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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Calligraphic ♥♥

August 18, 2017

As some of you know, I’ve been spending time looking at medieval manuscript images to stimulate my imagination. Today, my mouth dropped open when I came across these hearts inserted in a line of poetry. I can’t make out all the text, but the line in which they occur does really and truly use the heart symbols to take the place of the word coeurs: “By which the high hearts of those who …” Best I can tell, this shape came to symbolize love or the heart in the 15th C, but I’d never before seen it used this way. I ♥ medieval art!

Anna Ancher’s flower arrangers

August 3, 2017

Tags: Scandinavian artists, women artists

Blog tip: At It’s About Time Barbara Wells Sarudy has been posting a series of paintings under the title of “Arranging Flowers around the Globe.” This one by Anna Ancher is clearly a study, not a finished work (note that the artist did not sign it). Artists can treasure each other’s studies, and collectors often like to own them. (Not so likely for first drafts of short stories and novels!)