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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

dready vagabondia


                   dready Vagabondia/Azurlite - original on canvas - 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 - original on canvas - 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: original on canvas - 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

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

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 print # of 99 - 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



      'south sound cottage' and 'country house', both on the wall in the new kimpton seafire: professionally designed, framed and hung by peoples with mad skillz from foreign ...

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

      peace and love nice peoples ...

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


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

dready two of a kind ...



                           dready s 'a mexican afternoon' - image

the face on this dready character always reminds me of my father ... the beard, the sunglasses ... it's not, but it does.

and i was doing some searching on SM and these belizeans were talking 'bout 'mek we go a Chet' (Chetumal) ... and we used to go a Chet and eat tacitos in the corozal/consejo days, after the cayo days were done and the ranch was gone.

so 'a mexican afternoon' and then ... gun, horse, hat and 'el vaquero' ...

                     dready art s 'el vaquero' - image

and so ...

adios my yutes!





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

dready s the huntsman ...




                            dready art's 'out for ducks' - limited edition print # of 99 - 18x24

there's a story, you know there is right ...

a photo of my cousin at bird bush started me thinking about a whimsical hunting pic ...

i used to live in the bush and when i was there i, we used to hunt; but that was a long time ago in another place, and without a need/want to hunt for food (this is a relative t'ing) i certainly don't hunt for sport.

bird bush, in jamaica, is a great memory for me, grandpa used to shoot - he had his own pair of custom hand made spanish guns, pretty and tooled and he kept them in a case in the chest of drawers. My first 'man' t'ing was as a tiny little yute, 5 maybe, when grandpa took me to the lodge at bird bush with him ... me one and plenty big big man, cussing and drinking and sleeping in their under pants and t shirt.

the bird boys carried me on their shoulders to the stand in the swamp 'cause I was too small to walk through the water ... what an adventure for a little bwoy.

in another long ago in some other place that I don't live no more i used to shoot skeet and trap, weekly, with stevie and curtis and mikey ...

anyhow so a photo of sam started this idea of a whimsical look at bird shooting ... and then research for another dready pushed another button and it started to come together ...

then pam and max didn't like the hat i was using, which sent me in search of another hat ... and then the beard, for a reason, the dooood's beard had to be full and bushy ... and then the name, 'out for ducks' comes from cricket - when you're bowled out on your first ball ...

see told you story ... IKR

a bird inna di hand!






Sunday, August 7, 2016

dready s a walk in the country ...


                      dready art 'the walker' - image

'the journey' continues to evolve ...

how the two characters will come together in this story I haven't decided yet but am enjoying the development of the individual pieces and the stories they tell to me ...

one hot 'as rass' day, but dry and crisp, no humidity, we were walking in jamaica ... that's a pimento tree in the background ... it was a moment ... and a very nice one and so here it is kinda fleshed out into something.

peace ...





Monday, July 25, 2016

dready a sign in paradise ...



                     dready art 'bellagio sign side 1' - 26x48 - original on vinyl

all the houses have signs, not everywhere, just out there, it's a t'ing ...

they have their names so people can find them, 'cause people mostly don't live there, they visit there, they rent ...

the caribbean idyll ...

it's the 3rd dready sign for a house in cayman kai ... all i can tell you is, like them or not, the dreadys stand out ... a blaze of colour and verve!

blaze!




Friday, July 8, 2016

dready s south sound cottage, over and under version 2 ...



                   dready 'south sound cottage - over and under version 2' - 36x36in - limited edition print

the things around you in a place, naturally, either enhance or detract from your levels of inspiration; i happen to live in a beautiful part of a beautiful place and i, by necessity, interact with it on a daily basis - dog walks, driving along south sound road (the drive from town to the south sound dock, especially between town and walkers road, is arguably the best drive on the island), swimming in the sea, sitting under a tree watching the sound and its people go by ...

the cottage (and i've used some artistic license here, yo) is based on one in south sound, that originally belonged to a retired caymanian seaman and captain, that got chi chi (termites) real bad and had to be abandoned.

it was bought, moved, and refurbished, for the offices and guest house, of another south sound family - they used as much of the old house as they could, added in fresh wood where needed, but stayed true to the original, although kinda changing the aspect of it a little ... it used to be a shotgun cottage; you walked up the front step onto the stoop and through the front door ...

it is very cool.

it doesn't actually sit on the beach ...

the poinciana, that is just touching into the frame on the right, is actually there.

did i mention it's very cool?

sweeeeet!




