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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 'permit fish' - 16x16 - image

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 ...

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 - image for kit and limited edition HD 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' - original commission.

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 ...




Thursday, May 10, 2018

dready southern stingray, caribbean variety



                    dready 'big gyal business' - 32x14 - limited edition HD archival pigment print


the southern stingray is a big thing in the cayman islands, stingray city gets an average of 800 visitors a day, with as many as 1500 at times.

the female of the species is much much larger than the male ... which, at least for cliche purposes, is just cool for the average caribbean man.

nuff niceness ...

big gyal ...



Thursday, May 3, 2018

dready the art of collaboration



                           dready art 'dickie and karen's cottage' - 40x14 - original commission on canvas

this dready is a great example of the interactive process in the final piece ... this is as much dickie and karen's dready as it is mine.

so when we do a dready, I draw it to a first draft, I then send that first draft to the clients and we work on it together from there to get what they're looking for.

the background to this is almost all me, although some adjustments happened, they didn't like a line here, a thing there ...

but how they ended up being portrayed, as a family, was far different than my first draft of them, as we worked through the process.

and that's nice ... it makes it very personal.

and just look at that amazing poinicana tree!

tree of life ...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

dready cowbwoy(?)



                   dready 'why they don't make more westerns in jamaica.' - 18x18 -
                                limited edition archival pigment print

I'm sure i've said this before, but its probably been a while - i've been trying to work simultaneously with traditional and evolved series', so that if i do something to do with a cowboy i try to do it with both kinds of dreadys.

traditional (stick figure) dreadys tend to be more about the caribbean cliche; the attitudes and exuberances that i grew up with and around ...

hattitude ...

(actually i should have named it that, cause my dooood has some serious hattitude!)



dready art - a girl's favourite pony



               dready s 'rosebuds and red stripes' - 17x26 - limited edition archival pigment print

she s a pretty good polo player, no slouch at 3 goals international, and she has a favourite pony named rosebud ... and so, ya know, when she said i could use her and her pony as models for a new print series man i was excited ...

besides that, a dappled grey is such a pretty colour on a horse ...

and she'd just been on a tour, with some other women, to jamaica - all red stripes and sea baths (well and the odd mountain edge wading pool) and so the name and the red stripe ...

cheers!




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dready ... Ride Natty Ride



                                   dready s 'morning ride' -32x14 - Limited edition HD archival pigment print

one of my earliest memories - and this is a weird one perhaps given its extreme violence - is the movie 'the wild bunch' ... who wouldn't want to be a cowboy after that, eh ...

ride natty ride



Monday, April 16, 2018

dready - evolution of a cowgirl



                           dready art 'cowgirl' - 17x26 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

an evolution of an image and an idea ...  right down to the dog and where to put it was an evolution ...

so it started with 2 completely separate projects, one about cowboys and one about a girl and her horse and the two started to meld together along the way ... you know, what better cowboy horse than an appaloosa kinda thought process. (you can see the appaloosa below)

then it was just a cowgirl on a horse, and I thought it needs something, some whimsy, it needs a dog and emma said yes, definitely it needs a dog ... and people started to suggest kinds of dogs ...

elena has a dog named willow and willow's kinda in and out of the house all the time, she was here today just hanging out while we worked, and although this isn't really willow, per se, it is kinda like willow, especially the look ... (if it don't go so, it nearly go so.)

dunno, maybe a cross between willow and guiness and some other dog, some random internet dog ... i was drawing a black dog ('cause of ease and because another coloured animal would clash) but i felt a touch, a smidge of white on the dog would help ...

anyhow, so evolution ...

revolution ...



