Archive for Northern Ireland

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

David

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.

and

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

David

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Portrush Strand

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

01 Portrush Strand
Portrush Strand looking westwards from the White Rocks towards Donegal in the distance.

This is one of my three favourite beaches (the others will appear in later paintings)

It is mostly quiet, being more surfer friendly than child friendly perhaps.
And there is something quite awe inspiring in being the only person on the strand.

It has featured in a number of my poems, most notably perhaps in this verse from ‘I have sat by the sea’ –

I have sat by the sea and
watched the waves break
unrelentingly upon the strand
and felt drawn by an urge to
walk into the waves and keep
walking right out into eternity.

It was that verse which inspired the title of my first poetry book – Walking into Eternity.

David

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.

and

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

David

Heartbeat

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by belfastdavid

“Did you know” he said
“that each sea
has a different heartbeat.”

And suddenly
some of the pieces
which make up
the jigsaw
of my life
fell into place.

From Portrush Strand
by the White Rocks
on the northern coast of Ireland
where the Atlantic arrives
in long rolling waves
with a heartbeat that is steady,
regular and oh so powerful.

To Cultra village
on the east coast
where the Irish Sea
has a more staccato beat;
shorter waves which can
manifest on the shore in ripples.

To Whitby
on the east coast of England
where the North Sea
seems to swirl
to an intermittent rhythm,
sometimes short,
sometimes long
but with an emphasis
on every seventh beat.

These are the places that I go
when I have a need
to ease my soul;
let my heartbeat
mirror that
of the ocean,
restore to me
a sense of purpose
and of calm.

The quote at the beginning of this poem is from my friend David Tait.
It is the first stanza of a sequence of poems he wrote with the overall title ‘Heartbeat’.
(he knows I have used it, but not yet that I have pinched his title as well :))

He read his poems at the Heart Cafe last night.
Which will be his last public poetry reading before he moves next month to live and work in China.
I wish him well with that but I shall miss him.

So in a lot of ways I am delighted that his final reading should inspire me to write a poem.
It will help keep him warm in my memory whilst he is away

David

A Poem without Words

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

Speech Therapy

Posted in Blogging with tags , , on May 6, 2011 by belfastdavid

Speech Therapy is a site which exists to promote the poetry talent of poets from the North of Ireland.

It began life as a printed magazine but has now evolved into a blog format e-zine.

Some of my poetry was included in earlier print editions.
Some of my poems are included in the latest incarnation.

I am delighted by that and delighted to promote the site.
Go visit. There are some very talented poets included.

http://speechtherapypoetry.weebly.com

The Riddle of Your Rocks

Posted in Poetry with tags on February 9, 2011 by belfastdavid

Rugged up against the rawness of the wind
on rocky screes above the tree-line where
Slieve Donard reaches down to rampant waves,
I can relax. I know that I am home

wrapped up within the riddle of your rocks,
my ears attuned to rhythms of the Earth
I stroll again the strands of northern shores,
that seamless join of dunes and sand and sea.

With long deep breaths inhale the spray of surf,
speak softly, though not likely to be heard
except perhaps by seagulls soaring free.
You seduce me with shimmer from your sands,

coil me in the caresses of your curves,
cocoon me in cathedrals of your caves.