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Monday, August 19, 2019

dready ... the coolest thing



              dready flip flops and red stripe - photo by Alan O'Connell, Cayman 2019

I have constantly been amazed by the joy people have gotten from the dready flip flops

peace

Friday, August 16, 2019

dready - things you don't know

 
                          dready art 'kneeling in the bath' - image

I started drawing this as a single character, the blonde, standing, no dog, no bath, no room, no window ...

then all of a sudden the character was standing in a bath ... i liked the idea better, it was like she was caught unawares and the bath suited the scene ...

then the towel was in her hand and she was half covering herself, and then it wasn't it was on the bath and another on the chair and a red stripe ...

then there was someone else in the bath too ... and soon the room filled itself ...

and then the dog arrived ...

and then she knelt as if she was about to stand and I liked it best ...

change is good

woof!



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dready Postcards



             photograph of dready postcards by Leticia Tavares - Atlanta 2019

there are all kinds of little ways to own a piece of dreadyness ... postcards are just one of them, eh

write to me ...

love



Thursday, July 25, 2019

dready on miami beach


                         dready art 'giorgos' dream' - 39x16 - original commission on canvas

when were in college south beach was still all retirees and biker bars, Fisher Island hadn't been redeveloped, there was little or nothing south of Joe's Stone crab and it was all a little seedy ...

we used to go down the bottom end of the beach to south pointe; it was a very quiet bit of beach, all the residential stuff was a couple blocks further north, the old dog track where south pointe park now is had long since closed and so nobody was down there and it was a not very legally nude and topless beach ...

even the lifeguard stand was empty ...

you can still see a bit of the old vibe of the beach in the movie 'scarface' (1983) ... and then with Miami Vice heating up TV screens by the end of the 80's the strip was turning into something very very cool ... european style coffee and a copy of the international herald tribune at the news cafe, man ... the Marlin hotel in the early 90's when Chris Blackwell owned it, yes baby ...

the vibe began to change, of course, as more and more people discovered it, still cool mind you; Madonna roller blading by and saying hi as you parked the car ... 'man, that was madonna just said hi to you' 'never was' 'yeah' 'wow ... where'd she go?'

but it was getting crowded and so, it was back to the quiet cool of coconut grove, which we'd never really left, for us ... even Madonna retreated to her home in coconut grove.

so when a family asked me to do a dready of their young son with a miami vibe, and his mini mini! all these things came to mind and I could just imagine giorgos imagining himself rolling down south beach, top down in his cooper s ...

cool-ness ...






Sunday, July 14, 2019

dready ... new additions



                         dready 'beach day' - 24x24 - original remarque on canvas

the original version of this dready 'paddle boarder over and under' is just the female character - but it's cool; the whole over and under thing is cool, and so am often asked to add to it, to personalise it ...

enjoyable family time, peaceful alone time and loving, calm couples time are all important aspects of a family dynamic - quality time spent in each of those pursuits for all members of the group ...


                       dready 'a peck of paddleboarders' - 24x24 - original remarque on canvas

i like these images ...

love-ness ...



Friday, June 28, 2019

dready ... making walls look good since time



                   dready tuk tuk 43x43 inches - rocking the wall

there are two things that you can always say about a dready, one is that you can know them from a mile away ... you can see them, they are vibrant ...

and

they make people smile ... I am smiling right now ...

bringing a little happiness to a wall near you ...

joy ...



Thursday, June 27, 2019

dready - anything for a glass of wine



                           dready the wine ride - image for T shirts

some peoples in canada were/are having a wine ride - that is they're riding through wine country in the niagra area of ontario ... and i presume also because they'll be drinking wine ...

i drink wine, not much of it to be honest, but I like it ... but i don't think i really know anything about wine at all; I mean you think you know a little about wine until you sit down at a table (at a wedding say) with several french peoples and they start to talk about wine far more specifically than you ever thought possible ...

and not in an exaggerated or pompous way, just as if you were german and talked about the various beers you liked and why, this one is hoppy, that one is heavy etc ... it's not pretentious wine-ing, just practiced, knowing what chateaus and what cru's they liked as well as what varietals  ...

i could drink a cold cold red stripe right now mind you 'cause de time dem hot ...

win' up ...





