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The Amati Viola: a Cincinnati Art Museum Treasure

The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art

“The violin family appeared in essentially its modern form in northern Italy, specifically in Brescia and Cremona, about 1550. Andrea Amati (ca. 1511–1580) of Cremona was among the first generation of makers to add a fourth string to the violin and to create the standard sizes of cello, viola, and violin in their classic modern shapes.” –Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

 

Not many in the world know what a viola is, much less an Amati viola, but if it could be summed up in one word, to me it would be treasure.

The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art
The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art

Last week, I found an opportunity to visit the Cincinnati Art Museum — a place I’d always wanted to visit, but hadn’t had the chance. Having visited many art museums around the world (Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the Louvre in Paris, the Vatican Museum in Rome, etc.), I wasn’t expecting what I found. The Cincinnati Art Museum is fantastic — a Met on a smaller scale , but no less grand in collection.

The entry collection is outstanding, with two Degas dancer sculptures and a gorgeous Van Gogh (two of my favorite artists). But a few pieces further, I found a stunning Amati viola.

What is a viola?

A viola is a stringed instrument held like a violin, but with one string lower, which draws a fuller, deeper, and many times richer sound. Viola music is written in the Alto clef, which is rare, and difficult. The strings are the same as a cello (C G D A), but are one octave higher. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak played the viola. For more information, an excellent explanation can be found here.

The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art

I’ve played the viola since I was a child, which I talked a bit about here. I love the viola for its rich sound, and enjoy the freedom of expression a stringed instrument provides.

Stradivari

After I watched the movie The Red Violin, my interest in Stradivari violins and violas grew. The history and supposed beauty of sound accomplished with instruments created by Stradivari are fascinating to me. Antonio Stradivari was a luthier (violin and stringed instrument maker) known for his perfect instruments. The luthier in the movie The Red Violin was based on Stradivari.

Stradivari was the pupil of Nicolo Amati, who was the son and pupil of Girolamo Amati, one of the brothers who created the viola on display in the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art

The Amati Viola

The patriarch of the Amati family, Andrea Amati (1511 – 1580), is credited with having created the modern design, form, shape, and sizes of the stringed instrument family. Andrea was the father and teacher of his sons, Girolamo and Antonio. In 1560, he created a set of instruments for the French royalty including Catherine de Medici and Charles IX, which were in use until the French Revolution, when only 14 survived. Today, an Amati violin sells for upwards of $600,000. Amati violas are even rarer, and have more value. The instruments are regarded as having superior sound, and therefore, high value which has increased over time.

The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art

The Amati viola in the Cincinnati Art Museum is a treasure.

The Amati viola, the Cincinnati Museum of Art

Many thanks to the Cincinnati Art Museum for their generosity in allowing photography on most of their works. This piece would not have been possible without that gracious allowance. Thank you.

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A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

me (Jennifer Lyn King) painting one of the Siena canvases

“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 never trained in art. Yet on that day back in 2003, I simply couldn’t wait another day to paint a canvas with oils.

When I arrived home with my 3 sons, all practically toddlers at the time, I remember wondering what to do with the canvas when I painted. I hadn’t bought an easel. And so when the boys were all tucked snugly in bed that night, I laid the canvas flat on the table, and found out in moments just how hard painting with oils really was.

Oil paint usually has the consistency of toothpaste. Imagine dabbing a brush into toothpaste and trying to get the trailing smear to resemble something recognizable. It was, and still is, a challenge.

Not long after, my mother-in-law gave me an enormous gift — she bought lessons with a renowned local artist for me for my birthday, and the gift came with childcare. I don’t know if I’ve ever thanked her enough for that gift. It was truly one which has kept on giving.

Jennifer Lyn King painting
Garden House, painted in 2004, 36″ x 24″ canvas

In the years since, I’ve painted and painted, everything from flowers to landscapes to cities to people. Sometimes I’m happy with what comes out on canvas, sometimes not. One of the benefits of painting with oils is that they are easily scraped off (oils take up to 2 weeks to dry) and reapplied later.

Over the past ten years, I’ve discovered not only the joy in it, but that I love to paint.

A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

This past year, I’ve been working on a series of canvases of one of my favorite places in the world: Tuscany, Italy. The scenes are a stitched together view overlooking the hills, olive groves, and vineyards of Tuscany from the high vantage point of the walls surrounding Siena.

