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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Hallowe’en 2016

October 31, 2016

Tags: crones and witches, illustration, social customs

Today’s image comes via It’s About Time, but could equally have come from Liberty Puzzles. As the 2016 election spirals down, I regret not having ordered one for distraction!

For a wealth of holiday postcards from the New York Public Library, click here.

And I’ve just discovered a book that bears looking into, American Holiday Postcards, 1905–1915. Addendum: For a helpful review, click here.

Not fallacy—art!

October 28, 2016

This week on a visit to the Sterling and Francine Art Institute, I saw again this painting by Inness, one of my favorites. An October 17th recent New Yorker article on Ursula Le Guin states, “From Thomas Hardy, she learned to handle strong feelings infiction by pouring them into landscapes, letting the settings carry part of the emotional charge. ‘There’s a patronizing word for that: the “pathetic fallacy,”’ she says. ‘It’s not a fallacy; it’s art.’” (p. 40) (more…)

Villain in the narrative arc

October 11, 2016

Thanks to Greer Gilman for connecting me to this comment on Donald Trump from Zoe Williams in the Guardian: “There is no story arc for this man, no journey; he can get no better, and we already knew that he could get no worse. So his narrative is broken. He can no longer be the anti-hero of his own film; he can only be the villain in somebody else’s.” (more…)