We begin our journey on March 1st!

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 months, 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 :5be7cefc-12c5-452c-937b-768706f1455e

DACB graphic6-month 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 already the end of January and you’d like to take some action towards your artistic dreams and goals?



1) Register here: $99 per month/ for 6 months

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One-time payment deal: $449

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2) Register here: $199 per month for class/ for 6 months PLUS 1-on-1 creative mentoring

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One-time payment deal: $849
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Includes a 1-on-1 hour-long Creative Mentoring session with me each month

(best value— mentoring is usually $149 per session making class only $30 a month; limited to 10 people)

*Learn all about my individualized Creative Mentoring & read testimonials here

We will delve into this Creative Biz adventure through:

  • Weekly themes
  • Bi-monthly Interviews with experts in the field
  • Group phone calls to stay focused
  • 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

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

Margo Tantau: VP of Creative at Midwest-CBK

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.

 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 Pilot 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

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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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52 Paintings ecourse with Mati + Faith



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’ll dive in, creating a painting a week that we’ll walk you through with step by step instructional videos, inspirational prompts, PDF downloads, guided activities, along with lots of interaction in our private online classroom and in our private FB group. Mati and Faith with be very active in the group, providing support, feedback and guidance throughout the year.

Who is this class for? This 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, 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 begin our year long adventure with our first day of classes on March 16th! 

We want everyone who’s called to join us to be able to afford this class, so we are offering three pricing options, just pick the one that best fits your budget:

Option 1: Go month to month, purchase the One Year Class here with 12 $69 monthly installments: 

Purchase One Year class here with $69 monthly installments:
Early Bird Price Regular price $89 per month  until March 1st

$69 Monthly Installment Price

Option 2: Purchase 3 Months at a time for $175: the course will be divided into 3 month modules by theme.

Here are our Modules:

  • Months 1 to 3 {Ways of Seeing, Finding Your Center Point, Abstract Love}
  • Months 4 to 6 {Words With Meaning, Layering With Stencils, Incorporating Geometrics}
  • Months 7 to 9 {The Natural World, Soul Animals, Unconventional Surfaces}
  • Months 10 to 12 {Mantra Mandalas, Finding Your Power, Owning Your Story}
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Option 3: The Whole She-BANG!

This is the best value, not only because you save $200 when you buy the whole year long class upfront, but also because with this option we are both giving you access to our other online offerings! Yippee!
With your purchase you’ll get access to:

~Faith’s 90 Day Mandala Meditation Program  ~Full Year Long Access to our 52 Paintings E-Course, all of the course material and our private online community for the whole year!

$628 for a full year investment in growing your skills, community and studio practice.

We are so excited about sharing all of the abundance of this coming year with you in the studio, learning and growing together!  Xo

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

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About our teachers:

Faith is a painter, wife, mother, doula, 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.





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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 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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