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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dready - a day at the beach



                          dready art 'the mccabe's beach huts' - 48x14 - original commission on canvas

i'd thought that these beach huts were an 'english' thing - huts on the beach that you own, or rent, they're not for living in, just for keeping your beach stuff, maybe having a snooze, store your bbq and your paddle board ...

but come to find that they had them in europe, in australia, in new zealand and other places too ... who knew!

and so we used them to create the vibe of the places that they'd lived and grown in ...

a nice bright colourful way to do it, eh!

life at the beach ...

dready flip flops



                    dready flip flops ... available only in cayman, soon to be available online.

Monday, June 5, 2017

dready art, art shows, london ... and moments


                  dready art 'buon giorno venice' - original on canvas

i'd drawn this dready about 2 years ago and tucked it away, for this show ... then the show was delayed twice  ...

but finally here she is in all her glory at the oxo tower group show in london sponsored by mourant ozannes and curated by saunders fine art gallery.

i loved this place and this dready; venice is an amazing city ...

and so is london ... showing in london was exciting and the city is always cool and interesting. we stayed in primrose hill, where had never been, and which, surrounded by parks and walks and choices of high streets and good walks and lovely restaurants was lovely.

in venice, that week, my desk was at water level looking out onto the grand canal and I drew, looking out at the verve and swish and action of all the movement of venice in full swing.

peace-ness and beauty ...



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

dready from Osmosis Caribbean Art Beat



   dready prints from Osmosis Caribbean

so there's a new way to buy your dreadyness, Osmosis Caribbean is a new web portal specicalizing in west indian art.

you can find them on facebook, on twitter, on instagram and on the world wide web - osmosiscaribbean.com

and the best part, is that as always, it's the same price, same shipping, same signature, same love ... anywhere in the world you want to call home ...

Peace and Love ...



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dready, it's carnival time again

                    dready art 'Moko Jumbies' - original on canvas

is carnival time again, one after the other up and down the islands carnival, jump up, road march, soca music, costumes and stilted walkers known as 'moko jumbies' ...

I haven't seen the big carnivals of trinidad, rio, new orleans or even venice - have never done road march in costume ...

have only seen smaller ones of jamaica, cayman and belize; rode on the back of a 'big truck' in belize where a band I was with was playing ...

love to walk the route, see the people, interact, hang, dance, go to the street parties - whether you go or not, carnival permeates the scene, you get affected by it, the new music of the season begins to crop up, the carnival hits of the mas players bands come on the radio, photos of the costumes flitter across social media ... in trinidad everything shut down for a week.

I wanted to throw every carnival into the hat on this one ... and so ...

get behind the big truck ... high walk, shadow, butterfly, waaaaaave

life is good ...


dready, a night on the river


                         dready - group show, oxo tower, london may 2017

the weather, as is the want in england, was wet, but it couldn't undo the view out the windows down the left side of the room - the thames 30 feet away, the embankment across the river, the inns of court ....

inside it was all colour and verve and light and whimsy ... the dreadys glowed, the turtles on their oh so blue, the 'moko jumbies' on an impossible orange, a shocking orange ...

not dready's first showing in the uk - there've been corporate events and art for projects and fund raisers, children's charities, restaurant link ups, and football clubs - but this was the first full on 'art' show, and my first in London.

three women chatted to me about the 'seagrapes' - a verdun like image of a seagrape forest, all trunks  ... as if they've been bombed into non-existence ...

it was an unintentional effect, I didn't draw it to shock and sadden at all, it was mainly about the view that you see when you're under the shade of the trees; but in fact the fate of coastal sea grape forests, giving way as they do, like mangrove woods, to coastal development mean destruction of the 'roots' that help hold the beaches together and the ecosystems that serve as breeding nurseries for wild life - the sea grapes are a sanctuary for crabs and birds.

the '5 turtles', beautiful - the history of the caribbean is built partially on the abundance of turtles; the fresh meat they provided in provisioning ships heading back for europe, the shells for jewellery, containers, eyeglass frames ... the men who chased them built communities ...

the 'moko jumbies' - like me one man's favourite part was the woman's hand that just creeps in to the lower left of the frame ... her hand is what started the whole story, I'd seen this hand in a photograph and liked it and imagined what, in my world, the character behind the hand, might be looking at ...

the dawn sky in 'a man in a canoe' sparkled ... conversation was light ...


good show ...






