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Friday, December 6, 2019

dready at the national gallery





                     dready note cards - national gallery cayman

there are 3 dreadys in the collection of the national gallery, 2 in the national collection - and the two in national collection have been made into gift shop items.



                          dready sketch books (and there are pencils) - national gallery cayman


                     dready coffee cups and pencils

it's not all just pretty t'ings ... we donated all proceeds from these, as well as the licensing fees, to the national gallery ...


livity ...



Sunday, December 1, 2019

dready christmas


               dready art 'they are watching' - christmas card


every year I do christmas cards for freeness ... I like to ...



               dready art 'out of brandy butter' - christmas card


big love ...




dready alldog christmas



                              dready art 'sleigh's for bitches' - alldog ranch christmas card

i met the owner of alldog ranch in that modern way, over the internet ...

we were chatting because he was staying on a farm in jamaica where i spend a lot of time and we had that in common; I was also unbeknownst to both of us at the time I was also talking to his brother-in-law ...

the people who own the farm had met him in a similarly out of the way kinda way, a chance moment in talking about schools that they'd both known ...

these intersecting paths through which we travel through life ...

walk good ...

(and have a good christmas)




Monday, November 18, 2019

dready art surfer man ...



                    dready art 'surfer man' - image

i was going over some dreadys earlier this week, and there was one of the josiah's beach surf spot in BVI that had done for a couple whose lives were upended when hurricane irma 'mash up' the islands ...

she s a surfer and they wanted a liccle memory of days ...

and it kinda got me thinking ... I spent a great day down by Jamnesia surf camp, just outside of yallahs, in Jamaica, a few years back and it made me wonder, 'cause I think had we stayed in Jamaica grandpa would have kept the little farm at yallahs, which ended at the surf beach near white horses I might have joined uncle C out there, 'cause he used to surf, and learnt ...

but you never know where roads take you.

doooowd ...




Wednesday, October 30, 2019

derady art vespa rider


                                           

                          dready 'vespa ridah' - 25x16inch - image

it's actually a lambretta ... but who's counting!

normally dready has a vibe that is almost completely its own ... you see things that are similar, you can find influences, but nothing falls into exactly the same mould - this whimsical mash-up of pop and poster art with a west indian attitude thrown in for good measure ...

but this dready really does smack of a robert mcginnis, and I like robert mcginnis ...

but, also a thought crossed my mind after listening to a talk at the national gallery last night about a man going away in order to break the chains placed on his mind and to truly transcend and become what he could become ...

we are no longer islands lost at the end of some banana boat trip back in time, and so both our visions of ourselves and and and our actualities have evolved so that we can be west indians and dressed in italian cut suits; we can go to kingston, jamaica, and find high quality brie cheese and a cabernet from  india, and at the same time a bun with tinned cheese and a red stripe, and enjoy these dualities of self expression, that experience allows us to imagine, without sacrifices our basic identity.

 big up ...





Tuesday, October 29, 2019

dreadys city of brotherly love



                         dready 'philadelphia family' - 42x17 - original commission on plexiglass

who wouldn't like a city whose motto is 'the city of brotherly love' ...

a family came to me with the idea of showing their house and the kids' school and the children within the city ...

I had just done some art for a company based in philadelphia and the marketing director talked about their view from the showroom on the 30 something floor - I had never been ....

and using the city skyline allowed us to have a backdrop from which we'd pluck the two important buildings out and into the foreground.

And and and, the two rivers really delineate philadelphia, so how would I be able to fit the rivers into the idea ...

in the end, something different, eh ... and I challenge you to find the red, yellow and green colours, side by side, that find their way into every dready ...

peace and ...

love ...



Sunday, October 27, 2019

dready telling a story in a historical context



                          dready 'in a historical context' - 50x40" - original commission on plexiglass

how to tell a corporate story within the historical context of themselves and the place that they were headquartered ...

it had to say something about the company itself and how it worked ... and at the same time say something 'definitively descriptive' of the place where we all are.

we came up with the basic tenets that were housed in the company's ethos: historical context . the environment . societal impact . economics . planning . innovation . collaboration . consultation . problem solving

and then thought about how those ideas would be represented via something visual that was 'of the island'.

marine heritage is a big part of the cayman identity, boat building, boat captainsy, fishing, turtling; so I went with the idea of the building and sailing of a catboat because it represented all those things that were part of the ethos.

