting to catch up with fooling around with paint… Your video is like a postcard from dear artist friend, a glimpse of another life another place.. what joy that you share ~ you have no idea how inspiring you are, with everything you put out (i have no artist friends at this point at all locally)… so this is much appreciated… also appreciated that next 30 day journal in Feb (definitely need a breather starting to come out of the dark season)…xoxoxoxoxo 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      yes! Thank you for your feedback Helen. That means so much. This is just what I intended to be like a postcard from your artist friend from afar. This really inspires me to do more. Hope you come visit soon

  17. Darcy January 11, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    PLEASE keep them coming Lisa Sonora. It’s like having you right next to me, seeing you and hearing your voice. Missing you. Hugs

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      miss you too, Darcy! You’ll have to come to Mexico for a workshop

  18. Mary January 11, 2017 at 10:44 am #

    I, also, loved this video. It’s always motivating to catch a glimpse into an artist’s process. Using your sketchbook as a palette is such a great idea. So I’ve already learned something new. Thank you!!!

  19. Dawn January 11, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    I really enjoyed your video. I visited Oaxaca at Christmas time over 40 years ago. I’d love to go back. Great idea to use your sketchbook as a palette. I’m just getting back into journaling after a bit of a hiatus, New Year and all. I’ll be finding a second book so I can try this out.

  20. Bonnie January 11, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Thank you for being brave and inspiring others to be open and vulnerable too. Looking forward to more studio videos.

  21. Marianne Allen January 11, 2017 at 9:44 am #

    I love your crazy fabulous idea! You have no idea how inspirational this is for me…..on many levels…forge ahead fearless warriors!! Looking forward to your color creations! xo Marianne

  22. Linda January 11, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    What a great idea Lisa. I really enjoyed seeing this video 🙂

  23. Sharon January 11, 2017 at 9:25 am #

    I loved this! Thank you for stepping outside of your box to share this. 🙂

  24. Kelli May-Krenz January 11, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    What a wonderful way to start my day! Seeing you n your element with the pups and paints! You are perfect on video! Looking forward to following along. I will be cheering from galena. Love to
    You ❤

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      Kelli! So happy to see you here. You’ve made my day! Love and miss you! Sending you some Mexican sun and warmth. It’s warmer now!

  25. Sherry-Lynn January 11, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Thanks for being brave and sharing! I loved seeing your studio diary.

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      You are welcome, Sherry-Lynn. Thank you for watching and sharing here!

  26. Jennifer Maroney January 11, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you for showing us the studio! What a great idea! I love that you use your art journal (altered book) as a palette, that is a fabulous idea!

  27. Michelle January 11, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    I loved watching this video studio diary! What I love about it, is that it is another step towards demystifying process… Watching it, I felt a boost of wanting to jump in myself, and get started. Often it is all too easy to have creative potential consumed by everyday ‘stuff’ or just not get started because of fear. It would be wonderful if you continue with these. I admire your courage for treading into the territory of fear and for sharing with us. Thank you!

  28. Tracie Hanson January 11, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Ooooh also – share how you keep “studio diary”.

  29. joanne January 11, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    love love love this lisa — enjoy seeing artist studios and artists that are inspirational to me working — keep them coming — someday hope to visit your beautiful art house

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

      thank you Joanne. I do hope your visit

  30. Tracie Hanson January 11, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Absolutely keep on with the studio diary videos! Fun and inspiring! Hi to Connie for me!!

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks for the support, Tracie. I sent your message to Connie and she sends her love!

  31. Angeline Marie January 10, 2017 at 6:11 am #

    Oh, how I want to be there enjoying this with you! With the pups and Viajero Cafe!

    In any case, THANK YOU for posting how to “watch” from afar!

    With a HUGE THANK YOU for postponing your next 30 Day Journal Project to February. I’ve often thought the last few years that January is so crammed with 30 day projects that I’ve decided to concentrate on 1 or none. February is a tough month for me…as I’m sure for many others as the let down and ending of January projects ensues. It’s like there is nothing left for the rest of the year after most of the projects in January…so thank you, again!

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

      so glad you’re good with the 30 day journal postponement till February. I’m excited about starting it in February because of what you just mentioned about all the stuff to do in January. Thanks so much for stopping by Angeline.

  32. Briana January 10, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Yes, Lisa!!! I love this post and studio visit video! Keep them coming!!
    Thank you for being brave!
    More, more, more!!

    Love and Hugs from Minnesota,
    Briana of

    • Anne Dexter January 11, 2017 at 8:49 am #

      Really great to see video of you, your studio and your lovely dogs. Yes keep doing this it’s wonderful to see behind the scenes. Looking forward to seeing more. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lisa Sonora January 11, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi Briana! Lovely to see you here – I will do more. Everyone is so encouraging!

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