About Me

Whose that girl?

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”
Leo F. Buscaglia

Artist. Writer. Photographer. Instructor. All-Around-Smartass. Dreamer. Lover of Nature. Believer in Miracles. Collector of Words. Adores Animals, Children, Whimsy and Most-Things-Odd. Student of Life.

Listen to an interview with me by clicking here!
(Fast forward to 11 mins to skip technical troubles)

Editor’s Note: (I really don’t speak in the third person, ala Bob Dole — but it was just, simpler to paste this here, than re-type it all etc. ..ha! Besides, I need to re-write it still!)

Chrysti (Christy Hydeck) is an emerging mixed media artist whose work is collected by individuals and companies across the globe. Her quirky, one-of-a-kind art has been featured in calendars, books, galleries, coffee houses, retail stores and advertisements as well as being published in both print and digital magazines. In 2004, she chose to pursue her life long dream of creating full-time. With this satisfaction came the realization that this was only the beginning and not the culmination of her creative vision.

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”
Buckminster Fuller

Considered an outsider artist, Chrysti lives with Bipolar Disorder, and Tourette’s Syndrome. Her work is often very personal, expressing her passion for children, family and animals as well as showing her love of whimsy, words and all things odd.

In addition, Chrysti teaches mixed-media workshops and contributes to various magazines and books. She has established and maintains several online stores and communities. She is also a promising amateur photographer.

It is Chrysti’s belief, that everyone has an artist within. It is her mission, to help inspire others find and express their own creative selves.

36 Responses

  1. I love your Art….You are a Healer and through your kind efforts, and creativity others are assisted in their Journey. Be well…..and I send you many beautiful Colors….

  2. Chrysti……your back…….HURRAY HURRAY HURRAY
    I have missed you…………it is just not the same……….
    not hearing from you!!!!!!!

    I really love your new site…..but now you give me tons more
    to learn…..I have joined all the feeds…hope I did it right…..
    and I must keep up with you; Even old grandma’s maybe can do that.

    Love you,
    Live Well!! Laugh Often!! Love Much!! Forever………


  3. I just wanted to let you know that I think you are the most amazing and creative person I have ever seen. I have been looking at your work for the past hour and I have never felt more inspired and frankly a little jealous because all of your art is what I wish I could do. I am always collaging and painting but I am in awe of your work!

  4. I have seen your collages and pictures and I must say that you are very talented. I wonder what inspires you and how you get these ideas. I want to do photography but I feel I do not have the eye and the talent for it. Im just here to say I love your work!

  5. Hello and congratulations for your work.
    I’ve find a background of yours on flickr.com and use them for the header on my blog, http://fiammetta11.blogspot.com.

    I’ve add your credit for this at sidebar’s bottom right.

    That’s correct, isn’t it?

    Thank you for your art and your attention,


  6. Hey! I Really love your photos and was wondering if it would be possible to use them on a website I’m Setting up? I’m a musician based in Brighton and I’m trying to set up a synchronization(music to images) website. In return for the use of your photo’s I would give you a credit on my website and would definatly be up for writing some music to a slideshow for you if you would be interested?

    Thanks for your time and I love your photos!!


  7. Hey! I Really love your photos and was wondering if it would be possible to use them on a website I’m Setting up? I’m a musician based in Brighton and I’m trying to set up a synchronization(music to images) website. In return for the use of your photo’s I would give you a credit on my website and would definatly be up for writing some music to a slideshow for you if you would be interested?

    Thanks for your time and I love your photos!!


    (sorry I had to post twice.. gave wrong email the first time lol)

  8. Chrysti,
    I noticed your crinkled paper bag and need one to use as a background for an invitation.
    I’m the executive director for a non-profit called Miracles of Mercy. We help single mothers who have formerly been incarcerated.
    I downloaded the bag, however I need one in larger resolution, in order that the background be around 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches at 300 dpi minimum?
    Do you have one and if so, can you email it to me at alyce@arkansasbaptist.org


  9. I have so much inspiration from your blog, Chrysti.
    Thank-you so much. So, glad I came your way.

    Sherrie Roberts

  10. Chrysti….please check out my blog….if this is not okay…let me know…I would gladly pay you for this picture…


    YOU ARE SO TALENTED!!! Love your stuff!!

  11. Well i can only say that your art is superb and mind blowing.

  12. HEY
    I’ve found you ;)
    But you know what i wanted to say!!!

  13. And
    Great work. I cannot apprehend that a ruthless gaming mobster can be so artistic. Your work will remain for somedays on my desktop.

    And 76 left!


  14. What resources could you recommend for someone who is starting a visual journal? Any beginning drawing, doodling books you could recommend?

