Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

Posted by

A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’t know what I was doing. Though I’d always loved to draw, paint, and take photos, I’d...

Read More

6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

Posted by

6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie (creator of Peter Pan) There are winters, and then there are winters. I’m talking about the latter. These winters are the kind that solidify the blood in our veins and make us stronger people, in general. I believe that; I do. I also am a firm believer in the philosophy of taking a difficult situation...

Read More

My Paris Favorite: Claude Monet, the Water Lilies, and L’Orangerie

Posted by

My Paris Favorite: Claude Monet, the Water Lilies, and L’Orangerie

“Thanks to water, [Monet] has become the painter of what we cannot see. He addresses that invisible spiritual surface that separates light from reflection. Airy azure captive of liquid azure … Color rises from the bottom of the water in clouds, in whirlpools.” Claude Monet, Water Lilies, Paris and L’Orangerie This month, I’m sharing some of my favorite photographs...

Read More

Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

Posted by

Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” -Leonardo da Vinci One of my favorite parts of the internet world is getting to know other writers and artists. Writers and artists aren’t folks who are easily known. We don’t have cards we hand out or wear certain spiffy suits to mark us as doing something notable. But in the cyberworld,...

Read More

A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads

Posted by

A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.” -Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 It’s that...

Read More

A Library and a Garden

Posted by

A Library and a Garden

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer 106 BC-43 BC) For the past few months, my family and I have been in the process of moving across the world from Prague back to our native Ohio, USA. As I’m finding out, it takes a long time to move across the sea. While we’ve been waiting on our beds and...

Read More

Art is for Survival

Posted by

Art is for Survival

All successful artists have disturbing stories in their lives and careers. They survive by coping consistently and creatively. Those difficulties keep us very creatively active, keep us aware with a deepening insight. -Harley Brown In Prague, if you stand and listen on a quiet morning, you can hear the whisper of wings — many wings — in unison. It’s startling to see, really,...

Read More

Introducing the Great New Books Book Group

Posted by

Introducing the Great New Books Book Group

“Great New Books is all about sharing our favorite books, one week at a time. Our passion is for recommending quality books which keep us turning pages long through the night, great books which have the potential to touch hearts, and lives, and open doors to a better world. We’re so glad you’re joining us. The Great New Books site is run by a team of 6 bloggers who happen to love to read,...

Read More

Author: A Video

Posted by

Author: A Video

au·thor/ˈôTHər/ : A. The writer of a book, article, or other text. b. One who practices writing as a profession. One day about six years ago, I was deep in the process of writing my first book, and the UPS man pulled up at my house. He brought a package to the front door, from my publisher, Tyndale House. After holding my Boxer back from tackling her favorite Man from the Big Brown Truck, my...

Read More

10 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

Posted by

10 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

 “Our truest responsibility to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the truth.” ~Madeleine L’Engle   I have always loved to read, and yet some books I’ve read linger in my memory long after I’ve turned the last page. Why? I’m not exactly sure, but that the language tucks under my tongue and the story and protagonist move in ways...

Read More

My 12 Best Photographs of 2011

Posted by

My 12 Best Photographs of 2011

“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy I have always loved beautiful photographs; I’m the kind of  soul who thrives at the sight of something that takes my breath away. Photography books, paintings, art books, travel books, and more have long been my inspiration. At the age of 15, I...

Read More

What Fuels You?

Posted by

What Fuels You?

“Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.”- Samuel Johnson This past weekend, I had the immense privilege of visiting Greece with my family. I learned so much while in Greece, watching and listening and absorbing pieces of a culture so vibrant and important to our history. I especially loved watching my boys (all 3 young ones and my husband) soak up the Indiana Jones type world we...

Read More

Van Gogh, Inspiration, and Art

Posted by

Van Gogh, Inspiration, and Art

“I am working as one possessed … For the trees are in blossom and I would like to produce a Provencal orchard of incredible gaiety … In God’s name send me that paint at once. The season of blossoming orchards is just so short.” -Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to his brother, Theo, at the time of his painting The Pink Peach Tree, 1888   Two weeks ago, I had the...

Read More

Living Colorfully

Posted by

Living Colorfully

“Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in this world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”  -Vera Neumann, American artist and designer For about the past month, I have been shuffling around a little scrap of paper, torn from a magazine an American friend lent to me. The clipping has sat everywhere in my kitchen, on top of the...

Read More

Work and Living, En Plein Air

Posted by

Work and Living, En Plein Air

“The basis of human happiness is the possibility to be together with nature, to see it and to talk to it.” –Leo Tolstoy As I type these words, I sit outside on the patio tucked into the back corner of our house near Prague. Bees buzz lazily around the dainty blue catmint and fading lavender planted beside the patio, and creamy roses tinged in raspberry pink dazzle in the setting sunlight. A...

Read More