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

dready up on the bayou


                                  dready 'the camp on the bayou' - original on paper - 22x14

a family from atlanta asked me to do a dready for their father in louisiana, in new orleans ... the only thing that i had to work with really, was that he liked fishing, loved being on his boat and that the louisiana water wasn't the lovely blue of the caribbean...

so I started with that and the dready kinda evolved organically ... I wanted to show some elements of what being on the water in the bayou is all about ... I've been to baton rouge and beyond Louisiana in the verges of the bayou in mobile and biloxi ...

big old trees and old man's beard, spanish moss ... and small wood cottages, shacks

At the time I didn't know that the family had a holiday house, that had been destroyed in Katrina - but after the first draft the story of the house came up - this is the nice part about a dready, the interaction and the participation of the client ... so 'the camp' snuck into the image.

coolness ...



Thursday, April 20, 2017

dready art's eulogy for a friend



                          dready 'waiting to play fetch' - original on paper - 16x14 inches

a friend lost his dog, she meant a lot to him, obviously, and so we drew this dready to commemorate a life ...

and I dunno, it seemed fitting that she'd be inside looking out 'waiting to play fetch' ...

Bless ...


Friday, April 14, 2017

dready a rude bwoy jamaican


                            dready art's 'rude bwoy' - image

i'd already drawn the bones of this dready as part of another idea: one about fashion and street style, and how it's reflected in the caribbean world that I know, when bling asked me if I'd draw him into a dready ...

and as i was thinking of how i would do that, i was reminded of the eek-a-mouse reggae song, 'rude bwoy jamaican', by someone ... there sitting at lunch, she had video-ed Eek singing, at round hill - dooood has an amazing deep melodious voice; 'bread in de oven baking, here come de rude bwoy jamaican' ...

and so as I sat listening to it, the idea of reimagining this dready came to mind - because of his style and vibe and verve and the way he was walking and t'ing ... 'cause this is him, this is the rude bwoy.

big up ... 


dready in the lebanon



                        Dready Art - A magazine, Aishti, Issue #88 - page 220-222

As part of an article, by Michael Welton, on the new Kimpton seafire resort hotel in the Lebanese style and fashion magazine A, there are photographs and very cool mention of dready art ...
    “especially touching are the works of art mounted throughout ground floor drawn by gifted local artist called dready”    
https://issuu.com/aishti/docs/amag88

dready is fortunate to be part of the whole seafire thing it is a gorgeous and lovely hotel and am moved by the way people appreciate the dreadys, have time to see the dreadys in this setting with so much good going on in it.

ites ...


Monday, April 3, 2017

dready in disguise


     
                      dready art 'portrait of a man in disguise' - image - 24x24

so this is not really a story about a man with a gun; the gun is a prop, and part of the greater story of a 'portrait of a man in disguise' ...

it was, to me, a cool cool idea to portray this man, who knows that this is him, in disguise ...

anonymity even in art ...

but it was the pose that drew me to draw him, confident, up right, strong, a small wry smile ...

coolness ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

dready versions ...


                       
                        dready 'paddle boarder' - limited edition archival pigment print - 24x24"

by combining two ideas, at the request of a client, marrying the dready beach cabana with the beach cottage to create a new print series ... with a paddle boarder.

the client's version is actually of a man and a woman, a remarque if you will ...

easy skanking ...







Thursday, March 30, 2017

dready remarques ...


                        dready catboat - savannah grand - remarque print - 44x18 on canvas


to create a kind of middle ground between dready prints and the high cost of original commissions there are two other ways to buy a dready ...

the first is the remarqued/personalized print, where I try to add little elements of the buyers wants, without really redoing the print ... ususally fairly subtle changes ...

art and sharon are from new jersey, but she'd been born in st vincent and had fond memories which they wanted to add ...

me, i've spent some nice time in st vincent, up on the hill at villa, looking out at bequia ... one of the family that preceded me built a church on canouan ... i have some down island history too yu know.

leaving your mark ...

ites ...



