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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Marie Egner

February 27, 2017

Tags: women artists

Marie Egner, Self-Portrait (1878)
A post on Marie Egner at Lines and Colors has just introduced me to this artist. She was an older (and longer-lived) contemporary of the real Jeanette. Born in Radkersburg, Austria, on the Slovenian border, Egner studied in Dusseldorf and exhibited in her native Austria, Germany, and (more…)

Editing for impact

February 23, 2017

Blog alert: Artist James Gurney specializes in “imaginary realism,” illustrating prehistoric life and fictional worlds. His post, Courtship Display includes a short video that shows him painting a feathered dinosaur and explaining his thoughts about how to achieve effective results. I happen to (more…)

Suffragists in advertising

February 15, 2017

Tags: suffrage

Blog alert: This image from a 1908 advertising campaign that never happened appeared in a Princeton University special collections post, Selling Cigarettes with Suffragettes. Irresistible to repost here, even though I don’t really have a point to make!

Rune staves

February 12, 2017

In connection with my post on Fanny Brate, I looked up her husband Erik Brate and ran across this 16th image of children being taught to read runes. Look! just as a boy learns from a man on the right, a girl learns from a woman on the left! (more…)

Nevertheless, she persisted

February 9, 2017

Yesterday, the Republican Senate silenced Elizabeth Warren in debate. Said Mitch McConnell, "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." 'Nuff said? No! Buy the t-shirt and keep raising our voices!

Fanny Brate—Another one lost to marriage

February 8, 2017

Tags: plein air, Scandinavian artists, schools, women artists

In Where the Light Falls, Amy points out bitterly to Jeanette that marriage means the end of a woman’s career in art. So it was for Fanny Brate (1861–1940), a Swedish painter who entered the Royal Swedish Academy of Art in 1880 and (more…)

Carrington links

February 2, 2017

Tags: women artists

Blog alert: For two more excellent links about Leonora Carrington (in connection with a 2015 Tate Liverpool exhibition), click here and here.

Surrealism—Leonora Carrington

February 1, 2017

Tags: women artists

Things come together sometimes to open new vistas and set off resonances.

A few weeks ago, a review led me to buy Too Brave to Dream, a collection of previously unpublished poems that Welsh priest and poet R. S. Thomas (more…)


February 1, 2017

Blog alert: I wanted to search out a painting to illustrate how we are all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. James Gurney beat me to it in his post, Ulrich's In the Land of Promise.