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Abstract Bliss :: Self Study E-Course

WHEN: You’ll receive Instant & Forever Access to all the content that this Popular Class has to offer!
WHERE: Online, Self Paced: This is a SELF STUDY class, upon purchase you’ll have Instant and Forever Access to go at your own pace through all of the rich course content, almost 80 Lessons in total!
COST: Full Price: $299, Until December 30th we’re offering $100 off of the registration price with code BLISSBLISS at checkout, so get in early before it DISAPPEARS!

An 8 Week Journey to a new way of working & seeing through abstract painting.

Dive deeply into your painting practice, developing your authentic voice in your work, while learning how to create abstract paintings from beginning to end and everything in between, from supplies to colors to how to create a successful painting! Join teachers & professional artists Mati McDonough and Faith Evans-Sills in this Self Study Session of their popular Abstract Bliss E-Course, an 8 week deep dive adventure into the world of Abstract Painting. In this class you’ll experience double the teachers, double the art :) for almost 80 inspiring lessons. You'll journey each week through a new topic, a new way of working and seeing through paint. We go deeply into the following topics…

In this E-Course You'll explore:

  • Our tried and true favorite supplies!

  • Color Mixing & ways to play with colors, creating unique combinations with materials that you already have.

  • Finding Inspiration, where to look and how to use what inspires you to create paintings that you love!

  • Composition & Scale: how these two elements help you create successful paintings.

  • Beginning a Painting: overcoming that "white canvas" paralysis

  • Finding Your Personal Subject Matter

  • Abstracting our World: abstract landscapes

  • Creating a Personal Vocabulary of Marks & Symbols that you can turn to again and again in your studio, making your work uniquely you.

  • Using Alternative Materials

  • Cultivating Quiet in your work

  • Exploring the Language of Shape to develop your own style.

  • Creating Luscious painted Layers

  • Bringing it all Together, we'll show you how to combine everything that we learn into a beautiful whole!

  • and so much more!!!

We'll walk you through each weekly topic with start to finish painting videos, inspirational prompts & guided activities in our private online classroom. This class is open to all skill levels and all creative spirits looking to deepen their painting practice, broaden their painting skills, work their bravery muscles in the studio and expand their personal voice in their paintings. Let's dive in!

Special Offers!

SWEET DEAL Price: $199

  • Until December 30th we’re offering $100 off of the registration price with code BLISSBLISS at checkout, so get in early before it DISAPPEARS!

FULL PRICE: $299

Register now to take advantage of this special offer!

 

Take A Deeper Look Inside This Course...

This class is for anyone looking to grow their unique voice in their work, expand their techniques & ways of thinking through paint, and come away with a stronger vision of where they are going in their painting practice.

 

Watch the Video for a sneak preview!

 

How it Works...

This is a Self Study Class, upon purchase you will have access to all of the course content to go at your own pace. The Course is organized into 8 week long units, each week includes 5 daily lessons. We recommend that you start in the first week of class and follow it chronologically, as later lessons build on the early lessons in the class! Each week in our Online Classroom will follow a rhythm to help you stay focused on your goals and the weekly topics.

Day 1...

At the start of each week we'll introduce our weekly topics. You'll receive access to two long painting demo videos on Day 1 of each week, one by Mati and one by Faith. These instructional demo videos will be around 15-25 minutes long, and will walk you through our painting processes based on the weekly topic. These videos will usually show you the start to finish creation of one of our abstract paintings, including step by step voice over description as we go! We encourage you to turn up the music and paint along with us!

Day 2....

are our Studio Chat days! Mati and Faith will post a weekly video chat as they discuss a wide range of topics relating to painting and developing a thriving painting practice! Topics include: How to Create A Successful Abstract Painting, Creating a Series, All about Collaboration , Staying Inspired, Manifestos & Mindfulness, Tapping Into Your Own Creativity, Asking THE Questions, What to do to get Yourself Do-ing, the Behind the Scenes Story of our Book, and more.....

Day 3...

are our Watercolor Warm up day, where Mati or Faith will post another long painting demo video, we'll dive deeply into using watercolor explorations as a creative fuel throughout your painting practice to develop & explore imagery and ideas in a freeing way!

Day 4....

are our inspiration day, where we'll post videos, ideas and other bits of inspiration centered around weekly themes to keep you inspired through your week. 

Day 5... 

are our sharing day, where we invite you to be Daring together and share your work and ask for feedback from the group of other people doing the Self Study Class. You are also invited to share your work in the private Facebook group for more feedback!

