Lynda McKinney Lambert
Author and Visual Artist
Photo: by Bob Lambert:
Lynda smiles from her Zen Meditation Garden on a late fall day.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. ~ Helen Keller
Lynda McKinney Lambert
visual artist, author, educator, blogger
The stories she creates give her readers
a glimpse into her private world of limited sight
but not a world of lost vision.
She suddenly lost most of her sight in 2007 due to a rare condition known as Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Within 10 months, her vision dropped to a visual acuity of 2/20. (Normal vision is 20/20.)
Lynda has no central vision which means she cannot see details. She has limited peripheral vision that is cloudy and diffused. She describes her vision as similar to walking in a winter snow storm at twilight.
Her first published collection is Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press, 2003. Lynda wrote the poems and essays during her summers in Europe where she taught an annual course in art and writing.
~ Lynda recently shared an interview ~
The Sunday Interview
a special feature at
Smorgasbord Blog Magazine
by editor, Sally Cronin.
Lynda’s writings appear in publications world-wide..
Lynda was a professor of fine arts and humanities at Geneva College, Beaver falls, PA until her retirement due to sight loss. Because of her life-long interest in history, fine arts and literature, her stories emerge from contemporary life experiences as well as from the ancient past
When I write, I weave each strand of my story
into a historical context that is my trademark.
I create my work from my God-given insight and inner vision. Each of my writings is a Dreamscape. My readers always say it felt like being in a dream as they read my work.
Lynda’s essays and poems reflect a very personal journey into loss and recovery. However, the journey is a private, solitary and individual one for each person. The passage requires us to be open to change. Just about everything in our shared human experience requires adaptation and adjustment to everyday life challenges.
How will I make art in the future?
How can I learn to write again?
Lynda’s questions led to discoveries of new ways of thinking and working. In Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, DLD Books, 2017, her second book, the title indicates that there is need for a change in how she views the world. Change is a primary element of the journey into wholeness. The ideas and implementation for Lynda to resume her creative life required numerous revisions over a period of several years.
Learning to live in an entirely new way is
a reality I encountered during rehabilitation.
I had to re-learn how to walk. Since I could no longer depend on my physical eyes for information and help. Eventually I learned to walk using my inner vision and a long white cane.
I needed a lot of rehabilitation training. I re-learned how to create art and write non-visually or with adaptive technologies for the blind. Experimenting with new techniques required patience, tenacity, as well as many months of failures and small successes.
Since I lost central vision, I rely on sophisticated equipment that magnifies a computer screen or the surface of an art work in progress. Besides learning to live everyday life in an altered way, I became more innovative and discovered new ways to make art using an electronic device with a large screen view of the area where the artist is working. Despite the difference in ability to see, I can use the Acrobat or Merlin CCTV (closed-circuit television). While my hands are working on something in one place, I must look at the closed-circuit television screen to visualize what my hands are doing. This technique takes much practice and patience.
forces me to piece together fragments
of information, texts and images.
~Photo by Bob Lambert:
Lynda is shown here, working on a talisman. She is using tiny Japanese seed beads – with the aid of an Acrobat Closed Circuit TV. She cannot see these beads without the magnification that the ACROBAT gives her.
Lynda must do her art work with the aid of electronic magnification. While she cannot see the actual objects, she “sees” with electronics. Before Lynda begins a new project, she selects the colors of beads and other objects. She creates a palette of beads and gemstones from which her art work is created.
Below: Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
Lynda selected the colors and objects she will use to create a talisman.
Here is a list of items on Lynda’s palette for making “My Bleeding Heart,” a talisman.
Carved red coral roses – Cabochons
1 Hand crafted ceramic disc Cabochon
Japanese seed beads
Czech fire polished crystals & seed beads
1 piece of Lacey’s Stiff Suff, cut into a circle & painted with a black Sharpie Marker.
What is a CABOCHON? Watch video – What a is a CABOCHON?
Above: Photo of Lynda’s palette – All ready to begin work.
Below, is the completed talisman, My Bleeding Heart.
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My new book
Star Signs: New and Selected Poems –
will be published in 2019.
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Page Updated: January 22, 2020.