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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

dready - waiting on my latte ...



                              dready art - waiting on my latte - bookmark idea

I'd done the Burr and Co christmas card last christmas and we'd had discussions about bookmarks and t'ing - but it was one of those jobs that just didn't progress to an end; which is a pity because the bookmarks work well.



this happens from time to time, you work through ideas with people that just don't have an end result to them ... and there's nothing wrong with that, but you make the clients invest in your time.



                            dready art - rocking horse and bunny slippers


the minute I saw the rocking horse in the client's space this idea began gelling in my mind, this is how I saw it, the business woman letting her hair down ... but when the client saw the rocking horse they saw it with two businessmen in suits and bowler hats, using it like kids and so the points of view clashed and the job didn't progress to a fruition ...

not all that glitters is gold ...

love ...





Thursday, April 4, 2019

dready ... for any wall



                     college students wall

in full disclosure this is madeleine's wall and madeleine took the photo of it ... but hers isn't the only uni or school dorm wall with dreadys on it, no it is not ...

i'm working on one right now; yute's going away to boarding school in september and his mother wanted to send something with him to remember home by ...

I went away to boarding school when I had just turned 9 ... lonely experience ... send art!

school daze ...



dready - other things in life




                 yoga mat (in case you hadn't guessed) Bliss Cayman

people talk a lot about balance in life, home work balance, work play balance ...

anyhow, exercise clears your brain doesn't it, changes the perceptions of the day, releases endorphins, takes the kinks out ...

release ...



Thursday, March 21, 2019

dready art variations on the wall




                     dready art 'us in dreams' - 36x48" version - limited edition HD archival pigment print

i've fallen in like with this since I drew it ... serious like ... I like it more than pam does it turns out.

and I wanted to put it on the wall where something else had been and was now not any more but it was the wrong shape and size ...

so that's the point, eh, I adjusted it for me and I can adjust something for you ... sometimes it takes a little work, sometimes it s easy ...

                                 dready art 'us, in dreams' - 36x48" - limited edition archival pigment print

flex ...



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

dready flying high




                   the dready cayman panorama - things that exist only in my fading memory in Owen Roberts international Airport, cayman islands

The new airport is having its grand opening and they had a massive space to decorate for the event and i and the national gallery happened to have a massive dready that could fit in the space ... fortune smiles on the brave, eh ...



              Mcalpine's crew installing the art, making sure all the fastners line up

it was almost like it was made for the space ...

Harvey, an acquaintance of mine said "it reminds me of what they say about an Alex Katz painting; you could spot one falling out of a plane at 10,000 feet" ... and that's cool because it's true; cause last night 200 yards away at the back of the long term parking you could see the art, clear and bright and funky and you could have guessed it was a dready ...

I know, 'cause I went and looked!


              HRH prince charles and the dreadys in the new airport

fly ...




dready ... it's not over till the fat lady sings



                    photo by Piers Harvey of dready flip flops at Jamaica Inn

i've heard it said that the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios has the best patio for breakfast in the whole country ... this pair of dready flip flops came to see and agree ...

the dready flip flops have a life of their own ...

anything is possible ...

Inn, like Flynn ...



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

dready art ... Jerk



                        dready art 'jerk' - 40x24 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

years ago, in an art class, i was asked to paint a childhood memory and i painted, in oils and pastels, a floating pig in a background of roiling purple and green, dark and ominous ... but the pig was pink and fat ... it was called 'the pig of ancient memory' - and it was just that; literally one of my first memories ...

we had just moved to Kingston from the farm in yallahs, grants pen, which had just become 'Southhaven development' ... I was 2 and 1/2 ish; I don't remember grants pen ... but on what was probably the first day in kingston, a pig, in the bush, a big pig in a big dark bush, at the new house, startled me and that, that is my first memory as a human.

One of my kids has the art hanging on a wall ...

anyhow so the pig of ancient memory when I came to fit it into the dready pantheon kept its pinkness and its round-ness ...

but dready ness is about whimsy, eh, so the pig of ancient memory became 'jerk' - I love jerk pork!

eat mor chik'n ...