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

dready ... turtles


             
                 dready art '5 turtles' - limited edition archival pigment print - 30x30"

the history of these islands is told in tales of turtling ...

and not just the island where i live, but those small cays and harbours and sand spits from cuba to nicaragua, and the southern caribbean coast of mexico, cayman, jamaica, belize ... in places with names like miskito cay, pedro bank, corn island, man o' war cay, swan island, isla de las mujeres, tunerief ...

young men would be left on spits of sand hundreds of miles from home ... they'd rebuild last year's huts (if they'd survived the hurricane season) they'd set out water, 'cause there was none to be had other than what they brought with them or what the rain made fall.

and they'd stay there the season and catch turtle and pen them, come hell or high water or hurricane breeze ...

turtle meat was canned in florida, turtle shell made frames for glasses ...

these days are gone ... but some few turtles have survived them along with the stories of the times ...

history ... his story ...







Monday, March 13, 2017

dready at the wharf house


                       dready s 'man in a canoe' - original on paper - 28x10

i woke up, as i almost always do, at dawn - i was in a new house; oh i'd seen this house before in several incarnations, but had never stayed in it; it's beautiful lovely serene comfortable cool ... old old old cool.

we'd arrived in the dark of night and so i was anxious to see it, the house, the environs, in the light of day ... walk in the dew wet grass with my bare feet, smell the sea, take photos of the old stables, the house, the wharf master's office, the teepee, the beach, the cottages ...

the sun rises slowly, blocked at first by the low hills to the east of mo-bay; light creeps in, it infiltrates rather than surprises; insinuates itself on the trees, the lawn, the dock, the sea ...

soft cool air, people stirring around the house (not the guests; other than the i, they were firmly asleep) a cup of coffee ... and around the point an old man rowing a moss stained canoe, his fishing net in a small pile at the opposite end.

even at this little distance I could see that he was not a young man ...

so when a dude in an old ass canoe comes rowing into your morning light you begin to wonder about where he came from, where was he going to, where had he been ... and from there the story can develope in a thousand ways.

and then he was gone ...

breathe in life ...





Thursday, March 9, 2017

dready ... all the things ... and a dog.


                   dready art - 'a dog's life' - original commission - 36x36 on canvas

the right dog and the right colour that's was the basic nitty gritty of this dready ... i'd like to say I chose the dog, I didn't, the dog was given to me as an idea and I just had to find the right way to present it (and the man talking to it.) the whole idea was made more fun, 'cause the art was a surprise and so we couldn't just ask for photos of the dog ...

dogs lurk around all over the place in dreadys - I grew up with dogs, eh; rex, napoleon, buster, josephine - like all the animals in the art they add a certain little life, an aside to the story you're telling: the goats talk about heritage, chickens about an atmosphere in which history creeps through into modernity, the dogs really about family and love and warmth ...

and i put our two stools in there - one that had been my family's, old old and well travelled through generations and countries, and the other recently bought for our home - cause i needed something for them to sit on and I couldn't find anything suitable.

all these things, the right dog, the right gesture, the right colours ... you spend a lot of thought time on these things. but it's cool cause I love the end result.

is the journey, zeeen ...




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

dready reaching a certain age

                     dready art 'milestones' - original commission - 49x17 on canvas

was thinking the other day how you experience the same things in life at different stages ...

how a really ripe cheese, for instance, can be troubling when you're 15, but lovely when you're 50 ... how 6 cheeseburgers and a chocolate shake can disappear in front of a 14 year old and a green salad fill you up at 40.

And it's cool, because of the experiences we have, how the past evolves us, how age changes us physically and time mentally, it truly means that you 'never step into the same river twice' ...

robert was turning 50 and so a snapshot of a that as a moment in his life.

earthstrong ...