After I painted the first, central canvas (36″ x 48″), I felt like I had hardly begun the scene as a whole and knew I had to keep going. Now, almost a year later, this is the result.

Siena Paintings: the View of Tuscany from Siena's Walls, by Jennifer Lyn King
Siena Paintings: the View of Tuscany from Siena’s Walls, by Jennifer Lyn King

While everyone sees art differently, these canvases turned out the way I’d envisioned them. I feel that these, after this year of effort and play on canvas, are a personal triumph. I’m delighted to get to share them here with you.

me (Jennifer Lyn King) painting one of the Siena canvases
me (Jennifer Lyn King) painting one of the Siena canvases

 

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6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

the Cardinal in the Woods

“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 (like this frigid winter) and turning it into something useful. While I’ve thought about how to make this long, cold winter into something useful and positive, I’ve realized there are 6 things saving me right now …

God gave us memory so we might have roses in December. -JM Barrie

The 6 Things Saving Me in This Long, Cold Winter

1. Painting

I love to paint, but I admit I haven’t made enough easel time in recent years. For 2014, I’m determined to paint and finish 1 canvas each month this year.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

The View of Tuscany from Siena's Walls, Italy: oil painting: 36" x 48
The View of Tuscany from Siena’s Walls, Italy: oil painting: 36″ x 48

I painted the one above this fall (2013) and finished the one below last weekend (Jan ’14).

The View of Tuscany from Siena's Walls, Italy: oil painting #2: 18" x24"
The View of Tuscany from Siena’s Walls, Italy: oil painting #2: 18″ x24″

 

2. Photography

Winter has unbeatable low lighting and dramatic shades of monochromatic blacks, grays, and whites. This winter, in particular, has been cold and stunning.

the Cardinal in the Woods
the Cardinal in the Woods

 

3. Flowers

In the dead of winter, I need flowers — whether it’s forcing bulbs to bloom indoors or dreaming up what I might plant this coming spring, I need the thought of new growth and life in the dead of winter.

Amaryllis
Amaryllis

 

4. Books: Writing and Reading

It’s a long process, working on a novel, polishing it and submitting it and waiting … it’s one that requires much faith and patience, belief and hope. In the meantime, I’ve been working on writing my next novel, which really does save me.

I love to write and write because I must. Like most writers who work and work until they break in, I have several novels in the drawer. But I have something that must be written, something I’m very excited about allowing to come to life through me, and so I’m writing another novel. This time, my work-in-progress novel is set in Prague, the city I love which I moved from with my family about a year ago after living there for four years. Prague is the ultimate city of mystery and beauty. I’m loving living there in my head as I work through the first draft this winter. It, and the writing itself, have me wrapped up and loving this winter. Foul weather is the sweetest thing for writers.

On the flip side of writing, I also love to read and have had the immense privilege of reading two novels in the past two weeks which are not yet on shelves, and the third I loved so much I must mention it here as well.

The first: Tatiana de Rosnay (author of Sarah’s Key) ‘s newest novel, The Other Story The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay

Set on an island off the Tuscan coast of Italy, The Other Story is about a famous young author as he comes to terms with his past. It’s provocative and interesting as the writer, promiscuous and irresponsible, learns what it is to stand on his own two feet and become the man he wants to be. I highly recommend it.

The second: Robin Oliveira’s I Always Loved You: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira

The story of Impressionist master artists, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, set in Paris, and their enchanting love affair. It not only has the most beautiful cover I’ve seen in years, but also has the most beautiful writing and telling of historical story that I’ve read recently. I highly recommend it.

The third: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams  A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

If you’re longing for a beach, sunshine, sand, and an unrelenting story, you must go out and find a copy, read it, and then loan it to all of your favorite friends. They’ll thank you for it a hundred times. It’s set in 1930s Rhode Island and New York City, and is a love story tangled up in betrayal, desire, which makes it unputdownable–the best kind of read. I highly recommend it. And I’m not the only one who loves A Hundred Summers… my teammate at Great New Books, Nina Badzin will be recommending it there next week.

