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Monday, October 16, 2017

dready al fahl the camel


                          dready s 'al fahl' the camel - image - 20x30


camel's have such interesting faces, expressions, and the most whimsical of bodies ...

the humour in them almost draws itself ...

I've never ridden a camel ...

cool




Sunday, October 15, 2017

dready stories of life


                     dready art 'big lizard' -20x12 - original on paper

when it comes time to drawing a dready, I'm looking for a story to tell, especially one with a little whimsy in it ... this one told itself really ...

it came, though, encapsulated with other memories ...

the person who had commissioned the idea, as a gift for friends, had in the meantime died: I had known her well for many years and she'd asked me to do it and I had said i'd do it for love not money ... after her death her family agreed that I could continue and we all worked together to an end.

but it wasn't just her memory that came along on the journey - it is a story about Jamaicans, after all!

my mother is deathly 'fraid of lizard and so many funny memories of the way that she used to dash and dance through doorways at Goshen worried about croaking lizard dropping on her head, peaking in first to make sure the beast wasn't over the doorway

my sister same way ...

One of my favourite 'uncles', with whom I spent a lot of time when we were all living in florida used to have a constant battle with lizard ... here a grown, manly man, would tip toe 'round lizards in the back yard, by the pool, like they was dragons! one week there was a story in the Sun Sentinnel newspaper about a pet Kimodo having escaped in the Hollywood area, and immediately I had this image, in my head, of uncle c, with a tin of baygon bug spray, confronting this big lizard in the yard, 'fraid for his life ...

i've seen people who face down gun man bullets and don't panic, go all shivery over croaking lizard ...

me, I don't like snake





Friday, October 6, 2017

dready - the giving of love



                       Central Caribbean Marine Institute 2017 annual fund raising dinner programme


dready has committed to several charities and the CCMI is just one of them (dready in conjunction with Neil DeVere donates a portion of every dready lion fish sale), others include: Force Blue, a retired/injured US special forces charity that links ex servicemen with marine environmental projects; Jamaica Environment Trust, a Jamaican charity focused on education about, action for and preservation of the Jamaican environment; Children's Tumor Foundation, a New York based charity dedicated to helping sick children; Hospice Care Cayman, offering free hospice care to terminally ill patients (brand new for dready) - the idea is that we set aside print series that donate a portion of each sale toward these charities and when asked we do work for invitations and programmes and christmas cards - dready christmas cards are always free - and things like this that help the charity (find that this works better, over the long term, than giving them a piece of art for charity auction)

charity giving sounds like it might be a bit of a PR stunt sometimes, but in fact it's a pretty selfless thing - charities aren't particularly organised for PR; they are more often volunteer based, with a flurry of activity around fund raising and special events, and their focus is fund raising for themselves not love for the donations you give - the people involved are often giving substantially of their free time, so to them your giving only seems natural.

So when you choose to give to a charity, chose it because you feel the cause is worthwhile, not because you think the publicity will bring you love.

big love ...




Friday, September 8, 2017

dready flip flops on the road


     
                        dready flip flops at hellshire beach, jamaica (photo by Brie Williams)

a cool thing has happened, people have started taking their dready flip flops on the road and post pics of them on facebook and instagram ...


                      dready flip flops at soho farmhouse, uk, (photo by Nicola Pulvertaft)

I wake up on mornings to find the dready flip flops all over the world

coolness ...



 

dready yellow shoes and bicycle


                        dready 'the yellow shoes' - image 3 of 3

i should have added a loaf of french bread to the panier ...

when i ride it's just a ride, there are no mountains, no trails, no races, no rings ...

might take a ride to the shop or to see something or just to catch some fresh air ...

cruisin' ...



dready art girl on a bike


                     dready art 'girl on a bike' - image 2 of 3

So, yes, panier's and saddle bags and wine boxes and big comfortable seats and a leisurely pace vs carbon fibre and clip ins and speed and funny looking shorts and funny looking shoes and funny looking hats ...

we're just about funny looking dogs ...

vibes ...


dready bicycles ...

                    dready art bicycle boy - image 1 of 3

as part of an as yet unfinished project i've drawn 3 versions of people on beach cruiser bicycles ...

a group of us were just having a chat and laugh 'bout bicycles - someone I know has several of the road racing many thousand dollar versions, mine cost 280$ - and the need for large seats and how many gears and how light and and and ...

rollin ...




