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Monday, November 12, 2018

dready extrapolating ...


              dready 'logan's camera' - 32x20 - original commission on canvas

the whole commission was to draw a family portrait and then extrapolate it into images of the 'children' and their lives ...

this is logan and jourdan's ... logan likes cameras ...

smile ...


Sunday, November 11, 2018

dready art's - 'souljah'


                                dready 'souljah' - 10x14 - limited edition HD archival pigment print


this is a sister piece to 'the very fictitious west indian regiment's moustaches' which I'd drawn for a movember fund raiser in which I imagined what a cliche'd west indian/jamaican victorian soldier might look like ... cool of course, he'd be like sir richard burton but with a better accent and a knowledge of the word bumbaclate!

and then i wanted to say that (and especially now in this time of rememberance) that the wars, even the european wars, have never just been about lost europeans but about soldiers from all worlds ...

and more - that the whole idea of the age of 'discovery' was never just a european adventure, that others 'discovered' worlds that the europeans usurped and claimed others laid the ground work that propaganda claimed was theirs, and when the time came, others participated as sailors, as soldiers as shipsmen, shipwrights and settlers ...  

souljah ...


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

dready and the colourful tree



            dready art's 'the colourful tree' - 20x26 - original commission on canvas

by lucky chance, and I say lucky becuase I knew what the room's wall paper would look like but not anything else really ... and so by lucky chance the colourful tree matches the other art in the room like they were meant to be!

the idea for this starts with the family portrait below and then extracting the units of the family into something of their own that kinda talks about them as a separate entity ...

colour and vibes ...


Saturday, November 3, 2018

dready art ... it's a dog's life



                 dready s 'orion and the bean' - 20x26 - original commission on canvas

i liked the dogs in this pic soooo much I also gave them their own pic ...


but really it was the story of a little family that included the two dogs ... orion the frenchie (bulldog) and bean the hairy chihuahua (I think) and justin and liza ...

love ...



dready art family portraits ...

                   
                  dready art s 'mum and dad like umbrella drinks' - 32x20 - original commission on canvas

derady art projects like this are a great deal of fun, the sort of finding and developing the 'idea' of people in action ... and to find their character and style.

and the dogs, how cute are the dogs!!!!

'fambly' ...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

dready - the first articles



http://architectsandartisans.com/a-cayman-gallery-just-for-dreadys/

the first of the magazine articles about the new dreadyworld gallery in picture this at camana bay, cayman islands, has come out ...

Mike Welton, architects and artisans, October 2018

cool ...



Sunday, October 28, 2018

dready ... light and colour and vibe



I kinda just put that pic there, because it is where I was yesterday and because it, like dreadyness is about colour and vibe and little shadows and light that turn that something flat into real-ish-ness.

there have been a lot of photo posts by me lately and not many art posts I notice, and yet am drawing more than ever before ... and it's mostly because I finished a bunch and am working on several big ones but can't share them with you yet, not till the client uses them.

i'm in the fortunate position that right now am always drawing ...

the picture is also there to remind me that sometimes, especially when you want to be constantly 'creative' that you need time to refresh the brain, to change it's direction of thought, to see new images, to take new photos ...

stopping to smell the rhododendroms ... a hear the babble of the burn!

peace ...




Friday, October 19, 2018

dready - surf's up ...




               dready custom design turtle on foil surfboard - Nicola - Peniche Portugal


As a literal follow on to the post below this arrived today custom dready surf board made by foil boards in Peniche portugal for Nicola


and of course she loves it ...

so much so that she's decorated her house with it ...



cooooooolness ...




Thursday, October 18, 2018

dready and the things you can put it on ...


                  john's canoe on a pair of custom design orlebar brown shorts ... for john

It's coming to be that the materials you can easily put a dready on are limited only by your imagination ...

think big ...



Monday, October 8, 2018

dready for TV



               award winning video advertising series for car city cayman from 2010, filmed and produced by sean bodden, and conceptualized and drawn by dready (also stunt driver!), using dready characters, voiced by Michael Mcluaghlin and rita Estanovich ...


baaaaabes ...


