12 Stones
Carrying on the theme of embedding poems in paintings, this poem was written specifically to do just that.

The original painting is my painting of Belfast Lough – posted previously.
I have written a number of poems inspired by that place but they were too long to include in the painting.
Hence a new poem –

Each stone contains
a memory, I savour,
heft it gently
in my hand,
set it free,
watch it skim.
I count the skips,
still searching
for the perfect throw,
and as the stones
sink one by one
each memory recedes.


Availability of Paintings

I do my paintings using Brushes App.
They are done on my iPad.
That means the original image is on a computer rather than on paper or canvas.

I print them off on a good quality printer to good quality paper (or canvas).
I then have them mounted and framed and hang them on my wall.

I have chosen, almost from the beginning, to display them on the web as photos
of the paintings. To put the computer image up would be tantamount to giving my
art away and that does not seem right somehow.

I could sell framed copies (I have sold some) but to be honest I have no
motivation to put in the effort and energy which doing that requires. I would
much rather use that effort and energy in making more paintings.

I have also had requests from people who would like particular paintings on
their own walls and I have invariably allowed them to use the computer image to
print them off.

So, pondering all that, I have decided that the way forward will be  –

1. I will continue to display on the web using photos of paintings.

2. If you would like a copy for your wall then email me and I will send you a
computer image.

3. If you do print it off and hang it on your wall then I ask two things –

A. You take a photo and email it to me.
That would be nice for me.


B. You make a donation to a charity of your choice.
I have no desire to know the amount (none of my business)
But it would be nice to know which charity.

So that is the deal



14 Responses to “Stones”

  1. This poem is terrific and just perfect for the painting! I love these poems within paintings. Just adds that special something 🙂

    Love tou loads



  2. IdentifiedFlyingObjects Says:

    Another beautiful poem, painting and ideal! Thank you for sharing the love so eloquently! Big smiles to you my friend!

  3. Love it 🙂 I think this was the first one I saw that you did with the app. (Not sure, but I think so?) it is a good combination with the poem 🙂 I wonder what happened to the stones, will they have sunk, or did they wash ashore. Hm, I think there is a poem in there…

    Arohanui xx

  4. I love this, David. the poem and the painting complement each other perfectly.
    groetjes, Francina

  5. Great work David. I wonder how much sand on the beach is the result of generations of boys (of all ages) skimming stones. Never stop!
    Best Regards

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