Lifebook 2015

Hi friends,

I’ve been loving teaching lately in person and online! Below is a painting demo of mine showing how to use multiple techniques including gold + silver leafing! Which brings me to my next offering where I will share how to incorporate this fun medium into our paintings in this rad YEAR long painting class called LIFEBOOK.

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Life book 2015 is a YEAR-LONG online course featuring 26 different teachers with 26 different perspectives on the creative process. Life Book is packed with lessons, inspiration and a vibrant community of artists from all over the world.

I’m happy to be joined by art pals Flora Bowley, Jessica SwiftLynzee Lynx and Alena Hennessy to name a few!  If you are seeking a year long course of artistic discovery jam-packed with different rock star art teachers, Life Book may be the answer!

Registration for Life Book 2015 opens on October 6th and the course begins on January 1st, 2015.

I have the tremendous honor to give away 1 FREE SPOT!  To enter, leave a comment about something DARING you’ve done this week :)

I will pick a winner on October 3rd after the blog hop!

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All the wonderful Life Book teachers are giving away spots on their blogs (see the schedule below), so check em out.

8th September 2014 – Tamara Laporte - 
9th September 2014 – Jane Davenport –
10th September 2014 – Joanne Sharpe –
11th September 2014 -  Jenny Lee Wentworth –
12th September 2014 -  Violette Clark –
13th September 2014 -  Chris Zydel –
14th September 2014 -  Danielle Donaldson –
15th September 2014 -  Effy Wild –
16th September 2014 -  Flora Bowley –
17th September 2014 -  Alisa Burke –
18th September 2014 -  Rachael Rice –
19th September 2014 -  Jeanne Oliver –
20th September 2014 -  Andrea Gomoll –
21st September 2014 -  Kristin van Valkenburgh –
22nd September 2014 -  Jill K. Berry –
23rd September 2014 -  Alena Hennessy –
24th September 2014 -  Juliette Crane –
25th September 2014 -  Jenny Doh –
26th September 2014 -  Mati Rose McDonough –
27th September 2014 -  Patti Ballard – 
28th September 2014 -  Lynzee Lynx –
29th September 2014 -  Roben Marie Smith –
30th September 2014 -  Andrea Schroeder –
1st October 2014 -  Lynn Whipple –
2nd October 2014 -  Donna Downey –

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superhero bundle

Dear friends,
There’s an AWESOME ecourse sale happening! For just $99 you can have access to my Daring Adventures in Collage AND  11 other amazing offerings like Kelly Rae’s flying lessons and Andrea Scher’s Treasure Hunt!

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The sale ends this Friday, September 26th.

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.