Jennifer Lyn King

writer photographer artist world traveler

14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

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14 Favorite Quotes on Life and Laughter, Travel, and Daring Greatly

I have always loved inspiring quotes and photographs. In college, I taped cards from Successories to the side of my dresser–photographs of mountains and paths through enchanting forests, of oceans and eagles soaring, all with quotes to remind me that the goal was somehow bigger than the Calculus problem I struggled to finish. Quotes seem to be a lifeline when I’m stuck with a busy...

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What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

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What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Art is a mystery. From my first memories, I’ve always loved to draw, to write, to create. I still do, and write and paint regularly, daily. But as I’ve grown older, I wonder about art — the why and how behind it, and often, the meaning. Creating is hard. Art is important. To be an artist is to dig deep to find what it is that must be created, and to do the hard work of...

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

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Looking Ahead: A Manifesto and New Recommended Reads

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Inspirations, Reading, and My Manifesto I have always loved quotes and photographs. All the way back in middle and high school, I hung quotes and photographs at my desk for inspiration. There is something about being in a place–a normal place, whether it’s a windowless office or a place...

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My 13 Best Photographs of 2013

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My 13 Best Photographs of 2013

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” -Ansel Adams   There is something about an image that is rooted in change, hopeful toward the future, demonstrative of the past, and defines a period in time somehow better than any number or combination of words. 2013 has been a year of change for me and...

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8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

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8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James 8 Summer Afternoon Beauties: a Photojournal Summer is my favorite season For its golden sunshine and sherbet sunrises For sundresses and walking barefoot in the garden For stacks of books and reading in the shade For hummingbirds with their rubies And magical...

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7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

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7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann To bring cheer to an otherwise drab world: I love that statement about the artist. Nature, especially at the peak of summer, is the best artist of all. I relish the riot of color at this time of year. Blue skies, brilliant colors in every hue and shade imaginable — they’re all outside the...

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Charles Bridge, Aristotle, and Italy’s Cinque Terre

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Charles Bridge, Aristotle, and Italy’s Cinque Terre

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle I have 3 things to share this week: 1) Happy news: Capitol Prague, a new restaurant and cafe in Washington D. C. / Georgetown, has bought use of of one of my photographs of Charles Bridge in Prague for use as a mural inside their cafe. Isn’t it gorgeous? And, illy is my very favorite...

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3 Essentials for Attracting Hummingbirds

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3 Essentials for Attracting Hummingbirds

“Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning...

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5 Favorite Spring Bouquet Photographs

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5 Favorite Spring Bouquet Photographs

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844 After such a dark week last week, I need a colorful fix of beauty and light, one of my favorite kind, of flowers, flowers, flowers. My hands are in the dirt more often now, as my family and I are settling into our new home. The backyard is a complete blank slate, with not even...

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

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Appreciation: The Greatest Part of Returning to the USA

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern “To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.” -Johannes A. Gaertner (1912-1996) Art History Professor, Theologian, Poet “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”...

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