5. Exercise

My favorite place apart from home this winter is the nearby family gym. We didn’t have access to a single place to run around in when we lived in Prague, which if you’ve ever overwintered with three energetic and highly rambunctious boys in a subzero Celsius climate, you understand that I really appreciate it now. And, I’m finding this winter that if I time my daily miles just right, I’m getting caught up with good shows I missed while abroad, including Grey’s Anatomy. Loving it.

6. Friends

I wouldn’t be truthful if I didn’t give a huge amount of thanks for the wonderful times with friends and the camaraderie, often spontaneous, always side-splitting with laughter, for making hibernation really great.

So … Spring … is it around the corner, Punxsutawney Phil? Either way, it’s been a good winter. I’d love to hear how you best make it through the long, cold winter!

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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 from Art around Europe that I was able to see during my time living there.

My family and I visited L’Orangerie in Paris and were able to see Claude Monet’s Water Lilies paintings. The exhibit is stunning, and these are my photographs of the Water Lilies.

all photographs: paintings of Les Nympheas by Claude Monet from Musee l'Orangerie, Paris
all photographs: paintings of Les Nympheas by Claude Monet from Musee l’Orangerie, Paris

Even after walking along the Seine, through the Tuileries Gardens, around the Eiffel Tower and Arc D’ Triumph and Trocodero, and after mass at the Notre Dame on Ile d’Cite,  Musée de l’Orangerie in Jardin des Tuileries was my favorite in all of Paris, even after I’ve visited the city many times.

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

For as long as I can remember, Claude Monet has been one of my favorite artists; his Impressionistic style has always resonated with me deeply. As a teen, I bought posters of the Water Lilies and kept them framed and hanging on walls of my room, wherever I moved. So to see Monet’s actual work, up close and personal, was a dream.

Jennifer Lyn King at L'Orangerie in Paris with Monet's Water Lilies
Jennifer Lyn King at L’Orangerie in Paris with Monet’s Water Lilies

It is difficult to explain in mere words the substantive presentation of Monet’s Les Nympheas (The Water Lilies) … so I’m including several photographs, along with quotes from Monet, to better portray his masterpieces and their sheer beauty.

Water Lily, by Claude Monet,
Water Lily, by Claude Monet,

“It took me time to understand my waterlilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.” -Claude Monet

photo of Monet's Water Lily paintings in L'Orangerie, Paris
photo of Monet’s Water Lily paintings in L’Orangerie, Paris

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”

Monet, L'Orangerie, Paris
Monet, L’Orangerie, Paris

“I can only draw what I see.”

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

“Everything I have earned has gone into these gardens.” (on his gardens at Giverny)

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.”

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

“It took me time to understand my waterlilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them.”

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

“I know that to paint the sea really well, you need to look at it every hour of every day in the same place so that you can understand its way in that particular spot and that is why I am working on the same motifs over and over again, four or six times even.”

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”

Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L'Orangerie, Paris
Claude Monet, The Water Lilies, L’Orangerie, Paris

Starting the Discussion: What art inspires you? Who is your favorite artist? Do you have a favorite art museum you go to for inspiration?

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Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

“Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

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, we tend to find each other. One such friend is Lisa Ahn.

Lisa wrote me a few months ago and asked me if I would write a guest post for her excellent blog, The Hatchery. Out of admiration and based on years of writerly camaraderie, I agreed. “Of course!” I said. “What would you like me to write about?”

Lisa didn’t hesitate. “What it’s like to be a writer and artist in a city like Prague.”

There is so much to say about living in Prague– the language barriers, the people, the incredible places and sites, the natural beauty. But there is also something deeper which is hard to put a finger on. For me, that is the feeling of so many lives that were lived there–the history, the people, the art.

So that is where I began for my piece on Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer. I tried to put a finger on the significance of my experience in Prague, and how it changed me as a person. Here is the beginning of my piece for Lisa …

Life in Prague as an Artist & Writer

When I was very small, I loved to watch my grandmother play the piano. She could play anything by request—she had the rare gift of playing by ear. At age five, I decided I, too, wanted to learn to play the piano. I bought a set of four plastic busts of the classical composers at a garage sale, which I kept with me wherever I went. Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, and Mozart became my early heroes.

I did grow up doing other (more normal) things besides collecting statues of dead musicians, but I continued with the piano, and took up playing the viola in fifth grade. I have always loved music, in addition to reading and writing, painting and photography.