Jerk ...



Monday, March 4, 2019

dready art ... what's your 'type'


                         dready 'the yellow scarf' - 30x20" - original commission on paper

i seem to have drawn an inordinate # of jaguars - ftype, etype, and now a c-type or as it's formally know the XK-120-C

the car is famous for winning the 24 hours at Le Mans in 1952 and 3, I think ... anyhow, it was and is (if you can afford the price tag) a beautiful car ... but it doesn't have a roof!

a wife from oxford, england, asked me to draw this for her husband ... and immediately, in minds eye, I saw the long scarf trailing behind ...

there's the bizarre story of the dancer, isadora duncan, who in 1927, got her long scarf, trailing behind her, caught in the rear wheel of her car and it strangled her ...

anyhow, the scene is made up completely but the # is the # of their house, although they don't have such gate posts!

drive on ...








Wednesday, February 20, 2019

dready art cool for cats


                                 dready art 'the black cat' - 15x22 - remarque on paper

simplicity ...



and yet pretty cool to look at ...

I drew this for a family that had just lost a cat that was dear to them; they'd asked me if I would do a portrait of the cat and add it to an existing dready ... I decided to strip everything out but the background and slip the cat into it ... seemed like a pretty cat-like space.

people love cats, eh ... soft, tactile, care-free - stroking them seems to give people ease and comfort ... I read an article not so long ago about cat cafes where you go and stroke the cats ... and one of my favourite coffee shops has resident cats and you see people leave the coffee shop to go and feed the cat, wondering the garden, something as a treat and crouch down and talk to them ...

cool for cats ...






       

Monday, February 18, 2019

dready cessna 182



                dready 'duck tail-cessna 182' - 44x14 - original commission on canvas

this was for a couple of people from east texas who had seen dready in a hotel in galveston and asked me to draw their plane ...

the connectivity that happens from this little corner of the world ... a little caribbean company we may be but we stretch our wings ...

years ago when I lived and worked on a ranch in new mexico, the owner and I used to fly, in his cessna, to texas and even to albequerque instead of driving 'cause the distances were so large ... drawing this dready reminded me of them days, which were cool: horses and hondas and guns and big trucks and sheep and windmills and high plains and cowboys and cows and more guns and the desert in all directions ...

fly me ...


Friday, February 8, 2019

dready - the first cayman islands national biennial



                     Moko Jumbies on the wall for the first cayman islands art biennial

moko jumbies, so burnt orange and pretty ...

it first came into being for a show at the oxo tower in london, sponsored by jersey based law firm mourant; it then went straight from there to represent the cayman islands at carifesta in Barbados, in june and august 2017, respectively ...

it circled back to sit on our wall for a year until the National Gallery asked for it to be in their 1st Biennial show ...

and then in the same breath I was asked if the National Gallery and the Ministry of Culture could buy it for the national permanent collection ...

is cool ... it's provenance is cool ...


                   induction ceremony with another dready peaking out in the left corner

jump up ...



Monday, February 4, 2019

dready all-in-one art


because I didn't just think of the images, all lined out below on the blog, in abstract or even only in their group of 3, but as a large whole,  I thought that I would share them with you as a big pic cha ...



as well as thinking about how they would look on the wall in a series in their individual spaces

the art, dreadyness, is 'simple' but the process of it isn't ...

thought ...

dready ... paint it red gold and green



                        dready 'painting the flag' - 30x30 - original commission on canvas

i love this image ...

painting the flag; the colours of the caribbean, the colours of rasta, the colours of reggae music, the colours of the vibe, the colours of 'livity' ...

and the idea of 'livity', of living good, is kinda what this whole art project of 11 pieces, lined out here and below, has been all about.

livity ...




dready ... 'walk-ies'



          dready 'walk-ies' - 30x30 - original commission on canvas

we have a dog that we walk with every day, his name is guiness ...

it s a time when we stroll together and chat and hang out, yesterday we talked about how we would write a particular kind of book, how we would start it, how we would plan it ...