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

dready art on a restaurant wall




                          icoa eat and drink wall 2017 - cayman islands

a little bit of dready colour to brighten up a wall ...

icoa eat and drink and i go back a long way - ages ago, 10 years in fact, i did a series of Tshirts for them - 'juicy lean', 'chocolate love', 'sweeetness' and 'heavycake' ...

absolutely loved the juicy lean shirt:

it came from a story told by a friend, who was staying in port antonio, jamaica, and had driven down to boston to buy jerk pork ... boston is said to be the 'home' of jamaican jerk.

so there she was, jamaican herself, trying to explain to the jerk man that she didn't want too much fat on the pork, and she and them just couldn't 'honnerstan one anodder' -

a dreadlocks man sitting quietly by suddenly looked up and said.

'bredderin, the lady a try to tell yu, she jus' want de juicy lean ...'

ites



Monday, August 7, 2017

dready - the things you do for yourself .. ...


                   dready art 'John's Canoe' - 20x12 - image

i went to see an artist I know, in his studio, famous dooood, sells plenty plenty art globally and, instead I found him in his garage, and he was painting away at a large large canvas ...
I said 'whatya doing?'
he said 'jerking off really.' ...
he had had this large large canvas just sitting there,  at the back of the garage, behind the table tennis table; he had no commission, no instructions from his office to do a new image for series work, or to film for Tshirts, he just wanted to paint and so he was ...

in any given year about 50% of the dreadys i do are for commissions, 50% are directed at new print series for walls that dready sells from, and another 50% just because I fancy the idea or because of something I've seen that puts me in motion to draw ...

if you were paying attention you mighta noticed the math don't add up, but you get what I mean ...

print series' fill a need as well as coming under the category of 'i fancy the idea' ... there's a constant want to move images around, and to put up fresh images for sale so that people don't get bored of seeing the same old stuff ... and that's nice so I can keep drawing ideas.

but sometimes I just want to draw something and then you hope to find a place for it later.

the series, way below on these pages, called the journey, fits that mould - it was just something I wanted to do ... and I haven't yet found a space to put it; it's not made for a space, somebody'd really just kinda have to fall in love with it and want it.

this, 'john's canoe', started with the pic of a boat and made its way from there, I don't have a wall in mind for it;  it's got a nude in it, so even harder to place, but the boat was so cool I wanted to draw it ... and the nude found her way in there ...

sometimes you just wanna draw something ...

time will tell ...





Thursday, August 3, 2017

dready art and fashion



                      dready 'isy b' - 48x16 - original commission on canvas

when i went to pick this up from the framers the manager said; 'this is a new look for you' ...

and I suppose, art's like that too isn't it, it's like fashion ... so that while staying within the vernacular that you're known for you 1) have to stretch the boundaries and 2) be a little different each time ...

i do about 30 commissions a year, imagine if they all looked the same ... both from each client's perspective and my own ...

so I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can make something essentially dready, while telling the story of the client and finding a slightly different vibe every time.

this one was for a fashion designer - a challenge in itself to work within the precepts of her fashion and to find my own style within that without offending the skill with which she does her own art.

after a fashion ...




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

dready easy skanking ...


 
                     dready art 'easy skanking' - 32x10 - Limited edtion HD archival pigment print on canvas

i dunno if it's genetic, universal, jamaican, west indian or wha', but we're a family of dancers ... music makes us move, especially reggae an' soca an' dancehall ...

so, here we was, dancing, the kids and I, in a park ... madeleine and max on the picnic table ... by the river

... easy skankin to some good god music

it was a moment, cool and nice and lovely ... pam took the photos ...

how could I not draw something to remember it by, how could i not ... and it seemed better suited to a traditional dready, rather than an evolved one.

happy together ...


Thursday, July 27, 2017

dready - the art of collaboration ...


   
                 dready art 'mas milk' - 36x36 - original commission on canvas

i believe in collaboration - it's part and parcel of working on a commission because the client becomes part of the process ...

but beyond even that, beyond the client, the input of others, others who can see the trees when you're only seeing the forest is never wasted ... the change of a colour, the shift of a perspective, the size of the line in the background that denotes a doorway the addition of names on a paper bag to help tell the story!

all these are part of the image before you that other people added to the process and the end result wouldn't have been as good without it ...

the creative process, at least the beginning of any creative process tends to be a solitary one; you sit at your desk and you draw, or write, or imagine ... you're alone in your head and alone with your tastes, your ideas, your prejudice, your personality and you're trying to imbue both yourself and the reality of other things into whatever it is that you're doing.

the collaboration of another voice, or two, adds the dimension of flinging in contrary ideas into mix, ideas that your prejudice, your bent, may not have brought to the table and that can be a very good thing.

out of many one people ...

one love ...



