Playing around: The image of a Hans Hoffman woodcut in an arts magazine proved an irresistible impulse for coloring between the lines. After all, I’d collected dozens of colored pencils some time back (they looked so very appealing on display in a local arts and stationery shop) and they’d been neglected for far too long. Spare buttons discovered in a winter decluttering session, a leaf stamp and ink pad, a couple British stamps, and a magazine image of tiles all got their moment in the sun as well.
Reading: December into January reading has consisted of several mysteries, the best of which, The Trespasser, was by Tana French. In the literary novel category, Helen Dunmore’s final book, Birdcage Walk, along with Exposure, made for good reads, particularly the latter. Then it seemed (somehow) a couple novels of Haiti might be à propos. Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones figured in, but more interesting was Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s Dance on the Volcano:
From a writer whose most frequent subject is the psyche of Haitian women during violent and politically charged moments of Haiti’s history—she herself fled the Duvalier régime after the publication of her trilogy—Dance on the Volcano is an intimate rendering of the Haitian Revolution and a nuanced portrayal of the brutality that resonated across all realms of society in the colony of Saint Domingue at the turn of the 19th century. Kaiama L. Glover’s translation is fluid, remaining faithful to the elegance of Vieux-Chauvet’s prose while navigating the stylistic concerns inherent to recreating a work written in the 1950s and about the colonial life of the 1790s, for a 21st-century audience. [citation]
I was actually listening to Ravel and Mozart while playing around with the Hans Hoffman image, but in searching for a Mozart piano sonata on YouTube to offer up here, I came across this Argerich/Delgado performance of Franz Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor D.940:
Bonus track: A lecture by Professor Christopher Hogwood on Franz Schubert and Vienna, focusing especially on the Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940, for piano duet.