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,


Thursday, July 3, 2014

new art for etsy

posting a nice bunch of paintings (mostly skinny paintings with stitched and painted burlap faces) on my etsy shop walls tomorrow! yay!

big eyes, infinite JOY,


Monday, June 30, 2014

Soul Food 2014 SLIMLINE!!

If you missed out on Soul Food this  year, Heather, Jeanette, and myself have put all of our lessons into a new Slimline version of the main class. We are excited to open the doors to a new classroom today!

“Slimline” it may be, but there's plenty in this not-so-mini class to fill your muse's belly!

A total of 17 lessons for you to enjoy, as well as the delicious cooking recipes we shared.

For more information, sign up and join us at the table right HERE and thrive!

Mystele, Heather and Jeanette xo

big eyes, infinite JOY,


Monday, May 26, 2014

Dina Wakley Media!!

it has been such fun playing around with Dina Wakley Media (DWM henceforth) by Ranger. thank you, Ranger, for making it possible!

BUT the best part is to be able to support a kindred creative in her happiness.

..........[singing and chair dancing]"i luh ya, Dina! i luh ya luh ya luh ya, Dina!"

Dina is just one of those people that i wish lived in the neighborhood, you know? no matter what big thing she's got going on- i mean, the girl is in constant demand in the mixed media art world. so she is always on the go spreading her mixed media magic in one way or another)- she's just genuine and kind. she's just Dina.  i beaucoup, beaucoup dig that.

on to the DWM products...
as soon as i saw the brushes in the line, i was like, "come to mama!" it was love at first sight. (yes. artists know full well that you can fall in love with a paint brush. duh. so quit reading my blog post with that look. ahem. anyway,) i luuuurrrve a stiff brush (esp. rounds and short flats) that leaves the strokes, can take my scrubbing and looks pretty much like it did before i got my hands on it. and the bonus?? a good brush bonus= affordable= the bristles don't fall out or go limp/haywire when you use it the way you like to. translation: won't break the bank and you can beat that thang up! oh-hoh-hohhhh, baby. score.

now, i also go pretty nuts over heavy body paint. i am a texture lover and have tried fluid acrylics and soft body paint, etc... but i am smitten with the thick stuff. again, i like to see the history of my brush and mark making tools in the paint.  the heavy body DWM paint opened up something new for me because it is heavy but not in the "Golden heavy body" sense. it has this luscious, feathery heft that is very conducive to building up translucent layers (with great pigment) without needing to add a medium or water. so cool. do i need to say it again? ummm...score.

i was also able to break open the white and black gessos and gel medium. yummy yum yum yum!  if you like a smooth gesso and a slippery (+++ easy to get off of your hands) gel medium, you will enjoy these products as well.


i filmed the making of the painting i've been showing you. i started with a "dirty" cardboard packaging spacer (from an IKEA purchase) and went from there.  the process is sped up quite a bit, but i mostly wanted you to see the products at work + how little you need to use at a time. watch it in fullscreen if possible.

(for a higher quality version, watch here, but it's without music!)

last but not least, make sure you head on over to Dina's blog...she's givin' away stuff, y'all!!! and, don't forget to hop around and see the other super art created with DWM products! the blog hop list is at the end of the post.  happy Monday!

keep hoppin'!

Dina Wakley 
Dyan Reaveley 
Roben-Marie Smith 
Dawn Sokol 
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer 
Nathalie Kalbach 
Kirsten Varga 
Traci Bautista 

big eyes, infinite JOY,