Dianne Cable


1981 Sketch book, hardbound, 5 3/8" x 8 1/2"

The year 1981 represents a stable year of the continuation of the "Eric Error" and adjunct teaching at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Also, during this time I am commuting from Asheville to Athens and back twice a week, trying to finish my thesis and course work. This sketch book is made up mostly of images that are seemingly random, without a purpose of planning a show or reflecting so much the environs of where I was. However, there is much personal angst in some of the little pieces.

It is also made up of many notes of preparation for the Art 100 course I was teaching at the time. Drawings of note:

Page 1: Eric was always a willing subject as he would pick up his guitar and go over a few songs he knew.

Page 6: How it feels sometimes...

Page 13: This is a quick sketch of a barn up in Webb Cove where we lived.

Pages 23 and 24: Asheville had several clubs at this time that we, Eric and I, with other friends, attended to listen to good musicians. Later, Asheville became, overall, an important place for a great number of bands and musicians to stop by and perform.

Page 32: This is a self-portrait of sorts, feeling myself often in a precarious position. The pressure I felt was, for the most part, self prescribed—never satisfied with what I did; always room for improvement; needing to be more productive with my art work. Also, at this time I was still working on my thesis for my MA in art history. I was commuting back and forth to the University of Georgia twice a week for consultation with Professor Tom Polk and Professor John Sedgwick. Plus, I had to pass the language exam for the MA which required much study and preparation.

Page 36: Who is this person? I wish I knew. Sometimes I would let people's faces form from my imagination. I liked the use of ink and brush here with ballpoint pen.

Page 45: A favorite subject of mine would be St. Francis and his preaching to the birds. I had a special love of St. Francis—not only because of the very lovely and simplistic story of him preaching to the birds as shown in most St. Francis cycles, but Steinbeck makes mention of the vision appearing of St. Francis to a pack of stray dogs in one of his books from his time in Monterey. Also, the Bellini portrayal of St. Francis receiving the Stigmata is one of my all time favorite works of art.

Page 60: This drawing has special kinship to the drawing on page 32. Notice that the woman struggles under the weight of a huge boulder; but, really, the boulder is hollowed out. Her strain is not quite so necessary.

Pages 63 and 79: Self-reflection is a theme throughout all of these sketchbooks. It takes many forms.

Page 71: Sports events, in real life or televised, are opportunities to do gestural life drawings.

Page 78: About this time, I begin a series of figures, in both my sketch books and paintings of figures walking in rain. Wrapped in rain coat, hunched over, and covered with an umbrella, I thought the overall shape monumental and sculptural; definitely worth drawing.

Page 83: This is a tragic figure, nude, bound, and blindfolded; crying from pain, for help, or from embarrassment. I have called it "bound by what we are." The theme will reappear in several forms throughout the sketchbooks.

Dianne Cable, August 15, 2011