Painting The Sacred Within



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,


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!


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.


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!


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!


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 


Money Bootcamp

Hello creative friends,

We begin our Money Bootcamp Class this Monday, January 25th!

My co-teacher Christina Empedocles of Sm-artly and I are so excited and passionate about bringing this knowledge to our community of artists & creatives!

There are just a few spots left for our SPECIAL BONUS for the first 25 people to sign-up: One-on-one calls with both Christina and Mati, so you can take advantage of their individual expertise, and jumpstart the program! I charge $149 an hour for my personal mentoring sessions and Christina’s knowledge on personal finance is pure gold, so this is huge!

We’re 100% confident that you’ll get your money’s worth and more! Here’s our guarantee:

If you go through all the materials, do all the work, and don’t feel like you’ve made progress, we’ll jump on the phone with you, review your materials and pinpoint exactly what’s going wrong. If after that, you don’t feel like you got anything useful our of the class, we’ll refund your payment in full. Returns must be made within 30 days of the last live class.

If you’re ready to change how you deal with money we hope you’ll join us for this fun, transformative Money Bootcamp for Artists and Creatives!

Also here’s a recent interview I did of Christina that hopefully is helpful irregardless if you join our class!



New Class: Daring Adventures in Abstract Painting!!

Dear Daring Adventurers,
I’m so excited to announce Daring Adventures in ABSTRACT Painting!!!
In this 5 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.

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 January 4th- February 5th.

Add to Cart

$339 for 5 weeks of active class + 6 months to soak in material

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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.

To see more examples of my abstract work!

Sign up for the FIRST tier available for a limited time & spots here:

You never know where these paintings can take you!

Recently, I jumped off the canvas and collaborated with clothing label VIDA on a dress line with my abstracts and interior spaces:Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 4.36.32 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-12 at 4.42.16 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-12 at 4.38.49 PM

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{photo credits: Andrea Balazs (art in dining room)


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