Katherine Keenum

A blog about the paintings, photographs, and prints that help me visualize my fiction—both Where the Light Falls and works-in-progress. My main current project is a novel tentatively entitled ANONYMITY. Its heroine works in publishing, belongs to a clandestine suffragist group, and has a married lover. Read on!

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An American woman art student meets a Civil War veteran in Belle Époque Paris.


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Picturing a World

What an issue!

January 30, 2016

Tags: illustration, magazine

Blog tip: A post at The Golden Age mounts highlights from The Century Magazine, October 1904. They include illustrations from an installment of Jack London’s novel, The Sea-Wolf, Maxfield Parrish’s illustrations of Edith Wharton’s Italian Villas and Their Gardens, and advertisements for Rookwood Pottery, a Locomobile, and Chickering pianos. Mattie Palmer would have read it. It'a available at Google Books—if only I could make the link work!


January 28, 2016

Tags: illustration, women artists

Mary Hamilton Frye’s illustrations for “Children and the Theatre,” which were mentioned in my last post, came to mind today when I read Kathleen Jennings’ blog post on Skimmings, with its gif compilation her own recent paper cut-out illustrations for a musical composition. Silhouettes have (more…)

Mary Hamilton Frye

January 22, 2016

Tags: illustration, women artists

Lisbeth Zwerger is one of my favorite living illustrators, and I couldn’t resist pairing a sample of her work with a picture from the Golden Age by Mary Hamilton Frye (1890–1951). Is it just my imagination, (more…)

Searching for words

January 19, 2016

Tags: fantasy, women artists

The conceptual artist Catherine Chaloux tickles my fancy. Although fantasy fiction is a part of my reading and writing life, I have not reacted to her witty, luscious work as a source of stories so much as illustrations of my imaginary self. This picture combines (more…)

Paris panoroama

January 18, 2016

Tags: Paris landmark

Website tip: Wheeeee! For a 360° panorama of Paris in high resolution, click here.

Od Magic

January 11, 2016

Tags: fantasy, illustration, women artists

Some of my favorite novels are fantasies. For a holiday treat, I read Patricia McKillip’s Od Magic. It is a lovely, lively story and I was specially interested in how McKillip interwove four plot lines. It allowed her to jump over the (more…)

Leyendecker at the Académie Julian

January 10, 2016

Tags: Académie Julian, illustration, schools

Blog tip: Yesterday’s Gurney Journey post lets you read what J. C. Leyendecker, a Golden Age illustrator, had to say about the Académie Julian. For an interesting article on Leyendecker as a gay artist who defined images of the American male, click here.

Linda Baker-Cimini

January 6, 2016

Tags: women artists, illustration

Although those of us who write historical fiction do a lot of directed research, sometimes it is serendipity that turns up the most gorgeous details. In life, chance meetings are even better. I was taking my daily walk this afternoon and ran into Linda Baker-Cimini, whom I (more…)

Flash fiction

January 3, 2016

What is the difference between a slogan, a good opening line, and a flash fiction? Hard to tell these days, especially if an illustration is allowed to amplify meaning as in James Gurney’s Six Word Story Challenge. It’s a topic worth pondering seriously but for this morning, only a game: Here’s the picture, what’s the story—in six words, sixty, or six hundred?