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.

Selected Works

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


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Break the rules

April 27, 2017

Blog alert: I was once puzzled by a “rule” against beginning a story with dialogue. (So much for Where the Light Falls!) Creative writing advice is full of such silliness. James Gurney offers a lovely, succinct corollary from the visual arts in his recent post Art Rules. Save that bird to remind yourself to soar on your own terms.

Mary Newcomb at Issuu

April 12, 2017

Tags: women artists

Website tip: Mary Newcomb’s sheep and star led me to the on-line publication of Mary Newcomb’s Odd Universe, the catalogue for a 2008 memorial exhibition at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and the Crane Kalman Gallery in London. How wonderful (more…)