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. The opportunity to make, view, or listen is so important to living a fulfilling life. Yet those opportunities are the first things that get cut when our communities and school districts ‘balance’ their budgets. Maybe because of the ubiquitous nature of commercial design, the general public often does not see the value that art provides. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but to me, an outing to an art venue is much more satisfying than one to an NFL game. Here in Jacksonville the city pays more to maintain it’s sports venues in one year than it spends to offer art opportunities in five years.

  2. maddy lemel says:

    hi david,
    i’m so happy you are doing this! you are a wonderful writer (I remember reading your poetry years ago) and are now sharing your talent with the world, glad you’ve ‘come out’. i look forward to following it.
    thanks for adding me to your list.
    love maddy

  3. Delphine says:

    David – this is so inspiring and a pleasure to read – Now I can stay away from the L.A. Times and all its miseries around the world and just turn to your blog? Congratulations! x

  4. metscan says:

    Hello David!

    You don´t know me, but as soon as I came home tonight and saw Kathy´s mention of a new blog started today by her husband, you, I immediately hopped over to see what is happening.
    And, wow, first of all, you two make a lovely handsome couple!!

  5. metscan says:

    Sorry, my comment stopped short, it actually flew off my hands (; .
    I think that it is great, that you have started a blog, we need male thoughts and opinions too. I am surely adding your blog to my list of blogs, I follow. You will be the only male there- but I have nothing against it : )

    • David Leeds says:

      I have follow your blog with great pleasure through my wife. I so enjoy
      your stories of the ups and downs, ins and outs, of family life. I
      am adding you as well to my roll.

  6. Kate Feiffer says:

    David, I look forward to reading this, learning from you and pondering alongside of you. This winter for me aas been dedicated to the grueling and illuminating art of the revision. Cheers from the Vineyard, Kate F.

  7. glad to see this up and running will check it out daily. thank you for doing this.

  8. Marisa says:

    Looks so great! I especially like the idea of exploring the “tension between what is included and what is excluded.” I share that civic interest.

  9. joseph says:

    Any friend of T.S. is a friend of mine!
    Good luck to you,

  10. Eliana Delbuck says:

    I saw the birth of your blog this morning, but waited to comment until this evening, when I had time to enjoy it. Such a nice surprise – read not only your first entry, but also all the enthusiastic comments and I share the same feelings…welcome! You’re “iluminado” that is a word I love in Portuguese “illuminated” – positive and creative. Wonderful to know your other facets, I was only familiar with your sculptures and paintings. Looking forward to follow your blog and what your have to share.

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