In 2009, when my husband and I found out we had a chance to move to Prague, Czech Republic, for his job, we immediately jumped at the opportunity. For me, living in and traveling throughout Europe with my family seemed like a dream come true.

And it was, all four years. …  To read more, click here:

And the full link: http://lisaahn.com/2013/09/04/traveling-in-art-with-jennifer-lyn-king/

   
 

 

One further note: Lisa’s introduction had me teary-eyed. It was the kindest, most thoughtful introduction I’ve ever heard. I can’t believe the woman she wrote about is me. Thank you very much, Lisa, for the privilege of getting to write at your site.

Comments this week are closed here, but please venture on over to Lisa Ahn’s site and share your thoughts there. Thank you!

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

Some of my favorite books

“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 middle point of the summer I love, when the sun shines bright and the weather begs for us to pull up a beach chair, hammock, or a shady piece of grass and enjoy it with a book. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. And I love having my sons around. They’re at such fun ages — I treasure having summers with them, and having some extra time to create. Here are 4 things I’ve been up to lately:

This week at GreatNewBooks.org, I’m recommending one of the best books I’ve read in a long time …

Villa Triste by Lucretia Grindle

When a friend hands me a book and insists I read it, I know it will be good. But sometimes a great book jumps at me when I least expect it. This is the case with VILLA TRISTE  by Lucretia Grindle. I knew nothing about it when I picked it up, but it is one of the best books I’ve read in many years, for its gripping storyline, lyrical writing, and historical setting.

Villa Triste is woven between past and present, through the eyes of a young woman in Florence, Italy in 1943, whose story is rediscovered by a police inspector in present times. The dual timeframe novel has become my favorite for its richness, for the depth of past struggles and the present need to understand them.

Villa Triste begins as young Caterina Cammaccio tries on her wedding dress at a bridal salon with her mother and sister, though it’s not an ordinary bridal fitting. Her fiancé is fighting in World War II, which they all believe will end soon. But instead of peace arriving as they hope, the German occupation of Florence and of Italy begins. The dress, lavish with seed pearls and silk, is hung to wait. … Read more by clicking here.

My Mid-Summer Reads Stack

And, I’m working my way through a stack of books.

my mid-summer reads pile
my mid-summer reads pile

The Garden

Our backyard in our new house was a blank slate when we moved in a few months ago (no trees, shrubs, or really any grass), so I’ve been busy planting a garden. For those of you who are successful with food gardens, I’ll share that my tomato plant produced some beautiful tomatoes, but has died. Gone. Kaput. But, everything else seems to be thriving — roses, phlox, daisies, poppies — my backyard is becoming a riot of color.

a garden Poppy
a garden Poppy

The Big Summer Painting

Finally, I’ve been painting. I have a studio now, for writing, painting, photography, etc., and it is my ultimate bliss place. It even has a small corner for my easel and a large canvas I’m painting of the view from the walls of Siena, Italy, across the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Jennifer (me) painting
Jennifer (me) painting

Every season of the year is a time I enjoy creating, but there is something special about summer … How about you? Do you enjoy creating something in summer?

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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.

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

While we’ve been waiting on our beds and other essentials to arrive with the shipment from Prague, life has gone on. My boys are getting taller and growing. We’ve been making friends and enjoying the American way of living again. And now, eight weeks later, our essentials have arrived. Continue reading A Library and a Garden

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Art is for Survival

My newest oil painting, Charles Bridge at Sunrise

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, these swooping and diving and sharp-turning flocks of doves as they fly in tight formation along their aerial roller coaster. It’s one of the things I love most about Prague, and where I live. On any given day, these flocks of doves, peppered with dark, gray, and snowy white birds, will swoop and play in and along the rooflines around my house for hours. It’s mesmerizing. And in many ways, I think it’s art.

Doves in their exquisite flight aerobatics, Prague
Doves in their exquisite flight aerobatics, Prague

Recently, I’ve been reading many books (as one of my favorite parts of summer!) in a chair outside below those often-swooping doves. One of those books instantly became one of my all-time favorite books: Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER. In a story that pulls the reader along through a literary mystery so ripe with atmosphere in the Amazon, the main character Marina struggles to the point of death. And one paragraph struck me as being so absolutely true I knew I had to share it here. Continue reading Art is for Survival

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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, write, and share great books. For 2013, we all have reading goals. Between the 6 of us, we plan to read 250 books in 2013. We also feature Author contributors, who share their favorite recent books as well.