  15. Hi Cristi, I really like your ‘My Corner of the Woods’ picture and would like to know if we could use it on our web site. We research forest’s role in carbon offsets and climate change mitigation at Duke. Wasn’t sure how best to contact you.
    Thanks! Kathy

  16. I think your great , like your work , and I think i would like to see if can sell me a few pices
    Your art touches me
    William Lopez

  17. I’m a wildlife artist in Costa Rica, and have admired…actually been awed by your work. I have added you on my links page which I hope is OK. I would be thrilled to have you visitmy site and drop a comment. Thanks from the rainforest…..James

  18. Chrysti, After reading all your comments and thinking about you last night I had to post this as I remember now what really caught me about you was the bipolar and how honest you were about it..I live with my husband who has been disabled and bipolar for 10 years now it has been the most difficult time in our marriage and not one day has been easy but I have stayed and I honestly know what your days are like..that is what inspired me about you and when I look at all you have accomplished I am even more inspired by you…hugs, cheryl God Bless you each and every day as it is a real Struggle and I know it as I live it with you!


  19. Chrysti, I could not stop myself from telling you how impressed that I am by the depth, energy,insight, skill, blessed vision, and awesome talent that you express with your artworks!. I was exploring my passion for vintage photographs and creative expression through art from my flickr page and found the pages that you so generously share at your pages at your flickr group. I have became your “groupie” since the moment I witnessed your fabulous talents. I most certainly see why you are the recipient of the many commendations that I have read. On that note, I will look forward to seeing you, and your art, as often as possible. This world needs someone like you to express the passionate vision that you see, feel, and share. I wish for you all the very finest things that life has to offer, With deep and sincere good wishes to touch you every day of your life, Sharon

  20. Chrysti,
    I feel honored in life to meet you….


  21. I just posted something about your latest CPS article on my blog: http://katydiddys.blogspot.com/2009/01/photo-fun.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  22. Chrysti… You know how somedays you are thankful for things..I guess everday, we should be thankful for SO many things that are going well or just right in our lives. Today, I am thankful that I came across your site, through Michelee B’s blog which I found through ConvenZioNE. You are so inspiring to me and my art. Thank you.

  23. Christy,

    If you want to add Facebook or email sharing buttons to your blog posts, there’s a plugin that does it for you: http://tinyurl.com/sharebuttons

    Hope you find it helpful!


  24. Hi Chrity,

    I love your work. I ama singer/songwriter/speaker in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am particularly interested in using Fire in the Sky for my next CD cover. The CD is already recorded and just awaiting dupication…could you please contact me to let me know. dagnellini@yahoo.com
    Thanks so much, looking forward to hearing from you shortly.
    Dana Agnellini

  25. Just wanted to pop in to say Hi and that I’ve missed your blog. Seeing your work in Cloth, Paper Scissors was so exciting – I felt like it was my brush with greatness!

  26. Hi Christi, obviously found you thru the Echo word challenge. Love your creativity and way with words!!! I really need to spend more time going thru your blog.

  27. Your blog and artwork is beautiful!!!! And I love all the inspirational quotes, perfect.

    Thank you for sharing.


  28. nice works – I will come back, from time to time…

  29. Hi there!

    Valentines day is coming up and from one photographer to another, I would love to see someone feature my girlfriends artwork. She is a huge inspiration for me and I hope you find her photography as unique, interesting, and passionate as I do. She has a site at santanaphoto.com


  30. Dear Christie,
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    Yechiel Orgel
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  31. Have been a fan for a few years now. I read every word you write although I do not comment often. Just know I am here and I love your work.

  32. Hi, Christi,
    Just discovered your site yeaterday and haven’t had time to really explore it, but I see you are local. Looks like we are kindred spirits and am looking forward to digging into the site. I have a show up at the Scrap Exchange that I think you would like very much–shadowbox assemblages with touches of surreality (is that a word? It is now!) and humor. I have to take it down on the 13th, so time is short. Could we meet for lunch-my treat-and get acquainted and see the show? I will bring a don’t know-what-to-do with-this item for you if you will reciprocate. I deal with recurrent depression–all the downs and none of the ups of bipolar. Hooray for psychoactive meds!

  33. Dear Chrysti
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    Best regards,


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  34. Hello Birthday Girl. Enjoy the day, the week and the month. I am a June birthday too, later in the week. A bit older but still learning. I hope your joy is endless.

  35. Dear Chrysti:
    This is what I reTagged my picture with:
    I repinned this from someone named Darla, so I promise you this was a judgment lapse of which I was not in control. I do try to cite what ever I pin, so I am a little embarrassed. Chrysti took a stunning picture.

    I don’t steal, and certainly understand your need to control your images as a means of making a living.

    probably i will just eliminate the picture so you will be happier and I will not be so embarrassed. Thanks Anne Dunning

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