Friday, April 6, 2018

dready art s going for goal #2



                               dready 'going for goal #2' - 17x26 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

the very kind chisholm gallery of wellington, palm beach, looks after dready, and hangs it on walls, and sells it, and in general treats it with love and care ...

wellington is polo town usa and chisholm specialises in polo and sporting art and so while i was on a  tangent of horses and other things, and so i did an evolution of 'polo girl #3' to create 'going for goal #2', in the same way that we have a 'dressage bwoy' and a 'dressage girl' ... got to keep putting out new stuff ...

the other thing i was doing, while drawing, was watching the gold cup final polo match, from palm beach, on tv, flex jet vs valiente ... and so the inspiration, eh ... was a good match, 26 goal polo is very very cool and fast.

deh pon a flex ...



dready s kingdom for a horse


                                           dready 'appaloosa' - image

man, i love a horse, i love the feeling of going for a long long ride out ... i could ride every day if i had a chance and the space(!!) but there's none here on our beautiful but built up island the size of postage stamp - unless you want to ride in a ring ...

was chatting to one of the guys i used to do horses with, he had a little stables and all group of boys/men kept horses there, and he's given up too; all the trails we used to ride out to have been built on; maybe there's some in east end still, but too hard to get to, you can beach ride in barkers, but ...

i watched a documentary once about a man who rode across america, in modern times, now that's an undertaking, eh ... some people I know did a 5 day ride across the andes, that's more like it I think ... I want to do a ride from alberta into british columbia ... the space to do that in if you wanted to though ...

i used to ride every day in my holidays from school; would ride to see friends all 15 miles away, in the days before i could drive (it's far easier to drive 15 miles! and soooo much quicker) ...

so, I was working on something and it included some horses - i like a chestnut horse best, all shiny red and t'ing but there's something very cool about an appaloosa, more so than a paint, the spots - and it was a cowboy thing for a texas client, and appaloosa's are an US breed and so ...

ride it ...






Wednesday, March 21, 2018

dready s west indian snow shoes



somebody sent me this pic of dready flip flops in the snow in edinburgh with the caption 'west indian snow shoes' ... i liked that, a lot.


peace and love...


Monday, March 19, 2018

dready art - just breathe



                         dready 'just breathe' - image

several of the last few dreadys have been not about colour but about a lack of colour ... they're not the first ones that have done that way ... but I just felt like simplifying them even further.

and it's unfair to say the 'lack of colour', 'cause there's plenty going on eh, just took the background colours out and left it simple simple.

it's something that am always striving for is to find a way to tell a story with as little as possible - here the woman is sunning by the pool; the pool just hinted by a pair of lines and a squiggle of blue ...

easy nuh supah ...


dready s 'gyal abroad'




                      gyal abroad - internet avatar image - remarque

a big yute, that I know, lives in toronto ... another island bwoy gone away to cold freezing up his skin.

he wrote one day from the great white north and asked me if I'd draw an avatar for his wife, who was doing a blog called 'gyal abroad' ... how could I resist the idea of sending them some warmth and colour back into life and so voila ...

toronto is full of jamaicans, eh, lots of 'aunties' and 'uncles' headed that way to survive during the great exodus from yard in the 70's ... was just looking at some pics that someone posted of parties in the 80's and the familiar faces ...

I used to pass through in a rush on my way to school on the other side of the canadian wilderness in BC - trying hard to avoid stopping; but nowadays my daughter goes to school in ontario and so find myself spending more time in and out of toronto than i ever have before.

downtown toronto is a very cool city; vibrant, interesting, eclectic - but truth is that the vibrance dissipates very very quickly the minute you hit that 401(along with one's patience) - and so i enjoy the visits now, the walks, the food, the city ... but i'd still rather be visiting her in BC, 'cause that's a damn pretty place as well as being vibrant and interesting and eclectic ...

gyal gone broad ...



dready surfers paradise



                               dready art 'josiah's beach' - 50x20 - original triptych on canvas


at the end of last year, 2017, two back to back hurricanes Irma and Maria, mashed up the BVI and several other countries in their path;

I'd just taken this commission a few weeks before irma ...

in the aftermath it kinda held extra poignancy for the couple and they were anxious to see it done ... theirs wasn't a life completely lost as they still live there, but a life completely changed, and this was, perhaps to be a reminder of things that 'used to were'.

having lived through several hurricanes and one major, personally devastating one (and one devastating but not personally) I know the sensation of what someone called 'the new normal' ...

the choice to make this a triptych came slowly as I was drawing it; it started with the want for more sky ... and then the size of the end image started to evolve, it started to get bigger and bigger.

first it was just a diptych with the extra sky and then I had an urge to cut it and make it 3 ...

bless ...





