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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a liccle piece of shade for dready ...




                  dready art beach cabana - Limited Edition print 19x9

on saturdays with my mother she would often take me to 'the beach', at morgans harbour, sit in a chair and sun herself, while i swam in the sea pool, drank lime squash from the bar -  i still love me a club sandwich - and tried to come face to face with the barracuda that lived in the corner.

ocho rĂ­os on a weekend… bonfires on colder beaches in my teenage years ... watching the sun come up over helshire on holidays … sitting on the rocks outside my canadian bedroom watching the whales go by … miami and hollywood beach with friends, in my 20's … sundays in cayman on the sand, in the water …

the beach plays an integral part in the life of any caribbean bwoy … fish fry, rum-punch, propinquity …

now i have the good fortune to live and love on a beach …

but in it all there's always the need for a liccle piece of shade to cool out inna!

peace






dready's summer movements …


                    dready art canal boat 24x16

at the confluence of the forth-clyde canals, at a place called falkirk, in scotland, stand two massive stainless steel horse head sculptures, the kelpies … they are absolutely, completely amazing.

simpler things, equally beautiful, sit on the canal, equally cool ...

it was raining, little misting rain; we were on our way from perthshire to edinburgh; i was wondering if this would be the last summer together with the children, they getting big now, going their own ways - at least emotionally - wanting to do their own things.

it was a moment …

and in that moment this boat, against the far bank, caught my imagination … and metaphorically, at least now, looking back at it, it suits the moment - this idea of potentially setting sail.

love.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

against type …



                dready art e-type jag - 40x10 limited edition print

my father drove an e-type, red like this one, but convertible - i prefer the styling of the coupe; it could be  the best looking car ever built, could be, but either way you see it, it's a damn sexy looking beast.

my sister tells me that she has bad memories of my father's e-type, i have none - by the time my recollections come along he's driving a buick skylark convertible - which, looking back, seems as out of place in Jamaica as the e-type does; this was a time of morris' and triumphs and vauxhalls and land rovers.

anyhow, is not why i drew the car - it is emblematic … as is the goat! … is a thing of a time and place and playing with that time and place in a setting that ain't 1963.

i'd actually been thinking of a school they'd sent me to, in a far away and cold land, against the malvern hills, as a small small bwoy, when i drew this - i'd been going to include a silhouette of the school, but instead is just the line of hills - and a pair of parents, that i recall, through the haze of intervening history, pulling up in their e-type to take their son out on exeat.

the art is long and thin, like the car, leaving a lot of open space for that bonnet to go toward - i feel like i've been drawing a lot of cars lately, but when I get to the counting, there are actually only 7 cars in the last 30 something posts - so ya know, not really ...

history … his story!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

dready art's mini cooper …



                  1963 mini cooper - 24x24 limited edition print - dready

mickey drove a mini when i was a yute; all 6 foot plenty of him crammed into its white smallness … his knees up around where his hands were on the steering wheel: then he bought a morris marina and mumsy drove the mini …

mumsy drove the mini with the windows closed in the hot jamaica heat …

coolness

Thursday, October 16, 2014

up the hill ...




                dready art  The Old Tavern, 24x24 ...

high up above kingston there is a different jamaica, cold - and I mean cold, 58 degrees in the morning -
green, lush, sub tropical … pine trees, steep hillsides, coffee plantations, afternoon mists …

and I wanted to do a dready of that.