Sunday, October 7, 2018

dready s wall of transportation


                   dready gallery at picture this  - the wall of transportation ...

I had started out with an idea that the hang of this wall would be all the various dready cars - there's like 20 of them - and then we changed our mind, that it would be something else, just art ...

but in the end, and almost purely by mistake, it has become instead of just cars, 'the wall of transportation' ...

ride natty ride ...

go deh ...



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

dready standing the test of time



                      dready 'little cayman flight-lilac' - 54x20 - original remarque on canvas

the print series behind this dready has had a long life, one of the earliest that I'd drawn, called 'little cayman flight' ...

rosh came to me, having seen the art on sale in little cayman, and asked if I could recreate it, but with the view from their flat in little cayman and with a lilac sky.

twilight around here can take on a nice purple-ness as can the sky during preludes to storms ... and so it is not the first purple sky i've drawn but certainly the first lilac sky ..

vibes ...





Tuesday, October 2, 2018

dready art dog pack ...



                    dready 'the rat pack' - 12x12 - image

it's a motley crew ... so dogs, from the very first black lab i put into something have made up a big part of what goes into dreadys ...

they kind of crop up, like the goats and the chickens but are less emblematic of anything other than being dogs ...

woof ...

Sunday, September 30, 2018

dready s studio hang ...



                  hanging the dready gallery at picture this studios, camana bay, cayman

natalie said 'they call this a studio hang', which given its location, in the picture this studios, in cayman, is a name 'befitting' ...

so that's it that's the news there's now a whole gallery of art dedicated just to dready-ness ... it's not dready's gallery, it's a gallery of dreadyness.

studio hang ... so we gathered, the owners of picture this, the managers, glenn who is responsible for the printing and stretching of all the art (he's so meticulous and careful), pam, david who came to give good solid advise on colour and mix and space and spacing, natalie passed through, simon said turn everything over so you can see it all, which we did; tanya who came to oversee ...

a permanent exhibition and sales space, not a show space, but a dready art shop ...

wow ...

cool ...

Friday, September 28, 2018

dready s on the beach



                        dready 'twirling on the beach' - original commission - 24x26

mixing the real with the imagined, building a scene, if you will, that grows out of your head in stages ...

you photograph a real seagrape tree on a beach, not this beach, and decide that it'll be the sort of focal point of what you're going to show ...

then you look for the personalities in the people and try to make that find its way into the drawing and so it goes, you add a beach hut, but just the edge of it, you add a palm leaf, a boat you add seme birds
...

spinning away



Thursday, September 27, 2018

dready art's pelican ...



                       dready art 'pelican' - 12x12 - image

pelicans have this kind of cool-cute-clumsy thing going on ... we used to watch for them returning to south sound, three of them that seemed to winter around here; we would call each other when we saw them ... 'the pelicans are back'

but this particular pelican here, along with the land rover below, is kinda emblematic of a summer spent in Jamaica ... emblematic of the memories and the places and the trips and the vibes and the people and t'ings.

when I look at either image I will remember the moments ... and that's nice

peace and love ...



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

dready art's two dogs waiting



                dready art's 'two dogs waiting' - 62x48 - original commission on canvas

you play with perspectives and with realities and t'ing ... the road becomes the sea; it's all part of the fun of making something come to life.

this is a big dready 5 ft x 4 ft and it fills the walls beautifully


did a pretty good job of matching the colour of the cushions too eh!



big house ...


dready emile playing polo


               dready 'emile playing polo' - 20x12 - original commission

we were talking about this today and emile's wife asked about the angle, she said 'it kind of looks like he's going downhill.'

I told her how I remember watching a game, from high up in the right corner (looking from the field) of the stands at wellington and the angle that it gave the play ...

it was a cool day, 'cause mostly the stands were empty but for us; me, uncle danny and two celebrities all chatting and watching a little polo.

ridden ...