What former participants are saying...

What is it like to take the Abstract Bliss E-Course with Mati & Faith? Here's what some of our former students have to say....

"This class really got my painting practice moving. I love where the inspiration has met me and I feel like I'm actually finding my own voice. Having done other online classes I feel the rhythm of this class has been so beneficial.. Having a lesson every day so I'm consistently showing up to my own imagination but with room to breathe through it. Thank you thank you thank you. I am excited to see what I create next and how my own style will merge and develop." ~Belinda Chappell

"Mati and Faith are beautiful, vibrant, fierce female goddesses. They have inspired my painting practice and my life tremendously. I have done a few e-courses and they are fantastic because you get to meet artists from all over the world and you build this little community of support for each other. I developed the courage to share my art in this space privately and that helped me to feel confident to share it on a public platform like Instagram, which for me was hard because I've been social media-resistant for years because I am passionate about boundaries. ;) Anyway, I am learning to live with boundaries AND share my art and soul. Mati and Faith have similar aesthetics but have a very distinct personal style. They encourage you to also develop your own vocabulary of mark-making and your voice. I really felt seen, valued, and encouraged here and I would recommend this class for any human being. Art-making is therapeutic and magical and fun and I love seeing everyone's particular style. With love and gratitude! Thank you Mati and Faith for your presence and love. <3" ~Laura Marsolais

"I feel like this class has been a sanctuary, a painting sisterhood, a place for growth and inspiration! My favorite painting class ever. Faith and Mati's passion and gentle guidance and instruction have been a breath of fresh air into my artistic endeavors. I can't wait to continue the journey!" ~Kathy Anne

"I just want to say thank you from the depth of my heart and soul for this amazing class. You both have a beautiful purpose in this world and I am so honored to be a witness and student of your gifts and teachings. I have learned so much about abstract, myself and my art. I have painted more than I did in art school!" ~Jennifer Perry

"I really love love love this course very much! Not only teaching me painting technique, both of you also shared spirit, courage, fear...these true feeling of you! That make me gradually to accept my imperfection, and become less fear! I enjoyed every moment of painting! Also love the group here! I love to see,and read every response! It's very important that show me the variety way to see every painting! Learn so much!" ~Joy Lui

"This class was so helpful. It really helped me move forward and out of my comfort zone. I actually feel like I can now see a path forward with abstract work that I wasn't able to see before (!!) And I really enjoyed seeing other people's work too, it was so inspiring." ~Lisa Sousa

"Hugest unending thanks and gratitude to you both, Mati and Faith - the structure and love and compassion which you send out and share in these classes is so gentle, nurturing and supportive - it's really the perfect loving recipe for me - and I thank you so very much. Your guidance is cracking open and helping me to welcome adore and accept the creative side within me which has yearned to be expressed for a lifetime - thank you for helping me connect further with myself and all of you wonderful souls." ~Quigley

More Details and FAQ'S:

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, work their bravery muscles in the studio and expand their personal voice in their paintings!

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 you will get the most out of it if you have a spot in your home where you can easily set up to paint, or 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 and watercolors, we'll go into detail during our first week of class sharing our favorite brands with you.

Basic course material include: 4-6 canvases (around 12 by 12 inches or larger), a simple set of acrylic paint including white & black, a simple watercolor set, a cold pressed watercolor pad, acrylic paint pens & markers, a variety of pens & pencils, gold leaf & foil, adhesive (modpodge or mat medium), a variety of sizes of paint brushes. You will also need a camera (just the camera on your phone is fine!) to document your work as you create it, and share it with the private Facebook Group if you choose to!

How long will I have access to the course material?  

You'll have instant and forever access to all course material & workshop content, to enjoy, explore and dive into as many times as you like. You simply need to be logged into your account on Ruzuku, the site that hosts my online classes, to access the workshop!

Do I have to complete all the projects?

You will have access to the course material forever, so you can go at your own pace in this Self Study Class! No need to worry if you miss a class or 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 to complete projects. Participants can share their projects in our private Facebook Group to gain feedback from a community of artists around the world, as well as on Instagram as they feel led using our tag #abstractbliss, gaining feedback and inspiration from each other!

How does the online class work?

