Fall Session of Daring Adventures in Creative Biz!

NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!!!

116fe78d-50bb-4e18-99a9-8bd4891e9e14-1I’m excited to announce Daring Adventures in Creative Biz: Business & Artistic Discovery for People Who Want to Live Their Dreams. For 6 weeks, we’ll spend each week diving into what it takes to passionately run a Creative Business while staying inspired as an artist and creative. Each week we’ll dig into themes of :

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DACB graphic6-week class where we dive into your Creative Biz!

This class is for you if you say yes to any of these questions:

Are you feeling stuck with your creative process? Do you want support and to be part of a community of creatives encouraging one another? Would you like to learn more about the various avenues available to artists to make a living? Are you wanting to dive deep and figure out your creative direction and authentic voice? Are you noticing it’s the end of summer and you’d like to take some action towards your artistic dreams and goals?

This class will be chock full with inspiration, interviews and deep diving into your creative business visioning and income boosting streams!

We will delve into this Creative Biz adventure through:

  • Weekly themes
  • Weekly Interviews with experts in the field
  • Facebook group + support
  • “Homework” to make creative inquiries and take steps forward
  • Sharing information from personal experience, with help from expert guests
  • A supportive creative community and experienced guide
  • Built in accountability and goal setting + visioning
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Our guests + their thriving ventures:

April Bowles- Olin: Marketing for Creatives Pro

Kristine BrognoDesign Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books 

Christina Empedocles: Personal Finance Pro + Artist + Designer

Hallie Grey: CEO Home Textile Design Company— Gray Market Design

Tiffany Han: Life Coach Extraordinaire

Christine Hughes: Website Designer for Darling Studio

Susan Nethercote: Clothing Designer + Holistic Business Coach

Willo O’Brien: Heart + Body Centered Coach for Creative Entrepreneurs

Hannah Onstand: Book Publishing + Marketing Expert

Emily McDowell: CEO Card Line Company

Andrea Scher: Ecourse Expert at Superhero Life

Margo Tantau: VP of Creative at Midwest-CBK

Tricia Rissmann: Modern Gallery Artist at TriciaRissmann.com

Marisa Cummings:  Artist at Creative Thursday


We’ll also be diving into the nitty gritty of topics like:

  • Deciding what direction to take your creative business
  • Marketing
  • Setting up shop: Etsy or otherwise
  • Website creation
  • Creative schedule: what works best for you
  • Process: inspiration seeking, creative field trips, “filling the well,” sustainability vs. burnout
  • Branding
  • Creative community
  • Creating a product line: card line, home decor, etc.
  • Agents
  • Book writing/proposals
  • Running online courses
  • Teaching opportunities
  • Trade shows
  • Illustration + licensing options
  • Brick-and-mortar shops
  • Gallery scene
  • Wholesale
  • Running a creative space and art studio


You can make the leap:

I want to share with you all that I’ve learned in over 10 years of running a Creative Biz!

I love this work of helping creatives find their stride and take big steps towards their dreams.

WE BEGIN OUR 6 WEEK JOURNEY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH!

Register Here
Early Bird Price $239 (until Friday, September 2nd) $399 Regular price




Pay in 3 installments here

Register Here
Early Bird Price $339 with 1-on-1 Creative Consulting Session (until Friday, September 2nd) $469 Regular Price

Pay in 3 installments here

includes a 1-on-1 hour-long Creative Consulting session with me



(best value; limited to 10 people- normally $249 a session)
*Learn all about my individualized Creative Sessions & read testimonials here

Please email me here with any questions: matirose@gmail.com

 mati smile ccc (1)Mati Rose McDonough is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is a SF Bay Area based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at almost 30 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Ten years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art on Patagonia shirts, University Games, Pier 1 signs, as well as greeting cards, and her own home decor line with Creative Coop. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Through her workshops, book, and online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.  Discover more at matirose.com

Testimonials from our Class:

Mati’s DA in Creative Biz class is amazing! It was just what I needed to push me to stretch my wings in my art practice. Mati’s style is so encouraging and helps create a supportive environment where we can be ourselves and feel brave enough to take leaps towards our dreams. Because of her class I’ve started my own workshops, e-course and also have more ideas in the works. Highly recommended!! — Nancy Benton http://www.nancybenton.net/

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Mati, it is with a heart filled with gratitude that I say…”thank you!” Thank you for being true to yourself so that in turn it empowers others to be true to themselves. You truly lead by example!! It has been an incredible gift to receive so many hard earned pieces of wisdom from you. I have always felt that I could honor where I am at in my creative journey in this class and did not feel any shame about not doing “it” (whatever “it” is) the “correct” way. So much freedom has been modeled, imparted and given…thank you. You are a precious gift to this world and to those of us who call ourselves “creatives.” May your gift of presence continue to shine brightly and bless others as you journey. —Laura Wolfe, http://www.laurajwolfe.com/

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There was SO much goodness its hard to sum up into a few sentences but my favorite parts were getting to talk to you and meet other artists from different places. This course helped me to be brave. I moved to a bigger place so I could finally have a studio space, had my first art show, and got a new boyfriend in the process! I’m finally holding myself accountable for my own success. This course was just the right mix of push + support. I can’t wait to continue the journey and am forever grateful for all you do. —Nikki Cade http://www.nikkicadestudio.com