Thursday, September 6, 2018

dready bookmarks



                  dready bookmarks in edinburgh

I don't sell bookmarks, I give them away ... these particular ones are sitting on the counter at Burr and Co coffee shop in Edinburgh, but the Kimpton Seafire hotel also give away their own version and other people along the way.

it's a nice thing.

love ...



dready art - dream big





                  dready art 'us ... in dreams' - 32x20 - image

i was watching the new nike commercial and yeah they're selling sports shoes for sports dreams, but but but ...

for some of us it's easier to risk everything because we know if we fall it won't be too too far; for others sleeping in a car doesn't stop us, we fight on; for others still, physical or mental impediments are simply things you find tools to deal with, and then you continue on ... the world isn't always easy, but if you have a dream, fight on, fight on, fight on ...

but this, this is about other dreams, eh ... equally difficult to achieve and to hold on to ....

always good to walk down the road of life's adversities with the support of a good and loving partner ...

(and then when I was finished, or at least thought i was finished drawing, madeleine suggested that I do more palm leaves, that just the two that I had been using was a little off ... so more palm leaves ... and she was right ...)

peace ...

and love ...


Monday, August 27, 2018

dready art defender


                                 dready art 'the south coast journey' - 30x30 - HD archival pigment print

the land rover is awaiting back-ordered parts and so have been thinking about it ...

and in truth the journey we took yesterday was a journey in another car, not because the land rover can't drive, but because we're not with it, but it's obviously with us, with me anyhow ...

we passed through the town where my paternal grandmother was born and then turned left and down; we went through towns like junction and southfield ... the land was dry and the sky blue ...

we turned left again and down to a spot where the world fell steeply away to the sea ...

there were goats (and little kittens) and dry brown grass and lignum vitae trees and logwood ... the wispy sere smell of sunbaked dryness ...

and then this black sand beach ...

man's (and woman's) journey ...


                       

Thursday, August 23, 2018

dready ... back to the scene of the crime



                      coach house, good hope, trelawny, jamaica

i've spent a lot of time at good hope over the years, is an amazing place; lovely beautiful, tranquil, verdant, vibezy ...

who wouldn't want to try and draw this, eh ... so had this solo show in jamaica and drew it, hung it ... love it.


                      dready art 'the coach house' - 20x30 - limited edition archival pigment print

when i drew this, the coach house was a stand alone building, full of bedrooms, the grille door in teh middle held a long table, some scattered chairs; they used it as a dorm for kids camps, somebody lived in one of the bedroooms, it had a small kitchen to the back ... now its been refurbished, beautifully, and out back a disappearing edge pool,  a stand alone modern kitchen dining building that runs perpendicular, connected to the old house by a covered breezeway so as not to interfere with its lovely georgian-ness ... all creating a 6 bedroom holiday villa ... i wanna stay there.

yesterday we walked from down bottom, by the business end of things, at the end of the day - I'd hoped we would catch the sunset from up top, but it was a cloudy evening; the light though, fucking lovely -  up the hill round the back of the great house, back down through the gardens and down all the way to the river ... as we were leaving the great house area, i stopped just as the drive ran down the hill, turned and snapped a pic back up the hill of the coach house.

his story ...



Thursday, August 9, 2018

dready and a diving turtle ...



                   dready art 'turtle diving' - 24x24 - image

and in the beginning there is 'canvas' and lo it is blank and in need of some stuff and things upon it ...

and you start to imagine what that could be and how it would look and you start to draw it ...

and sometimes you get lucky, eh; sometimes you end up drawing something that manages to stand alone, to stand out from the surroundings ... i say lucky 'cause it doesn't always happen.

the turtle wasn't originally diving, but I see him like that, see him headed down through the layers of water to the coolness below ...

we were swimming last week, wading really, and because a spring fed into the sea nearby, you could feel the changing water, layers of cool and hot and warm and mingled ...

cool-ness ...

dready in the sea grass bed


                         dready art 'jack/permit fish' - 24x24 - limited edition archival pigment print

the sea in south sound, the sound really, is shallow shallow and full of turtle grass out to about 100 feet off the beach, and then it gets a little deeper and sand and coral and spots of sea grass mix, before it dips down, just taller than a tall human for a short bit before coming up again to shallow by the reef ...

when the tide is low the grass is almost high and dry ...

amongst the seagrass, the turtle grass, are conch and lobster and permit and jack and bonefish and starfish and baby sharks ... it's like a nursery of marine stuffs and t'ings and in the evenings the bigger fish move through shallows feeding, their little fins breaking the surface and their scurry evident in splashes and waves and eddies of action.

i like the 'watercolour' wash look of this dready ...

people have been asking me if I had any other fish to go with the lionfish dready and now, I do ...

and probably some bookmarks too ...




fry fish and festival!


