Music Muse: Mystele Kirkeeng Artist Chat

artist interview with Mystele Kirkeeng Mystele paint
Mystele Kirkeeng, a Handcrafted Holidays’ teacher, had an “a-ha” moment during our “Artist Chat.”

She realized that music plays an instrumental—and intriguing— role in her art process.

Although a full-time artist today, Mystele studied music since childhood and realized during our chat just how much music influences her art and teaching style today.

Asserting your voice in music and art makes it “sing” which dynamically communicates emotion to an audience rather than act as a static “pretty picture.”

As you’ll learn in our “Artist Chat,” you just might have to make a drastic improvisation to get to the point of harmony.

Just as live concerts energize many musicians, Mystele gets inspired and loves the synergy that happens when she creates in person with others who are hungry to learn about the creative process. During our “Artist Chat,” she realized that her musical background makes it easier for her to take a risk with her artwork and to know when elements work together. If her painting bores her, she makes a drastic move without hesitation. She strives to get to the point of harmony when pieces work together.

Art by Mystele Kirkeeng

Jazzed to get to rhythm and flow

The rhythms and measures in music correlate to the patterns and flow that artists achieve when they create harmonious compositions. The orchestration of pieces melding together, and the power of one note (or stroke) to alter your composition to either create a masterpiece or ruin it is the mysterious part of creativity. Even if something is “pretty,” if it’s not communicating your voice as an artist you should take a risk to see what happens. How you use your voice to communicate through your art whether singing or painting is the essence of personal expression and art. You can either paint by the numbers or truly communicate.


 Mystele Kirkeeng in her studio

About Mystele

Out of the darkness of depression, Mystele found her voice as an artist and teaches classes, creates paintings and mixed media “make-ings” from her studio outside of Chicago. Her love of  her childhood home in Texas still inspires the colors and texture in her art today.

I’m thrilled to have Mystele part of the Handcrafted Holidays’ teaching team.

You can find Mystele online at

A Sneak Peek at Mysteles Wonder poppets

Mystele shares her adoration of folk art with you during the Handcrafted Holidays class, as she shows you how to make clay “Wonder Poppets” that make heirloom quality ornaments.


Here are just a few reasons to say yes for the Handcrafted Holidays class:

Connect with 10 Inspirational Art Teachers


Join us for our newest class, Handcrafted Holidays! It’s a smorgasbord of teachers. Enjoy them buffet style as you sample ideas for crafted gifts for the holidays!



Are you ready to create your own handmade gifts from the heart?

Colorful Advent Calendar with Carolyn Dube • Mexican Star Piñata with Danita Art  Poinsettia Mola with Jane LaFazioGift Boxes with Marjie Kemper • Wrapping Embellishments with Andrea Gomoll  Inspirational Word Ornaments with Miriam Schulman  Wonder Poppets with Mystele Paint  Star Ornament with Blenda Tyvoll  Tzedakah Box with Jessica Sporn  Golden Letters with Joanne Sharpe  •




  • Nothing compares to giving handcrafted gifts from the heart to your loved ones.
  • Our online format gives you the guidance you need and step-by-step instructions so you will complete your project without the frustration of going it alone.
  • Plus you’ll have the bonus of external accountability to get your holiday projects done in time!
  • Our teacher team has done the heavy lifting of figuring out 10 unique gifts to create, so you won’t need to struggle to come up with ideas.
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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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