Monday, June 24, 2019

dready - the grass is green



                     my feet (italy 2019)                        

all i can say to you is italian grass isn't any greener than grass 'a yard' but it's nice to walk on someone else's grass, to feel it under your feet cool and spongey, to see the garden, to smell it ... this garden had water running through it from all directions, it was lush and fertile, it was old and well grown-in, it had 'nooks'; you climbed a big hill behind the house and beyond the hill down again to a little valley where a brook babbled and fed water back to the the manicured world on the other side of the hill ... and the grass was green green.

new age t'ings have plenty reference to grounding and the connection between the body and the earth, I don't know 'bout that but i was born in bare feet and spent a good many years in that state and i still like to be shoeless, some times i find it hard to leave the house in shoes ... i remember the story of a cayman bwoy, a story his parents told me, going away to school from home, young still, but there was no big kids school yet built and so he was just 9, and it was the first time he had to wear shoes, and how he found it strange ...

but, it's the green i'm interested in most of all ...

grounds ...





Sunday, June 23, 2019

dready and the pontiac parisienne



                           dready art 'billys endless summer' - 36x13 - image

I was looking for a vehicle to do a thing for some people from a place - the right car, when a road trip we had taken, on a visit to canada, when I was a yute - from victoria bc to the calgary stampede came to mind - there were  10 of us, I think, 4 adults and 6 kids ... there was a camper in the bed of a pickup truck and a safari wagon with the boot made up as one large bed: memories fade, eh, and I was young young, 7 or 8, maybe, but i guess the adults slept in hotels/motels/holidayinns while we kids fended for ourselves in the 'rough'.

the calgary stampede was cool ...

when we first, as kids, arrived in belize, a country where there were no paved roads outside of the big towns - and even then I think more as a way of keeping down dust rather than as a nod to modernity - I was surprised to see that the roads weren't filled with pickup trucks and 4x4 s, sure there were some, but the majority of cars were ford sedans and station wagons ... sure there was the odd chevy, but this was a country of old fords and it was a mercury station wagon that met us and took us 2/3rds of the way across the country to the blancaneaux lodge in the mountain pine ridge, via the ranch at mile 5 ...

'nothing lasts forever but old fords and natural stone' ...

I think that the Parisienne was an only in canada 'model' name but certainly the 'safaris' were everywhere in gm/chevy/buick/oldsmobile/pontiac brands ... and they're cool in their kitch-ness, their 70's-ness, and big and suit the surfer scene ... i don't even remember what kinda car we went to calgary in and why i didn't chose a mercury marquis as the car of choice 'cause jah know I sat in enough of them ... maybe the shape of the wood sides!

give good wood!

bless ...




Saturday, June 22, 2019

dready marley and me


                                    dready art - marley and me - 28x20 - original commission on canvas

having a daughter who rides i kinda know that there's nothing quite like the bond between a girl and her horse ...

and having been a rider all my life i know that there's nothing quite like the bond between a boy and his horse ...

ride natty ride



Sunday, June 9, 2019

dready talk talk ...


                        dready talking at closing night of biennial (photo by Chris Mann)

the table behind me is not mine! there were three of us talking that night; John Bird, whose table it is, Pascal Prenix and I ...

I had had no idea about what I was going to say until John made his talk before me and since his was about where he'd begun and the process of then and now, I just did the same show, different story ...

to my right, fortunately, is moko jumbies, the dready that is in the biennial ... and i spoke about the difference between stick figure dreadys and something more 'realised' like Moko Jumbies ... and how both are the same voice in different languages.

talk talk ...

it's my life ...






dready art ciao bella


                              dready 'i forgot all that i knew about gravity remarque' - 20x30 - remarque

the first print version of this is really one of my favourite dreadys; it started with a photo of a fiat 500 in an alleyway in naples, which was well cool...

as time went by people, also liking it, asked me to recreate it in one way or another - I once added a oaxaca license plate to the fiat ... in this one I have added a lambretta and changed the faces ...

every iteration of it is cool ... I now know that I want to print a big version of it like 32 x 48 or something ...

bella ...


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

dready s mother ...


               dready 'vancouver skyline' - 60x18 - image

I pulled this vancouver skyline out of another dready that I had done a few years ago, for a company in vancouver, because it really is so damn pretty ...

am so in love with colour of the sky ... ooooooooooooh!

i thought of it today because I was signing the dready below in the blog feed called 'family van' and because i was talking to my mother on the phone.

see, 'cause my mother migrated to vancouver from jamaica to follow my sister and myself, who had moved to bc for school; but by the time she had moved i was just about done with school and jumping ship to run away south and get back closer to home ...

so, way too much information but but but am still in love with the sky!

and and and i am working on a philadelphia skyline for someone and am trying to find the right vibe for it ... and other skylines help

good night!