Friday, August 3, 2018

dready art ... turtle



                     dready 'Turtle' - 24x24 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

the days of turtlers and turtling are gone but turtles still seem to loom large in the imagination of swimmers in the sea and islanders alike.

everywhere I turn these days on social media i see a turtle encounter - they're peaceful gentle swimmers, not aggressive ... they're a little like puffins in the awkward but cute way in which they move ...

I drew this turtle and the lines of shadow from the ripples on the sea floor over which he was swimming and then the idea of light shining across his back came to me ...

further down these pages are 5 turtles swimming together across a large space of blue, but I felt a lone turtle, solitary was the right shot too ...

story ...


dready soaking for the sea




                    soak for the sanctuary - 2018 - ocho rios jamaica

"all sea is sea ... and the ocean has the manners of an ocean" Greek epigram ...

the sea surrounds us, its mechanisms help give us our climate, it's plankton blooms oxygenate the atmosphere - it feeds us food and gives us rain ...

it covers 70% of our planet and yet because it's surface hides our torment of it, we would kill it because we can't see it suffering.

'soak for the sanctuary' a fund raising event in Ocho Rios ... it was a day of bring your own food, your own drink, your own swimsuits and a donation to the charity ... but the charity doesn't have to end with the sunset, dready donates to the sanctuary, find it, find something like it, donate, give time, give thanks, give love ...

live good ...






Wednesday, July 25, 2018

dready s under the shade of the poicinana tree


                       dready 'poinciana tree' - 58x16 - limited edition hd archival pigment print

the poincianas are in bloom as we speak, lush and red and lovely - delonix regia - they leap out at you from the foreign bush, create hollow avenues across the roadway to bodden town, spark life into a dusty garden on the liguanea; they are native to the dry woodlands of Madagascar ... but not just there any more ...

they are incredibly beautiful.

underneath the shade of this tree a little cricket bat leans up ... a game yet to be played, or one just finished and everybody gone for some limeade belly-wash ...

shade!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

dready from logo ideas to art



                              dready 'we're never, ever, going home' - 48x16 - image

as i continue developing this series of images for a project playing with different ways of portraying characters and ideas around the client's own image and corporate 'thing'

this is about the idea of being on holiday and just not wanting to ever go home ...

we've all felt that, eh, not wanting to go back to school after summer holidays, not wanting to leave a weekend retreat with friends, wanting to stay in that paradise just one more week ... island company, a resort wear business thrives on just that vibe, eh; they have a sticker: Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return ...

that's the idea am after here in this art ...

fall in love ... never return.

linger ...


dready the beach shorts




                    Patrick McAleenan by the pool in his custom orlebar brown dready 'the journey' shorts.

Patrick came to me with an idea for orlebar brown and dready - orlebar brown is a very very cool, very hip, UK men's beach and pool fashion brand and as part of the process we ordered up some custom shorts.

you can do this yourself at orlebar brown's website - very very coolness



and wear them by the pool or by the beach, seeeeen

sunny days ...




dready in the magazine and on the web



the new and updated MACO Caribbean Living website featuring dready ... you can follow the link and check me and many other people out ....

https://www.macocaribbeanliving.com/create/the-evolution-of-dready/

link us


Monday, July 9, 2018

dready pompey playah



                    dready 'football playah' - 18x13 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

the world cup is on and i dunno who to root for but the excitement's palpable ... years ago I did some art for portsmouth football club and quay radio in portsmouth, uk that was all about football; sadly PFC went broke in the midst of it, but we did a really fun childrens christmas party and I flew to UK to take part and sign shirts and hang with portsmouth kids.

and we managed to print 250 dready PFC coffee cups too ... they must be the rarest dready commodity in the world; I don't even have one.

anyhow some cool drawings came out of it and I just resurrected this one to life again ...