some days you feel like walking the dog, some days you just don't ... but it makes you active on days when the desk has been holding you down for long hours ...

this dready though was more about what this company called 'make a difference day' and one of the days is a day spent at the pound helping feed and clean and walking dogs ...

a pound's not a pretty place for a dog to live ... they came from the big wild and need some space in their lives.

walk good ...


dready ... tap water



                      dready 'tap water' - 30x30 - original commission part of a triptych

on my grandparents farm, my mother's parents, there was no fresh water; there was water, from a catchment cistern on a nearby hillside, for bathing and washing - in dry times sometimes not even that - but none for drinking and cooking ... we went down to the nearest village, about 3 miles away, with milk churns in the back of the land rover to collect the drinking water from a standpipe.

the churns sat on the cool limestone of the breezeway between the pantry and the outside kitchens ... it is a strong memory for me.

on my father's farm we pumped water from a deep well to a tank above the house over a distance of about quarter mile and up a height climbed of probably 200 feet ...

but we were lucky we had a car to haul the water or a pump to drive it ...

still today people carry their drinking water from just such communal standpipes to their homes, for cooking, drinking and bathing ... sometimes they carry it long distances ...

a rich man was heard to say 'water is not a right' ... that is because he never had to carry a 5 gallon bucket full of it over a mile, as a small boy, so that his family could drink ...

clean water may not be a right but it is a need, we can't survive without it, and to treat it like a commodity not available to all is probably one of the most sinful things we can do to the humans of our greater tribe.

drink the love






dready ... clean up



                     dready 'clean up' - 30x30 - original commission as part fo a triptych

during the summer in Jamaica on world beach clean up day we helped clean the shoreline in treasure beach ...

that day, or at least the idea of it, has bled into this series, with this image as well as with the pelican in the previous one ...

clean ... up ...


dready art ... unda da sea



                  dready 'unda de sea' - 30x30 - original commission part of a triptych

the environment is very important to us all at the moment, it is constantly in our minds ...

some of us as a rubber stamp to our lives, some from a more active path and some because they don't believe it's an issue at all ...

And here, because we live where we do and where this commission is hung, the marine environment is a big thing deal, it is part of our history, part of every day ...

you can't escape the sea here, you are never more than a few hundred feet from it ... our motto is 'he hath founded it upon the sea', and all you have to do is walk on the beach to see the plastic waste ...

and if you have a memory, and even then memory is clouded by shifting baselines, you can remember the coral in george town and the quantity of fish that once filled the sea there ...

baselines ...




dready ... a better lemonade



                          dready 'a better lemonade' - 30x30 - original commission part of a triptych on canvas

this image was also in the mural in another form ...

as I've said below, the mural was about 'lifelong learning' - and in this particular instance about entrepreneurship and how learning can teach you how to transcend the normal ...

it's that thing that happened with coffee in the USA; the transformation of the idea that you should pay 3.50$ to replace that everyday .50 cent cup of coffee with something 'better' ...

completely transforming the way a nation drank its coffee ...

change up ...





dready art ... teamwork



                             dready art 'teamwork' - 30x30 - original commission as part of a triptych

i had originally drawn something else to go in this space but had to change it for the education theme, which was lucky because the other one was sooooo cool they decided to buy it as well ... but that one's theme bled through into this ...

one of the things about dreadys, something subtle that people never really realise, is that the characters are always looking out at you, surprised almost that you are there looking back in ... in this case the cat is looking out at you ... and the chicken is creeping through from the other piece of the triptych, the reading to my cat.

one of the themes that the art was supposed to have was the constant display of chickens, they're not in every image but in every group of images ... because one of the things that the client is sponsoring is an organic chicken farm ... chateau chooks

there are other things going on that matter only in the confines of my head ...

team ...


