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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Suffragists in advertising

February 15, 2017

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A few weeks ago, a review led me to buy Too Brave to Dream, a collection of previously unpublished poems that Welsh priest and poet R. S. Thomas (more…)

Immigrants

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.