I played football growing up all the time, and in my summers when away at school; rugby in september, football in june ... even now, sometimes when rugby isn't on i go and play football - i played left half, not a sexy player, probably not even a very good player, workman like ...

baller ...

Friday, July 6, 2018

dready art - play together, stay together



                   dready 'play together, stay together' - image

I'm in the midst of a series of art and this is one of the first images to come out of it ...

which is cool because I don't really have any tennis images yet ...

I don't remember playing tennis before going away to boarding school (a lot of sports firsts there, eh!) as a small small boy; it was a summer game, 'cause england cold and wet!, and I liked the shirt, a loose, soft pique cotton, white shorts, white canvas shoes, wooden racquets ...

I continued to play tennis, in some vague, and always fun way - and badminton too! - when I went on to school in canada (in the summers of course, 'cause cold and wet again) ... there was, for a while, a public indoor courts down the road ... warm and dry!

sometimes at home in Jamaica, on holiday, mickey liked to play, he was good at all sports, and sometimes would tolerate me along; then when I lived in florida, during and after college, tennis was everywhere and every day.

It wasn't till I moved to cayman that I stopped playing almost completely ... there was a tennis club just down the road, but, dunno, didn't feel like it; learnt to play squash instead ...

so now, don't play tennis more than so anymore ... but I still like it and the memory of the soft cotton shirt

Love ...






dready s a rugby player




                        dready art 'westin seven's' player - 12x12 limited edition HD archival pigment print

I play rugby ... it's a thing that I do and really like; played my first game as a boy of 9, in a cow pasture, while away at a boarding school, and fell in love.

the longest running heineken sponsored event in the world (I am told) is the 7's here in the Cayman Islands, and fortunately they still let me play.

the first time I played 7's - which I think may be the best iteration of the game - it was for 'the mild mannered janitors', a barbarian team made up of visitors from UK and me, and put together by a guy named Guy.

nowadays i play for a team made up of the westin family and some friends ... and I draw a dude to go on the shirts!

run dready run


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

dready on history



         dready art 'the end of the known world' - 32x22 - original commission palimpsest over kidd

the 3rd and probably final in a series of stories of a man's history in the caribbean and with Caribbean colonial architecture ...

we used prints of 19th century lithographs of Jamaica by JB Kidd and James Hakewell and I drew over them and added elements of his life to them.

the first was his discovery of the joys of the west indies, the second was about his becoming part of the caribbean, setting up business and this the third is about growing a family in this 'new to him' world.

growing up these lithographs were everywhere on walls in houses across Jamaica, and their like in many houses around the caribbean, that I visited through the years, by other named artists and botanists who specialised in this or that colonial surveyance ...

it's an art that I like, a lot, and the simplicity and touches of colour of ... for example, the french artists depicting soldiers and scenes, in north africa, of the late 1800's, seems to find a kinship in dreadyness from time to time ... with their often simple depictions, they are essentially note taking and not concerned as much with setting as with cataloguing and so there is colour, verve , mood and simplicity of setting. ...

story ...



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

dready out on the range



                           dready art 'honey coloured grass' - 36x13 - original commission on canvas.

there was a discussion about whether the cow in this dready should be a long horn 'cause, ya know, the story's about texas ...

although the longhorn is part of the texan iconography, the hereford, the short horn and then the angus and then the santa gertrudis are also part of its cattle history - and besides, I think a black white-face is much cuter than a longhorn ...

the longhorn, a left over from spanish conquest of the americas, although hardy wasn't a great meat animal; sinewy and tough, and so to meet the growing demands of the expanding cities of the growing united states, for beef, herefords and other british shorthorns cattle became the go to cross breeds, so much so that the longhorn almost went extinct ...

but that's all pretty boring stuff and so I go back to the fact that I just thought the black white-face was cuter poking his head round the corner ...

it looks like trouble's about to start, doesn't it ... like trouble's waiting ... even the dog's expectant ... there's a jack rabbit scampering off in the background and the cow's like a curious bystander chewing its cud; the woman is riding in from the side, the guy on the horse is reaching back for his rifle ...

what is it that they see?

suss!



