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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

dready two of a kind ...



                           dready s 'a mexican afternoon' - image

the face on this dready character always reminds me of my father ... the beard, the sunglasses ... it's not, but it does.

and i was doing some searching on SM and these belizeans were talking 'bout 'mek we go a Chet' (Chetumal) ... and we used to go a Chet and eat tacitos in the corozal/consejo days, after the cayo days were done and the ranch was gone.

so 'a mexican afternoon' and then ... gun, horse, hat and 'el vaquero' ...

                     dready art s 'el vaquero' - image

and so ...

adios my yutes!





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

dready s the huntsman ...




                            dready art's 'out for ducks' - image

there's a story, you know there is right ...

a photo of my cousin at bird bush started me thinking about a whimsical hunting pic ...

i used to live in the bush and when i was there i, we used to hunt; but that was a long time ago in another place, and without a need/want to hunt for food (this is a relative t'ing) i certainly don't hunt for sport.

bird bush, in jamaica, is a great memory for me, grandpa used to shoot - he had his own pair of custom hand made spanish guns, pretty and tooled and he kept them in a case in the chest of drawers. My first 'man' t'ing was as a tiny little yute, 5 maybe, when grandpa took me to the lodge at bird bush with him ... me one and plenty big big man, cussing and drinking and sleeping in their under pants and t shirt.

the bird boys carried me on their shoulders to the stand in the swamp 'cause I was too small to walk through the water ... what an adventure for a little bwoy.

in another long ago in some other place that I don't live no more i used to shoot skeet and trap, weekly, with stevie and curtis and mikey ...

anyhow so a photo of sam started this idea of a whimsical look at bird shooting ... and then research for another dready pushed another button and it started to come together ...

then pam and max didn't like the hat i was using, which sent me in search of another hat ... and then the beard, for a reason, the dooood's beard had to be full and bushy ... and then the name, 'out for ducks' comes from cricket - when you're bowled out on your first ball ...

see told you story ... IKR

a bird inna di hand!






Sunday, August 7, 2016

dready s a walk in the country ...


                      dready art 'the walker' - image

'the journey' continues to evolve ...

how the two characters will come together in this story I haven't decided yet but am enjoying the development of the individual pieces and the stories they tell to me ...

one hot 'as rass' day, but dry and crisp, no humidity, we were walking in jamaica ... that's a pimento tree in the background ... it was a moment ... and a very nice one and so here it is kinda fleshed out into something.

peace ...





Monday, July 25, 2016

dready a sign in paradise ...



                     dready art 'bellagio sign side 1' - 26x48 - original on vinyl

all the houses have signs, not everywhere, just out there, it's a t'ing ...

they have their names so people can find them, 'cause people mostly don't live there, they visit there, they rent ...

the caribbean idyll ...

it's the 3rd dready sign for a house in cayman kai ... all i can tell you is, like them or not, the dreadys stand out ... a blaze of colour and verve!

blaze!




Friday, July 8, 2016

dready s south sound cottage, over and under version 2 ...



                   dready 'south sound cottage - over and under version 2' - 36x36in - limited edition print

the things around you in a place, naturally, either enhance or detract from your levels of inspiration; i happen to live in a beautiful part of a beautiful place and i, by necessity, interact with it on a daily basis - dog walks, driving along south sound road (the drive from town to the south sound dock, especially between town and walkers road, is arguably the best drive on the island), swimming in the sea, sitting under a tree watching the sound and its people go by ...

the cottage (and i've used some artistic license here, yo) is based on one in south sound, that originally belonged to a retired caymanian seaman and captain, that got chi chi (termites) real bad and had to be abandoned.

it was bought, moved, and refurbished, for the offices and guest house, of another south sound family - they used as much of the old house as they could, added in fresh wood where needed, but stayed true to the original, although kinda changing the aspect of it a little ... it used to be a shotgun cottage; you walked up the front step onto the stoop and through the front door ...

it is very cool.

it doesn't actually sit on the beach ...

the poinciana, that is just touching into the frame on the right, is actually there.

did i mention it's very cool?

sweeeeet!




Friday, July 1, 2016

dready corporate portrait



               
                         dready orchid development staff - 5'x20" - original on canvas

so, this is something new-ish isn't it ... a corporate portrait; the 5 facets of a particular business represented through a snapshot of the staff, but from a slightly different perspective …

i stopped to chat, this morning, with the person this dready was made for … 'this was money well spent, Shane, the staff have been coming in to see themselves and each other and chat about it, and it makes everybody smile.'

dreadyness ...


