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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Female gaze

May 30, 2016

Tags: Carolus-Duran, Casas, Paris landmark, cafés and restaurants

Blog tip: Sunday post at the always interesting Lines and Colors, sent me to Spanish painter Ramon Casas, who studied with
Carolus-Duran
at about the (more…)

Back to Greenwich Village

May 29, 2016

Tags: Beals

Website tip: The YA novelist Polly Shulman pointed me to Monovision’s selection of early 20th C photographs of Bohemian Greenwich Village taken by Jessie Talbox Beals. Having finished my fantasy novel, I’m plunging back into ANONYMITY. Thank you, Polly!

Woman in a boat

May 21, 2016

Tags: illustration

As I confess from time to time, I am working on a novel set in an imaginary high fantasy world that draws on my medieval training. My heroine has a sailboat, which she sails single-handed. Neither she nor it looks like this, and yet it cheered me immensely this afternoon to stumble across the image. Writers, whatever feeds the imagination!

Clara Miller Burd

May 16, 2016

Tags: Burd, women artists, illustration, magazine

Always on the lookout for women artists who were working during the time period of my new novel, ANONMITY, I was pleased this morning to stumble across Clara Miller Burd (1873–1933). She was born in New York City, studied art there and in Paris, and (more…)

Diligence

May 13, 2016

Tags: Bridgman, Pont Aven, transportation

My husband is transcribing 19th C correspondence at the American Antiquarian Society as a volunteer project. In his last batch of letters, he found two from Frederick Arthur Bridgman to one of the lenders who helped (more…)

Life drawing, 1809

May 4, 2016

Tags: schools, studio, light

Website tip: Today's post of images from Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Charles Pugin's Microcosm of London at the always interesting blog, Spitalsfield Life, is a dandy for historical fiction novelists and fans of Georgian England. And I love the way this plate shows early 19th C lighting for a life class.