Monday, July 10, 2017

dready the colours of a country



              dready 'sheeps' - 12x12 - image

along with the puffins below, these 'sheeps' are as much about the colours of the country as the sheep themselves.

pam can tell you that as we travel and we pass rolling hillsides dotted with sheep i can't help but call out 'shoops' or 'sheeps' ...

long ago i was on a ranch in the high plains of new mexico working sheep ... there were a few sheep in belize, and the odd one in jamaica, waiting to be fat enough to roast ...

so I suppose the sheep are reminders of days on the farms i grew up on and around.

but too they're reminders of modern (and frequent) road trips through scotland - and recent journeys to other places - scotland's beautiful, not all of it is the wild stuff of photo-unrealism, so much of it is soft and green and undulating and 'sheepy' ... as well as the wild and gorse-ed and peaked and black rocked and, yes, more 'sheepy'.

we went to iceland recently, and david said, 'drive out along the south coast, you've never seen anything like it.' ... and i hadn't, and it was amazing (and full of sheep).

but it's the ominous skies of places like scotland and iceland; the brooding skies and paleolithic green landscapes.

baaaaaa ...



dready ... puffin ...


                   
                    dready art 'Puffin' - 12x12 - image

when i asked max and pam what they most wanted to see, it was puffins ...

even to see them fly is cute, their little wings working over time to keep them going aloft ... and face to face, on the ground, equally cute.

scotland, iceland, faroe islands ... puffins abound ... north atlantic and the north pacific (although have not seen a north pacific one yet.)

travel tends to inspire you; new 'stuff' gets inside your brain and wants to express itself ...

A recent journey took us to many awesome beautiful things, to many interesting and diverse places from the north atlantic to the edges of the middle east and areas just about smack dab in the middle of the two ... and in all that, two things struck me most, the colours of two countries and the puffins.

cuteness ...




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dready - a day at the beach



                          dready art 'the mccabe's beach huts' - 48x14 - original commission on canvas

i'd thought that these beach huts were an 'english' thing - huts on the beach that you own, or rent, they're not for living in, just for keeping your beach stuff, maybe having a snooze, store your bbq and your paddle board ...

but come to find that they had them in europe, in australia, in new zealand and other places too ... who knew!

and so we used them to create the vibe of the places that they'd lived and grown in ...

a nice bright colourful way to do it, eh!

life at the beach ...

dready flip flops



                    dready flip flops ... available only in cayman, soon to be available online.

Monday, June 5, 2017

dready art, art shows, london ... and moments


                  dready art 'buon giorno venice' - original on canvas

i'd drawn this dready about 2 years ago and tucked it away, for this show ... then the show was delayed ... twice  ...

but finally here she is in all her glory at the oxo tower group show in london sponsored by mourant ozannes and curated by saunders fine art gallery.

i loved this place and this dready; venice is an amazing city and the desk that I sat at, when we weren't exploring, had fantastic views

in venice, that week that inspired this, my desk was at water level looking out onto the grand canal and I drew, looking out at the verve and swish and action of all the movement of venice in full swing ... you never imagine that the canals would be like european high streets, full of taxis and buses and hustle and bustle but all taking place on the water.

Showing in london was an experience, the venue was drop dead coolness, overlooking the thames - and this dready, drawn as it was, seemed to me to fit the vibe of a spot where if I were to throw something out the window I wouldn't have any trouble hitting a passer by on the river ... and London, itself, is always always interesting.

we stayed in primrose hill, where I had never been, and which, surrounded by parks and walks and choices of high streets and restaurants and canals ... you can't compare the 2 cities, a walk along the canal at the camden locks is no passegiata along the alleyways of San Samuele.

peace-ness and beauty ...



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

dready from Osmosis Caribbean Art Beat



   dready prints from Osmosis Caribbean

so there's a new way to buy your dreadyness, Osmosis Caribbean is a new web portal specicalizing in west indian art.

you can find them on facebook, on twitter, on instagram and on the world wide web - osmosiscaribbean.com

and the best part, is that as always, it's the same price, same shipping, same signature, same love ... anywhere in the world you want to call home ...