Monday, June 6, 2016

dready art 'the ferry crossing' ...



                          dready s 'the ferry crossing' - image

i spent half of most of my teenage holidays, from school, in belize - and at least one visit a year till I was a big big man ...

all in all 30 years in and out, till my father died.

Although he died in Guatemala i always travelled to him through Belize, 'cause I liked to stop and see the place before going on; I liked to fly over it in the small tropic air plane, on way to flores de peten, and look down on the places i had grown in.

belize is ingrained in me ...

a few hand-crank ferry's still exist and they're a fond memory ... so when I was doing this drawing about journeys i incorporated the ferry crossing at spanish lookout into an image, but stuck a padmini taxi into it, changing the realities of the idea altogether.

in my head though is still belize.

peace my brali ...


dready s the journey ...


                       dready 'scenes from the journey' - image

so am still drawing this idea for a series of images that make up two peoples journey toward one another ...

it's incorporating feelings and images from all over the place, moments in life and movement ... is about love and haste toward one another.

peace ...




dready london town


                          dready art's London Town - limited edition print - 56x16

i like london ...

i first saw it when i was 8, a little boy come to buy school uniforms and t'ing ... it was big and noisy; bigger than kingston yes, but the noise was different, less music more haste, less the smell of cooking but more food ... i'd already been to miami, to mexico city, to toronto ... but the haste in london seemed constant to my little ness.

then i was gone back to the americas and i never visited london again, after i left boarding school at 12, till i was in my 30's ...

it has charmed me since then; it is a great vibrant city that retains its village feel (ish) despite its sprawling untidy-ness.

ites.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

dready companion piece



                               dready s 'de jerk spot.' - 20x30 - image

jerk's a big thing in my world ... outside of jamaica (and even sometimes in Jamaica) it's most frequently encountered as 'pan chicken', cooked on an old oil drum cut in half and turned into a bbq, using coal - this is really smoked chicken/pork with jerk seasoning

jerk jerk is smoked over green pimento stick or green sweet stick above a fire ... and so yes it's still smoked, but the stick sweats out a flavour that it ads to the process and so proper jerk is slightly different ... not gonna say is better but is different.

I like jerk, after a few weeks if I haven't had some I want some, there's some good jerk around cayman, pass it and the wafting scent of it makes you hungry ... but still the minute I touch down in Jamaica I wanna search out a scotchies to eat some good and proper jerk

coolness

Friday, May 27, 2016

dready outside the trattoria ...



                  dready 'outside the trattoria' - 20x30 - indeciso ...

right below this post, in the blog, were two characters amongst many ...

I took an 'italian-esque' space that I'd drawn, took out some elements, added back a few other elements and put them into the scene ...

'italian food' with it's heavy on pasta menus don't thrill me much, but in real life, in italy, the food is awesome lovely and diverse and pasta is a course or a side dish not a whole effing menu - across northern italy, the only area i've been to, the towns of lake como, the villages across from bergamo to venice; italy has a beautiful vibe, you can wallow in italy, get it all over yourself ...

one t'ing i do know, if you add some jerk chicken to pasta, with some jerk in the sauce and a little scotch bonnet pepper extra, it improves it drastically!

ciao ...




Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dready or Dready ...



                               'here fishy fishy' - 36x12 - original on canvas

some people like their dreadys traditional, some people like them evolved and for the life of me, when I first meet someone to discuss a drawing, i never know who's gonna ask for which.

Coolness!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

dready for fun-draising ...


                       dready turtle for rotary fundraising

so, as you may kinda know by this some pieces of dready art donate to charity for every piece sold; anything with a goat donates to the Jamaica Environment Trust, the Lionfish donates to CCMI, the NYC skyline to Children's Tumor Foundation ... but aside from that about 4 times a year somebody asks me to donate a piece of art to the cause.

Rotary is one of them. I'm not a Rotarian but I think that the programmes they engage in, like meals on wheels, are great and so I happily donate and am fortunate that the dreadys get a strong price point at auction and so the charities benefit from that.

give t'anks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

dready melody's sky ...


                    dready art's 'Melody's Sky' - 24x24 - image

the simplicity of white snow and blue sky is something that reaaaally appeals to me ... it appeals to the dready sensibility ...