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dready art, that moment ...



                    dready art 'that moment' - adjusted/remarqued print commission - 28x12 on canvas

so below here in the blog you see that I drew a pic called 'pablo takes a little breeze out' and mikey wanted me to adjust it to create a whole new drawing for him based on that print and the photo that had inspired it ...

that moment when pablo sees a chicken ...

an i started to wonder how pablo himself, as a dog, might describe that moment ...

he being a west indian dog, of german descent, with a 'spanish' name and sitting in an italian car ... so ...

"rassclate, ein pinche flugeunfahiger fliegen sache, prego" jamiaco-germanic-spanglitalian ... "rassclate, it's a fucking flightless flying thingy!"

speak to me in tongues ...


Monday, February 20, 2017

dready the palmers beach


                   dready of 'palmer's beach' - 64x20 - original on canvas

a complete fabrication of an invented beatific beach scene ...

the beach creeps into lives here in cayman 'cause it's idyllic; there are no mountains and streams and no green rolling pastures with meandering stone walls, the woodlands are all scrub and small and damp ...

most of the beauty of cayman is really at the edge looking out ... and there are some lovely spots, places less travelled ... spotts, barkers, batabanoo, south sound, east end, cayman kai ...

i tried to take some elements from the outer edges and put them in here.

glad bag bus' ...


 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

dready art the green door ...

                        dready art - the green door - image

there are reasons for me drawing a nude and none of them are about titillation, the first is this idea of what you can portray with an eye on simplicity ... and how simple the whole thing can be and still portray something cool.

i've pared this image down to very little and yet you can still feel it ... the presence of the house, the style, you might even be able to imagine the kind of house it might be,

you might imagine the woman herself, the person who is looking at her ... I lifted her out of the dready 'itopia-ish' ...

peace and love ...





Thursday, February 16, 2017

dready - pablo takes a little breeze out ...

 
          
            dready s 'pablo takes a little breeze out' - limited edition archival pigment print - 14x14

i like fiat 500 classics ...

they're well cute and cool, and as such they fit right into the dready vernacular ... this is now the 3rd one I've drawn.

auntie betty has always, in my memory, had sausage dogs back home 'a yard' ... and now lexi, my cousin, has taken up the mantle ...

not sure how the I feels about them, but but bit they're unique, and they've been present in my life and so, ya know ...

then madeleine's god-father bought himself a fiat 500, reddish-orange, came all the way from sicily; he called it enzo after the character in 'the deep blue' ...

and he has a sausage dog named pablo.

And he posted this cute picture of pablo, in the window of the car riveted on a chicken and all that together got me going ...

walk good, ciao ...


Sunday, February 5, 2017

dready in the press



                             dready in architects and artisans e-zine

it started with a little article about the new kimpton hotel and thanks to John Doak, the dready drawing i did of the Kimpton, for his wife, ended up as the cover/header art for the story ... and it was a nice story about Cayman and about the hotel

and on the back of that Mike Welton the publisher asked to do a little blurb on dready ...

nicley.


                             dready in architects and artisans e-zine

so press ...

t'ings a gwaan ...



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

dready itopia-ish


                                  dready art 'itopia-ish' - image

somewhere down in the slog of words, below in this blog, is some chat 'bout a lovely day spent at this house ...

and I've wanted to draw it since then ....

but actually it was an image of a woman - two women separately, really - leaning in a doorway(s) that brought me back; 'cause I thought this would be a better doorway for a woman to be leaning in.

but but but, before I got to her leaning in a doorway I came across this woman frolicking in Jamaica ... the usual beautiful hidden cool jamaican places of wood and water ...

and that, that led me to a series of photos featuring this woman and her life somewhere else, and her leaning in a doorway - the table and chairs on the left were part of that life, and I was inspired to put them in this - so, woman, Jamaica and a doorway.

but in the end, outside of the inspiration she provided for the idea, the table and chairs are the only part of her that made this drawing ...

then a photo of a man and a very nice haircut and an awesome beard ... and he reminded me of the man who used to own this house; maybe him in his younger days ...

so a woman leaning in a doorway and now a man ... I was going to put him sitting in the chair but there was an empty space to the left of the house that I felt needed to have your attention drawn to it ...

in reality the surrounds of this house are big and lush, full of verdant green-ness, there's no vast open spaces ... but I wanted some space ... wanted a place to put the chicken!

peace ...



