To Prove I’m a Well-rounded Person


I write astrological, historical and political blogs and articles, sometimes combining all three fields. For my sins and to earn a few extra bucks, I have also been known to delve into proof reading, copy editing and copy writing, which also make up a part of my professional activities. I have also dabbled (actually more than dabbled) into the fascinating, yet difficult world of poetry.
I have done much oil painting, sold pictures all around the world. I’ve been playing guitar since the 70s. I have lots of songs that I wouldn’t want to inflict on an already suffering public.
I last knowingly ate meat in 1988. This is not meant to be boastful.

Poetry collection ‘Anonymous Lines’ available at:

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  1. Mohana · November 17, 2011

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.


  2. David Francis Barker · November 17, 2011

    Thank you so much!


  3. Sue Dreamwalker · November 17, 2011

    Hi David, Many thanks for thinking my site good enough to follow.. You have some interesting Poems here and wonderful paintings.. Great talent..
    Many Blessings sent your way.
    ~Dreamwalker ~


  4. timotheous128 · November 20, 2011

    Thanks for subcribing to my blog! Not sure how you found it, but I’m glad you did, because your work is quite stunning. πŸ™‚

    I’ll be following along.


  5. David Francis Barker · November 20, 2011

    Thanks so much!


  6. Becoming herself · November 21, 2011

    You have a lovely blog. I really like your artwork and have very much been enjoying your poetry this morning. Thank you.


  7. journeyintopoetry · November 22, 2011

    Hi David

    It is good to meet you.

    I wish I could paint – I’m very good at stick men/women!
    It will be a delight to look at yours.

    I stopped eating meat around the same time as yourself It feels right for me.

    My poems are very simple but I hope you can enjoy them



  8. David Francis Barker · November 22, 2011

    Thank you Christine, good to meet you too.
    Sometimes I feel as though I can’t paint! When that happens I just remember the line ‘painting is just making marks’. In other words, not every painting can be wonderful, ‘a work of art’. A bit like poetry, I guess.
    Simple poetry is often the best and that’s what I try to aim for as well.
    Thanks again and good wishes



  9. Judith · November 26, 2011

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for subscribing to it. I can’t paint so am in awe of those of you who can.


  10. CC Champagne · November 28, 2011

    I’ve just looked through your paintings and am in awe! Beautiful! I have always been so envious (and I know envy is a bad, bad, bad feeling) of those fortunate enough to be able to recreate what they see (in real life or in their minds) in colours… So I am seriously envious of you right now! I am not in a position to buy anything, but please accept my appreciation (though I know it won’t put food on the table), especially for the “Dog Dusk at Pinchbeck” and all of your previous paintings – there is (for me) something absolutely magic about that pink hue!


  11. David Francis Barker · November 28, 2011

    Thank you! I am very grateful for your comments. Best wishes and kind regards


  12. Louise Jaques · November 29, 2011


    Wanted to stop by and thank you very much for following my blog. Your work is quite stunning and I am intrigued by the little of it I have perused. You paint beautifully – your nods to artists such as Monet (I hope I am not being presumptuous) are obvious and you pay him and others great homage with your soft textures and wonderful use of colour.

    Very much looking forward to getting to know your work and I have followed you right back!

    Nice to meet you πŸ™‚



  13. David Francis Barker · November 29, 2011

    Thank you so much for your comments! I appreciate it.


  14. bardessdmdenton · November 29, 2011

    Hi David. Forgive my delay in thanking you for subscribing to my blog. I can already see what lovely artwork you do and want to find some time to savor all you have to offer here. So you have gained a follower too!


  15. granbee · November 29, 2011

    David, I have tried every way I know how to post my appreciation of your post “Distraction”, especially the sublime painting. Really loved the way you connected that which caught the ancestor’s eye to the ending where the tool maker was made a fool by the making. True self-discovery so well-versified here.
    P.S. I have been trying to find this blog, without success, until you tweeted me with your latest post. Hopefully, this comment will be accepted. I am putting it on my clipboard to email it to you, in any case.


  16. David Francis Barker · November 30, 2011

    Thank you!