Monday, January 29, 2018

dready aston martin for marek



                          dready aston martin db5 with marek reichman as james bond - 28x17
                          original remarque on canvas

marek reichman is the evp of design at aston martin

bond and jamaica go way back and so does my family, in the vaguest sense - my great uncle reggie, a law agent in highgate, found and dealt with the sale of the land for goldeneye and the building of the house on behalf of ian fleming - and so as part of a solo show in jamaica I had drawn the 'dready' bond version of this ... the theme for the show, in my head, had been this cross over of art and advertising and so had done a series of 'movie poster' size dreadys.

dready has this vibe of a mash-up between poster and pop art anyhow if they had a baby who was a west indian comedian ...

... and at the same time I was doing this I had drawn the bond version to insert into another piece of art for a bond fan.

in the end than, marek is a remarque of 2 other ideas ... same vibe but different vibe, different sky ... i like the night sky ...

coolness ...


dready for Cayman Cookout


 
                      dready 'how to cook curry goat' - 16x5 - unlimited edition HD archival pigment print

the ritz-carlton cayman cookout happens every year as the opening salvo of culinary month ... it is hosted by chef eric ripert and his friends jose andres and anthony bourdain and includes some of the best chefs in the world: 5 days of culinary events ...

it has both local and visiting chef elements to it, with special event days, beach barbeque and cook offs and local chef's competing ...

year before last dready did a menu drawing for the VIP guests, this year another 'official' drawing ...
full disclosure, haven't met the chef's ... I was sent images by the ritz marketing and the visit the cayman islands crew.

but I had this idea that here were 3 of the world's great chef's, at on one of their cooking panels, and they had to ask the audience how to cook curry goat ... the goat himself, looks surprised to be there!

It must take a particular temperament to survive the pace of a kitchen, i mean, I can cook 1 meal for 14 people, but imagine juggling 7 main course choices and everything else for 40 people a sitting ... the madness of a kitchen in full tilt ... so praise due

big up ...




Monday, January 22, 2018

dready - ocean home magazine



                    dready ocean home magazine feb 2018

"with an incredible use of colour ... and the scenery is not something that has been seen before" Patrick McAleenan, UK

It's always nice to hear positive things about yourself ...

I have been very fortunate that people have taken to dready the way that they have, hard to imagine how it has grown from its roots a little caribbean company just doing our thing, to something a bit bigger ...

selling your art all over the place ...

but still just doing our thing, which is cool.

big love ...


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

dready and the maserati



                              dready 'emma wants to know why' - 50x16 - original commission

some clients are old, some clients are young, some are in between, some are boys, some are girls, married, single, with or without pets, gay, straight or a mixture in between ... dready has an interesting, eclectic, cool clientele

danny's young, he's almost done with university and he's been wanting a personalised dready, wanted something to reflect his likes in life and something that would fill a large space in his apartment.

he likes maseratis, and he likes the dready chickens and definitely, definitely the goat, had to have the goat ... and he wasn't sure whether he liked the look of, the vibe of emma or emily, perhaps both ...

vibez ...


Friday, January 5, 2018

dready s yellow sky


                       dready s 'yellow sky' - kimpton seafire residences closing gift - 36x13 - limited edition          
                                                            HD archival pigment print


some days you get lucky ... the sky was lucky; pam said you should try a stronger colour and i did ... and i worked on a few and chose the one that she was happiest with ... and in the end it's the sky that makes the difference.

i had done another kimpton-seafire dready for someone, a view from the beach, and it had some characteristics that I didn't want to replicate, wanted this to be completely different ... this was to be a closing gift, for the seafire residences to give to new buyers of the apartments; which again is a pretty nice bit of luck for me.

and bicycles and dogs are a big part of the kimpton experience ...

bless up ...