Friday, July 1, 2016

dready corporate portrait



               
                         dready orchid development staff - 5'x20" - original on canvas

so, this is something new-ish isn't it ... a corporate portrait; the 5 facets of a particular business represented through a snapshot of the staff, but from a slightly different perspective …

i stopped to chat, this morning, with the person this dready was made for … 'this was money well spent, Shane, the staff have been coming in to see themselves and each other and chat about it, and it makes everybody smile.'

dreadyness ...


Monday, June 6, 2016

dready art 'the ferry crossing' ...



                          dready s 'the ferry crossing' - image

i spent half of most of my teenage holidays, from school, in belize - and at least one visit a year till I was a big big man ...

all in all 30 years in and out, till my father died.

Although he died in Guatemala i always travelled to him through Belize, 'cause I liked to stop and see the place before going on; I liked to fly over it in the small tropic air plane, on way to flores de peten, and look down on the places i had grown in.

belize is ingrained in me ...

a few hand-crank ferry's still exist and they're a fond memory ... so when I was doing this drawing about journeys i incorporated the ferry crossing at spanish lookout into an image, but stuck a padmini taxi into it, changing the realities of the idea altogether.

in my head though is still belize.

peace my brali ...


dready s the journey ...


                       dready 'scenes from the journey' - image

so am still drawing this idea for a series of images that make up two peoples journey toward one another ...

it's incorporating feelings and images from all over the place, moments in life and movement ... is about love and haste toward one another.

peace ...




dready london town


                          dready art's London Town - limited edition print - 56x16

i like london ...

i first saw it when i was 8, a little boy come to buy school uniforms and t'ing ... it was big and noisy; bigger than kingston yes, but the noise was different, less music more haste, less the smell of cooking but more food ... i'd already been to miami, to mexico city, to toronto ... but the haste in london seemed constant to my little ness.

then i was gone back to the americas and i never visited london again, after i left boarding school at 12, till i was in my 30's ...

it has charmed me since then; it is a great vibrant city that retains its village feel (ish) despite its sprawling untidy-ness.

ites.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

dready companion piece



                               dready s 'de jerk spot.' - 20x30 - image

jerk's a big thing in my world ... outside of jamaica (and even sometimes in Jamaica) it's most frequently encountered as 'pan chicken', cooked on an old oil drum cut in half and turned into a bbq, using coal - this is really smoked chicken/pork with jerk seasoning

jerk jerk is smoked over green pimento stick or green sweet stick above a fire ... and so yes it's still smoked, but the stick sweats out a flavour that it ads to the process and so proper jerk is slightly different ... not gonna say is better but is different.

I like jerk, after a few weeks if I haven't had some I want some, there's some good jerk around cayman, pass it and the wafting scent of it makes you hungry ... but still the minute I touch down in Jamaica I wanna search out a scotchies to eat some good and proper jerk

coolness

Friday, May 27, 2016

dready outside the trattoria ...



                  dready 'outside the trattoria' - 20x30 - indeciso ...

right below this post, in the blog, were two characters amongst many ...

I took an 'italian-esque' space that I'd drawn, took out some elements, added back a few other elements and put them into the scene ...

'italian food' with it's heavy on pasta menus don't thrill me much, but in real life, in italy, the food is awesome lovely and diverse and pasta is a course or a side dish not a whole effing menu - across northern italy, the only area i've been to, the towns of lake como, the villages across from bergamo to venice; italy has a beautiful vibe, you can wallow in italy, get it all over yourself ...

one t'ing i do know, if you add some jerk chicken to pasta, with some jerk in the sauce and a little scotch bonnet pepper extra, it improves it drastically!

ciao ...




Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dready or Dready ...



                               'here fishy fishy' - 36x12 - original on canvas

some people like their dreadys traditional, some people like them evolved and for the life of me, when I first meet someone to discuss a drawing, i never know who's gonna ask for which.

Coolness!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

dready for fun-draising ...


                       dready turtle for rotary fundraising

so, as you may kinda know by this some pieces of dready art donate to charity for every piece sold; anything with a goat donates to the Jamaica Environment Trust, the Lionfish donates to CCMI, the NYC skyline to Children's Tumor Foundation ... but aside from that about 4 times a year somebody asks me to donate a piece of art to the cause.

