Katherine Keenum

A blog about how paintings, photographs, and prints have helped me visualize my fiction—both Where the Light Falls and works-in-progress—with a hope that they will stimulate other writers and readers, too.

A small sample of the images that inspired me appears below. Click on these or any images in the posts to see enlargements. In the text, click on colored words to activate links.

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


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March 26, 2016

Tags: copyist

Website tip:Artists have always studied other artists’ work by copying it. I found this lovely 1595 drawing by Federico Zuccaro of his brother Taddeo Zuccaro sketching frescoes by Raphael via the always interesting Lines and Colors.

Writers, what written equivalent can we come up? An author in the voice of Virginia Woolf’s Judith Shakespeare tells a story about William poaching from Christopher Marlowe? A screenwriter’s pitch for the story of how his successful show runner sister dreamed up a series based on Nancy Drew?

Parentheses (in praise of)

March 22, 2016

Tags: fantasy

In a fantasy story I’m working on, I sometimes put the narrator’s comments into parentheses. Neil Gaiman has said that, as a child, he fell in love with C. S. Lewis’s use of parentheses for chatty asides, which made him aware that (more…)

Sergeant, not Sargent

March 7, 2016

Tags: Meissonier

Blog tip: This morning’s GurneyJourney post on Meissonier’s Sergeant sets me musing on the parallels between novels about novelists and pictures of artists at work. If I come up with anything worth writing down, you’ll see it here!

Meanwhile, what (more…)