Peace and Love ...



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dready, it's carnival time again

                    dready art 'Moko Jumbies' - original on canvas

is carnival time again, one after the other up and down the islands carnival, jump up, road march, soca music, costumes and stilted walkers known as 'moko jumbies' ...

I haven't seen the big carnivals of trinidad, rio, new orleans or even venice - have never done road march in costume ...

have only seen smaller ones of jamaica, cayman and belize; rode on the back of a 'big truck' in belize where a band I was with was playing ...

love to walk the route, see the people, interact, hang, dance, go to the street parties - whether you go or not, carnival permeates the scene, you get affected by it, the new music of the season begins to crop up, the carnival hits of the mas players bands come on the radio, photos of the costumes flitter across social media ... in trinidad everything shut down for a week, in jamaica people start to talk about Mas camps, my daughter wants to go to mas camp party ....

and so, I wanted to throw every carnival into the hat on this one ...

get behind the big truck ... high walk, shadow, butterfly, waaaaaave

And then it got chosen, this dready, to represent cayman islands at Carifesta 2017, in Barbados ... and it came with me to the Mourant Ozanne show at the oxo tower in london ...

life is good ...


dready, a night on the river


                         dready - group show, oxo tower, london may 2017

the weather, as is the want in england, was wet, but it couldn't undo the view out the windows down the left side of the room - the thames 30 feet away, the embankment across the river, the inns of court ....

inside it was all colour and verve and light and whimsy ... the dreadys glowed, the turtles on their oh so blue, the 'moko jumbies' on an impossible orange, a shocking orange ...

not dready's first showing in the uk - there've been corporate events and art for projects and fund raisers, children's charities, restaurant link ups, and football clubs - but this was the first full on 'art' show, and my first in London.

three women chatted to me about the 'seagrapes' - a verdun like image of a seagrape forest, all trunks  ... as if they've been bombed into non-existence ...

it was an unintentional effect, I didn't draw it to shock and sadden at all, it was mainly about the view that you see when you're under the shade of the trees; but in fact the fate of coastal sea grape forests, giving way as they do, like mangrove woods, to coastal development mean destruction of the 'roots' that help hold the beaches together and the ecosystems that serve as breeding nurseries for wild life - the sea grapes are a sanctuary for crabs and birds.

the '5 turtles', beautiful - the history of the caribbean is built partially on the abundance of turtles; the fresh meat they provided in provisioning ships heading back for europe, the shells for jewellery, containers, eyeglass frames ... the men who chased them built communities ...

the 'moko jumbies' - like me one man's favourite part was the woman's hand that just creeps in to the lower left of the frame ... her hand is what started the whole story, I'd seen this hand in a photograph and liked it and imagined what, in my world, the character behind the hand, might be looking at ...

the dawn sky in 'a man in a canoe' sparkled ... conversation was light ...


good show ...






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

dready up on the bayou


                                  dready 'the camp on the bayou' - original on paper - 22x14

a family from atlanta asked me to do a dready for their father in louisiana, in new orleans ... the only thing that i had to work with really, was that he liked fishing, loved being on his boat and that the louisiana water wasn't the lovely blue of the caribbean...

so I started with that and the dready kinda evolved organically ... I wanted to show some elements of what being on the water in the bayou is all about ... I've been to baton rouge and beyond Louisiana in the verges of the bayou in mobile and biloxi ...

big old trees and old man's beard, spanish moss ... and small wood cottages, shacks

At the time I didn't know that the family had a holiday house, that had been destroyed in Katrina - but after the first draft the story of the house came up - this is the nice part about a dready, the interaction and the participation of the client ... so 'the camp' snuck into the image.

coolness ...



Thursday, April 20, 2017

dready art's eulogy for a friend



                          dready 'waiting to play fetch' - original on paper - 16x14 inches

a friend lost his dog, she meant a lot to him, obviously, and so we drew this dready to commemorate a life ...

and I dunno, it seemed fitting that she'd be inside looking out 'waiting to play fetch' ...

Bless ...