Rotary is one of them. I'm not a Rotarian but I think that the programmes they engage in, like meals on wheels, are great and so I happily donate and am fortunate that the dreadys get a strong price point at auction and so the charities benefit from that.

give t'anks!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

dready melody's sky ...


                    dready art's 'Melody's Sky' - 24x24 - image

the simplicity of white snow and blue sky is something that reaaaally appeals to me ... it appeals to the dready sensibility ...

I first saw snow when I was 9 ish, I think; we went on a holiday to canada where an aunt and uncle had moved to from jamaica; the back side of mt. tolmie in victoria bc ...

don't let me mislead you, mt tolmie is a volcanic plug about 400 ft high but it was covered in snow!!!

i've done 3 versions of this ... 'cause ya know every dready is supposed to have some red, yellow and green in it, rasta colours, right! so this guy has a red jacket, the next one the jacket is yellow, next is green ... see what I mean.

peace!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

dready ... Suzie Q



                       dready art 'Suzie Q' - 36x12 - image

ricky has a boat called suzie q ...

look, I'm not much of a go to sea go fishin' kinda doood; 'cause i get bored, and when you out at sea you can't just say "well i done with dis hya flex now, mek we go bus' a next move" 'cause you on a boat, on the ocean, there ain't nowhere to go.

but, and i've said this before, down below here somewhere in these posts, I've had some really really nice days on suzie q ... actually one of my favourite fishing days was on her little tender going around the far edge of falmouth harbour catching baby baracudas and putting then them back.

she been in dry dock for the past couple years being redone - she's old, based off a hatteras hull design; built in key west originally and made her way somehow to Jamaica, she needed some refurbishing.

she's close now to being back on the sea and i was looking for a boat to put into a picture.

arrrrrrh!


dready seeing red ...


                          dready 'vdub kombi' - limited edition print # of 99 - 30x20

there are some things that are important to me when i'm drawing a dready ...

first is which characters am i using; am i drawing traditional dreadys or evolved dreadys ... this depends on the story i'm after.

when the drawing starts I want to know what can i leave out ... what do I need to show you so that you can tell what am drawing - I'm after a simplicity, so even an evolved character may have very little going on in them - they have no faces for instance, they have the shape of a face and the tilt of a head but no face ...

In the bigger image, as well, i wanna know what's central to the story and what do I not need to draw ... do I need to draw the hill, the wall, the road, the building, the boat or can i indicate that with a line or two ...

all the while am looking for the whimsy - it's not humour really, but whimsy, the thing that makes you smile: the way someone is standing, the setting of the scene, the inclusion of a goat (or a dog or a chicken or a bird) ...

And too finally, the colours - there's always some red, yellow and green, I have to find the place for that ... it's like the dready signature, always there somewhere ... but more importantly the bold strong background colour - it has to match the key image, it has to match the mood I'm after - it has to kinda say something in itself, and I want it to be strong ... even if it's 'tan' its gotta be a strong tan!!!

easy nuh ...




Friday, April 22, 2016

dready - a surfer's vibe ...



           dready 'surfer girl 2/casa love girl' - Limited edition print # of 99 - 24x14

I started out to draw duane paddle surfing off south sound, no really i did ...

but then, see, i been following this photographer, luki o'keefe, on instagarm, who shoots surfers ...

And the whole boho chic surfer style thingy thing ... well, I kinda like that, and ya know, in another life, (in a life where i grew up around the sea instead of around farms) idda mighta been a surfer ...

so, anyhow, following lucrecia led to some random image, of a female surfer, right when I had just drawn Duane's board into the waves ... she was cool, super cool - kinda squatting on the nose, arms loose, in this floral shirt ... But ...

I'd seen some photos of a woman who was all like elegant grace out there on a board, like she was doing a dance of the 1000 veils as she walks out; she was coolness ...

and this, this is my version of that feeling ...

peace ...


dready 'the lost keys'


                          dready art 'the lost keys' - image

'one thing leads to another' is how the sesame street song used to go, when I was growing up, and that's how this happened ...

we'd photographed some people for a commission, which is how they all start ... it all starts with photographs, research, ideas ...

anyhow, so we'd photographed some people and I was going through the photos looking for the right vibe ...

and there, in a photo, some guys were standing around looking at another guy's phone - and while this was going on, in a completely different context, in the house around me, keys were being lost and talked about ...

so, here I was looking at these guys and it kinda came to me that if you took the man with the phone out of the context they were just looking down ...

you add a few things to that, 2 other characters and a feeling, and you get some dooods looking for the lost keys ...

zeeeeen!








