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 with a few new changes and topics....and 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!

Here are some of the gorgeous paintings created by our amazing students in last year's class:
Join us, reserve your spot in class today:

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. Mati and I film the weekly demo videos in our studios in an intimate casual format, allowing you a first hand glimpse into our working process and lives. On our frequent travels and our retreats in Morocco & Costa Rica we also film video for the class, we take you along with us and bring all of the rich inspiration that we gather and share it with you!

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.
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! You'll have access to Mati and Faith's support, feedback and guidance throughout the year, especially every Friday where you can post your work and request detailed feedback on specific concerns.
We created this 5 minute video to give you a peek at the class with an inside look,

Painting The Sacred Within E-Course :: an inside look at my Year Long Class, Community & Self Discovery Through Painting! from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

Who is this class for?

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!

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, 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!

It's already part of the way through the year, is it too late to start the class?

Its never too late, jump right in at any time! We have specifically 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. You can start with what ever topic the class is currently covering, plus you'll be able to go back and cover all of the other topics for the whole year. Its always a great time to 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! Here's another video 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!

Payment Options

Early Bird Price: $349 for the year

Register and pay by April 1st, 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 and included in multiple publications. She offers creative workshops and retreats both in the US and internationally, and is currently working on her first book on Painting. Faith 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 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.  
photo by Andrea Scher 

REFUND POLICY: Due to the instant-access and digital nature of this product, there are no refunds!

Also check out our Costa Rica retreat PURA VIDA:: Painting in Paraiso with Mati and Faith, coming up March 7-13, 2016 at a villa on the beach in Nosara!  Our 2016 retreat is SOLD OUT but we will announce our 2017 Costa Rica Retreat dates soon so you'll want to get on my mailing list and follow me on Instagram to be the first to know.

All of the women joining our Pura Vida Retreat will receive a year long membership in our Painting The Sacred Within E-Course for FREE!

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


I'm really excited to share this new e-course with you, created by my dear friend (and co-leader of my Morocco Retreat) wellness coach Stephanie Perkinson. Unexpected|Beautiful is a course with no intended purpose other than this: You will be making room for something great.

Here is the course described in Stephanie's words...
"Like the return of your mojo, a softer way of being with yourself, your inspiration or a new source of support. Something unknown and unexpected. Something on the horizon making it's way to you.

I want to show you how to make room slowly. With grace and creativity. Less striving and pushing through, more permission and play. This is how you can clear a path. When you allow the unknown to hold you...that is when the fun begins.


  • You are dying to shake things up but the inspiration well has run dry
  • You can't seem to find that buried treasure you know lives within you.
  • You have a phoenix burning in your chest. It's time for a re-birth.
  • You're tired of all the self-care platitudes out there. You are in need of something fresh.
  • You know that how we inhabit our bodies, our space and our life is intimately connected and you'd like more of that kinda good stuff please.
  • You really want to get off the overwhelm train


I believe in the power of story telling and the sharing of vulnerable human experiences as a way to not only connect with each other but to connect with the forgotten pockets of our own spirit."
The class will feature guest contributors, women who will share their journey, I'm so thrilled to be included!

"There will be gentle encouragement to dig deeper and the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers in real time. Each step we take brings us closer to the next incarnation of our essence. And perhaps most important of all...the time and the space to do it. This is not a fast paced course, jam packed with lengthy things for you to do and read everyday of the week. This is about absorbing and meandering with what you pick up. Taking action, but only if it feels good. 

It shouldn't take a crisis to begin paying attention to yourself and your dreams, to accept that there may be an issue that needs tending. We push and we push until we break. We are told to keep our heads high and carry on. Let no ripple of our messy insides mar our seemingly tranquil exterior. This course has been created straight from my heart in hopes that it will meet you in a place before the breakdown unfolds. And if your there already? It's OK. We have a comfy seat for you in the front. " 

Head over to Stephanie's website for all of the juicy details and registration.

winter session begins feb 8th-mar 27th

I'm giving away ONE spot in this amazing class over on Instagram, head over there to leave a comment on my post to be entered. I will randomly choose a winner and announce on Wednesday, February 3rd.

To register for the class right now, click the button below to take advantage of a special $10 discount immediately...