  17. sarahdorrance · November 30, 2011

    These thoughts may be submitted x2, but I loved your poetry and am glad you think me worth following! Peace, sarahdorrance


  18. kathryningrid · November 30, 2011

    So glad to “meet” you, David. Thanks for introducing yourself through a visit to my blog. Obviously I think it’s fabulous that you combine verbal and visual art! Cheers to you for your Versatile Blogger Award; clearly you merit the title. I’ll look forward to getting to know you and your work much better by following the blog. All best!


  19. lscotthoughts · December 1, 2011

    Hi David,

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please visit my blog when you can:
    Lauren πŸ™‚


  20. David Francis Barker · December 1, 2011

    Thank you, Lauren! Although my blog has been going for around 18 months, I’ve only recently started to use it with more gusto, so I’m grateful for your nomination and apologies to you and others if I still seem a little slow or ‘green’ to all this. I’ll be onto it shortly. Thanks again.


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  22. lscotthoughts · December 1, 2011

    You’re welcome, David, and don’t worry about being slow or “green.” I’m right there with you…there are so many things I still wish I knew how to do, but it just takes time to sit and research…anyway, enjoy, I love your writing and will look forward to new posts…Thanks also for all your visits and support! πŸ™‚


  23. Caddo Veil · December 1, 2011

    Thank you for visiting me so quickly–I appreciate your response! I wonder if it’s alright to say that you remind me of the “young” Gordon Lightfoot–in your tiny picture (if that’s indeed you)? Very, very nice.


  24. Caddo Veil · December 2, 2011

    Hi, I’m back to tell you I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Details, etc are available at my blog–come on down!


  25. David Francis Barker · December 2, 2011

    Thank you, you’re very kind!


  26. purple · December 3, 2011

    Hi, I had a hard time finding this site after you visited my blog. I kept ending up at a site of someone named Milly who writes detective fiction. Anyway, going to look around and read some.


  27. David Francis Barker · December 3, 2011

    Yes, I hope you got the last message – I administer both sites. Thanks.


  28. Lindy Lee · December 3, 2011

    Thanks for becoming a follower PoeticLicensee. Like the cart before the horse I shall find your work and begin reading & looking, based on the approval of many artists, above, who are already on my list…


  29. Eva Von Pelt · December 4, 2011

    Thanks for following my blog, David. Nice to meet you!


  30. Victoria C. Slotto · December 5, 2011

    I enjoy your art–it’s impressionistic feel and dreamy quality, your choice of colors. Do you have any poetry online? I did download a sample to my Kindle.


  31. David Francis Barker · December 6, 2011

    Hi Victoria, and I thank you for your kind comments – I really appreciate it. Yes, I have posted a few poems on my blog (have a look in recent posts or archive, if you wish), some from my book and some not. I am very grateful for your interest. David.


  32. bakerphoenix · December 8, 2011

    Your art is lovely. You’re very talented.



  33. df barker · December 9, 2011

    Thank you – I am so grateful for your kindness!


  34. willowdot21 · December 9, 2011

    Hello and thank you for signing up to my blog I hope you will visit often. I shall be having a little look around you blog now I hope you don’t mind.


  35. Betty · December 9, 2011

    David, thought I had already subscribed to your blog, but just discovered otherwise. (That has been corrected!) I’m looking forward to catching up with all the poetry I’ve missed of yours. Looks excellent!


  36. jimandblueguy · December 9, 2011

    Awesome!!! You sound like that guy who writes abut those 2 roads split apart!!! Plus, you make paintings, too!!! And they are good paintings!!!:-)


  37. df barker · December 10, 2011

    Thank you!!!!!


  38. Neeks · December 10, 2011

    Such lovely work. Impressive!


  39. df barker · December 10, 2011

    I’m very grateful to you!


  40. Broken Sparkles · December 11, 2011

    Thank you for visiting me and leaving a comment! Nice to meet you …


  41. df barker · December 11, 2011

    Likewise! Thank you, you’re very welcome.


  42. Fiona.q · December 12, 2011

    i love this painting. it reminds me a bit of Monet..


  43. df barker · December 12, 2011

    Thank you! Yes, Monet is a favourite of mine, so perhaps no surprise. I am grateful for your comments.


