At the end of The Prom.

17 At The End of the Prom
This is the third of my three favourite beaches to be painted.
You will find it if you step into my Whitby Beaches Huts paintings and walk past the beach huts towards the sun.
It is one of my favourite places in Whitby  –  normally quiet  –  you have to walk to get there!!
It is where I go when I have need for peace and for solitude in order to restore myself.
Many hours I have sat there communing with the sun, the sea and the sky.
I always return feeling much better.
It, like my other favourite beaches, has appeared in a number of my poems.
This one perhaps best describes what the place means to me  –

Moving On

Walking, on far end
of the promenade,
I am caught out
by weather’s sudden change.

It races across the bay,
disturbs water, creates white tops on waves, arrives
horizontal in my face.

And as I look, into the wind
and rain, I see a light
flickering across vastness,
darkness of the sea.

I am reminded of candles lit on graves,
put there to make connection with those
who have gone before – their faces appear,
re-appear in blinking of the light.

No longer do I feel alone,
there is comfort, warmth almost,
in the presence, midst the storm,
of those I knew and loved.

I came here feeling loss, my mother
so recently departed from this life.
Yet now I feel a sense of reassurance,
a sense that she is here, with me, today.

And so I turn around,
pull hood over my head,
walk with wind now on my back –
Go forward once again.

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



16 Responses to “At the end of The Prom.”

  1. Very poignant, David.

  2. beautiful painting, David. I can see why you like to go there.
    Beautiful, moving but also comforting poem.
    groetjes, , Francina

  3. stunning painting, and the poem is very nice fit.

  4. Lovely David, both painting and poem, and although done totally independently, seem to be meant for each other. Maybe something unknown was working with you on this one.

    I love them both.

    Love you loads



  5. Hi David,

    Ah Whitby… 🙂 This painting is lovely again, and the poem very moving. The comfort found from the lights at sea, that speaks to me.
    There is no place like the shore to do some serious thinking 🙂
    I looked up the word communing:. To be in a state of intimate, heightened sensitivity and receptivity, as with one’s surroundings. Yes, that makes sense 🙂

    This post gives me a good start of the day!

    Stay warm
    Much love

    • Ina,

      Thank you for this lovely comment.

      And I am delighted to have introduced you to a new word 🙂

      I do know that you too draw great comfort from the sea, so I am really pleased to have helped your day off to a good start 🙂

      You stay warm too
      Much Love

  6. Hi David,
    This is a most lovely painting and the poem, it always moves me. They fit each other so well. The sense of peace and the solitude, the good kind. In both the painting and the poem fit very well together.
    I hope you are well.

    And K’sOTC 🙂

    • Thank you Tikarma,

      It is strange sometimes how things work.
      The painting was done without reference to the poem. Yet as soon as it was finished I just knew that it was meant to be a companion piece to the poem 🙂

      I am well thank you, but some warmer weather would be nice. 🙂
      and you, on the other hand, would like it to be cooler!!! 🙂


      Look after yourself

      and K’sOTC 🙂

  7. Gorgeous, David! Whitby has always been on my list of “must-see” and I’m determined to get there one day.

  8. Ethel says to tell you, David, that the painting is beautiful. “Simplicity is best in art,” she says, and says to tell you that you have become a skilled artist in a very short period of time. She trained at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and not only is an artist, but also knows a lot about art history.

    The poem has affected me in a powerful, powerful way. I have been mostly ill since our son Kevin died in Poughkeepsie, New York, one small ailment after another: Trouble with my ankle, trouble with the knee, cancer, pnuemonia for four months, and on and on. The fact that by walking by the sea you are

    …reminded of candles lit on graves,
    put there to make connection with those
    who have gone before – their faces appear,
    re-appear in blinking of the light.

    and that that provides comfort to you after your mother’s death seems to delve into the deepest parts of the human spirit.

    I have heard of experiences like that. One of my Maori friends, Mana Forbes, is a powerful spiritual leader in New Zealand, and he often talks to ancestors and others that have passed away. At Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, where I was then President, we passed a small shrine of a student who was brutally murdered while he was visiting the U.S. one evening. He stopped, looked not at the shrine, but a black space in the small alcove where the shrine was, and then told me that we needed to take the shrine down. The young woman was hanging around it, and, he said, she needed to leave.

    And so I turn around,
    pull hood over my head,
    walk with wind now on my back –
    Go forward once again.

    Yes, that’s the right way since we are all humans wrapped up in the tragedy of who we are as individuals. We need to turn around, pull the hood over our heads, walk with the wind, and go forward once again. This poem stuns me.

    • Tom,

      I am deeply moved by this comment.
      I do think we need to be aware of things happening which are beyond our normal understanding. There is often a reason and if we are open to it we can often find comfort or enlightenment.
      I sometimes feel that we are over-educated and have lost touch with our roots and our ability to interact with what is around us. We need, in my opinion, to suspend our disbelief and become more aware.
      I do find that these experiences occur most often when I have given up (surrendered if you like) and therefore become more open.
      We do well not to dismiss just because we do not understand.

      I hope things are well for you despite your continuing ailments.

      And please tell Ethel thank you for me. I do value her opinion on paintings as she is very talented.

      Look after yourself my friend.


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