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. Robin Berrie says:

    Hi David-
    Just looked you up on the net and great you are still involved in the arts and looks like you and your wife had a fabulous trip to Italy! Nice!I paint everyday and am still here in the mountains of Santa Fe, a wonderful art mecca!
    Best 2 you, Nic and Kelly from the great Southwest!

  2. giulio says:

    love this blog, congratulations!

  3. Dear David,

    Your blog is a retreat into a meaningful world of thought. It is, in addition, so beautifully arranged, and, happily, easy to use. It is good to “hear” the thoughts of what I consider to be a great mind. I would say, “don’t let that go to your head”, but please do let it. Sincerely, Linda

  4. Nickf says:

    In the TV series “Bill Brand”,Eliots’ words were doctored.They read much better than the original.Shakespear has been played around with for centuries.

  5. I came across your wonderful writing here while researching online about the Bay Area Figurative Art Movement. I’ve enjoyed my visit thoroughly. Thank you for sharing, Victoria

  6. Julie Delves says:

    Fantastic blog David, I have just now discovered it! I am sharing this with art loving/interested friends. Thank you.

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