I first saw snow when I was 9 ish, I think; we went on a holiday to canada where an aunt and uncle had moved to from jamaica; the back side of mt. tolmie in victoria bc ...

don't let me mislead you, mt tolmie is a volcanic plug about 400 ft high but it was covered in snow!!!

i've done 3 versions of this ... 'cause ya know every dready is supposed to have some red, yellow and green in it, rasta colours, right! so this guy has a red jacket, the next one the jacket is yellow, next is green ... see what I mean.

peace!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

dready ... Suzie Q



                       dready art 'Suzie Q' - 36x12 - image

ricky has a boat called suzie q ...

look, I'm not much of a go to sea go fishin' kinda doood; 'cause i get bored, and when you out at sea you can't just say "well i done with dis hya flex now, mek we go bus' a next move" 'cause you on a boat, on the ocean, there ain't nowhere to go.

but, and i've said this before, down below here somewhere in these posts, I've had some really really nice days on suzie q ... actually one of my favourite fishing days was on her little tender going around the far edge of falmouth harbour catching baby baracudas and putting then them back.

she been in dry dock for the past couple years being redone - she's old, based off a hatteras hull design; built in key west originally and made her way somehow to Jamaica, she needed some refurbishing.

she's close now to being back on the sea and i was looking for a boat to put into a picture.

arrrrrrh!


dready seeing red ...


                          dready 'vdub kombi' - limited edition print # of 99 - 30x20

there are some things that are important to me when i'm drawing a dready ...

first is which characters am i using; am i drawing traditional dreadys or evolved dreadys ... this depends on the story i'm after.

when the drawing starts I want to know what can i leave out ... what do I need to show you so that you can tell what am drawing - I'm after a simplicity, so even an evolved character may have very little going on in them - they have no faces for instance, they have the shape of a face and the tilt of a head but no face ...

In the bigger image, as well, i wanna know what's central to the story and what do I not need to draw ... do I need to draw the hill, the wall, the road, the building, the boat or can i indicate that with a line or two ...

all the while am looking for the whimsy - it's not humour really, but whimsy, the thing that makes you smile: the way someone is standing, the setting of the scene, the inclusion of a goat (or a dog or a chicken or a bird) ...

And too finally, the colours - there's always some red, yellow and green, I have to find the place for that ... it's like the dready signature, always there somewhere ... but more importantly the bold strong background colour - it has to match the key image, it has to match the mood I'm after - it has to kinda say something in itself, and I want it to be strong ... even if it's 'tan' its gotta be a strong tan!!!

easy nuh ...




Friday, April 22, 2016

dready - a surfer's vibe ...



           dready 'surfer girl 2/casa love girl' - Limited edition print # of 99 - 24x14

I started out to draw duane paddle surfing off south sound, no really i did ...

but then, see, i been following this photographer, luki o'keefe, on instagarm, who shoots surfers ...

And the whole boho chic surfer style thingy thing ... well, I kinda like that, and ya know, in another life, (in a life where i grew up around the sea instead of around farms) idda mighta been a surfer ...

so, anyhow, following lucrecia led to some random image, of a female surfer, right when I had just drawn Duane's board into the waves ... she was cool, super cool - kinda squatting on the nose, arms loose, in this floral shirt ... But ...

I'd seen some photos of a woman who was all like elegant grace out there on a board, like she was doing a dance of the 1000 veils as she walks out; she was coolness ...

and this, this is my version of that feeling ...

peace ...


dready 'the lost keys'




                          dready art 'the lost keys' - image

'one thing leads to another' is how the sesame street song used to go, when I was growing up, and that's how this happened ...

we'd photographed some people for a commission, which is how they all start ... it all starts with photographs, research, ideas ...

anyhow, so we'd photographed some people and I was going through the photos looking for the right vibe ...

and there, in a photo, some guys were standing around looking at another guy's phone - and while this was going on, in a completely different context, in the house around me, keys were being lost and talked about ...

so, here I was looking at these guys and it kinda came to me that if you took the man with the phone out of the context they were just looking down ...

you add a few things to that, 2 other characters and a feeling, and you get some dooods looking for the lost keys ...

zeeeeen!