Friday, April 14, 2017

dready a rude bwoy jamaican


                            dready art's 'rude bwoy' - image

i'd already drawn the bones of this dready as part of another idea: one about fashion and street style, and how it's reflected in the caribbean world that I know, when bling asked me if I'd draw him into a dready ...

and as i was thinking of how i would do that, i was reminded of the eek-a-mouse reggae song, 'rude bwoy jamaican', by someone ... there sitting at lunch, she had video-ed Eek singing, at round hill - dooood has an amazing deep melodious voice; 'bread in de oven baking, here come de rude bwoy jamaican' ...

and so as I sat listening to it, the idea of reimagining this dready came to mind - because of his style and vibe and verve and the way he was walking and t'ing ... 'cause this is him, this is the rude bwoy.

big up ... 


dready in the lebanon



                        Dready Art - A magazine, Aishti, Issue #88 - page 220-222

As part of an article, by Michael Welton, on the new Kimpton seafire resort hotel in the Lebanese style and fashion magazine A, there are photographs and very cool mention of dready art ...
    “especially touching are the works of art mounted throughout ground floor drawn by gifted local artist called dready”    
https://issuu.com/aishti/docs/amag88

dready is fortunate to be part of the whole seafire thing it is a gorgeous and lovely hotel and am moved by the way people appreciate the dreadys, have time to see the dreadys in this setting with so much good going on in it.

ites ...


Monday, April 3, 2017

dready in disguise


     
                      dready art 'portrait of a man in disguise' - image - 24x24

so this is not really a story about a man with a gun; the gun is a prop, and part of the greater story of a 'portrait of a man in disguise' ...

it was, to me, a cool cool idea to portray this man, who knows that this is him, in disguise ...

anonymity even in art ...

but it was the pose that drew me to draw him, confident, up right, strong, a small wry smile ...

coolness ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

dready versions ...


                       
                        dready 'paddle boarder' - limited edition archival pigment print - 24x24"

by combining two ideas, at the request of a client, marrying the dready beach cabana with the beach cottage to create a new print series ... with a paddle boarder.

the client's version is actually of a man and a woman, a remarque if you will ...

easy skanking ...







Thursday, March 30, 2017

dready remarques ...


                        dready catboat - savannah grand - remarque print - 44x18 on canvas


to create a kind of middle ground between dready prints and the high cost of original commissions there are two other ways to buy a dready ...

the first is the remarqued/personalized print, where I try to add little elements of the buyers wants, without really redoing the print ... ususally fairly subtle changes ...

art and sharon are from new jersey, but she'd been born in st vincent and had fond memories which they wanted to add ...

me, i've spent some nice time in st vincent, up on the hill at villa, looking out at bequia ... one of the family that preceded me built a church on canouan ... i have some down island history too yu know.

leaving your mark ...

ites ...



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

dready ... turtles


             
                 dready art '5 turtles' - limited edition archival pigment print - 30x30"

the history of these islands is told in tales of turtling ...

and not just the island where i live, but those small cays and harbours and sand spits from cuba to nicaragua, and the southern caribbean coast of mexico, cayman, jamaica, belize ... in places with names like miskito cay, pedro bank, corn island, man o' war cay, swan island, isla de las mujeres, tunerief ...

young men would be left on spits of sand hundreds of miles from home ... they'd rebuild last year's huts (if they'd survived the hurricane season) they'd set out water, 'cause there was none to be had other than what they brought with them or what the rain made fall.

and they'd stay there the season and catch turtle and pen them, come hell or high water or hurricane breeze ...

turtle meat was canned in florida, turtle shell made frames for glasses ...

these days are gone ... but some few turtles have survived them along with the stories of the times ...

history ... his story ...







Monday, March 13, 2017

dready at the wharf house


                       dready s 'man in a canoe' - original on paper - 28x10

i woke up, as i almost always do, at dawn - i was in a new house; oh i'd seen this house before in several incarnations, but had never stayed in it; it's beautiful lovely serene comfortable cool ... old old old cool.

we'd arrived in the dark of night and so i was anxious to see it, the house, the environs, in the light of day ... walk in the dew wet grass with my bare feet, smell the sea, take photos of the old stables, the house, the wharf master's office, the teepee, the beach, the cottages ...

the sun rises slowly, blocked at first by the low hills to the east of mo-bay; light creeps in, it infiltrates rather than surprises; insinuates itself on the trees, the lawn, the dock, the sea ...

soft cool air, people stirring around the house (not the guests; other than the i, they were firmly asleep) a cup of coffee ... and around the point an old man rowing a moss stained canoe, his fishing net in a small pile at the opposite end.

even at this little distance I could see that he was not a young man ...

so when a dude in an old ass canoe comes rowing into your morning light you begin to wonder about where he came from, where was he going to, where had he been ... and from there the story can develope in a thousand ways.

and then he was gone ...

breathe in life ...