  44. ericalagan · December 12, 2011

    Hello David,
    Thank you for following my blog – gracious of you.
    Your poems have a certain grace and flow which I find soothing.
    I have signed up to follow your blog – to enjoy more of your musings.
    All good wishes, Eric


  45. df barker · December 12, 2011

    Hi Eric – thank you also! I am grateful for you very kind thoughts.


  46. abichica · December 14, 2011

    you are a skilled artist, your poems, your paintings are just insatiable, that is why i have nominated you for the versatile blogger’s award. πŸ™‚ to accept please do click here


  47. souldiaries · December 18, 2011

    like it all, and now am really curious about those songs πŸ™‚


  48. df barker · December 19, 2011

    Thank you, I’m very grateful. The songs? Well, even after 35 years they’re still pretty bad!


  49. Caddo Veil · December 21, 2011

    Hello, calling by to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. If you’re unfamiliar, come visit my blog again!


  50. df barker · December 21, 2011

    Hi, I am so, so grateful for your comments and your kind nomination but I am going to have to decline it at the present time. Thank you very much! You deserve your award.


  51. nocturnefirefay · December 21, 2011

    Hi David, I’m Just Passing though to let you know that I selected you for the Kreative Blogger Award. In my eyes. there is no pressure to abide by the rules or follow up; but if you would like to know why i selected you or know more about the award, then you can click my link here. congratulations.


  52. df barker · December 21, 2011

    Hi – you are so kind and I am very grateful to you!


  53. Caddo Veil · December 22, 2011

    That’s fine, DF–I never know how people will feel about these award deals, but I hope they know that I’m complimenting them–not obligating them in any way! The very best wishes to you for a happy Christmas and New Year–God bless!!


  54. tikarmavodicka · December 26, 2011

    Hi David,

    Thankyou for visiting my blog and the follow.

    I’ve really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Your art work is most inspiring! I’m in many ways still learning and finding my way. It is a pleasure to be able to view artwork so accomplished and talented as your own.

    I hope you have had a good festive season.



  55. Whimsical KT · December 26, 2011

    Hello David! πŸ™‚
    Just thought I would let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you want to learn more about it you can by just clicking here:

    Your poems and art are Amazing!


  56. df barker · December 27, 2011

    Hi! I am very flattered indeed by your nomination, I’m grateful to you for taking the time to look at my work. I will, however, have to decline at this present time. Thank you so much.


  57. Renovating Rita · December 29, 2011

    β€˜painting is just making marks’

    Exactly what I need to hear, thank you and thank you for subscribing to my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours.


  58. bardessdmdenton · December 30, 2011

    Hi David! I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award! It’s my pleasure to recognize your work and re-direct more lookers and potential followers to your blog. Please go to my post ( to see the details. You are under no obligation to follow β€˜the rules’ associated with this award. Thank you for all that you share of your talent and spirit!


  59. df barker · December 31, 2011

    Hi, I am extremely flattered, but I will have to decline at the present time. I am so grateful to you for visiting my blog and reading the poems – thank you very much!


  60. pathwriter · January 2, 2012

    Thanks for subscribing to my blog, David. Your paintings are lovely, as are your poems….thank you for sharing them. Viki


  61. Robert O'Rayne · January 3, 2012

    Hello. Thank you very much indeed for starting to follow my blog. You are my first follower on here. Hope to see some comments from you in future. πŸ˜‰


  62. Alex Autin · January 3, 2012

    Hi David!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and also for the follow. It’s very appreciated and encouraging! Your painting and poetry, both, are amazing and inspirational. Thank you for making it possible for me to check it out.

    Best wishes for 2012!


  63. WordsFallFromMyEyes · January 3, 2012

    Look at all these people throwing awards your way! πŸ™‚

    I don’t think it’s boastful to say when you last knowingly ate meat. It is wonderful. I haven’t learned enough how to sustain myself without meat. I need to learn interesting recipes. I do want to make the change. It’s a horrible industry and I am turned off it more each day. I do feel I need to feed my child meat though, for protein. I just need to learn more.

