Dark Place, Precious Truths

Friends,

If you follow me on Instagram or we are friends on Facebook, you have no doubt heard that my dad passed away three weeks ago.
I am not yet at a point where I even have words to sum up the last three weeks of his sickness and passing, I walked along side him and it was and will be some of the hardest work of my life. But I wanted to let you all know how powerful my time in the studio was for me in those weeks before he died. As artists we have such resources of depth and beauty within us and I just wanted to share with you how grateful I have been for my art. As I painted in those weeks I could not help but go deep within myself, feeling shifts within that have been reflected in my work, and feeling myself crack open in new places.



This is one of the pieces that I painted in the last week of his life.

When we meet ourselves in the dark places precious truths are revealed to us.

I am on a grief journey now, which changes day to day, moment to moment. I am comforted by the knowledge that I am not alone, we all experience grief in large and small ways throughout our lives, and even in the midst of my current grief I see that it is opening me to beauty in such a rich way.

Blessings,
Faith

A Peek at Painting in Paraiso

In April my dear friend Mati McDonough and I led a painting retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica. We stayed as a group in a beautiful flower filled tropical oasis, just up a private path from a gorgeous beach Playa Guiones. I wanted to share this video to give you a little taste of our time there.



Pura Vida Retreat :: Painting in Paraiso with Mati & Faith  from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

We are running the retreat again in March 2016, find out all of the info and registration information right here, spots are already filling. We know its going to be just as perfect as last time and can't wait to share the magic with you.

Sending you heaps of inspiration and summertime bliss,
xoFaith



An Ambitious Heart Filled Project


For the past 3 months my gal Mati McDonough and I have been leading an ambitious heart filled project: a year long painting practice e-course that we are calling 52 Paintings. This is the first e-course I have led so I didn't know what to expect, and I've actually been caught off guard at how deeply this course would sink into each part of my studio practice...as I work and film the painting demos for the class there is such a community feeling, which is just what Mati and I intended for the course from the start. It can sometimes feel lonely working in the studio, and having this group to vibe with, throw ideas around, and talk about each other's work has already become such a wonderful community.

In the group Mati & I are sharing everything that we have gleaned from a collective 40+ years of painting! This is not a quick fix program but a way of being an artist that takes into consideration the seasons, the ebbs & flows of inspiration and being part of a supportive and thoughtful community of artists. There has been so much soul stirring heart opening beauty shared in our online classroom and in our private Facebook group where we gather for weekly videos demos from Mati and I, along with lots of inspiration, sharing of work and peeks into each other's studios through out each week. Here is some of the beautiful work that has come out of this course already...

On June 16th we are excited to begin our second module of the course and we'd love to have you along! In this second three month module we'll be covering:

~Incorporating Words with Meaning into your work.
~Layering with Stencils and Silkscreens.
~Working with Geometrics.

Along with lots of other juicy tidbits that we've gathered.
Click this button to head to our sign up page:

http://www.matirose.com/52-paintings-with-faith-mati/
xoFaith

I'm teaching in Morocco!!!

So, its a bit hard to contain my excitement about how magical this is going to be, and believe me I'm kind of bouncing of the walls about it! Consider this your invitation... 

 

in a far away land of intricate patterns, saturated colors and secret gardens, join artists mati mcdonough and faith evans-sills, along with holistic wellness coach stephanie perkinson on the exotic journey of a lifetime. 

 

Join us in Marrakesh, Morocco for a week long retreat of opulent luxury, guided shopping, cultural exploration and workshops bursting with insight into how to access the dormant energy within your life and home.


Inspiration Gathering, Sacred Altar Building, Layered Painting Projects, we'll explore all of these together while delighting each of our senses with fresh food, exotic tours, field trips down secret alleys, henna parties and so much more. 

Can't wait to learn more? I made a yummy video just for you to get a taste of all that's in store for this amazing retreat!

 

Sacred Insight Retreats: Moroccan Magic, April 9-15, 2016 from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.
 