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

dready - throwback 'tuesday' - lionfish



                       dready 'lionfish' - 24x24 - unlimited edition (fundraising) print

love this dready ...

I originally created the lionfish for and with Neil DeVere (his final version that's hanging on his wall, is different, in two panels, less subtle humour) ... and together we decided to make a version of it as a fund raising print.

for the past 5 years we've been donating from the sales of this print to the central caribbean marine Institute, which facilitates marine research from its headquarters in little cayman; recently we decided to move at least some of the donations to a new project, in jamaica, called the white river fish sanctuary -



the white river fish sanctuary near ocho rios is an attempt to create nursery zones for fish and to help replenish jamaican waters by supporting marine environmental zones and enfranchising fishermen.

looking forward to the future.

livity




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

dready stingray girl


                        dready 'stingray girl' - 24x24 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

so there are a few ways to buy a dready ...

1. You can buy a print ... no really, you can, please do ... buy ... a ... print! a pretty reasonable priced way to own a dready and as there are only 99 in each series and I sell all over the world they end up being fairly un-common

2. you can ask me to make adjustments to a print series to make it special and special to you ... the changes to this allowed are fairly limited, I can add a thing, change a hair colour, adjust something to reflect you ... and so the price point is a minor increase.

3. you can get a spec original ... these dreadys are very difficult to find, 'cause I have sooooooo many commissions, projects and new print series to draw there are maybe 1 or 2 of these a year floating around and they don't float for long ... since they don't require any time for consultation and they come outta my head they're a little cheaper to buy than a commission.

4. . you can buy an original commission, I do plenty of these every year, they're cool, very cool ... these are pretty expensive and have long waiting lists now, but then they are pretty unique.

5. some people come to me with ideas or hopes and I see a print series in them ... the above is an example of that ... and so I can offer them a print price if they agree to let me make theirs one of 99 ...
it's cool, you get the kudos of being the inspiration for a thing and pay very little money.

cooooolness





dready art flip flops




               photo by Brie Williams of the best flip flops eva!

coolness ... not much more to say other than that ...

bless up!


dready - testing some shorts




                    dready orlebar brown shorts

patrick, who acts as agent for dready in London, has got himself a new pair of orlebar brown custom shorts in a dready design ...

it's a very cool idea, you take an image (preferably a dready one) in hi resolution and send it through the website and a month later they send you a pair of custom swim shorts ... how nice, eh!



big up!



dready s the day Adele came to visit (not a true story!)


                   dready art 'the jumper' - 44x20 - original commission

finding the ways to portray ideas is the most difficult part of the job ... i mean drawing's a pretty intense process but you don't even notice the difficulty of it, it's a joy and a release even ...

but you sit, I sit, and look at combinations of ideas, try stuff and give it up part way ... then the bones of this idea for instance came to me and time and time again I came back to trying to figure out how I'd get from the bare bones to the finished idea ...

all I can say is that it took a while.

I really liked this commission, it had some seriously lovely elements to it, not the least of which is the dogs, and what was/is their obviously fun and loving nature ...

jump up!



Tuesday, May 15, 2018

dready s here comes the hot steppa ...



                         dready art 'steppa' - 18x18 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

so dance life been bombarding me recently ...

Batabano was a week ago, and the road march pass right in front of our door ... social media was full full of street dance and the road itself ...  then followed the live music and art festival lineup ...
Kaaboo festival 2019 dropped it's lineup this morning ... and then this weekend Caymas come to town along with a crew of cousins.

and on top of that I had to do a dready that related to dancing ...

anyhow, so all of dat led to dis ... or at least led to the vibe that led to this ... and I love to dance, can't hear a reggae/dancehall track drop without the body wanting to step and dip ...

and always, always dance like nobody is watching you ...

movements ...