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

dready wedded bliss

 
                               dready s 'the big fuck-off tree' - 20x11 - original commission on paper

they got married in scotland in a castle against loch ness and on the drive into the grounds was this beautiful tree, they and the tree are not in the picture together really, but I liked the photos of the tree and turns out the bride liked the tree as well ...

I even like the drawing of the tree ...

in the landscape with the tree, right behind where I have placed the couple, is a hole in the foliage that leads to a jetty and the lake ... but, sadly, the best place for them in the picture blocks it, but I wanted you to know that it was there.

I've been to scotland several times, but never to loch ness - the first time I went to scotland I was about 10 and went with a boy from boarding school, on an 'exeat', to where his father lived in edinburgh; he was an officer in the queens scottish guard, stationed at holyrood palace/house ... he didn't live in it, but in a house below it, a nice house in my memory although I have no specific images of it, except the view, through the front window, across a park at arthur's seat ... i feel we spent a nice time, cold and grey though, and we climbed arthur's seat,

and i remember the black stone ... it was very different from the little of england I knew and very different from jamaica ... I wasn't in england very long and never went back there for 20 something years, no reason to go ... and I never went back to scotland till 37 years later and now I've been 12 times.

it's nice, i like scotland it has a nordic vibe and a wildly beautiful landscape ...

och aye to rass ...


dready art for a family



                   dready art's 'blue dog and no no' - 66x24inches - original commission on canvas

when i'm doing one of these dready 'elevations' i spend a lot of time, naturally, thinking about how best to show the building or at least the character of the house ... it was the side garden of this house that had the coolest views, some really nice trees, a good sampling of the house itself and was probably a space that the children and family spent a lot of time in, it was a nice space.

so although it is, in terms of the house, the simplest view of the building it speaks to all the house has to offer.

in the end we decided to not show the family but to show hints of the kids and so their favourite toys make an appearance, hence the name ...

as my cousins say

fambly ...




Thursday, December 14, 2017

dready miami vice-ish



                      dready 'miami vice-ish' - 44x14 - image

As a tiny yute i had a love for cheap cheap captain's hats from off the bottom shelf in (walgreens), somewhere off biscayne ... i used to look forward to the new one each trip to miami when we went shopping for things, like cheap captains hats(!!!), you couldn't get at home ... days of chocolate malts and club sandwiches, no lettuce.

(though truly the chocolate malts at oxford pharmacy were better) ...

grandpas tailor was on flagler, dad's tractor parts were down off of sunset ...

the big man me still don't tek no lettuce in his BLT ...

then i went to college in south florida and clowned and roamed with yardies (and trinis and guaynese and surinamese and bajans), from palm beach to key west, on and off for 'bout 10 years. I would never call them the best years of my life, but spent some cool cool times of life there ... Miami vice years, eh ... and besides who wouldn't want a ferrari daytona ...

coming in the air tonight ...


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

dready ... the right donkey



         dready 'donkey' -18x12 - image

every year (so far!) I draw a christmas card(s) ... and they're free to use ...

as ideas were looking for life in my head, i saw this pic of a whimsically carved nativity scene and thought that it had just the vibe I wanted to draw - just the dude (whom I presume was joseph) and the donkey ... 'cept the donkey was looking the wrong way ...

so i went in search of the right donkey ... i already had the sheep and the cow ... the right donkey though proved an anathema to the original thought; it was just too damn cute to be cluttered up with a nativity and a joseph in a bad hat ...

and so i ended up with 'im all ears' ... and and and a pic of a very cool and cute donkey.

seasons greetings ...







dready art FJ40



                           dready FJ40 Landcruiser - 24x24 - Limited edition HD archival pigment print

I used to really like to read wilbur smith's novels when i was young; they were set in africa, and full of adventure - between him and clive cussler and louis l'amour i managed to read my way through my teens and maybe nudging into my 20's ...

once reading an interview with wilbur smith, he said, essentially, 'people think that the land rover conquered africa, but it didn't, it was the toyota landcruiser ... and the peugot 505 estate wagon ...'