Thursday, March 9, 2017

dready ... all the things ... and a dog.


                   dready art - 'a dog's life' - original commission - 36x36 on canvas

the right dog and the right colour that's was the basic nitty gritty of this dready ... i'd like to say I chose the dog, I didn't, the dog was given to me as an idea and I just had to find the right way to present it (and the man talking to it.) the whole idea was made more fun, 'cause the art was a surprise and so we couldn't just ask for photos of the dog ...

dogs lurk around all over the place in dreadys - I grew up with dogs, eh; rex, napoleon, buster, josephine - like all the animals in the art they add a certain little life, an aside to the story you're telling: the goats talk about heritage, chickens about an atmosphere in which history creeps through into modernity, the dogs really about family and love and warmth ...

and i put our two stools in there - one that had been my family's, old old and well travelled through generations and countries, and the other recently bought for our home - cause i needed something for them to sit on and I couldn't find anything suitable.

all these things, the right dog, the right gesture, the right colours ... you spend a lot of thought time on these things. but it's cool cause I love the end result.

is the journey, zeeen ...




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

dready reaching a certain age

                     dready art 'milestones' - original commission - 49x17 on canvas

was thinking the other day how you experience the same things in life at different stages ...

how a really ripe cheese, for instance, can be troubling when you're 15, but lovely when you're 50 ... how 6 cheeseburgers and a chocolate shake can disappear in front of a 14 year old and a green salad fill you up at 40.

And it's cool, because of the experiences we have, how the past evolves us, how age changes us physically and time mentally, it truly means that you 'never step into the same river twice' ...

robert was turning 50 and so a snapshot of a that as a moment in his life.

earthstrong ...


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dready art, that moment ...



                    dready art 'that moment' - adjusted/remarqued print commission - 28x12 on canvas

so below here in the blog you see that I drew a pic called 'pablo takes a little breeze out' and mikey wanted me to adjust it to create a whole new drawing for him based on that print and the photo that had inspired it ...

that moment when pablo sees a chicken ...

an i started to wonder how pablo himself, as a dog, might describe that moment ...

he being a west indian dog, of german descent, with a 'spanish' name and sitting in an italian car ... so ...

"rassclate, ein pinche flugeunfahiger fliegen sache, prego" jamiaco-germanic-spanglitalian ... "rassclate, it's a fucking flightless flying thingy!"

speak to me in tongues ...


Monday, February 20, 2017

dready the palmers beach


                   dready of 'palmer's beach' - 64x20 - original on canvas

a complete fabrication of an invented beatific beach scene ...

the beach creeps into lives here in cayman 'cause it's idyllic; there are no mountains and streams and no green rolling pastures with meandering stone walls, the woodlands are all scrub and small and damp ...

most of the beauty of cayman is really at the edge looking out ... and there are some lovely spots, places less travelled ... spotts, barkers, batabanoo, south sound, east end, cayman kai ...

i tried to take some elements from the outer edges and put them in here.

glad bag bus' ...


 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

dready art the green door ...

                        dready art - the green door - image

there are reasons for me drawing a nude and none of them are about titillation, the first is this idea of what you can portray with an eye on simplicity ... and how simple the whole thing can be and still portray something cool.

i've pared this image down to very little and yet you can still feel it ... the presence of the house, the style, you might even be able to imagine the kind of house it might be,

you might imagine the woman herself, the person who is looking at her ... I lifted her out of the dready 'itopia-ish' ...

peace and love ...





Thursday, February 16, 2017

dready - pablo takes a little breeze out ...

 
          
            dready s 'pablo takes a little breeze out' - limited edition archival pigment print - 14x14

i like fiat 500 classics ...

they're well cute and cool, and as such they fit right into the dready vernacular ... this is now the 3rd one I've drawn.

auntie betty has always, in my memory, had sausage dogs back home 'a yard' ... and now lexi, my cousin, has taken up the mantle ...

not sure how the I feels about them, but but bit they're unique, and they've been present in my life and so, ya know ...

then madeleine's god-father bought himself a fiat 500, reddish-orange, came all the way from sicily; he called it enzo after the character in 'the deep blue' ...

and he has a sausage dog named pablo.