Sunday, April 10, 2016

dready art's a woman in white




                  dready art 'woman in white' - image

i was working on something else, and thought that it needed a woman ... it needed a relationship ...

and so I started to draw her, and maybe i was in an inspired mood, maybe the scene moved me, but she evolved into something so cool to me that I had to give her her own space, and setting her there in her own space, she seemed complete as if she didn't need a 'relationship' didn't need somebody in the picture with her ...

it happens some times

coolness!


dready in france



          dready s 'a wedding in france' - 18x16 - original on paper

last summer four of us set out on a journey from bordeaux to the south of france, by car, to go to a wedding ...

we drove down the valleys of the lot and the garonne ...

at the end of the road was a village that had been 'reconstituted' by a group of like minded artists 40 years ago and house over looking the vast tanned valley ...

and then a mas, an old farmhouse, with rooms to rent and walls that surrounded a series of 'gardens' ...

the 3 days of receptions took place amongst olive groves and gardens of grass and of plane trees. the bride and groom arrived on a scooter down the tree lined drive ...

mirmande is a long way from lloyds pen in yallahs ... it's across a cultural divide, as well as a gap of years; but i like the south of france, it's that same dusty hot dryness with good soil - and anyhow, am not a bwoy of yallahs anymore ... and probably really never was.

mais non!




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

dready up strawberry hill ...



                          dready art 'the old baller/strawberry hill hotel' - 44x14 - image

sometimes, after a day spent in the heat and grind of kingston, on some work trip or another, i might try and find my ass up the winding road to the cool seclusion of strawberry hill hotel - is a trip, but every bend, every bump, every steep corner has its worth the minute you sit on that verandah and look out.

a drink in the comfortable bar, a game of backgammon with a friend in the library, a cup of coffee on the deck, food ... i like the place is all i trying to say.

and when evening comes and kingston glitters below, like it's a little piece of heaven ...

there's an nice history to the place, time in good hands, old old roots as a plantation, time as a place for afternoon tea, a retreat for chris blackwell ... gold records on the wall ...

and a vibe, a nice nice vibe.

peace ...


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

dready s working file ...


                   dready art 'the journey' - dunno yet!

so i'm working on a t'ing called 'the journey' ...

the idea's kind of an 'instagram' feed of two peoples journey toward one another ... dunno quite how its going to end up yet 'cause it's taking me in directions as I go, which in itself's pretty cool.

on any given day i consume a vast quantity of information, 'inspiration' if you will ... i journey through magazines, twitter, instagram, my phone-camera, and the plain old ordinary internet, in search of images that make me think, that inspire me and these kinda send me off on other journeys in search of looks and feels.

it was filmed commercials, for youtube, and a photo that started me on to the journey of this particular story-drawing and i've sucked information from all over to continue it.

and I'm having fun

peace!




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

dready makes people smile ...


          dready at Island Art

i'm very fortunate, the art that i draw makes people feel glad, makes them smile and feel good and it makes me feel good in the drawing of it ...

dis is all very nice for me.

bless-ed!


Monday, February 8, 2016

dready s side by side


   
           dready art - 'bad man don't check fi no fluffy fucking puppy' - 36x13 limited edition print

using the same human being as inspiration for some dreadys, i drew 2 pictures simultaneously to represent him and his life ...

it's important only because i did one version in traditional dreadyness and the other in evolved dreadyness.


            dready s 'open fisherman' -  23"x9" - limited edition print,

and the simplicity is evident in both, the hints of red yellow and green are there, the dreadyness, even if the 'characters' are very different - they're a good example of how drawing each style influences my thought process and as such influences the art that I draw.

coolness!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

dready art show ...



         Art at the liguanea ... january 2016

so, if you're an artist, you do art shows, don't it ... it's the job ...


       Art at the Liguanea ... january 2016

you meet and greet and show off the art you've done, some people will like it, some people will not, some people just come for wine and conversation in a convivial atmosphere …

it has never been an unpleasant experience doing an art show ...

big up yourself!






Sunday, January 17, 2016

dready for hong kong ...



                    dready art's 'de blood s line' - 36x13 - limited edition print


i first started playing rugby when i was 9 years old, we played in cow pastures with goal posts, in a cold no ass land far away from the yard bwoy yute I was … and i loved it, loved the bang and the crash and the contest

later they sent me to canada, where the photo below was taken, and i played there … and i loved it … don't get me wrong, am no rugby genius, i play a basic game but i love the strategy in the front row, i love the contest of strength, love the battering and beating and graunching grind of it ...




and i still play and practice every week these so many years later and i still love it …

my cousins played in jamaica - but I never did, i sometimes play touch with the old crocs when i go now - the games' pretty popular there, and growing more and more so as competition and community teams develop - last year dready and friends sponsored the August Town Wolverines who won both the 15's and the 7's in Jamaica.