Sunday, April 10, 2016

dready art's a woman in white




                  dready art 'woman in white' - image

i was working on something else, and thought that it needed a woman ... it needed a relationship ...

and so I started to draw her, and maybe i was in an inspired mood, maybe the scene moved me, but she evolved into something so cool to me that I had to give her her own space, and setting her there in her own space, she seemed complete as if she didn't need a 'relationship' didn't need somebody in the picture with her ...

it happens some times

and I was developing this series about music and I found myself thinking of days with music at goshen and my mother ... she doesn't look like my mother, but she feels like it ... the vibe, the essence permeates the picture and every time I look at it that's what i feel like she's doing.

coolness!


dready in france



          dready s 'a wedding in france' - 18x16 - original on paper

last summer four of us set out on a journey from bordeaux to the south of france, by car, to go to a wedding ...

we drove down the valleys of the lot and the garonne ...

at the end of the road was a village that had been 'reconstituted' by a group of like minded artists 40 years ago and house over looking the vast tanned valley ...

and then a mas, an old farmhouse, with rooms to rent and walls that surrounded a series of 'gardens' ...

the 3 days of receptions took place amongst olive groves and gardens of grass and of plane trees. the bride and groom arrived on a scooter down the tree lined drive ...

mirmande is a long way from lloyds pen in yallahs ... it's across a cultural divide, as well as a gap of years; but i like the south of france, it's that same dusty hot dryness with good soil - and anyhow, am not a bwoy of yallahs anymore ... and probably really never was.

mais non!




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

dready up strawberry hill ...



                          dready art 'the old baller/strawberry hill hotel' - 44x14 - image

sometimes, after a day spent in the heat and grind of kingston, on some work trip or another, i might try and find my ass up the winding road to the cool seclusion of strawberry hill hotel - is a trip, but every bend, every bump, every steep corner has its worth the minute you sit on that verandah and look out.

a drink in the comfortable bar, a game of backgammon with a friend in the library, a cup of coffee on the deck, food ... i like the place is all i trying to say.

and when evening comes and kingston glitters below, like it's a little piece of heaven ...

there's an nice history to the place, time in good hands, old old roots as a plantation, time as a place for afternoon tea, a retreat for chris blackwell ... gold records on the wall ...

and a vibe, a nice nice vibe.

peace ...


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

dready s working file ...


                   dready art 'the journey' - dunno yet!

so i'm working on a t'ing called 'the journey' ...

the idea's kind of an 'instagram' feed of two peoples journey toward one another ... dunno quite how its going to end up yet 'cause it's taking me in directions as I go, which in itself's pretty cool.

on any given day i consume a vast quantity of information, 'inspiration' if you will ... i journey through magazines, twitter, instagram, my phone-camera, and the plain old ordinary internet, in search of images that make me think, that inspire me and these kinda send me off on other journeys in search of looks and feels.

it was filmed commercials, for youtube, and a photo that started me on to the journey of this particular story-drawing and i've sucked information from all over to continue it.

and I'm having fun

peace!




Tuesday, February 9, 2016

dready makes people smile ...


          dready at Island Art

i'm very fortunate, the art that i draw makes people feel glad, makes them smile and feel good and it makes me feel good in the drawing of it ...

dis is all very nice for me.

bless-ed!


Monday, February 8, 2016

dready s side by side


   
           dready art - 'bad man don't check fi no fluffy fucking puppy' - 36x13 limited edition print

using the same human being as inspiration for some dreadys, i drew 2 pictures simultaneously to represent him and his life ...

it's important only because i did one version in traditional dreadyness and the other in evolved dreadyness.


            dready s 'open fisherman' -  23"x9" - limited edition print,

and the simplicity is evident in both, the hints of red yellow and green are there, the dreadyness, even if the 'characters' are very different - they're a good example of how drawing each style influences my thought process and as such influences the art that I draw.

coolness!