And he posted this cute picture of pablo, in the window of the car riveted on a chicken and all that together got me going ...

walk good, ciao ...


Sunday, February 5, 2017

dready in the press



                             dready in architects and artisans e-zine

it started with a little article about the new kimpton hotel and thanks to John Doak, the dready drawing i did of the Kimpton, for his wife, ended up as the cover/header art for the story ... and it was a nice story about Cayman and about the hotel

and on the back of that Mike Welton the publisher asked to do a little blurb on dready ...

nicley.


                             dready in architects and artisans e-zine

so press ...

t'ings a gwaan ...



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

dready itopia-ish


                                  dready art 'itopia-ish' - image

somewhere down in the slog of words, below in this blog, is some chat 'bout a lovely day spent at this house ...

and I've wanted to draw it since then ....

but actually it was an image of a woman - two women separately, really - leaning in a doorway(s) that brought me back; 'cause I thought this would be a better doorway for a woman to be leaning in.

but but but, before I got to her leaning in a doorway I came across this woman frolicking in Jamaica ... the usual beautiful hidden cool jamaican places of wood and water ...

and that, that led me to a series of photos featuring this woman and her life somewhere else, and her leaning in a doorway - the table and chairs on the left were part of that life, and I was inspired to put them in this - so, woman, Jamaica and a doorway.

but in the end, outside of the inspiration she provided for the idea, the table and chairs are the only part of her that made this drawing ...

then a photo of a man and a very nice haircut and an awesome beard ... and he reminded me of the man who used to own this house; maybe him in his younger days ...

so a woman leaning in a doorway and now a man ... I was going to put him sitting in the chair but there was an empty space to the left of the house that I felt needed to have your attention drawn to it ...

in reality the surrounds of this house are big and lush, full of verdant green-ness, there's no vast open spaces ... but I wanted some space ... wanted a place to put the chicken!

peace ...



Dready, memory on the wall



                    dready art's 'cotton tree cayman' - original commission - 46x62 on canvas

they'd planted that poinciana tree in the middle themselves, built the boutique hotel, enjoyed their time there ... and when it came time to sell it they wanted to commemorate the place.

lucky me, 'cause we got to stay there, the cottage in the middle, while we snapped photos and pretended like we were just hanging out playing tourist, 'cause it was surprise gift for her, from her husband and daughter  ...

we hung the finished dready today, in her new house, and am only sorry that when glenn and were done, there wasn't enough room behind me to get a photograph of it in context so that the scale was kinda evident, 'cause dis hya t'ing big!

niceness ...




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

dready vagabondia


                   dready Vagabondia/Azurlite - limited edition archival pigment print - 28x10

Dimensions: 211’ length
Gross Tonnage: 1,080 tons
Official registry number: 171277

The yacht Vagabondia, was designed by Cox & Stevens, Inc., and constructed in 1928 at Kiel, Germany, by Germaniawerftr for Mr. William L. Mellon, the Pittsburgh financier and industrialist, who founded and headed the Gulf Oil Corporation

In 1941 she was acquired by the US Navy, renamed Azurlite  and simultaneously designated PY-22.

Following the war, Azurlite was decommissioned and sold to J. S . Webster & Sons in 1947.  She continued in service as a freighter and passenger ship until 1968, when she was sold.


walk good ...


dready s Eros - Webster Line ship


                        dready s Eros - Webster Line - limited edition archival pigment print - 28x10

Dimensions: 260’ length
Gross Tonnage: 1,129 tons
Official registry number: 140038

The Yacht Honor was the very last design of the legendary Scottish naval architect, George Lennox Watson, whose earlier work included the Royal Yacht Britannia and the America's Cup competitors including Sir Thomas Lipton's ​Shamrock II.

She was built by Ramage & Ferguson in Leith, England for Baron de Forest.  In In 1911, Honor was sold to Baron Henri de Rothchild and was renamed EROS.

Eros was requisitioned by the French government during the Great War and remained in government service until 1924, when she was sold to J S Webster & Sons

The former luxury yacht was transformed into a freighter / passenger ship and continued in service in the West Indies well into the 1940’s.


sailin' smooth ...

dready s rosalie belliveau

        Rosalie Belliveau - Webster line: limited edition archival pigment print - 28x10

Dimensions: 114’ length x 29’ beam x 10’ depth.
Gross tonnage: 230 tons.
Official registry number: 122035.