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Mati’s “Daring Adventures in Creative Biz” class helped me focus on reaching my goals through inspiring videos by Mati and guest speakers, goal-setting techniques and accountability. The class size was small enough to allow for specific feedback from classmates and Mati. The uplifting and positive atmosphere of the course, along with the solid content has helped me move in the right direction with my business.  It was like having an art business life coach! I’ll be continuing on with the next course. Thanks so much Mati for your inspiration and guidance. –Pam Wingard,  Barefoot Studios

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Daring Adventures in Creative Biz was such a great experience not only did I get so much insight into what I need to do to pursue my passion I also met a great group of like minded friends. We went through the journey together and celebrated each others accomplishments. Mati is a great mentor and has such a great spirit! She truly cares about each persons goals. I definitely feel like she touches on many questions I had about starting my creative biz.— Amy Walker, Amy Walker Art

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Daring Adventures in Abstract Painting— Summer COLOR LOVE

Dear Daring Adventurers,

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Welcome to Daring Adventures in Abstract Paint— Summer Color Love Edition

I’m so excited to announce Daring Adventures in Abstract Painting— Summer COLOR LOVE!!!

This fun 8 week class is going to build in a bit of vacation and color collecting along the way!

  • Push yourself with new color combinations 
  • Really dive deep into color mixing
  • Pair colors that normally wouldn’t go together
  • Use vacation location as inspiration!
  • Casual and fun summer pace…

We’re going to re-mix the DA in Abstract painting class! Adding a few more painting videos with a focus on COLOR!
We’ll even have 3 weeks of vacation built in the class so you can PAINT, catch up and still go on vacation!

In this 8 week painting class we’ll dive into delicious world of Abstract Painting!

This class will be all about playing* with color and abstraction! We will explore layering, mark-making and bold moves.

*Key word here is PLAY!! I want to share with you the joy that abstract painting can be. No experience necessary. I’ll be creating work alongside my amazing assistant and talented artist Lily Uoka.



We will create LUSH beautiful paintings from your dreams to the canvas and to your walls! 

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Some of the things we’ll tackle in this class together:

  • Working Big!
  • Stencils
  • Gold + Silver leaf
  • fluorescents
  • Developing your personal color stories
  • Playing
  • Etching
  • Dripping
  • Mark Making
  • Layering
  • Gaining confidence
  • Abstracting flowers + landscapes
  • Personal symbols
  • Composition
  • Using mediums + glazes
  • Spray paints, gouache & varied paint experimentations

We will begin our Daring Adventure into Abstract Painting on JULY 11th- SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2016.

Plus 3 month access to class! And forever access to private Facebook Painting community.

Join here!

$259 for 8 week session beginning July 11th.




I’m teaching you EVERYTHING I know about abstract painting. Over 20 years of painting and 10 years of professionally working as an artist and illustrator.

Student Work (so hard to choose what beauties to share)!

All 5 pieces created in 5 weeks of class by Kelly Luna who shares—

It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but this is the first online painting class I’ve managed to keep up with and I’m convinced it’s because this class was so FUN and full of wonderful inspiration. THANK YOU, Mati and Lily for a fantastic experience. And thank you to all of the other students as you have all be a HUGE source of inspiration and encouragement!:

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Work in progress by Laura Horn—

Absolutely loved the course and as you know it’s been a game changer for me. I’ve been very busy with work and all sorts of projects since the course. Branching into abstract art has opened many doors for me.

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Below Nikki Cade started painting on globes as well as canvases!

This was the best class!!! I finally feel like I’m finding my voice and had SO much fun doing it. Thank you guys for showing up, being brave, and making beautiful work!!! Hope we can all stay in touch 🙂 Ginormous hugs from Texas! —Nikki

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mati smile ccc (1)Mati Rose McDonough is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is an Oakland, California based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at 29 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Almost 10 years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Through her workshops,book, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.

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Painting The Sacred Within

  

PAINTING THE SACRED WITHIN: A YEAR OF EXPLORATION, SELF DISCOVERY & FINDING YOUR VOICE THROUGH PAINTING.

Join artists and teachers Mati McDonough and Faith Evans-Sills on a year long adventure, as we journey each week through a new way of working and seeing through paint. 

We ran our first year long e-course, 52 Paintings, in 2015 with the goal of creating a painting a week. It was an amazing inspiring journey, and what we found was that as the class dove deep into painting each week our students encountered their own true voice in their work. As a group we were really painting our sacred within! What a year of learning we had together, and on the other side of that we are thrilled to begin this next year of our online class, it will be the same course but with a new name to reflect the transformative nature of the course, we know its going to be just as full of amazing discoveries for all of us!

