book, hard bound, 5.5" x 8.5"
By 1984,1 had spent three years as an adjunct faculty member
in the art
department at the University of North Carolina
at Asheville. I had taught both
studio and art history courses with
Tucker Cooke as head
of the department.
Nonetheless, the return to Cortona was never far from my mind.
In 1984,I applied to Jack
Kehoe, the chairman
the University of Georgia Studies
Program for a position on the
program for that summer.
cannot say how happy
was to receive
an acceptance to a
position. It was not a
teaching position, but Jack wanted me as an assistant to the
be a proctor in one of the
hostels the Program used for the students, to be a slide
librarian and an assistant to the two art history professors for
that summer, Dr. Robert Russell (working on his
Princeton in Renaissance
architecture) and Dr. Michael Jacobsen, a graduate professor
Renaissance art at the
University of Georgia.
persuaded several students
from UNC-Asheville to apply to the program, as well.
Kirsten, Leslie, Sally, and Brenda—all
taken courses with
me in the previous three
years, applied to the program and were accepted.
summer, we were called the
This sketch book, however, precedes the summer trip by some
few months. The later
drawings in the
book show observations made
from the beginning of the summer trip—in Amsterdam.
Drawings of note:
Pages 8-11: With my friend Eric (this sketch book represents
part of the "Eric
concert given by Jesse Winchester in
Black Mountain. The musician played in a bar
names in music.
was, thus, able to sit within good
viewing distance and get several sketches of
President Carter had granted pardon for all Vietnam
conscientious objectors who had
fled the country
to avoid the draft. Jesse
Winchester had been one of these objectors and made his way
rather than be drafted. The
years had taken their toll on him; but
again in the US as
the very good folk music
singer he had always been. It is an honor to have these few
him in my journals;
was fortunate enough to see him
Page 16: Often, I would attempt a drawing in the form of a
of the crucifixion. Later,
especially after so many trips to Italy and studying so many
scenes of the crucifixion
of early to late
Renaissance painters, it was
a motif that often appears in my sketch books.
try to redefine the
forms. There was a drawing
did, finally, in graduate school at
VCU, of Mickey Mouse
as the Virgin
Mary, and Goofey as St. John, both
lamenting the figure of the Crucified.
was the last of my
sketchbooks or as formal drawings.
Page 21 and 22: These are
re-occurring compositions in the sketch books and in formal
work, as well
(by this I mean both drawings
and paintings): the juxtaposition of atmosphere and solid
suggested landscape. This
would also provide "marking" practice for me.
Page 24: These two little quick, primitive, yet expressive
emotional turbulence and pain in my
life at the time. The "Eric Error" would slowly phase out over
the coming year.
Pages 49 - 64: In May, at the end of the Spring Semester, the
art department arranged a
Washington, D. C. to visit museums
there and to attend an opening -a part of which would
Tucker Cooke's paintings. These
pages are small sketches done from pieces of art
saw and especially liked in the
Hirshorn, the National, and the Chinese museums there. Page 64
is a drawing of
the vans on the return
home—listening to music via ear phones;
He looks very much the same now,
fifteen years later, at this writing.
Pages 66-97: The remainder of the book represents the
environs and works of art
Ghent, Brughes, and Delft. From
street musicians, to the Rijksmuseum, to the modern work of the
Krohler-Mueller museum, to cats and specific portraits, all
represented the beginning of another stimulating summer in
Europe; but I
especially looked forward to
getting "back home,"
Dianne Cable, July 18,