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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Witches’ interiors

November 29, 2017

Tags: crones and witches, illustration

Blog post alert: I’ve just finished my annual rereading of Greer Gilman’s Moonwise. The interior of Malycorne’s cot in all its iterations in the novel is pure enchantment, my favorite witch’s hut in literature. But isn’t this one dandy? It makes me want to invent (more…)

Wig Stands and Boot Jacks

November 27, 2017

Blog post alert: Historical fiction writers and fantasists (or Christmas shoppers!) in search of inspiration, check out Furniture Trade Cards of Old London at Spitalsfield Life for November 27, 2017.

Magic Apple Tree

November 25, 2017

Tags: Samuel Palmer

For an autumnal Thanksgiving bonus before holly, mistletoe, and fir trees take over, here is a bonus Samuel Palmer (via Wikipedia Commons).

Harvest Moon

November 24, 2017

Tags: Samuel Palmer

Grain is harvested at the end of summer, not in November, but the American Thanksgiving originates in gratitude for the harvest. Rather than rush into the frenzy of a commercialized Christmas season, I am lingering with rural imagery by Samuel Palmer, whom I have (more…)

Parisian posters

November 7, 2017

Tags: Impressionism, street views

On Sunday, I attended the opening lecture for a new exhibition at the Clark Art Institute, The Impressionist Line: From Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec, which examines works drawn or printed on paper. The show runs through January 1, 2018, with several talks and activities (more…)

Florist’s interior

November 6, 2017

Tags: fashion or clothes, flower seller

It was partly paintings of outdoor markets and street-corner flower-sellers that inspired me to have Jeanette buy flowers from time to time in Where the Light Falls, but I sent Edward into an upscale Parisian florist’s shop. Although I knew they existed, I had never found a painting of one until (more…)