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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

dready - meet my wilson




                      dready 'wilson's other roles, hamlet' - image

i'd been listening to some 'gramcasts', about change, during our mandatory isolation - we'd been in Jamaica when the coronavirus started to run rampant in europe and spread to the americas, so when we came home we had to go into mandatory isolation ...

anyhow, the man behind the gramcasts had also started an initiative #meetmywilson to let people who felt isolated and not just in isolation know that they were not alone and had asked me if i would participate ..

the idea of a wilson comes from the tom hanks movie 'cast away' in which he created a friend, wilson, out of a volleyball, to keep him company in his alone-ness and despair ...

and i thought ... what if i imagined wilson as an actor, a character rather than an object ...

you know, when david asked me if i had done a 'wilson', yet, i said no, i hadn't and i said that although i was in isolation i was not isolated and i didn't want to be false about it ... but he asked that i do it not as an indication of my own feelings during the lockdown but to let people, who are anxious and lonely, know that they were being thought about.



one love

livity ...



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

dready art 4 dogs and a cat



                  dready 'where's the cat islay, where's the cat' - 12x18 - original commission on canvas

I wouldn't want to be a cat in this household!

say puss!

when I was growing up if you had a mouthful of dry biscuit or cookie or cracker somebody would invariably say 'say puss' because if you say puss the dry crumbs spray everywhere ... and y'all laugh.

puss ...



dready and captain kirk



       dready 'that ball's gone where no ball has gone before' - 36x13 - original commission on canvas

because I don't really play golf I was racking my brain to know where the twist in this dready might come from and so looking up some phrases on the internet, I came across - 'a captain kirk' ... a ball that has gone where no ball has gone before.

and then the fun started.

now lemme just say I never really liked star trek that much, certainly never liked the in between years with pickard and whomever else and thought the movies were all terrible, until the chris pine star treks ... i like the chris pine star treks BUT who doesn't love the persona of william shatner ...

four ...

and peace and love ...




Wednesday, March 11, 2020

dready flip flops in adversity



                    dready flip flops in hong kong (photo by Willie Gee 2020)

even in the midst of madness people find time for humour - this was taken by a friend, and the owner of very cool pair of dready flip flops ...

in them anything is possible including the ability to smile in the face of adversity ...

peace ...

and love ...



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

dready ordinary life



          cane cutter in jamaica

driving through the cane harvest yesterday ...

i didn't grow up around sugar cane farms but around and on dairy, cattle and horse farms ... and around 'heavy equipment' sooooo, ya know, all the machinery related to crop farming is fascinating to me ...

farmer ... ish



dready and kpmg



            mural on the 4th floor was the first installation of what essentially was a year of work on commissioned drawings for KPMG.


            points of view


           subjects that matter



         all three small board rooms have different art

the boardrooms when originally measured had showed the fire alarms in completely different positions - and as you see them now they were moved again after the installation to make room for the art.



           on different themes



         the main boardroom has an history timeline of kpmg international

this was a very cool piece including the history of the company, in cayman, in a timeline and representations of all the partners that ever were.



        and the main lobby art

the main lobby art is a 'conceptual' piece based on the corporate ethos and origin statements as told to me by the managing partner.


(all photos by elena mcdonough photography)
       

Monday, February 24, 2020

dready deck house life



                       dready art 'deck house life' - 72x24 - original commission on canvas

this group of houses were inspired by the 'cottages' and boat houses north of toronto, because the original developer was canadian ... people go to the lakes, north of the city, pretty much every weekend, sun, rain or snow, or all of the above, to; muskoka, huntsville, lakefield, barrie, parry sound, tiny beaches ...

they call it 'cottage country'

I've heard someone call their 14,000 sq foot house by the lake the 'cottage' ...

some areas have big cottages, some small, some are carefully planned ... Georgian Bay for example is closely guarded from mega mansions, planning allows only one 'kitchen' and house/cabin/cottage sizes are limited as are toilets and other structures ...

it's pretty lovely, it's not british columbia dramatic lovely, but it is ontario lovely; gently rolling landscapes, farmsteads and lotsa lotsa lakes.

i was a small boy when I first went to 'cottage country'; a business associate of my grandfather's, a man to whom he sold pimento/allspice I think, had invited us to canada and to his cottage, and we went - in my memory it was called 'loon lake', which exists, but I wouldn't swear that was true - the water was cold, colder than this little jamaican yute had ever experienced - I watched a loon dive in chasing fish ...

canada, eh ...






dready a 2 turtle race



                   one of two dready turtle designs for Rotary 'turtle races' - printed 3m laminate on board

for 4 years now I have done turtles for the rotary fund raising turtle races ... and every year am away when the event happens ...

this is one of two I did for this year's event, the 'sponsor' is an avid fly fisherman and asked if I could use the 'bone fishing' dready for his turtle.

race on ...




Sunday, February 16, 2020

dready in film




just fiddling with some animation with the help of some friends ...

animation has different drivers in social media and reaches more people and so you do what you can ...


vroom ...



Sunday, February 2, 2020

evoluting dready



                             dready art 'ferrari daytona - red' - 49x16 - image

evoluting is a word that i coined a few years ago - can't say I invented it, but i used it, having never seen it before - i needed it because evolution seems to me to be a process which 'happens', something evolves due to stimuli; but what I wanted was an evolution that was actively happening to someone, they weren't evolving but someone/something was evolving them forcibly, they were actively being evolved ... and so, evoluting dready (and because it was a better word than 'changing'.)

so below us somewhere is a dready that is called 'miami vice-ish' ... same car different story ...

better red than dead ...

dread ...




Saturday, January 25, 2020

dready leg over ...




                       dready art 'leg over' - 36x15 - limited edition HD archival pigment print 

i found myself this week thinking about cricket ... i was at lunch with two men who had been to school together, and the chat turned to cricket somewhere along the line ...

i had been, but i never said so, on the first 11 at school ... 

but i was an interested but uncommitted yute (and not just with sports either!) ... 

i loved sports, enjoyed them, played them well, was strong, fast, agile - but but but that serious pursuit of excellence required by coaches and masters and parentals however was, for my constantly distracted self, unattainable ... 

if only you'd apply yourself ...

i found my head running back to the last day i played on the first 11 ... a late arrival, a dishevelled self, a lackadaisical swing at a well bowled ball, lazy fielding for a few overs ...

i wasn't invited back ... 

over 

and out ...




Friday, January 24, 2020

dready on walls




                       dready on the wall at round Hill Hotel Montego Bay

through the years we've had the good good fortune of putting dready on some pretty cool walls - and they bring people some joy and smiles and that, that's pretty cool for me ...




                      dreadys gracing the atrium at the airport in cayman islands



                   on the wall in london




                  complimenting a space in new york





               all the way in vancouver canada


              mumbai special



            picture this dready gallery 2019





             ritz walking gallery 2020


one love ...



Monday, January 20, 2020

dready flip flops to the world


                     dready flip flops on arthur's seat in edinburgh 2019 - photo by MA

i first went to edinburgh when I was about 11, I went there on holiday to scotland with a friend whose father worked at holyrood palace, and who lived across the road ... we walked up arthur's seat ...

even with so much time past it still stuck in my mind, the black rocks, the green, the cold ...

i never went back to britain for 20 years, never went back to scotland for 35 but fell instantly in like with it the minute i went back.

max climbed arthurs seat last year (not in his flip flops! although, in them, anything is possible) and took this photo ...

beauty ...