Friday, October 21, 2011

My very first blog EVER!

Hello Everyone! Wow, I never thought I would be doing this whole blogging thing, but here I am. The reason I wanted to start a blog is so I can document my art process and also my crazy life. 

My name is Krysten and I am an artist, or at least I am trying to be. All my life, art was all I ever wanted to do.  I was always getting in trouble for doodling in class when I was younger and in trouble for the stupid things I drew (like pictures of certain teachers I didn't like genius-ly labeled with the teachers name...)  Even through the phases of wanting to do other things for a living when I grew up, art was always part of it.  In 4th grade when my friend Angela and I wanted to open up our own restaurant someday (The K&A Cafe!), I wanted to design everything and hang my art on it's walls. After some real life restaurant work though, I realized I want nothing to do with the restaurant business ;-) And then when I entered my "I want to be an astronaut/rocket scientist" phase (about 6th-8th grades) I wanted to go to the moon, paint murals on the walls of the shuttle on the way there and do paintings of space up close and personal. In high school, I took every art class available in the school (and luckily my high school had a fantastic art program) and in college my major was, of course, fine art. 

My boyfriend, Tom, is going to medical school in Krakow, Poland. He was born in Poland but grew up in the US, and I was born and raised in New Jersey. We met in high school and started dating in college, even though I still lived in Jersey and he was going to school in Arizona. After 3 years of long distance I moved out to Arizona to be with him and finish school at ASU, which has an incredible Printmaking program. Then, 9 months after his graduation, on literally 3 days notice, he was off to Poland to get into this medical school and a month later, I joined him (because most normal people can't just up and leave the country on 3 days notice ;-) We travel back and forth between New Jersey and Krakow and he is now in his 3rd year of school. (Time sure flies!!) We travel a bit around Europe since we're over here and have a lot of fun and have made a lot of new friends.

While I am in Krakow, I don't really work. Once a week, I tutor a young Polish girl in English, which I really enjoy. Other than that, I work on my art, which I don't have much time to do when I am at home in NJ for summer and at Christmas. During those times, I work in a bridal salon which eats a lot of my time and when I'm not working crazy hours, I'm doing things with friends and family. My job at the bridal salon is interesting. My best friend, Anna, worked there for years and got me the job when I was home for summer last year and unemployed .I never saw myself working in bridal either, but hey, desperate times...And I am grateful to have the job, since they let me work when it's convenient for me, like a month or so in winter and in the summer. I love my DBG coworkers too, they are what make the job fun. :)

So anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog, I will try to update most days of the week when I can. Thanks for visiting! 

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