Each of us has our own style and tastes in reading, and our book recommendations reflect our individual preferences. Most of all, we recommend only books that we absolutely love.” -Great New Books book group

Great New Books Not long ago, a friend rushed up to me at a party and took hold of my arm. She smiled, and said, “Have you heard of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS?”

This friend is a book-lover, a reading fanatic like me, so I knew she was talking about a book. I shook my head, no. “Oh, you have to read it. Have to. I can’t stop thinking about it, it’s that good.”

The first thing I did when I got home was to google THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. And now, as I finish the book, I turn the last page and nod. Yes. It was that good. Maybe even better.

Good books are meant to live on. Great books change lives, and are meant to be shared. Books offer unique insights into life that bring so many things to the reader who dares to venture between its pages … a new place and experience, a new lens to see through, new shoes to walk in. Books offer intimacy, and yet books long to be discussed. Literature is a lifeline to an enriched inner world. A book group is the perfect place to link up with other book-lovers and chat about a great new read.

After many months of thinking about it, I’ve decided to take Hazel Grace’s advice (from THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), “There is no try … there is only do.” I’m introducing a new book group, the GREAT NEW BOOKS site.

The defining factors:

  • When: We’ll recommend one great new book each week, on Wednesdays.
  • Where: our site, http://GreatNewBooks.org.
  • What: One Great Book = one that has been published within the last year that I’ve bought, read, and loved; a book that is powerful and thought-provoking and deserves a highest recommendation.
  • Why New books?: To discover the best recently-published books. To support authors who are working hard to launch their words, thoughts, stories, and dreams out into the world.
  • Why: To share books and help spread the love of reading.

For you: To participate, what do you need to do?

Come join us — we have giveaways and fifty-two great books to learn about each year!

John Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

It’s a fabulous book, one that I’ve just finished, and one that I loved so much I had to read it with a pen-in-hand. LOTS to discuss in it, including the humor and the tragedy. It is oh-so-rich.

So, click through to the link to GREAT NEW BOOKS and let’s get started. Oh– and to help us get started, a big thank you in advance for tweeting, linking, facebooking, and recommending Great New Books to your friends. It’s bound to be fun. I look forward to seeing you there!

If you have comments or questions, please leave a comment below or email me at contact (at) jenniferlynking (dot) com.

Thanks for joining me on one of the most extraordinary adventures in life: through reading, through the pages of a book.

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Author: A Video

Author: A Video by Jennifer Lyn King

au·thor/ˈôTHər/ : A. The writer of a book, article, or other text. b. One who practices writing as a profession.

Author: A Video by Jennifer Lyn King
Author: A Video by Jennifer Lyn King

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 three boys helped me tear into the package. I’ll never forget what waited for me inside the box.

I had recently received news that Tyndale had contracted with me for the book, and the package was a congratulations follow-up. Inside the box, I found a hefty white coffee mug and a textured white book. The word “Author” had been printed in simple black typewriter font on both the mug and the book. As soon as I saw them, my eyes misted over.

It made it real. I was an Author.

Since that day, I’ve kept my pencils and pens in the mug, at the corner of my desk. And, every so often, I flip through the wonderful book Tyndale sent, the book about being an author.

Author, a screen shot from the video: I Begin.
Author, a screen shot from the video: I Begin.

For those of you who are not writers, the process of writing a book may seem different or mysterious. And for those of us who are writers, we know the tremendous amount of life and love and effort that goes into creating a book or a novel. It’s all-consuming at times.

I’m steeped in research for my next novel, and have been thinking about what goes into writing a book. So, in the midst of this past cold and rainy Prague weekend, I worked with my oldest son to create a video that is inspired by the Author book. I’ve titled it Author: A Video. It’s five minutes long and is filled with color photographs and simple I-statements, about the life an author lives while writing a book.

I hope you enjoy it!

PS. A big thanks to the great 13-year-old at King’s Might Productions for his computer savvy! ***The purpose of this video is for personal and non-commercial use and sharing with author and writer and reader friends. Thanks to Microsoft Office Clipart for free use of its photos for this project.