Dready, memory on the wall



                    dready art's 'cotton tree cayman' - original commission - 46x62 on canvas

they'd planted that poinciana tree in the middle themselves, built the boutique hotel, enjoyed their time there ... and when it came time to sell it they wanted to commemorate the place.

lucky me, 'cause we got to stay there, the cottage in the middle, while we snapped photos and pretended like we were just hanging out playing tourist, 'cause it was surprise gift for her, from her husband and daughter  ...

we hung the finished dready today, in her new house, and am only sorry that when glenn and were done, there wasn't enough room behind me to get a photograph of it in context so that the scale was kinda evident, 'cause dis hya t'ing big!

niceness ...




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

dready vagabondia


                   dready Vagabondia/Azurlite - limited edition archival pigment print - 28x10

Dimensions: 211’ length
Gross Tonnage: 1,080 tons
Official registry number: 171277

The yacht Vagabondia, was designed by Cox & Stevens, Inc., and constructed in 1928 at Kiel, Germany, by Germaniawerftr for Mr. William L. Mellon, the Pittsburgh financier and industrialist, who founded and headed the Gulf Oil Corporation

In 1941 she was acquired by the US Navy, renamed Azurlite  and simultaneously designated PY-22.

Following the war, Azurlite was decommissioned and sold to J. S . Webster & Sons in 1947.  She continued in service as a freighter and passenger ship until 1968, when she was sold.


walk good ...


dready s Eros - Webster Line ship


                        dready s Eros - Webster Line - limited edition archival pigment print - 28x10

Dimensions: 260’ length
Gross Tonnage: 1,129 tons
Official registry number: 140038

The Yacht Honor was the very last design of the legendary Scottish naval architect, George Lennox Watson, whose earlier work included the Royal Yacht Britannia and the America's Cup competitors including Sir Thomas Lipton's ​Shamrock II.

She was built by Ramage & Ferguson in Leith, England for Baron de Forest.  In In 1911, Honor was sold to Baron Henri de Rothchild and was renamed EROS.

Eros was requisitioned by the French government during the Great War and remained in government service until 1924, when she was sold to J S Webster & Sons

The former luxury yacht was transformed into a freighter / passenger ship and continued in service in the West Indies well into the 1940’s.


sailin' smooth ...

dready s rosalie belliveau

        Rosalie Belliveau - Webster line: limited edition archival pigment print - 28x10

Dimensions: 114’ length x 29’ beam x 10’ depth.
Gross tonnage: 230 tons.
Official registry number: 122035.

Rosalie Belliveau was built at Belliveau Cove, Nova Scotia in 1909 by C. C. LeBlanc as a three-masted wooden schooner.

After several years of trading to the West Indies, she was bought by Newfoundland owners and then sold to J. S. Webster & Sons in 1918.

She continued to trade in the West Indies for the next 8 years.

The last voyage of the Rosalie Belliveau began on November 15, 1926 when she left Kingston, Jamaica loaded with general cargo bound for the Turks Islands. The ship was reported off Jacmel, Haiti on December 7, 1926 and was never seen again.


ahoy ... 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

dready s the next generation



             dready 'seafire with chicken ... and cement block' - original commission - 30x14 on canvas (2pc)

this was a challenge ... and not just for me ... Martyn had to go out to sea, on the back of a jet-ski, to get a bunch of photographs for me to work from ...

pam and i walked around property snapping photos of things that we might use and there was sooooooo much really cool stuff it was hard to decide what to use and how to use it ...

and then it took some drawing ... some serious drawing happened.

as a little side note the Kimpton Seafire ain't flat, it's kinda in a lazy v, to give maximum exposure to the sea and the views ...

anyhow, the end result's kinda cool ... and there's a chicken!

selecta ...




Thursday, January 5, 2017

dready in print, maco magazine ...