Jamaica is pretty good at a regional level, in 7's, but lacks the cohesive 'team discipline', the grass roots training of kids and national level coaching to be really good at 15's, but they're coming along ...

the game, in cayman on the other hand is heavily developed and this year the cayman national men's 7's team got invited to the 2016 hong kong 7's … big thing deal for a little country, 'cause HK is the biggest thing in the world of 7's.

7's is one of the best forms of the game,  am way too slow for it, but on the local level is cool; been playing it every year for 18 years, started with Guy's mild mannered janitors way back when, this year the Westin's let me on the pitch for them, because the Flying Jamaicans didn't take off this time round ...

Then the CRFU asked dready if he'd do a drawing to help with fund raising for the national team to go to Hong Kong … 50 numbered prints for the standard dready price of 750$ci each, with the hope of raising the money to help pay for the team's expenses.

what a dream job … i love rugby and i love drawing … the end result is sooooo much cooler in person than it is on this page, soooo much ….

bless!





Thursday, January 7, 2016

dready 'lee scratch perry rides an elephant' ...


               dready art's 'lee scratch perry rides an elephant' - image

don't ask me why, i dunno, it came to me as i fiddled with the elephant this morning ...

some days things, moods, stuff, moves you in ways that are unexpected, the whimsy comes at you from some weird direction ...

i'd been drawing scratch perry from before, had this idea about a series related to music ... but, ya know, i just didn't like where he was going - it was plain plain plain and SLP is anything but that, his beats, 'riddims' are the basis of so much of the rocksteady/reggae/dancehall of today - i kept wondering how i was going to make it pop, where the liccle bit of dreadyness was going to come from and then boooooom(!) this wildness ... and i liked it, dunno what it's an analogy of; if it is one it's totally subliminal ...

ites ...





Thursday, December 31, 2015

dready and the allegory ...



                    dready art 'fuck the allegory' - 18x24 - original on canvas

this dready was to be about history, and architectural art and architecture and the 'darjeeling express' … i love that movie, the colours, the scene setting, the train ...

at the centre of this image is a tree house/doll house and a little girl, and the rest of the art is about her; about the house she grew up in, her life, the places she came from, the place she was at, what she does in life and what she likes ...

it's all there, much of it's not stated; it's there in colours, in images, in things added to images ... it's actually a wild array of allegory.

it was a challenging bit of work, required a lot of research and even in its simplicity there's a lot of detail … and it was cool because i lived in the city she was born, we both went to the same school (years and years apart), we both came to cayman as small people and we both ended up here ...

ites!




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

dready minis and mustangs ...



                dready 'eeeeeehm and grrrrrrm/mini and mustang' - 40x24 diptych - original commission

there was a thematic thingy thing to this commission, and it had to do with 30's style gangsters and cars and so it ended up as a keystone cops like car chase …

on saturday mornings when i was a yute, i used to watch keystone cops and laurel and hardy and t'ing and t'ing on the television - that and tarzan; used to love tarzan, used to play tarzan … i don't have a tarzan dready (chuh!)

vrrrrrooom!



dready art lambrettas and vespas



        dready 'lambrettas and vespas' - 36x14 - original on canvas

The soft curves of Vespas and Lambrettas, especially classic ones; they're visually appealing, eh ... they exude this quirky coolness that kinda suits dready ...

i think that lotsa guys can see themselves in a well fitted suit, narrow tie, fine leather shoes, many women, in a billowy dress, a scarf in her hair, the worlds coolest pair of sunglasses, slipping down the amalfi coast on one of these ... pick your colour … stopping in to positano for a gelato …

ciao … have you seen the eddie izzard sketch, look it up, nuh, is funny … no really … ciao!

i must go now, my grandmother's on fire!

zeeeeen!





dready in cape breton nova scotia ...



                      dready of 'Balomoral' - 34x14 - original on canvas

fishermen with boats out from northern europe and britain were said to have fished the area around nova scotia, labrador and greenland, that was then teaming with fish, and gone ashore to salt their catch, years before columbus was even 'invented' and set sail for the 'new world' ... its rich fishing grounds brought europeans there in search of food to feed blossoming populations back home ... it was home to the Mikmaq 'indians' when europeans first arrived, but seems likely that is was populated for many thousands of years before that.