I had seen this framed photo of the plan for building a boat and was fascinated by how the plan was laid out with the bow and portside views overlaid with each other so you could see where a board started and how it ran down the length of the boat ... and how those were labeled on the plan ...

and like that plan the art overlays all the ideas of the planning and building of a catboat into one image as well as overlaying the ideas of historical context through problem solving via economics and innovation ...

the thing is that a lot of dready is really 'cool fluff', none of it is without thought, the simplicity hides a lot going on in my mind ... but this, this isn't fluff, this is a piece of coolness.

impact ...






dready sundays by the pool



                     dready 'the back a yard' - 52x17 - original commission on canvas

a snap shot of the times of the world of a family and their lives ... sunday afternoons by the pool ...
and this discussion about what angle of the house they liked versus what angle of the house they used ...

vibes ...


dready versions



                        dready 'roy's retirement' version 1 - 40x14 - original commission

part of the process of a commission is the back and forth between the client to get the idea just right.

this was, is the first draft of an idea about retirement ... it is not how the story ends, but I like this
chapter ...


                       dready 'roy's retirement' version 3 final art - 40x14 - original commission

and then some back and forth happens and you arrive at version 3, the final art ... the basic ideas stay but the backgrounds, the stories kinda evolve.

i've never thought of my own 'retirement' in the traditional sense, and i think that most people don't any more, they think of it as shift from doing what they've done for a long time to doing something else with a short adjustment break in between ... i think of myself as being in a curve that is changing and evolving and so without need of finality; besides, art is not lifting bags of feed grain or digging holes and so as long as the mind is good and people find what you do interesting then there's no need to stop ...

dub versions ...



Sunday, October 13, 2019

dready moke lifestyle



                              dready art 'moke lifestyle' - 4x6in - image for advertising


i think that i said all i could say about mokes somewhere below in the blog when we took one out for the day ... the commission to draw a moke for avis cayman already came along with the whole idea of lifestyle back in the late 60's and early 70's when cico-avis first brought mini mokes to cayman ...




but there was a long in between and now although they harken back to a brigitte bardot vibe, we're in a whole new world and so we tried to do a modern take on that whole vibe ...

modern love ...



Sunday, October 6, 2019

dready riding down the road




                             dready art - palm heights ride - image


there was a time when south church street between town and walkers road was more lush, it's building up rapidly now ... progress happens along with nostalgia, eh ... the old making way for the new ...

and out in front of the old seaview hotel a line of cocount trees used to shade the road and I saw a photo of a woman riding along, right there and because of the colour of the old photo, warm and deep in greens and blues,  I began thinking of it on a rainy day, the petrichor smell heavy in the suddenly cool air, a woman cycling from town in a pretty dress ...

and then I was driving down palm heights drive and it still has that vibe that south church street used to have, that feeling of older-ness and of greenery creeping out onto and over the road and so thought that it would be better as palm heights ride, because it's not that I care that much about the nostalgia of it, but I think that memory and moments are important ...

peace ...








dready chill nuh winston




                                dready art - 'saturday night lime' - image

people sometimes ask me where inspiration comes from ...

two things set me off on this dready - and let me just stop here and say I love this dready - a hand gesture by a famous photographer, and the way a man was sitting in a chair set me off, and I combined the ideas together and added the usual dready elements of an animal, and in this case a red stripe beer.

the hand gesture - I talk with my hands but it's more than that a gesture, a way of standing, takes the thing you're drawing and gives it life and vibes, lifts it out of the mundane it also gives you a story to build around ... so the gesture led to the look, led to the dog and its look, led to the vibe ...

the way a man was sitting - I am always fascinated by the way some men can get their crossed leg over and all the way against the leg that's on the ground ... it's a very elegant way of being able to sit and something I can't do ...

and all the while I was thinking about last night, we'd planned to go west bay fish fry and sit on the wall by the beach at boggy sands and eat and have a few drinks ... justin had brought a cooler cause fish fry doesn't have a liquor license ...

justin can sit that way ...

but the heavy all day rain had closed fish fry early, and so we went elsewhere, and for a moment at least sat on the wall there as well ... but I still was feeling the vibe of the wall by the sea, and the way the sky had been at the end of the day ...

chillin ...





Saturday, October 5, 2019

dready golfer



                         dready art - 'waiting on the foursome in front' - image

it was the chicken and the egg that reminded me of a golf ball ... and so I had this idea of the two white 'balls' at either end of a dready image ... and the whimsy that might contain.

it's almost as if the dude's looking up for the green, thinking about his shot, waiting to make it, waiting on the foursome in front to clear the green.

I am personally ambivalent about golf (although a nice day on a nice course is actually pleasant, especially without the golf!) but I do love a dready with a chicken!

zen-ity!