                         dready in MACO magazine volume 18.3 page 48 - 54

http://www.publications.macomag.com/maco-caribbean-living/2016/volume18issue3/

the people at maco, neysha soodeen, simone gillette, the writer olivia leigh-campbell treated dready with some serious love and kindness ...

"And, one of my favourite, most persistent, and the coolest people on the planet ‘Dready Shane’ from Cayman is also featured on page 48" Simone Gillette, Editor in Chief

you work hard, hustle, find a visual style that's all your own ...

peace and love ...


Thursday, December 29, 2016

dready art's the beach swing ...

                 
                  dready s 'the beach swing' - original commission on canvas - 28x10

everybody loves a swing set ... standing in the seat trying to get it to go higher and higher ...

the initial brief for 'the divine sofa' (below) had some beach element to it and so we decided to create two scenes as part of the one commission, that would have the children in both, the divine sofa and the beach scene ...

and it had to have a chicken ...

voila ...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

dready jerk T shirt

 
                          dready 'jerk' t shirt

we're testing printing and shirts and cloth and design sizes and how well they hold together after washing ... all sorts of things to come up with the right combination of ideas and materials ...

it's confusing and interesting and all sorts of other feelings rolled into one ... i can't say we've made any decisions but we're getting there slowly but surely.

a journey of 1000 paces starts with a single step don't it ...

cool ...




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

dready s divine sofa ...

                          dready art, the divine sofa - original commission on canvas - 28x10"

the disclaimer is that this is not the final image but almost ...

it's also a complete and total fabrication that came outta my head - there is no sofa in the lives of this family, that looks like this ...

but I saw it as an idea along with the turtle art on the wall.

I'm kinda repeating myself as I say this, but the imagining of what the dready will look like, to catch the essence of the 'idea' and to create a scene around it that will have whimsy and colour and verve, is the key; sometimes this takes me ages, sometimes I have it right away ... and I dunno if that's all worth repeating but ...

anyhow, this sofa is divine and once I'd thought it, seen it, drawn it everything else fell into place!

peace

Monday, December 5, 2016

dready s look at history

               
                     dready national museum/courthouse 20x35 - poster

a smidgin, a slice, of the dready cayman panorama; 'things that exist only in my fading memory' ...

and one of my favourite bits, which went to make the poster for the dready solo show that subsumed a room 119 feet around, floor to ceiling in colour and verve and fun and whimsy ...

memories ...


Friday, November 18, 2016

dready dressage


               
                       dready 'dressage rider - bwoy' - limited edition archival pigment print - 40x14

i did a series of riding dreadys because my daughter asked me to, and the dressage rider - girl was hands down my favourite; it's just really really subtle and simple, and the brown just seemed to combine with the blue to make something very cool.

then somebody asked me to do the boy version which I did ... but I always kinda felt that something was missing, and not just the red, yellow and green and didn't truly love love love the boy one as much ...

anyhow I updated them both last week and included some red, yellow and green ...



                    dready 'dressage rider - gyal' - limited edition print # of 99 - 40x14

even now looking at them both the girl, that shock of yellow for her hair just rocks but I like them better now.

giddyup ...




dready on a different medium



            dready catboat 'yard fowl' printed on to acrylic and mounted - kimpton seafire


we've done dready printed on the usual t'ings, every day it's on canvas and 360 gsm watercolour paper,

the dready 'blue marlin, white marlin, black marlin, Bob...' is printed directly on to aluminium ...

i used to think that Andi's original Bob, on the aluminium, was the bees knees ... well it is the bees knees 'cause it has this glow-through that the aluminium has given it, a certain texture ... I had to get that printed in the UK 'cause at the time I couldn't find a US firm that could cope with getting the inks to bond to the medium ...

but now this, this dready on acrylic is amazing lovely ...