I drive a land rover but only because I don't drive an FJ40 - they are both such incredibly cool looking, simple and utilitarian vehicles ... and if I could have both, bwoy, i would ...

so, i'd been planning to draw one ... mostly because in my close family there are land rover people and there are landcruiser people and sometimes a little cross-over in between and there's always chatter about which is whose ... and then a guy named blair wanted me to draw one and then i saw a pic of one on a beach in sri lanka that was cool, and then in the bush in costa rica - there used to be tons of them in latin america - I just kept seeing photos of them all over the place ...

so voila ...

and bless up ...





dready - adding a dog ...



                              dready art 'the last red stripe - 18x18 - limited edition archival pigment print

adding an animal to the dreadys always seems to strike a chord with people, but it also helps to add whimsy and to balance space ...

the placement of the goat in the back seat of a car is only partially about humour and about relating a 'story' of identity, it also gives the viewer something to look for, makes them part of the dready - they end up wondering what they'll find: the goat, the chicken, a dog ... more than one; where's the red yellow and green symbol ...

an 'aunt' of the family ... another side of the family, one by marriage, so not my aunt, their aunt - long story eh! - used to put a lizard in her art and we all used to try and find the lizard every time we saw one of her paintings; it was a thing and made you the viewer part of the art ... made you like the art even more.

besides that I like animals ... well cats, am kinda meh about cats, and pet fish, birds, reptiles, double double meh with knobs on ...

okay, well, so I like dogs!

well, and I like goats and sheep and donkeys and horses and cows and chickens ...

anyhow, nuff said ...

peace ... and love


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

dready looking through the window of the tate


                  dready art - 'one blackfriars through the window of the tate' - original image

a friend said 'you have to go up to the members lounge and look at the view' ...

you know how they say 'membership has its privileges', well lemme tell you, the view was pretty damn cool ...

And, and, and by joining we got to jump the queue and see the tate show that was 'sold out'...

you know, despite the fact that you could call me an 'artist', i can't say that am drawn to galleries, museums yes; i like the bits of history and knowledge - but sometimes, gallery shows strike you, you see a theme or an artist that moves you and you want to go check it out.

that said have a had a few random gallery moments that were coolness ...

there was more to this image than the view, mind you; some people I knew were the lead designers for 1 Blackfriars, the building with the big red rectangle on it, and i wanted to see the view of it from there.

seeeeen ...







Monday, October 30, 2017

dready 'many rivers to cross'



                        dready art's 'tanya's sky at blackfriars' - original image

'many rivers to cross' is one of my favourite songs ...

and i really should say that the jimmy cliff version is my top, and it is, on some days, but jah know, i also really like the UB40 version, alot, especially the electronic opening ...

I know right!

it's a story about a jamaican coming to england - but the allegory is about the rivers of babylon - wandering I am lost ...

so, here we were in london, and we crossed the thames to get to the venue, a show, with saunders fine art and mourant, which was in the oxo tower, we crossed the river looking for god knows what.

and this was roughly the view looking back ... looking out of the window of the gallery space the barge was heading up the river, at the point where the river and the sea stopped mixing ... where  the foreign and the local became one.

the sky was grey and dull though, not rich and blue, but as I was sitting and drawing this, I think at the time in italy, tanya posted a pic looking up at the sky, a gorgeous blue and so I stole it ... and used it ...

allegory of sorts ...





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

dready link-ups





dready 'blues iguana' on a coaster for walkers global



dready kimpton seafire bookmarks - 'frenchie, daniel's chicken, brown dog, sea life'