We have our own easy to access password protected online classroom where you’ll have instant and forever access to all of the course material to go at your own pace. Through video lessons Mati and Faith will both invite you into their studios, discuss supplies and share all of their tips & tricks. The course will have a strong weekly rhythm, with posts 5 days a week for the 8 weeks of the class. Our goal is to keep you on track and inspired!  We'll also have our special social media tag #abstractbliss to use when you share your work online throughout the course, building our community and tribe. You do not have to check into the class at specific times. You can access all of the content and assignments as your own schedule permits, and in your own time zone. We'd love for everyone to check into the online classroom and read new course material several times a week so that you stay connected to the momentum of your painting practice, however we understand that especially since this is a Self Study Class, everyone will be at their own pace!

You can choose to share your art with the group by posting it in the private Facebook Community, this will be a completely private place for all of our students, past and present, and any thing shared there will only be visible to others signed up for our classes. Sharing your work is an important part of learning to paint, developing your style and growing your work. We encourage participation and discussion within our online groups, any mean and overly critical dialogue will not be tolerated. We encourage and strive to create a safe, positive environment for sharing and growing together!

How does sign up work?

After you click the Register Now button below, you'll be directed to my online e-course host Ruzuku to sign up and pay, remember to use any discount code at checkout! You'll create your own personal account with Ruzuku which you'll use to sign in and receive instant access to all of the course content in our online classroom.

What’s the difference between your Abstract Bliss and your Painting the Sacred Within Instant and Forever Access Classes?!

The main difference between the two classes is that Abstract Bliss focuses on Abstract Painting, while Painting the Sacred Within is focused on exploring 12 different topics within painting (watercolor, focal point, animals, words, painting your story, geometrics, florals, mandalas, inspiration gathering, and more) we cover these topics one at a time in different units to introduce a broad survey of what’s available for developing your personal Creative Voice. 

They are both large classes, dense & rich with content and lessons, lots of deep dives into the topics and assignments! These classes offer completely different lessons & videos. Painting the Sacred Within is slightly larger with about 120 videos, while Abstract Bliss has about 80 lessons. And both classes will keep you painting in a sustained way for quite a while! We originally designed Painting the Sacred Within to be a year long class, so there really is enough content in there to keep you painting for a year! :) Abstract Bliss has so many lessons that you can do them all in the 8 weeks, as the class was designed, or spread them out over months, its really your choice!!

Do you offer refunds?

No refunds will be offered. Online access to the course material is given at the time of purchase so it is not possible to offer refunds. Thanks for your understand

Your Investment and Future Course Dates:

This session of the Abstract Bliss E-Course is a Self Study Class, you get Instant and Forever Access, so there are no start and finish dates for the class. You simply go at your own pace through all of the rich content!

Our early bird prices detailed below will be available for a limited time.

*Please note, materials are not included in the price of the course.

We also offer the Abstract Bliss E-Course as a live class a couple times a year, so if you've been wanting to take this course alongside Mati, Faith, and a group of other inspiring creatives please join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to be the first to know when we will run the next LIVE session of this class!!

COST:

In an effort at accommodate many budgets, we are offering a limited time discount, so get in early before it DISAPPEARS!

  • $199~ SWEET DEAL Price: available only until December 30th ($100 savings!): Use Checkout Code BLISSBLISS

  • $299~ FULL PRICE

We're so excited to share this exciting class with you!

Sending you so much inspiration for the painting journey!

xo Faith & Mati

 

A bit more about our teachers...

Faith is a painter, wife, mother, world traveler and creative guide making her home in sunny Charleston, South Carolina. After 15+ years in New York City Faith craved a closer daily connection to nature, so she took the leap moving her family to the South Carolina coast in 2011. In her work, Faith draws inspiration from nature’s wild and small moments; from love, textiles and most importantly, the relationships that shape her. Classically trained in painting with a BFA from Skidmore College and an MFA from Parsons School of Design, along with over twenty years of personal painting experience, Faith enjoys inspiring others to manifest their most heartfelt ideas through creating art. Her first book, Painting the Sacred Within, a guide to art techniques for expressing your authentic inner voice, was published in 2017 with Northlight Press. She is a well-loved teacher both online, across the United States and internationally at her annual art retreats in Morocco, Costa Rica and Mexico. Faith’s paintings have been exhibited widely and included in numerous books and publications including Painted Blossoms, Paint Lab, Color Lab, Seventeen, Calm, Happinez and Mabel Magazine. Her art has also been featured on designs for Anne Taylor Company Lou & Grey. Follow along on Instagram where she posts daily beauty and inspiration.

 
 photo by Andrea Scher

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