Spotlight: Daring Adventures in Creative Biz Alumni Nikki Cade!

Hi Daring Adventurers!

I have been in many of Mati’s classes and want you to know they are all amazing. dsc07152

When I started pursuing a creative path, I didn’t even have a website or business cards. I was struggling to find my voice and really needed a community I could connect with.

Daring Adventures in Creative Biz is just the right mix of butt kicking and support. Here are a few of the things I have accomplished since taking Mati’s course

-Created a website
-Featured in Design*Sponge
-Launched two collections
-Completed an artist residency in Hudson, NY
-Had a pop up shop and live painting event at Pottery Barn
-Started The Creative Brunch Series and hosted several maker workshops in my local area
And so much more!

Also started my Daring Adventures in traveling to Italy and Costa Rica soon on art retreats!

I’m just getting started and I’m excited for all we will do together!!



IG: @nikkicadestudio


Fall Session of Daring Adventures in Creative Biz!

CLASS IS NOW FULL— Please sign up for my newsletter to be on the list for my next 2017 course!



I’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.

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6-week class where we dive into your Creative Biz! Only offered once a year!

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 beginning of Fall and you’d like to take some action towards your artistic dreams and goals?

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This class will be chock full with inspiration, interviews and deep diving into your creative business visioning and income boosting streams! Like licensing opportunities! Like my video camera line and vases below and Abstract Dress line!



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

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 creator of these stunning textiles

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 and creator of this amazing mug below and more!

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Andrea Scher: Ecourse Expert at Superhero Life

Margo Tantau: VP of Creative at Midwest-CBK

Tricia Rissmann: Modern Gallery Artist at creator of this stunning painting below + shown in many galleries:

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

My first painting book:

MDaring Adventures in Paint

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.


CLASS IS NOW FULL— Please sign up for my newsletter to be on the list for my next 2017 course!

Read testimonials here of Creative Mentoring. 

My ee cummings kid’s book below 🙂

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Each week we’ll dig into the themes below and set the stage for you to thrive!  5be7cefc-12c5-452c-937b-768706f1455e

Please email me here with any questions:

 mati smile ccc (1)Mati Rose McDonough is an artist and daring adventurer whose name is pronounced Matey, like Ahoy! She grew up near the sea in Maine and now lives in the Bay Area. 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. Now over ten years later, she is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas, but embraces the adventure of life as an artist— penning her first book with this philosophy called “Daring Adventures in Paint”. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally in Italy, Morocco, Costa Rica and more to come! Her illustrations grace all sorts of exciting products from camera cases to giant elephant billboards as well as her own home decor line and dress line too— dreams come true! She is pinching herself after all those years that she is making her living as an artist. Mati has illustrated four children’s books including “i carry your heart” written by poet ee cummings. Through her workshops, books, 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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Testimonials from our Class:


In this world of being painter ladies who teach and share online, Mati Rose was like Beyoncé to me – such a shining star! So when she offered this course, I jumped at the chance to learn from her experience.  At first I was hesitant about the cost of the course since I was starting my biz on a shoestring budget, but I can tell you, it was super worth it.  This course was like a catapult for my creative career.  I devoured every assignment and interview. If you take this course, definitely clear your schedule because there is so much goodness to absorb. Mati was so generous with everything that she shared, and I met such awesome kindred spirits in the course.  There are a lot of e-courses out there and this is the one that has made the biggest impact on my career. It is such a gift to our community. If you do the work, be prepared for your creative biz to take off!
Annamieka Hopps Davidson, Artist:

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

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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,

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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

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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,

DAP Summer Color Love

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! 


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!:


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.


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.

{photo credit: Andrea Scher (bio pic)}


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