Andrew asked me last night, after I sent him the pic of it, if one could take the backgrounds out and just have the cat-boat floating across the acrylic ... i like the thought of that.

dready is very fortunate ...

bless up ...


dready of a fashion


                 dready 'fashion weeks' - image

the individual images that came to make up this dready are all below in the blog stream ...

but I had this idea that they would come together in some sort of way ... whether in the end they'll make up a physically single piece or 3 matching pieces time will tell when I come to hang them on a wall.

the text component came in the usual way - I write 'sample' across every image that I post - but suddenly in the case of the fashion dreadys I thought to myself, the word 'sample' actually works and i changed the way that i wrote it to include the 3 dots. And that begat the final words ...

anyhow so mr no fashion is drawing things about fashion ...

zeeeeen ...


dready professionally hung



      'beach cottage' and 'country house', both on the wall in the new kimpton seafire grand cayman: professionally designed, framed and hung by peoples with mad skillz from foreign, I wish I could say I had something to do with it other than drawing the pics ...

      they look amazing and they are in some pretty cool spots in the hotel.

      peace and love nice peoples and thank you ...

peace and love ...




Monday, October 31, 2016

dready - granny's pants ...



                  dready art's 'mi granny's skeng foot pants' - image

the things that were in fashion before i knew what fashion was, are in fashion again ... bell bottom flares, platform shoes, big hair, big hoop earrings ...

i remember walking down the street in miami, when i was a little yute man, and seeing a dooood all pimped up and his platform heels were see-through and had a goldfish inside them - too cool, don't it.

anyhow, so ya know, the idea was that fashion comes around and around ... i used to wear my grandfather's coat and people's grandmother's styles are coming back into fashion.

bless ...

Saturday, October 29, 2016

dready street style ...

 
                   dready 'big hair gyal' - street style - image

the continuing fiddle with 'fashion' - imagining a series of images based around european street style ...

big natural fluffy hair suits the whole dready vibe t'ing ... and i went pastel on the background and then i saw a background colour from fez in morocco (i think) and it was so warm and beautiful and the person leaning against the wall just leapt off the screen.

anyhow ... 'nuff 'bout that

peace ...




Thursday, October 27, 2016

dready work on the wall ...


                       dready 'tuk tuk' in the Kimpton Seafire Hotel, Grand Cayman


it's a very cool and very simple dready and one that they chose to put in the rooms at the Kimpton.
There are 7 other dready pieces dotted around the lobby and public spaces of this lovely 5 star hotel.

coolness ...

Monday, October 24, 2016

dready ... in the french style


       dready 'in the french style' - image

as i was looking at images of street fashion styles for some stuff that was going through my brain there was a lot of french-african or african-french street style pervading the images i was looking at ...

as a caribbean yute there's a lot of this sort of style and fashion floating around the more cosmopolitan caribbeaness; whether that takes place in yard on a friday night, or in toronto, or london, or miami, where west indians have come to congregate ...

it's in the general look and feel of the people i'm seeing ... and in the vibe of the things i want to express ...

so i found myself exploring the idea and developing a character based on that idea.

there was a moment when doood cudda had a hat, but then i liked his hair too much for that.

vibes ...




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

dready s in fashion ...




                       dready 'winter is coming' - image

it's fashion season i guess, paris fashion week musta just happened 'cause it was all over the feeds ... and that got me wandering through paris street style images and milan street style, and ...

and i was doing a dready for campbell who's very much into shoes ...

(i'm not really about fashion, sadly - always wished i was ... that paul smith would dress me!!!)

and the days suddenly cooled here and max sent pics of fall - 'cause he's away at school ...

and the thoughts of a change of season started to move in and out of my head ... i'm a caribbean bwoy, you go from 95 degrees to 85 degrees in avg temp, that's not a season change, but the humidity drops and that's nice - and so you get to dreaming about going somewhere cool (not cold, 'cause that might freeze your brain) where the leaves change and the air has a nip and you can wear a coat - 'cause we all have a coat, same coat for like 20 years, that we break out, and wear maybe every other year when we go somewhere cold: coat we got at university, or just after we got married and we wife wanted to go somewhere 'civilized' for holiday ...

anyhow so creation of a dood ... a dooood am fairly sure's going to end up in something else as well ...

chill ...

