daring adventures in creative biz starts monday!

There are just a few spots left if you want to join us for a 3 month dive into your Creative Biz!

I’ve been developing Daring Adventures in Creative Biz: 
Business & Artistic Discovery for People Who Want to Live Their Dreams. 
For 3 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 :

I’m writing to you with a unique offering:
40 spots in Daring Adventures in Creative Biz {Pilot Course}
3-month class where we dive into your Creative Biz! 

$125/month (limited to 40 people)
$250/month includes a 1-on-1 hour-long Creative Mentoring session with me each month
(best value; limited to 10 people)

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

We will delve into this Creative Biz adventure through:

  • Weekly themes
  • 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 my personal experience, with help from expert guests
Just a few of our guests + their thriving ventures:

Hallie Grey: Home Textile Design Company

Emily McDowell: Card Line Company

Tiffany Han: Life Coach Extraordinaire

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
In January 2015, I will be embarking on an 8-month Creative Biz E-course, but I wanted to launch with a smaller (*more special*) group before I open enrollment for the public. If you want to continue on with the course in the New Year, you will have first dibs + a monthly discount!
And maybe you do too.
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!

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 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 online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it’s never too late to show the world your magic.  Discover more at


Do It Badly


In my writing class my teacher Laurie Wagner always reminds us to write as badly as possible.  Like it’s the goal. Messy. Imperfect writing.

I never thought I’d take a writing class. That sounds way too scary! I’m not a writer!

Then, I signed up, well because it was conveniently being held in my art studio at the time and heck, I was already there and making coffee for it.

Now, I see my writing class as my weekly therapy, re-set button and way to engage with myself and others on this entirely other level. One that I never have exactly experienced before, but gotten tastes of through other art classes.

The thing that continues to amaze me personally is if you had ever asked me if I wanted to take a writing class, my answer would have been no.

If you had ever asked me if I’d want to read my writing around a table to other women… my answer would have been NO.

In theory it’s the scariest thing for this introvert to do. Read my written word directly after writing it with no time to edit. YIKES!!

I’m not a writer!

Which I realize, I have written a book… but… that’ just a painting book… and I’m writing right this moment… but it’s my blog.

It’s funny how we categorize ourselves as creative or not. As artists or not. As writers or not. We all have the ability to dabble. To own it. To jump on in!

And the beauty is that it stretches us. It reminds us that we are in fact alive and learning and growing and stretching ourselves to our edges.

Doing it badly along the way. Giving ourselves permission to make mistakes. It may be exactly the answer to connect the dots to what makes you FEEL. Isn’t that why we’re alive in the first place? The human experience. Being present. In the flow. Having fun!

I’m reminded of all of this while reading Anne Lammot’s words on Brain Pickings.



Seaside New York bound

There’s still time to register for my upcoming art retreat in coastal New York!

*bonus wine + cheese night on September 4, 7:30 pm*

This will be a fun, intimate gathering filled with paint, play, inspiration… and toes in the sand! Join me for 3 days of playing with color, building lush backgrounds, creating imagery, finding your authentic voice + pushing past your creative blocks!

The retreat schedule, accommodations, and extra *goodies* (wine! pool! jacuzzi! private beach access!) are all available here.


life is not what you expect it

Stuck in traffic and you thought the the story of your life would be….

One version is me with an old turquoise pick up, red cowgirl boots, braids, daily hikes, a big place to paint overlooking the desert. Georgia O’Keefe style.

The other is by the sea. Cable knit. A lab. A scruffy husband with laugh lines. A baby. Sweet dinners at home and hand holding.

The 3rd is maybe a little influenced by Eat, Pray, Love— me in Rome. Riding the backs of mopeds.

Just don’t be boring is the theme. Take the road with the most delicious fruit.

Did I tell you I’m moving a house in Nova Scotia? Assuming the building permit goes through. I’ve been talking a lot with the Canadians. Loving their Scottish- Maine sounding accents. “So we’re gonna move your hauuus”, says the excavator.

I want to be a grounded dreamer. A do-er. A make it up and make it happen gal.

I see myself sending fabric and pillows for the inside of the house. Wall-papering the inside. Before it has plumbing or electricity. Who needs it?

A compelling thing about my boyfriend is that he initiated a work trip to Nova Scotia. He’d look mighty fine with a tool-belt.

All my fantasies today are about escaping.

{excerpt from my Wild Writing class with Laurie Wagner}


FLASH (dance)

Yes, everything!

I’m throwing a BIG art party
and you’re invited!

4 p.m.PST Tuesday thru 4 p.m.PST Wednesday! 

One day only!!

4 p.m.PST Tuesday thru 4 p.m.PST Wednesday

Click on over to my Etsy shop
e-course headquarters

…and don’t forget to

Copyright © *2014* *Mati Rose Studio*, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences