Archive for County Antrim

Dark Hedges

Posted in David's Paintings with tags , , , on March 3, 2013 by belfastdavid

15 Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges are near the village of Armoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
They are not far from the Vanishing Lake and the Giant’s Causeway.
No shortage of myths and legends there then!!!  Go research.

I was first driven through this roadway by my father when I was a child and the magic of that place has stayed with me ever since.
I had the chance a few years ago to go back and find the place again  –  the magic had not diminished!!

It is now a protected site I believe. So hopefully those 300 year old beech trees will still be there to inspire future generations
I hope so


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



A Poem without Words

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on November 15, 2011 by belfastdavid

Beaches of my Acquaintance

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by belfastdavid

At the end of Whitby prom
the tide roisters in,
ricochets off the rocks,
rebounds, meets itself
coming back, explodes
in a cacophonous
cauldron of foam,
scatters salt-tasting spray
and roars its delight.

I could stand here for hours.

In County Down, a strand below the sand dunes
where, on a second date, I ponder the etiquette
of leaving her in the car with the other girls
while I go off to play football on the beach.
Go on she says, You want to
and then laughs when I pull
a pair of trainers
from under the back seat.

I could stand here for hours.

A stony beach
on the side of Belfast Lough.
I have been here many times,
in person, in my head
and in my poems.
Is there anything more satisfying
than skimming stones across
the surface of still waters.

I could stand here for hours.

Miles and miles of empty sand
in the north of County Antrim
where the sea arrives
from across vast distances of ocean.
I watch the tide celebrate
as it breaks upon the strand
and feel drawn by an urge
to walk toward the waves
and to keep walking.