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Saturday, September 28, 2013

the continuing saga of dready art s Trustafarians ...



                               
                              Sun Bums - Limited Edition Print 44x14

the trustafarians be movin' ...

the continuing saga of their lives in cool vehicles ... not sure why i chose modes of transportation as the 'vehicle' for these characters in dready art - it started with the vespa and then the smart car ... it all just seemed to convey a whimsical message about who the characters were and are ... and as i've repeatedly said i like them; i like who they are in my head.

but then the vespa didn't start out as a vespa, it started out life in a piece of dready art as a honda 50 and evolved into a vespa ... there was this guy, neathersole was his name, and he lived round by barbican and thought of himself as mr. lova lova long before shaggy had thought of it ... he had air jamaica 'lovebird' stickers all over his bike. When I was leaving and going away to school, neathersole said to to me; 'anytime you come back and you want to find me, jus' come a dis corner and call mi name; people will know me.'

but then that story is not related to this one ... and this one is called 'sun bums'

surf's up

Friday, September 27, 2013

highland coooows and other wee animals ...




so, i been doing all sorts of art based, vaguely anyhow, on the idea of 'what i did last summer' and this is, as one might guess, the scotland part of it ...

but all the art's been about more than that, it's full of t'ings that i've wanted to draw; in this one ... highland cows are so rasta-ish, sheeps are just cool - unless you have to live with them (but that's for another story) ... and when i was a yute you used to see these austin minor vans all over jamaica; pattie pans they used to call any kinda van like that ...

so you see i'm not really drawing last summer, I'm drawing my life; one liccle bit at a time.

peace.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

dready s 'Sri Lankan transportation' ...




                                 On The Road Sri Lanka - Original on Canvas 54x32                            

two things i've been dying to draw are, an elephant and a piaggio style motorized rickshaw ..

and i managed to get them both into this one image that i am doing for someone i know ... his family originates from sri lanka but he has grown and lives in uk.

they ain't no elephants in the caribbean, well dat's a lie, there are some in zoos, but none in real life ... but i've ridden one, max and i and it feels as if you're 'superior' to everything else around you.

it took a while to get this image going in my head; i kept thinking of his english life and then i thought that perhaps, like me, he might still have his soul in some more foreign place - the way jamaica still broods in the back of my blood.

i like the colours, warm and reflective of the place. i like the fact that all three characters are actually ajith ... i like the nod to dreadyness in the red green and yellow beads on the elephants tail, at the back of the rickshaw and in the chicken off to the left rear of the scene.

and that's the evolution of this - modes of sri lankan transportation ...

mawatha duwa, zeeeeen!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

a dready mews ...



                           Reese Mews London - Original on Canvas 46x14

sometimes, when i'm lucky, and i'm in london, i get to stay in a lovely mews house that belongs to a friend of mine.

mews' were originally the stables and service quarters of larger houses (in london) but in the modern context of them the cool thing is that they're usually interesting, in look and character and vibe - they ain't usually your typical flat ...

they tend to have loft-like features, odd doors, stable-like arches and anterooms, they tend to be in cobbled allees off the high street, facing each other across a narrow driveway ... they have a tendency to be just cool in comparison to the ordered sameness of the high streets they are behind.

anyhow, to do this dready i had to take a series of photographs of the mews and as i began to do the art and to think about, and look at the various views of the mews i had shot, it came to me that although i was drawing the mews face on, the fact that when i stood in front of the door of #3 and looked down the mews, it became less distinct the farther away i looked ...
except for #8 which was facing me at the other end ...

so one, the image mimics the way i put the photos together to work from and two, as you move along the art, to the left, less and less detail is drawn until you get to the far left, which although seemingly contiguous is, from my perspective actually facing me at the end of the mews.

that's my story and i'm sticking to it ...

dready likes london and i do too.

eh what!