anyhow, i've never actually been to cape breton nova scotia, but was asked to do this commission of a house there, and the vibe and feeling of the place  ... the rabbits, the lobster boats ... the garden and the husband and wife as the gardeners ...

i like gardening, it's a soothing, invigorating pass-time - i was just out, pick axe, shovel, rake in hand digging garden beds, planting crotons and asparagus fern and dis and dat; the grandfather i grew up with, was a great gardener; we were all born of farmers and came to town to become townspeople when i was a small boy ... we still have the farm in our blood and so gardening allows for that.

this dready has a warmth to it that I like ... which probably doesn't happen much in cape breton!

peace ...


dready s gone to the dogs ...


                               dready s 'bruno at the beach' - 20x20 - original on canvas

it's a story about bruno really, bruno who was lovely and died young ... and bruno loved the beach.

irie ...


Monday, December 21, 2015

dready and the ritz carlton ...



                      dready ritz carlton 10th anniversary panorama - 44x14 and 11x4 on canvas

10 years doesn't seem like a very long time in the big scheme of thing,s but it's long enough for a place, like the ritz, to become a part of the landscape of life, emotion and memory ...

in the 7 foot long dready cayman panorama called, 'things that exist only in my fading memory', the old holiday inn sits in the spot the ritz would now occupy - it's a piece of art about good memories, about the things that meant something to your youth, helped form you - the ritz makes up a new phase of good memories, something my children will recall when they grow old enough to be sentimental.

the very first show that dready art was in was a group show in the ritz's 'walking gallery' - every 4 months or so, the shows, the art in the gallery revolves, with some anchor artists; dready has had the good fortune to be one of those anchor artists ...

and so for me it was a delight to be asked to do this drawing for 10th anniversary gift.

the ritz is cool - it's an awesome welcoming space; friendly, convivial, open, inclusionary ... full of good food and fun, of interesting nooks and crannies, shops and activities ... bless the memories of the times i've already had there.

big up!



Friday, December 11, 2015

dready of cricket square


                    Dready's 'Partner Ground, Cricket Square' - 60"x20" - original on canvas

this has been the coolest of commissions to do; a lot of stuff and t'ings going on it it that made it fun - and over the years have spent a lot of time at cricket square's brasserie restaurant and the brasserie market place - chateau chooks in the bottom right corner, Jacko's auto which i liked so much, i turned into its own print series ... the palm trees ... ya know, palm trees, pah, not much of thing, but no, truly aesthetically i love them.

there are always these little bits in a dready that you need to look for, things that mean something to the person who has commissioned it ... the blind dog, toffee, in the security car, the cricket game in the middle [because this was cayman's original cricket ground, called partner ground] ... why? because you should see peoples faces when they move through the dready and discover these little elements.

i love what i do.

peace ...

and love!





Monday, November 30, 2015

dready stand up paddle boarding



                            dready art sup, 'stand up, buddy' - 34x13 - limited edition print

there are 3 paddle boards, one custom made, leaning up outside the house, 40 feet from the beach and the sea …

you d think i'd be better at it than I am …

zeeen!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

dready all things change ...



                            dready of 'jacko's auto' - 24x24 - limited edition print

it seems obvious now, to me anyhow, that dready s are all about memories, eh; i mean when i draw a commission it's about other people's memories, don't it, imbued, perhaps, with my own and when i draw my own stuff memory percolates through it, like a sweet spring, to the surface.

jacko's auto ... quick fix - last time i had my car exhaust fixed it was at quick fix - are about to be consigned to history, they're make way for progress …

they may not be what one would call iconic, they not the 'farm soldier' or anything, but they're symbolic, maybe, of time passing and evolution of society and t'ings.

I, and others will remember them being there, tucked behind the gas station …

time passes, things change … the universe is flux and life is opinion (marcus aurelius)

ites …


Thursday, October 15, 2015

dready on the wall in galveston


     
                     dready on the wall of a hotel in Galveston

some things are cool about this … this is dready's first permanent 'gallery' placement in the usa … the galveston beach hilton/island famous were kind enough to make dready his own gallery space.

as you can see from the bookended pieces the idea of the display is that evolved and traditional dreadys, on the same theme are displayed on the same wall …


                      same hotel, different wall of dready.

i like working with the two versions of dreadyness side by side, it stretches me and grounds me all at once … and that's cool.

so, yu know, if you in glaveston go check it out

peace



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dready Tshirts …



                     dready t-shirt test samples

tshirts were one of the first products we tested with dready

and they came around again with caribbean canvas company and the licensing of images

and now again, after the implosion of ccc, we're looking at the idea as we get ready to launch a new website …

technology advances and with digital printing comes the ability to take dready images and translate them directly to a Tshirt … is cool.

peace ...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dready portrait of a man ...