Painting The Sacred Within E-Course :: an inside look at our Year Long Class, Community & Self Discovery Through Painting! from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

Here are some of the gorgeous paintings created by our amazing students in last year’s class:

We’ll dive into a new year of Painting The Sacred Within on April 18th, 2016. Our goal will be to create a painting a week and to take your studio practice to the next level. We’ll journey for 52 weeks together. Through our guidance, prompts, lessons and learning you will find and develop your own voice in your work, our goal is not only to lead you to paint more in the year ahead but also to really connect with your deepest inspiration. We’ll cover lots of techniques to add to your skill set in the studio, along with new ways of seeing and keeping yourself inspired. 

The course will be divided into monthly themes, within those themes we will explore in depth techniques and methods. Here are the monthly themes that we will cover:

Each week will follow a rhythm to help you stay focused on your goals and our monthly topic. 

Every Mondays either Mati or Faith will post an instructional demo video, walking you through our painting processes based on the weekly topic, we encourage you to turn up the music and paint along with us! Lessons will always include downloadable videos and will often include inspirational prompts, PDF downloads, along with lots of interaction in our private online classroom and in our private FB group. You’ll have access to Mati and Faith’s support, feedback and guidance throughout the year, including every Friday where you can post your work and request detailed feedback on specific concerns. 

Wednesdays are our inspiration day where we’ll post videos, interviews and other bits of inspiration centered around monthly themes (like self care, color treasure hunting, and finding inspiration with nature mandalas to name a few) to keep you inspired through your week. 

Fridays are our sharing day where we invite you to be Daring together and share your work and ask for feedback! Find out more about the class in this short video,

WHO IS THIS CLASS FOR?

This online class is open to all skill levels and all creative spirits looking to deepen their painting practice, broaden their painting skills and work their bravery muscles in the studio!

WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THIS COURSE, DO I NEED A STUDIO SPACE?

No, you do not need a separate studio space for this course but it will be much easier if you have a spot in your home that is dedicated just to painting. This could be a corner of your kitchen, dining room or just a cabinet where you store your supplies so you can easily access them when your inspiration strikes. Some of our projects will be messy and you will want a place where you can feel free to let those spirits lead you without worry. We will give you a list of art supplies, many of which you probably already have in your studio/art bin. We’ll primarily use acrylic paints, we’ll share our favorite brands with you, along with inks, paint markers, paint brushes, collage materials, etc. we’ll give you lots of notice so its easy for you to have things on hand.

HOW LONG WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO THE COURSE MATERIAL? DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE ALL THE PROJECTS?

You will have access to all of the course material for the full year in our online classroom, so you can go at your own pace! No need to worry if you miss a week or a lesson, we want this class to feed your inspiration, and be a  receptive place where you can relax and re-energize your art practice. You will never get any guilt or pressure from us or within the group to complete projects. Participants can share their projects in the FB group as they feel led, gaining feedback and inspiration from each other!

IT’S ALREADY PART OF THE WAY THROUGH THE YEAR, IS IT TOO LATE TO START THE CLASS?

We have designed this class to be easy to jump into at any time, once you sign up you’ll have access to all of the lessons for the whole year to go at your own pace, so even if you sign up half way through the year you’ll still be able to get all of the information that you need and you can begin at any time, and join our community!

We’ll have our own easy to access password protected online classroom where we’ll gather as a group. Mati and Faith will both invite you into their studios with video presentations. The course will have a strong weekly rhythm, with posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Our goal is to keep you on track and inspired!  All of the videos and PDFs presented with the class are downloadable and yours to keep forever! We’ll spend time covering Nature Mandalas throughout the course, using them as an inspirational tool. We’ll also have special social media tags to use when we share our work online throughout the course, building our community and tribe.

For a look at more of our amazing student work from the past year visit the tag #52Paintingsclass over on Instagram! This video also gives you another sneak peek into our class

52 Paintings E-Course Intro. from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

We’re so excited to dive into the next year of this exciting class, we’ll gather to begin the adventure with our first day of classes on April 18th, 2016, join us!

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Early Bird Price: $349 for the year

Register and pay by MAY 16th 2016 and pay only $349 for the year long course. That’s $100 off the regular price! Take advantage of this early bird discount and register here:

Jump on this $100 discount today, once our first pricing tier is full the price will go back to our Standard Price: $449 for the year

Looking forward to Painting Our Stories together and growing your work by Leaps and Bounds in 2016! See you in the classroom!

xoFaith & Mati

About our teachers:

Faith is a painter, wife, mother, world traveler and New York City transplant. With 20+ years of personal painting experience she enjoys inspiring others to manifest their most heartfelt ideas through creating art. Her art has been exhibited widely, included in multiple publications and she is very excited to now be fulfilling her longtime dream of offering creative workshops and retreats. She lives with her husband and 3 young children by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina, where they enjoy exploring southern beaches and maintaining a close connection with nature through frequent trips to wild places. Follow along here on her eponymous blog and on Instagram where she posts daily beauty and inspiration.

Mati is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She is an Oakland, California based artist, illustrator, painting teacher and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”.  After wanting to be an artist for many years, but feeling like it was “impractical”, at 29 years Mati took the leap and went back to art school at the California College of the Arts. Almost 10 years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classesinternationally and had her art used by clients Patagonia, University Games, Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, and her very own home decor line. She also has illustrated several children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by ee cummings. Through her workshops, book, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.  

photo by Andrea Scher 

 
 

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