#dready #fashion #milan #paris #london #singapore #shanghai


dready rocking it old school ...



                   dready art s 'labrish, labrish, chat, chat' - 28x10 - image

there's a show on at the national gallery that's about language of culture in art, and it sparked me into action ... that and i needed, wanted to do an old school dready

stick figures and cliches ...

and it was nice 'cause i went full old school and hand drew the idea first and then translated it into digital and expanded and expounded ... completely new and fresh and old at the same time!

text in a dready's nothing new, use it as dialogue, as asides, as statements (of intent) ... i like it ...

labrish ... if you look it up on google you get what i think's a pretty poor 'translation' ...

yes, labrishing could be translated as gossiping, but it's more than that, and there's no negative connotations in it - no, it is more of an extended chat 'bout stuff and t'ings - you don't have a quick labrish - so it is better translated as maybe a 'good chin-wagging'.

on that note i should call my mother for a quick chat 'bout ...

peace and love ...

talk soon ...

walk good ...


Monday, October 10, 2016

dready on romance

              dready art s '3 love birds' - original commission - 16x11 inches on watercolour paper

from news stories we know that weddings even happen in the midst of war zones, in the most severe of times ... they are the very key to the continuity of the 'tribe', the herald of the next generation.

the celebrations around weddings are warm and reaffirming. the sensation of love permeates and percolates through them ...

under the shade of trees as old as the hills i recently watched as people i love gathered to see one of us get married; the members of the tribes came from all directions to witness it ... this retelling of the story of our histories from the beginning of time, the tracing of our connections ...

i never went to the wedding in this dready, as a matter a fact i met the groom for the first time this morning, by chance - I recognized him, from his photograph, as he stood in line for coffee ...

still ...




Sunday, September 25, 2016

dready it's the little things ...


                        dready - the right dog - image, part of detail from an original commission ...

so, this dog, liquorice is his name, is part of a much bigger family piece ...

the right dog, with the right leash can help make a dready ...

because it's the little things, the chicken, the goat, and how you place them that bring whimsy and life and smiles to a picture, zeeeeen.

big love ...


dready moustaches ...




    dready s 'the very fictitious west indian regiment's moustaches' -
                                                 - 10x14 - unlimited edition print/fundraising

it's MoVember coming up and the local committee asked me if I'd come up with a dready ...

in my mind moustaches are linked to 4 things; disco, cops, (disco-cops), hipsters and the ignoble business of victorian era militarism ...

and i'm a fan of the flashman books, love his character ...

and so I began to play with the idea in my head of what a west indian victorian adventurer-soldier might be like: irreverent, cool, bad-man, swish ...

he'd be like sir richard burton; he'd write books on sex and discover the source of the nile all in a week like ...

to rass ...




Thursday, September 8, 2016

dready s belize days



       dready art's 'a mennonite at pasadita's fast food' - image

so, i grew up in and out of belize, my father was there for 30 years before moving to flores guatemala ...

and so ya know, i like it ... and i have brilliant lovely awesome memories of being there.

then the other day imma passing through instagram and i see a photo by someone of a little place (I ain't never been) called pasadita's fast food - the food's anything but 'fast'; it's quick, it's ready but is great stuff like garnachas ... i love garnachas!

the t'ing, the food t'ing that i crave most from belizean memory though is bbq chicken and fresh tortilla; first best was a little place by the bridge in cayo, on the santa elena side, and i'd stop there eat some bbq on my way home back to the ranch in the darkness of night.

next best was in the square at orange walk ... maybe i dreaming that one, 'cause i'd not had belize bbq in a long while that evening i found myself in orange walk ...

so anyhow, short story long ... i saw this photo and i imagined a little mennonite sneaking in to grab some fast food ... and i wanted it to be a traditional dready scene ...

and so ...

bless up brali ...

and you better belize it.




Friday, September 2, 2016

dready at the end of the journey



                    dready s 'you, at the end of the journey' - image

the culmination (i think) of a series I was working on called 'the journey' - which is, again, about two people journeying, separately, toward one another ...

it had a nice vibe to it - or has, 'cause am not quite finished yet, I have a couple of additions that I feel I want to make.

dunno where this is in the end as it's a total fabrication a mix of india and jamaica and bali and sri lanka and mexico and places in my head, like belize ...

peace