    Your page looks very very artistic. I am going to have to come back & read more on you (it is pre work at the moment) – I like the simple style, for a start.

    Thank you for subbing. I am honoured πŸ™‚


  64. Cowboy · January 3, 2012

    Howdy –

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today – I’m glad you did. It looks like I’m going to enjoy yours also…….


  65. Stephanie · January 3, 2012

    Hi there,
    I love the painting in your blog header. It is really beautiful. I was surprised, because impressionistic (is that accurate?) paintings usually don’t catch me. This one did… You’re very talented in what I’ve seen of your writing and art. I’m quite jealous! I always wanted to paint, but I just cannot get the hang of it. So, I stick to writing. πŸ˜‰ Keep up your wonderful work!


  66. aussieian2011 · January 8, 2012

    Thank you for deeming my Aussie Emu space worth following , this space is primarily lighthearted and has a diverse array of material ranging from humour to Australian humour , I also have a second site that is for my love and romance poetry that is a far cry from the Emu space , you are welcome to view , the link being,
    I look forward to visiting and following your interesting writings and works
    Thank you for subscribing
    Aussie Ian aka Emu


  67. Martina · January 9, 2012

    So glad you found me, because now I found your work. πŸ™‚ I write poetry myself ( good or bad). Your work is inspiring and those paintings are amazing.


  68. Raven of Leyla · January 9, 2012

    thanks for stopping by Ravenwood and joining that is a compliment to me. I have looked around here and I like the poetry and art. I shall return to look more closely.
    You are welcome in Ravenwood anytime πŸ˜‰


  69. nikkiwheelerart · January 10, 2012

    Hi David, its a pleasure to follow your blog, I love your paintings!! Thanks so much for your kind comments and for following me.


  70. cypruslifeinpictures · January 11, 2012

    Dear David
    Thank you for following my blog today.
    I try to keep it aimed mostly at life in Cyprus but sometimes other matters just simply take over and I find I have to put fingertips to keyboard…

    I only had chance for a quick peep at your website, but I intend to spend a little more time there later today.

    Thanks again!


  71. Jill Archer · January 11, 2012

    Your paintings are beautiful, David. Looking forward to following you via future posts.


  72. lscotthoughts · January 17, 2012

    Hi David,

    I’ve nominated you for the ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD, so please visit me for more info:


  73. df barker · January 17, 2012

    You are very kind – and I am honoured!


  74. Joe Ponepinto · January 17, 2012

    Wonderful art and poetry, David. I’m looking forward to seeing and reading more. And thank you for following my blog.


  75. Maiya · January 20, 2012

    Wow thank you for subscribing after reading your poems its quite an honour


  76. Bill · January 20, 2012

    Thank you for visiting CorneaCopia. I appreciate the like you left. πŸ™‚


  77. planaquarium · January 21, 2012

    Hi! I enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Liebster Blogging Award. (details here: You are under no obligation to accept, but I just wanted to thank you for your artistry.


  78. df barker · January 21, 2012

    I am very flattered indeed that you have nominated me. Thank you.


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  80. redjim99 · January 23, 2012

    Hi There,

    I have thrown you into my list of versatile bloggers. To see what this means check out my post at:

    Sorry this is a bit short, but there is so much to do.



  81. df barker · January 24, 2012

    Yes, I know, and I am very grateful to you for considering me and takin the time to look and comment on my site. Thank you.


  82. weisserwatercolours · January 24, 2012

    I am enjoying your work very much and appreciate your coming by to visit my site. You have a lovely pallet and delicate touch.


  83. df barker · January 24, 2012

    Thank you! You are so kind, I must revisit your site too.


  84. gerard oosterman · January 27, 2012

    What a pleasant surprise. Nice paintings and lovely poetry. Thank you for taking a peek at my site.


  85. dfb · January 27, 2012

    Thank you! I am grateful and you are most welcome!


  86. journeyintopoetry · February 1, 2012

    Hi David,

    i have nominated you for The Genuine Blogger Award, details on my latest post!



  87. dfb · February 1, 2012

    Thank you again – you are so kind!


  88. It is great.
    Thank you so much for sharing.


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