FEARLESS We Paint: Guest Post By Lis Hofmann

Hello, my name is Lis and I am a Fearless Painter.

That statement in and of itself is my greatest success. You see, for most of my
adult life I have puzzled over the question “What do I want to be when I grow
up?” Never mind I am dangerously close to AARP membership status; I have held
many titles but none seemed to encompass who it is I felt myself be be deep
within my core.

As a child, I had wanted to grow up to be an artist and I even majored in Art as
an undergrad, but I let the stirrings of my heart be drowned out by the voices
of the supposed experts and the loudest voices of them all, fear and doubt. I
questioned whether I possessed true creative talent, or just a strong desire for
that which was forever beyond my grasp. Thankfully, when I was least expecting
it, but ripe and ready, the teachers who would reveal the truth about Creativity
appeared in my life.

My first teacher is my daughter who helped me to rediscover this essential fact:
making art is about having fun and expressing joyful play. It is about telling
stories, doing what you love (and according to my daughter, using the colors
that you love, so everything she paints is blue) and honoring yourself in the
process. Making art can be serious stuff – the process can rip you wide open as
essential truths about yourself are revealed – but it need not always be that
way. In fact, it is whatever each of us decides we need it to be.

My second teacher is Ms. Connie herself. Of the many gifts she has inspired
within me, the greatest has been to restore to me my original love of art – both
as a practioner and as an admirer of artworks and the lives of artists. What I
had lost sight of was the power of art as a means of experiencing and engaging
with my world. Regardless of how my art is received, first and foremost it is
my way of expressing my love and sense of curiosity for the magnificent gift of
this life.

What I have come to discover is Creativity is not something one possesses;
instead we open ourselves up to the flow of Creativity within and through us.
It is a state of being we can cultivate through practice, and it is only within
practice that we can in anyway claim it. Technical skill and proficiency is
important, but only as tools that can dissolve the barriers to opening ourselves
up. Fearless Painting is the practice of surrendering oneself to the process
that places us in touch with the energy of Creativity.

Here is what Fearless painting has taught me and what it means to me:

FAITH in Creativity’s abundance and flow;

EXHILARATION of surrendering to the dynamic process while letting go of the
illusion of control;

Opening myself up to the ADVENTURE of stepping into the unknown every time I
pick up my brush;

Learning to RELAX into not knowing while trusting the experience will teach me
what it is I am ready to learn;

LETTING GO of judgments, expectations, and criticism; opening myself up to pure
play and curiosity;

EMBRACING the mistakes, the messes as opportunities to discover something
greater than I could ever have planned or imagined;

SAVORING the moments of discovery, of healing as each time I paint I uncover
clues to my deeper self;

SPEAKING my truth loudly, proudly, boldly and affirming this is worth paying
attention to, these are my dreams, even if I am the only one watching. Or
precisely because it is for me, that is reason enough.

Fearless Painting has brought me home to myself, and I am finding it is an
infinitely interesting, exciting, crazy and joy-filled place to be.

Care to join me? The flow is sweet ...


I am a Fearless Painter, Creative Explorer, part time yoga teacher and a
full time mom to a 6 year old daughter who has been my creative inspiration and
muse. A recovering Perfectionist, I made my way back to art-making via my
daughter who re-awoke the child within me who had loved art and worried she
wasn’t good enough. I am happy to say, I make art every day and embrace the
notion that I am a thriving artist living in suburbia, weaving magic into my
everyday world. In addition to painting, I enjoy art journaling, photography,
writing, knitting, conversing with the fairies and walking my dog. I contribute
to the blog http://Unravellingtogether.blogspot.com and I spill my

Come join the Tribe of FEARLESS Painters!!
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Nolwenn said...

Yaaaay for you Lis ! I loved your guest post, thanks a lot.

Sending you big hugs and lot of love <3

Paula said...
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Paula said...

I really needed to hear every bit of this today, Lis. Thank you!!

Lynna G said...

This is truly a beautifully written post.
I love what you say here Lis about creativity not being something you possess. It is indeed something that you practice.
Thank you

Emma said...

I'm so glad to have met you through these courses. It's great to see your post here. I love your art!

thicklygrownwithweeds said...

Hi Lis! Love you!!!

Lisa said...

The flow - YES!! I've been away from the computer for almost a week (*gasp*) and am so glad I had some time tonight to read this. So lovely!!

Pegi said...

Lis, this is just a beautiful post. I love that your daughter is the one who opened you back up to expressing your creative spirit. Children are a blessing in so many ways, aren't they? Thanks for reminding me why I need to knit every day -- simply to feed my creative spirit.


Brandi Marie said...

So lovely to see you on here! What a beautiful post. I just love what you said about the flow of creativity. I must remember that! As always, an inspiration.


Kathleen said...

What a wonderful guest post from Lis. You're one of me creative heroines (along with the divine Connie H) Thanks for providing such inspiration as we start the NEW year! love, k

Lis said...

Wow ... I've been away from the computer and what a lovely surprise to come here and read such beautiful comments! Thank you everyone for your supportive, encouraging words. It goes without saying, the flow that has entered into my life would not be possible without my Tribe adding to the water ...

and this realization that came while working on a piece for Wishstudio: We all need to feel connected; to know who we are matters to another, and that what we do or say has value and meaning. I realize that all I do as a mother, as an artist, as a yogi and a teacher revolves around that essential need. In my life, I am coming to know this truth: that my story counts. By sharing my experience, I help to shine light upon your journey. And by encouraging others to share their truth, we come to understand our essential unity. That is, we come to know ourselves as lovable and loving. And in that space, we are unstoppable, anything is possible and we are fearless in our quest to better our world.

love you all!
xo Lis

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