                       

dready ... reading to my cat



              dready 'reading to my cat' - original commission - 30x30 part of a triptych on canvas

part of this whole commission was the drawing of a 40 foot mural about 'lifelong learning and sustainable development goals' - the corporate participation in the greater community ... the reading man (in a slightly different iteration) was the first thing I drew ... this idea, then, was that the grown up characters would also themselves be the children ...

i changed him for this one, he's in a grown up chair, he's lost his pirate eye patch ... now he's reading to his cat and to a little girl looking over his shoulder ...

I love this dready on so many levels

read more ...


dready rooster lays an egg



                dready 'the rooster lays an egg' - original commission - 30x30 part of a triptych

like the cricket below i knew that football would have to feature in the sports series because, even now on the day after superbowl sunday, in this world real football is the king of sports.

I was reading a book about rwanda the other day, both travelogue and history of the genocide all tied up in one story that was alternately heart-warming and horrific - one paragraph about the beauty of a particular spot and the following about the slaughter of people there ... the cruelty of the church, the inaction of the world, the greed of special interests ... and the power of football!

a rwandan living in canada returns with a canadian friend (who will write about the tour of the country) to travel around rwanda and to take football equipment to give-away ...  he had used football as a way to help children in refugee camps around east africa (from rwanda and somalia and sudan and ethiopia and kenya) in his years after avoiding the genocide ...

baller ...







dready art small axe



               dready art 'small axe' - original commission - 30x30 as part of a triptych

from I got the commission and knew there was to be sports in it I knew that one of the sports would be cricket ...

so the theme, as I said was set by the previous image; male, female, fun, animals, hidden things ... and I liked this idea of 'small axe', because here's this small boy, probably getting a cricket lesson, using his bat like a sword ...

small axe is a song written by Bob Marley and the Wailers and it is in essence about iniquity but also about the power of the small man, in this case this small boy, who will grow to be a man ...

small axe

big up ...




dready you're as tall as you think you are



            Dready art 'you're as tall as you think you are' - original commission - 30x30 as part of a triptych

i was to do art for 3 board rooms, on the themes of sports, environment and education ...

this was the drawing that not only started the sports series for the commission but laid the ground for the idea of all the others that would follow ...

the humour, the male and female, the adult and child, the animals, the hidden bees, the hidden meanings ...

this one is about the fierceness of a girl believing in herself ...

and basketball is big in cayman lots of leagues, lots of courts, the filipinos love it ... was big in belize (and all of latin america) when I was growing up too; go figure eh, a short man's country and a tall man's sport, but still big and so - you're as tall as you think you are.

9:58




Friday, February 1, 2019

dready the light that you shine upon the world

                                   dready 'light' - 8x14 - HD archival pigment print


the light that you shine out on to the world is an important thing ... the light that you give out to others ... whether that takes the form of a smile or a kindness or a soft word ...

shine on ...



Thursday, January 31, 2019

dready bigger than life



          dready kpmg mural - 40ft x 9ft - original commission on 3m vinyl transfer

a story about all the lifelong learning initiatives the company sponsors


             
               vision marketing installing literacy and community/swimming panels



                life long learning and sustainable development goals ...




the environmental doorway ...



big up ...


dready the continuing life



                        dready 'steppa 3' - image

dready characters are recurring throughout dreadyness, in different vibes ... both traditional and evolved dreadys and everything in between.

I always liked this face (and I should as it's based on mine) and so I use him in different ways ... I supposed in essence, like the original dready, he IS me, eh ...

I saw a photo of a guy I know, dancing, stepping really, and I loved the way of it, the movement, but especially how his right hand was thrown out as he stepped to the music; I changed the left hand to something more extravagant ...

vibes up ...






Wednesday, January 16, 2019

dready working with other people

               
                      invite for private party ...

I may have drawn the art on the right but the subtle cool of the stuff on the left has little to do with me beyond the statement that I didn't like the what was given us before it ...

a guy I've worked with many times over the past years, MJ designs, in cayman, took the wants and rough visual cues of the client and created something much better.

fun and games ...

and work ...


Thursday, January 10, 2019

dready s 'the lady marcia'


                    dready art 'the lady marcia' - 30x40 - original commission on canvas

the building of this dready, and it really was that, a piece by piece building of and idea, was so much fun ...

