T. S. Eliot First Editions with Painting by Barbara KasselI’ve always used art to help clarify what I feel and think, as well as to interpret and contextualize the outside world. My involvement with art of all kinds, both as a practitioner and observer, shapes my view of the world in an ongoing manner. I’ve been an active sculptor, painter, and poet for a long time, but this is equally true of other art forms; music, architecture, etc., which I have only interacted with, not created. I find, that in all forms, what I start out thinking I am writing about, painting, or sculpting, through endless revisions, clarifications, and refinements, inevitably crystalizes into something different. This process led me to title the blog, A Husk Of Meaning. It is from one of my favorite poems, T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. From Little Gidding;

…And what you thought you came for
Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
If at all. Either you had no purpose
Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured
And is altered in fulfillment…

I have started this blog to both share this journey and to engage others whose experience is similar. Some of the kinds of things I will be talking about are the relationship of scale to proportion and composition, the tension between what is included and what is omitted, and the power of the mind’s unconscious associative mandate for symmetry. I’ll also post and talk about favorite paintings, sculptures, films, music, etc. and their profound effect on me, and their role in helping my thinking and perception evolve.
I hope to encourage a thoughtful dialogue, as well as just sharing my own perspective.

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56 Comments on "Welcome"

  1. kathy peck leeds says:

    This is a great post, and a fantastic start to your blog. I’m so proud and excited to follow it.
    Congratulations and so much love.

  2. congratulations, David. Looks very interesting and is beautifully presented. It combines so many of your interests in a fluid way. I look forward to checking in!

  3. congratulations David..looking forward to hearing more..love the metaphor!

  4. Carol Winegred says:

    Love your new blog site. The title is perfect, and the quote from T.S. Eliot couldn’t be more appropriate. Love, Carol

  5. margaret maclean says:

    David – this is a lovely reminder of who you are, perfect for me who is – like a 3-year-old – prone to thinking that when I leave people, they disappear. Apparently that’s not the case, as you continue be your excellent self. Love to you both. MGHM

  6. Nina Haritos says:

    Congratulations, David!

    Great site…love the content and the painting on the welcome post.
    Looking forward to reading more and following your thoughts!


  7. David,

    Many decades ago my AP English exam was evaluated by the wrong people, and so disastrously it was scored a 5, which meant, among other things that when I got to college I didn’t have to take freshman English. Instead, I elected to take 19th and 20th Century American Literature. I was utterly lost, almost drowning in a sea of Elliot and Pynchon. I remember this poem, and how I could never understand why “fulfilled” wasn’t simply “filled”; a window to my inability to differentiate literature from literal. I still believe that somewhere there is an actual field of rye grass with a guy standing in it wearing a catcher’s mitt. Thankfully, rather than drown, the sea dropped me on the shores of visual disciplines where I have happily resided ever since.

    I share this because those people in the arts whom I have admired most, among those actually known to me–like you–are those who straddle both of these worlds. When I saw you join facebook recently, I thought that it was a medium suited to you about as well as mucklucks would befit a figure skater. The blog, on the other hand, is perfect for you; an ideal forum. It can do everything from simply documenting thoughts for your own artistic edification, to sharing your views with an audience–and can even save on the cost of therapy as it is a free form of the same. I look forward to following you for as long as you maintain this post.

    So carry on old man, and do not let this forum become an albatross–it is a window rather than a confessional. Best wishes.

    • David Leeds says:

      I deeply appreciate your thoughtful comments and advice.
      I do think, however, you may have missed some of those literary points.
      There is a guy in that field of rye, and that’s why catcher’s mitts are so big.
      Hope to see you soon.

  8. David,

    Welcome to the blogging arena. I am looking forward to your posts and already put a link up to A Husk of Meaning on my blog Speed of Life: http://greggchadwick.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. That’s nice to hear David. My blog will hit seven years in October. I have met many wonderful artists, writers and thinkers in that time.

  10. Hi David, what a wonderful new blog! And we need more blogs like this, focused on the arts. I will be following it with great interest. The quote from T.S. Eliot is perfect. In terms of the arts I often focus on literature, and just finished a book I really enjoyed by Michael Cunningham, “By Nightfall.” The protagonist is an art dealer in New York and you and Kathy might enjoy the book as it says some interesting things about art and the art world. Keep up the blog, it is beautifully done and very well written!

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