Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

GUT ART 2014!!! Registration is open!

class is held @ Community Thrive. once you're a member of the community (free to join), you can register for GUT ART 2014 HERE. Early Bird price through Oct. 11!

UPDATE- if you are not a fan of paypal, you can now also register through my etsy shop!

big eyes, infinite JOY,


Thursday, October 2, 2014

I'm gifting a spot in Soul Food 2015!!!

this raffle is now CLOSED. the recipient is Cecelia Brown!! check your email! thanks so much to all who played along. be sure to follow soul food class on facebook to enter more giveaways for a spot in Soul Food 2015!!

ack! in true mystele fashion, i failed to announce that i am doing a raffle for one spot in Soul Food 2015!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
there are more raffles/giveaways to come in the weeks to come by others involved in Soul Food keep your eyes and ears peeled in the internet!

big eyes, infinite JOY,


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How to Art Journal | Kiala Givehand

so delighted to be part of kiala givehand's How to Art Journal Community. c'mon and join the beginning of something wonderful!!

also happy to share my first art journaling video post today, too, for this fabulous new site. be sure to take time to look through the fantastic posts from other prolific and motivational art journalers.

big eyes, infinite JOY,


Monday, September 1, 2014

happy dance!!

A brand new Soul Food class will run at Community Thrive, from February 1 through April 30, 2015.
You can expect: 
  • 3 Head Chefs: Mystele Kirkeeng, Heather Santos and Jeanette House
  • 17 Sous-Chefs
  • 2 video instruction mixed media lessons per week for 3 months
  • Each artist’s favourite comfort food cooking recipe
  • All downloadable videos
  • Classroom access through Dec 31, 2015
  • Access to a private Soul Food community group on Facebook
Registration will open on January 1, 2015, and you will need to be a member at Community Thrive in order to purchase and participate in Soul Food. 
The community is free to join and you can register here. When your registration is approved, you’ll find the Soul Food purchase link here [from January 1, 2015].
The purchase price for SF 2015 is $65 USD.
  • 10% discount available to our SF 2014 alumni
Everyone who purchases SF 2015 can also take advantage of:
  • 10% discount on Slimline SF 2014 [featuring the head Chefs' 17 lessons]
  • 10% discount on a new class that we'll be announcing on April 1, 2015!
In the meantime, there’s lots happening at Community Thrive to keep you playing: themed art challengesfree mini classes, and other online classes are all available now; and a new round of Mystele’s popular Gut Art class will open in October 2014.
Follow this link to meet the Soul Food class of 2015 Faculty!

big eyes, infinite JOY,


Saturday, July 5, 2014

new paintings on my etsy shop walls!

thanks so much to those of you who made purchases in my most recent shop update. my family and i are so very appreciative of your patronage.  

i've been doing lots of thinking about "selling".  there is some debate/varying opinion in the art community about how to best do this and whether prices should ever be lowered when you have established collectors and lots of other stuff. 

however, i have to go with my gut on this. i truly enjoy the act of creating something new with acrylics and mixed media, and, it's always a bonus to sell work.  my family does need my art income, but the real pleasure for me in selling is the SPACE it provides (literal and mental) so that i can make more paintings without the sense that my space is closing in on me!  when paintings just sit around, i begin to feel stifled. i often re-work paintings that aren't selling, but, frankly, that gets old! the bottom line for me is that i'd rather sell my work at less than the listed price than have it sit around forever, taking up my "space". 

so i've decided to add this note to my shop and each of my listings:
** need to reserve a painting or make a "best offer"? please, let's discuss!

i hope this change will :
  1. afford more people the opportunity to collect and gift my art , and 
  2. keep my studio & mental space lighter so that i can create more work!

big eyes, infinite JOY,