We promise to let you in on all the juicy details May 1st. Click here to join our waiting list to be the first to know when registration opens. Space is limited to 10 and we know this is going to fill up quick.

xoFaith

My new E-Course: an introductory video

 

This year so far for me has been about doing a lot of painting and spending lots of time experimenting with filming painting demos as I create lessons for my new e-course 52 Paintings, starting on March 16th! As a way of introducing the course content and letting you know a bit more about all of the exciting things that Mati McDonough and I will be offering in this course I've created this introductory video, click here to watch the full 5 minute video over on Vimeo. It includes a studio visit and a guest appearance by my youngest little one Griffin!

I hope you feel the call to join us in this year long painting adventure and supportive community of artists, I'm so looking forward to inspiring each other and growing together! Click here for all of the month by month course schedule and registration information.
Xo

Charleston Women's Crafting Circle


Hello gorgeous friends,
As 2015 began I was thinking about what I most want this year, one of the things that kept coming up for me was more community with creative women! Through chatting with artist friends I have felt challenged to create what I most want...since often there are others who are longing for more of those same things.
I have loved the energy that has come out of the workshops that I hosted in my Charleston studio in 2014, many of you attended those and I hope that you came away feeling blessed by the gathering of women.
For 2015 I would like to offer more of these creative gatherings in the form of a Women's Crafting Circle. This will be a group of women who gather in my studio to create art together 8 times this year. I will provide everything that the group needs to dive in and make some beautiful things, while learning new skills. I have some fantastic projects planned! Things to decorate your home, gifts for your children and yourself.

The group will meet one Friday a month for 8 months, from 8:30am until 2-3pm (you are free to leave as you need to). Here are all of the goodies we'll be creating...

March 20th: Easter Crafting Circle; God's Eye Weaving and Needle Felted gifts to tuck into easter baskets
April 10th: Personal Stitched Collage Prayer Flags; we'll layer gorgeous fabrics and learn silk screen techniques to create a string of prayer flags with personal meaning.
May 22nd: Flower Crowns and Beaded Bracelets; my flower crown workshop was so fun last year, such a celebration of spring, and the perfect accessory for a photo shoot, bring your camera! Click here find out more about this fun workshop.
June 19th: Layered Mandala Painting; click here to see what happens in this popular workshop where we explore many hands on painting techniques and you come away with a finished 2 x 2 foot painting.

Summer Break for July and August
September 4th: Layered Mandala Painting; click here to see what happens in this popular workshop where we explore many hands on painting techniques and you come away with a finished 2 x 2 foot painting.
October 2nd: Needle Felted Acorns and Birds; we'll work with dyed wool and the fun technique of needle felting to make soft plush creations that come together as if by magic, check out the picture above to see the little birds that we'll be making, beyond cute! See some examples here.
November 6th: Embroidered Wallets and Hairclips; also pictured above, I'll teach you embroidery techniques and ways of layering with felt cloth, giving you so many options of fun things to make at home for handmade Christmas gifts. Check out some examples here.
OR
Dream Catchers; We'll modify the ancient traditional dream catcher, layering gathered materials and paint with an assortment of feathers and ribbons, resulting in creations that you'll want to display in your favorite room.
 
December 11th: Holiday Crafting Workshop and Celebration; we'll make things to decorate your home, your holiday table, and yourself for the season! Click here to see last year's fun holiday workshop.


All gatherings will be held in my studio space, located at 1630 Meeting Street, Charleston.
To maintain continuity within the group and to grow relationships as we learn together, each class is limited to 8 women. A healthy lunch, along with coffee, tea and water will be provided.
You can sign up by subscribing below








You can subscribe to the full eight month cycle at a cost of only $50 per month, billed in a cycle of 8 monthly payments. This option can be shared with a friend, you can split the cost and each attend the workshops that you want. (only one of you can attend each class, or if you want to attend a class together you just pay a second subscriber rate of $50 for that class). If you are splitting the subscription please list your friend's name in the notes when subscribing.
If you'd like to pick and choose your classes you can also purchase each class separately for $85 each, select your choice from the menu here:



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Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions faith(at)faithevanssills.com

I hope that you are feeling called to join us, I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and seeing all of the goodness and gorgeous things that develop!


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