A Video Interview on 21 Secrets Conversations

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a half hour chatting over the computer with Connie Solera of 21 Secrets and Dirty Footprints Studios. Being interviewed on video can be quite intimidating, but Connie is so easy to talk to that our conversation flowed easily and in unexpected directions.
She asks just one question to get the 21 Secrets Conversations series started, that is "Tell me about your journey as an artist?", that's so wide open isn't it?! I was inspired to take it way back to the beginning of my journey and when I moved to New York City after college, I even tell the story of how I met my amazing husband Frank, and I talk about how leading women on art retreats feels a lot like the labor support doula work that I used to do.
To watch the full 20 minute interview head over here! 

P.S. You can still purchase the fantastic line up for 21 Secrets lessons for Autumn 2015 right here! People are already doing some beautiful work in the online group!

52 Paintings :: An Inside look at the Year Long e-Course

52 Paintings :: an inside look at this Year Long E-Course, Community & Self Discovery Through Painting! from Faith Evans-Sills on Vimeo.

It's hard to sum up in words just how wonderful our 52 Paintings Community is, so we made this little window into the experience!
Enjoy, and head OVER HERE if you'd like to join us!

21 Secrets GIVE AWAY!

Monday the 28th is the BIG DAY!!!! 21 Secrets Autumn 2015 comes out, including my painted mandala lesson and 20 other lessons from amazing artists! Don't be left out of the fun~ order your copy now RIGHT HERE.

I'm doing a GIVE AWAY of TWO spots over on my Instagram account,  CLICK HERE to head over to my Instagram feed and click on the first mandala photo for entry details, I'll be announcing the winners of the 2 give away spots over on Instagram at 6pm on Sunday the 27th. 

AND even if you don't win you can CLICK HERE
to purchase you own copy, to be delivered on Monday, yeah!! By this time Monday afternoon you could be diving into all the juicy lessons!

The group of talented people that they have brought together really blows my mind, so many great lessons and techniques to use to pump up our studio practice.

When I'm in the studio one of my favorite things to do is pop on a podcast or video for inspiration and these are just that...videos and instructions that will inspire and guide you as you go at your own pace.

If you aren't familiar with the interactive eBook 21 SECRETS let me fill you in...

Every artist needs 21 SECRETS!

Imagine pulling out your art journal and having 21 talented artists there beside you eager to share their art journaling techniques, approaches, and wisdom with you!
That’s what 21 SECRETS is all about!
With over 25 hours of videos and 150+ pages of full color photos, templates, and detailed clear instructions — the talented teachers of the 21 SECRETS eBook will help you discover new techniques and bold approaches to art journaling that will get you creating with more gusto and joy today!

What You Receive With 21 SECRETS

  • A downloadable 150+ page eBook that contains 21 art journaling workshops packed with 25+ hours of videos, full color photos, templates, and clear instructional content that is yours to keep.
  • Unlimited access to all workshops at once! You pick and choose which ones you do and when.  There is no time limit or deadlines to meet — these workshops are yours to keep!
  • Membership to the private 21 SECRETS Facebook community where you can share, be inspired, and receive warm, supportive feedback.
  • The opportunity to learn a variety of art journaling approaches and techniques from the comfort of your home/studio.
  • Become a vital part of a supportive online artist community that has been growing strong since 2010!  At 21 SECRETS we celebrate everyone’s unique expression and support artists in becoming confident and courageous while creating from the heart!
To see the full list of the season's Workshops and Teachers click here or on the button below, there you'll also get all the information on how to register for instant access to all of the 21 SECRETS lessons!

All of this season's teachers have so much goodness to share, so much talent gathered!

Sending love and HEAPS of inspiration for your journey,

Wild Mama: an Interview on Self Care

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with the inspiring Australian life coach & and Life style journalist Tammy Warner-Wilson during her visit to Charleston a few week ago. After following each other for years on Instagram it felt like having coffee with an old friend, it was simply a joy to flow with our conversation about everything from travel adventures to motherhood mis-adventures and everything in between. Because she loves to inspire women to care for themselves within the busy days of  motherhood, much of our chat focused on self care and nourishment, such good stuff!
Check out the full interview over on her blog HERE.

P.S. Here's a taste of our pictures from our summer travels through Europe, can't wait to share so much more of our journey!

Sending heaps of inspiration~
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