Rosalie Belliveau was built at Belliveau Cove, Nova Scotia in 1909 by C. C. LeBlanc as a three-masted wooden schooner.

After several years of trading to the West Indies, she was bought by Newfoundland owners and then sold to J. S. Webster & Sons in 1918.

She continued to trade in the West Indies for the next 8 years.

The last voyage of the Rosalie Belliveau began on November 15, 1926 when she left Kingston, Jamaica loaded with general cargo bound for the Turks Islands. The ship was reported off Jacmel, Haiti on December 7, 1926 and was never seen again.


ahoy ... 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

dready s the next generation



             dready 'seafire with chicken ... and cement block' - original commission - 30x14 on canvas (2pc)

this was a challenge ... and not just for me ... Martyn had to go out to sea, on the back of a jet-ski, to get a bunch of photographs for me to work from ...

pam and i walked around property snapping photos of things that we might use and there was sooooooo much really cool stuff it was hard to decide what to use and how to use it ...

and then it took some drawing ... some serious drawing happened.

as a little side note the Kimpton Seafire ain't flat, it's kinda in a lazy v, to give maximum exposure to the sea and the views ...

anyhow, the end result's kinda cool ... and there's a chicken!

selecta ...




Thursday, January 5, 2017

dready in print, maco magazine ...



                         dready in MACO magazine volume 18.3 page 48 - 54

http://www.publications.macomag.com/maco-caribbean-living/2016/volume18issue3/

the people at maco, neysha soodeen, simone gillette, the writer olivia leigh-campbell treated dready with some serious love and kindness ...

"And, one of my favourite, most persistent, and the coolest people on the planet ‘Dready Shane’ from Cayman is also featured on page 48" Simone Gillette, Editor in Chief

you work hard, hustle, find a visual style that's all your own ...

peace and love ...


Thursday, December 29, 2016

dready art's the beach swing ...

                 
                  dready s 'the beach swing' - original commission on canvas - 28x10

everybody loves a swing set ... standing in the seat trying to get it to go higher and higher ...

the initial brief for 'the divine sofa' (below) had some beach element to it and so we decided to create two scenes as part of the one commission, that would have the children in both, the divine sofa and the beach scene ...

and it had to have a chicken ...

voila ...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

dready jerk T shirt

 
                          dready 'jerk' t shirt

we're testing printing and shirts and cloth and design sizes and how well they hold together after washing ... all sorts of things to come up with the right combination of ideas and materials ...

it's confusing and interesting and all sorts of other feelings rolled into one ... i can't say we've made any decisions but we're getting there slowly but surely.

a journey of 1000 paces starts with a single step don't it ...

cool ...




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

dready s divine sofa ...

                          dready art, the divine sofa - original commission on canvas - 28x10"

the disclaimer is that this is not the final image but almost ...

it's also a complete and total fabrication that came outta my head - there is no sofa in the lives of this family, that looks like this ...

but I saw it as an idea along with the turtle art on the wall.

I'm kinda repeating myself as I say this, but the imagining of what the dready will look like, to catch the essence of the 'idea' and to create a scene around it that will have whimsy and colour and verve, is the key; sometimes this takes me ages, sometimes I have it right away ... and I dunno if that's all worth repeating but ...

anyhow, this sofa is divine and once I'd thought it, seen it, drawn it everything else fell into place!

peace

Monday, December 5, 2016

dready s look at history

               
                     dready national museum/courthouse 20x35 - poster

a smidgin, a slice, of the dready cayman panorama; 'things that exist only in my fading memory' ...

and one of my favourite bits, which went to make the poster for the dready solo show that subsumed a room 119 feet around, floor to ceiling in colour and verve and fun and whimsy ...

memories ...


Friday, November 18, 2016

dready dressage


               
                       dready 'dressage rider - bwoy' - limited edition archival pigment print - 40x14

i did a series of riding dreadys because my daughter asked me to, and the dressage rider - girl was hands down my favourite; it's just really really subtle and simple, and the brown just seemed to combine with the blue to make something very cool.

then somebody asked me to do the boy version which I did ... but I always kinda felt that something was missing, and not just the red, yellow and green and didn't truly love love love the boy one as much ...

anyhow I updated them both last week and included some red, yellow and green ...



                    dready 'dressage rider - gyal' - limited edition print # of 99 - 40x14

even now looking at them both the girl, that shock of yellow for her hair just rocks but I like them better now.

giddyup ...