     
                      Double D … portrait of a man moved by music - image

A random photograph from a person I know, the way Double D was standing, the way the music was obviously taking his soul, I felt it … felt it …

I love music, it was always part of the good memories of growing up, it was a big t'ing in the houses we all gathered in in youth and I try to listen to it every day - waking, working, relaxing …

and here I sit actually finding music to be harder today than it used to be, despite its digital ubiquity - spotify not working, buffer buffer buffering; cyan't buy it on itunes 'cause you don't live in xyz; the 'my mix' on youtube not really my mix at all; I mean truly since when did I ever listen to 'her poppy crap' … and it shouldn't be eh, it should be easy.

because of a the generation I come from I guess, I also miss record stores and the pleasure of actually owning stuff with album art and liner notes and making mixes and stuff and t'ings … I miss the 'vibe' of music I think … I kinda feel like the 'experience of music' has been generally 'mediocratized' (i've made up that word 'cause in a sense I think its been an active process. )

All that aside mind you, dready likes music and my dooood in the image likes music too, you can see it, you can feel it ...

vibes!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

dready s the natives ...


             
                       dready art 'the natives' - original on canvas, 48x48

this dready was part of a National Gallery of Cayman's show called tidal shifts: a show about cultural identities.

"...for me, this dready is really as much about the goat as about the man; the common goat in the Caribbean, in Jamaica, is a mixture of many goat breeds, dating back to the 1600's; having arrived with the very first european 'settlers' as a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese criollo goats and has since been bred with other kinds of european and african goats ..."





ites ...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

dready from the road


                  dready 2 piece specialty project - each 48x18

working while you travel is not easy, but the ability to do so is a blessing … the freedom to be where you want to be, doing what you want to do and working as well when you need to.

you can be sitting in a cabin in oppdal working away as if you were in a borrowed house in victoria or behind your desk at home - the connectivity of the modern world!

you might have to drive down the road to the co-op or the local library and find the internet, but ya know, that's cool in itself, 'cause there you are half way round the world doing something as if you were home-ish ...

i used to travel and fax, you could always find a fax even at the edges of the wilds of this place and that.

then had a fax application on my computer, so I didn't need a fax only a phone line …

then dial up internet … I used to have to carry a splitter with a filter in it, with me, to plug into the phone line, so that the computer could use the phone.

So there you were, in some place like flores, guatemala, by the lake at the end of a road, sending emails … the high pitched tone, the clicking connection and then boom!

now is a little more seemless; you draw a 2 piece dready as part of a project, it's a sample, you wirelessly connect to some vague signal and you send it round the world for approval -

the receiver, the person you're sending it to, is working somewhere, they not at home either and their home anyway ain't your home anyway; they live somewhere else and work for a company headquartered even farther away.

and y'all talking by email that's meeting somewhere in the middle.

connectivity ...




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

dready s memories



                           1983 ish

this is how you came into this memory ...

down this narrow side of the house, the old servants quarters on your right and then the kitchens and then the back vernadah … the other side, bushy and steep dropped off, full of cats-tails to the road.

the house old …



the other side of the memory is opened out to the broad valley … a valley of cows and horse rides, of ticks and swimming pools ...

this, this is what my memories looks like …

'cause even the other ones look a lot like this - younger house, same-ish landscapes; different saddles, same feeling of the horse ...

ites …


Sunday, August 2, 2015

dready rattlepan, bangarang and caroaches ...



                         dready art - rattlepan, bangarang an' caroaches - 24x24 limited edition print

in the way that have been doing things, drawing a dready in one style and then another; drawing evolved dready s telling one story and traditional dready s telling another …

i can't say that this is a typical vision, 'cause more often than not the land rovers of memory were pick-up trucks …

but, but, but I wanted to do this thing, like a country bus almost, with stuff and 'caroaches' on top and somebody in a lawn chair on top of the things and the goat into inside … and I couldn't do these things, the way that I wanted, with a pick up truck!

#dready #landroverdefender

peace