I was waiting on inspiration, because the remit had been 'something caribbean or caymanian', vague, non-specific,  then one day online, I saw a photo of caymanian craftsman and catboat builder, Kem Jackson, leaning over one of his catboats, in his yard, and that started the germination of the idea ...

then I built it, really, thought on thought; I drew the tree, then the catboat, then the building - the shed ...

it took some time to work out where the shed would go exactly ... then the fence and once I'd done the fence the shed found its place.

in that photo of mr Kem, behind him, on the wall of his workshop there's art, hand painted and cool ... and that led me to do art on the front wall of the shed; let's put a dready in the dready ...

then, when I was done, all things in their place, it seemed to need a person and I wanted him sitting in a chair ... and where; under the tree, under the shed, on the grass?

the final thing was the old oil drum - every farm yard, every garage, every works shop I ever spent time in growing up had an oil drum ...

it seems fitting, given the source inspiration, that I should 'build' this image, piece by piece, into a complete dready ...

life ...



dready for Kaaboo's waste management




                     Kaaboo's social media campaign for their waste disposal ...



                    what will be the signage on their bins



                   and the strategy outlined ...

this was a cool job to be part of, who wouldn't want to do art for a music festival ... even such an unexciting part of it as waste management!



seeing people reading the story ...

and in one case a group of people walking by the bins and one of them, double taking, paused to point, "look little dreadys on the bins, how cool" ...

peace and love and the music that makes you feel a bit of both ...






Wednesday, January 9, 2019

dready it's not a take it or leave it thing ...



                              custom coloured and sized art for a wall grouping in india ...

in dreadys world it's not 'take it or leave it' we're happy to work with you to adjust print series to suit your needs ...



am not saying that we'll do it for free, we might depending on the loveness that passes between us, but we're willing to work to adjust stuff, colours, sizes, shapes ...

we also do custom remarques, that is we use an existing print as the basis of a piece of art for you, to make them more 'original' for you ... we definitely charge for that!

namaste ...

and

Peace ...


Saturday, January 5, 2019

dready in Maco Caribbean Living 20th anniversary




           MACO Caribbean living magazine January 2018 with publisher Neysha Soodeen on the cover

it's the 20th anniversary of MACO magazine and deady is inside as one of 6 'awe inspiring artists of the caribbean'





"one can conclude that dready is a complete story summarized in a few lines - dready is a true caribbean creation" ...


peace and love ...




Saturday, December 29, 2018

dready and an oil drum



                     dready 'the oil drum' - image

in the places of my life oil drums are/were a thing, eh; I've lifted many a full one into the truck to service equipment in the field.

old oil drums had other lives ... leave the lid on and add a hand pump and you carried diesel out to the pastures or the road works to fill tractors and trucks and dozers and water pumps and generators ...

un-crimp lid, take it off and they were used as garbage cans ...

cut just the bottom off and they were used to soak tractor parts in fuel to clean them or keep them from rusting up ... there always seemed to be a gear of a crank shaft soaking in the works yards and garages, waiting ... waiting ...

length ways, if you cut them, they were feed troughs for working horses and the sheep in their pen ...

the cows, the cows they ate grass; well, not the dairy ones, the dairy cows ate grass and they got feed and supplements in troughs when they came to the parlour morning and afternoon ...

cut in half and hinged they became barbeques on which you could cook up some pan chicken/jerk chicken ... memories of pan chicken are making my mouth water.

life ...


Thursday, December 27, 2018

dready s the last days of chez nous



                  dready flip flops at barra de ibiraquera, brazil, 2018

the title comes from an australian film that I love, about the end of a marriage, starring bruno ganz ...

it's nice to do things in short and simple runs, a run that you can get excited about, and the dready flip flops have had theirs ... at least in this iteration ...


                        flip flops on crowdy head beach australia

and we've had a lot of fun with them, they certainly have travelled, people have taken them to the corners of the world and shot images of them in such cool cool places.

coolness ...