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Picturing a World

Emma Lambert Cooper

Where do you suppose this picture was painted? I would guess either Italy or California. Emma Lambert Cooper and her husband, Colin Campbell Cooper, spent time in both places. (The Chianti bottle might tip the scales for Italy; then again my research for ANONYMITY indicates that Chianti wine with straw baskets for the bottle was popular among American Bohemians at the turn of the 20th C.) Read More 
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Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare

In contrast to Colin Campbell Cooper’s painting of New York’s Grand Central Station, discussed in my previous post, the ground-level vantage point of Monet’s painting helped me imagine the Saint-Lazare train station as Jeanette and Effie experienced it upon their arrival in Paris.

It is one of many images discussed in  Read More 
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Grand Central Station

When I saw this image of Colin Campbell Cooper’s Grand Central Station, my first thought was not that it might be helpful for ANONMITY, despite the 1909 date. Instead, the picture instantly recalled Claude Monet’s paintings of the Gare Saint-Lazare, which did inform Where the Light Falls.  Read More 
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Man in the Moon tree house

In looking for images of medieval taverns this morning, I stumbled across this 18thC painting. It has nothing to do with my new story, but it instantly reminded me of the Swiss Family Robinson tree house restaurant in Where the Light Falls. Oh, yea! And doesn’t it just cry out for its own story? Read More 
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Dust jackets

I’m looking forward eagerly to the October publication of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s new trilogy. The Belle Sauvage is pictured here in its UK cover. How I wish we could buy this version in the U.S.! To see both, click here.

In any case, I’ll be buying mine at an independent, books-and-mortar bookstore. It will cost more because publishers don’t offer indies the deep discounts they give the major on-line dealers, but we keep real book culture alive by supporting the stores that foster serious authors and readers. For a British bookseller’s view on this topic, click hereRead More 
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New York 1911

Website alert: Only one week left! Through July 21, 2017, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City has up a superb nine-minute restored video of harbor, elevated railway, and streets scenes from New York in 1911.
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Marie-François Firmin-Girard

Blog post alert:> Thanks to a post at Line and Colors for introducing me to Marie-François Firmin-Girard. I love finding pictures that I might have used for Where the Light Falls had I come upon them in time.  Read More 
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Lee Lufkin Kaula

A recent post at It’s About Time introduced me to another woman artist from the period of my Palmer sisters, Lee Lufkin Kaula.

Although Kaula seems to be best known for paintings  Read More 
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