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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the art of giving ...

                    New York Skyline - 54x14 Very Limited Edition print (# of 25)

we are not all conscience, don't get me wrong, but art and charity seem to go together - tangible little tokens that people can take home in exchange for a donation.

dready has chosen though, not to wait to be asked, but, to actively think about things, or people that have a distinct meaning to us - things that involve children and the environment, both are our future.

above is a new york skyline that made up part of an original commission for a family whose charitable focus was children's tumor foundation; and so every skyline sold, no matter where or to whom, donates to the tumor foundation.

                  Lionfish - 24x24 unlimited edition

Every dready lionfish sold donates 200$ to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute - CCMI, located in Little Cayman, is a facility for studying the environment of the central caribbean - 'one one cocoa fill basket' and so on the back of this little piece of very cool art, dreadys time, some artwork services we have managed to donate the value of over 15,000$ in the last 3 years. Is a drop in the ocean, so to speak, but is a thing!

we're off next week to begin an adventure with The Jamaica Environmental Trust - JET, is an activist/action and lobbying group deeply interested in protecting the Jamaican environment … they have an uphill battle.

                    Tuk Tuk 2 - 24x24 Limited Edition Print

one of JET's projects is the saving of goat island, a fragile little slice of uninhabited ecosystem, so, last month dready set aside 3 pieces of art, with a possible 2 more to follow, all featuring goats, that would, when sold, no matter where, donate a portion of dollars to JET.

these are the continuing little gifts, simple, easy giving … if you're interested all you have to do is buy, the rest takes care of itself.

peace and love

Thursday, September 11, 2014

a dready art series ...

                                     the explorer - dready - part of an original commission

the idea for this commission, is a series in which dready characters, and stuff related to the history of the particular person, make their way through 18th century lithographic images …


the first task was to create the character of the dooood in question, and then to alter him, dress him up, based on each image … in this case he is 'the explorer' 

… and he's coming to the caribbean and discovering that civilization already exists!

this print is from an original Lithograph by Bartholemew Kidd and was/is of a house near Kingston. Kidd and others like him toured the empires drawing what they saw and creating a lithographic history of the colonial 18th century (and not just of Jamaica).

I grew up with these lithographs, framed, and on the walls of houses I lived in and visited all through my yute-ishness and adulthood, some of them lurk on my own walls and I have a folio with 50 sheafs printed from the original lithograph plates.

absolute coolness!