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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Audrey Munson, model

February 19, 2016

Tags: model

Website tip: Writer Polly Shulman sent me a link to a fascinating article about a sculptor's model, Audrey Munson, who posed for statues in New York City in the early 20th C. Polly asked, "Might Mattie have known her?" Sets me thinking! How I hope so!

Kay Nielsen

February 11, 2016

Tags: illustration, Scandinavian artists

Having recently bought the gorgeous 2015 Taschen reprint of East of the Sun, West of the Moon, I was much interested to come across an on-line version of the original. It confirms (more…)

Morris chair as narrator

February 8, 2016

Tags: work-in-progress

I write first drafts of my fiction longhand in an old Morris chair that has been in the family for ages, but I never thought of it as the narrator. Running over a set of early 20th C images from children’s publications, I came across this one. Naturally, the chair caught my eye. Puzzled by the wording, I did an internet search and (more…)

Tablecloth and apron

February 4, 2016

Tags: social customs

Blog tip:As a follow-up to my post yesterday, look what appeared this morning at It’s About Time—not only a tablecloth with folds, but an apron as well!

Lamplight and table linen

February 3, 2016

Tags: social customs

Three things about this picture of a dinner party by Jules Alexandre Grun interest me (besides the artist’s being a younger contemporary of Jeanette). The first is the illumination from the lamps on the table. Gas? oil? candles? I’m always trying to imagine how (more…)