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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cotton Tree Cayman dready



                       Dready of Cotton Tree Hotel - 60x40 - Original Commission on Canvas

this dready was an amazing commission for me to do; grand and big and intricate and challenging … and in the end very beautiful.

it started with a sneaky stay at Cotton Tree Hotel - because the commission was a secret - which is unique, in Cayman; there is no other true boutique hotel; and it is very very nice …

private cottage, private chef, private time …

Cotton Tree wasnt new to me, been there many times, but this time we tried to absorb it all … photographed everything … worked mentally on the elements that would be included …

there is a heron in the top right of this dready that is actually from my very first bit of work for cotton tree, years ago when they opened years ago - it was a card called 'the elements of cotton tree'

the concept took me a long time to 'imagine' … I had had the idea very early on but I couldn't make the next step and translate, visualize how I was going to get that onto canvas - this idea of something that was part plan, part elevation, part something else all together ...

And then it happened with a simple thing - I'd drawn the 'plan' of the property, the two shades of green, the beach, the shades of the sea - and one day i turned the image 180 degrees and flipped it so that I was looking at the plan of the property from the road …

simple as that and my head clicked and I saw it all ... then began to draw the cottages as if I were looking at them from the sea - and drew the 'elements' from the view, the angle of them I'd felt was best.

… It was that simple flipping of the plan part of the drawing, that suddenly did it for me - that transcended the image from nothing, into a dready.

The last finishing touch, that flourish I can't take credit for alone, because it came from the final chat with the people who'd commissioned the art in the first place … the poinciana tree, in full bloom, in the middle of the drawing finishes it, lifts it to another level and although I might have drawn it, it wouldn't be there if it weren't for the wonderful process of how doing a dready commission works … the interaction with the client and their input into the finished product.

happiness …



Friday, December 12, 2014

the dready forest for the dready trees



                  dready art sea grape forest -

the beach 'round here used to be more full of sea grape - hurricane ivan mash them up, and the mangrove too, but elsewhere, above the tide line, the sea grapes flourish.

there's a single sea grape, creating an arbor, in the corner of the garden, under which, is a day bed, shaded by the branches and the leaves ... and i have 2 little sea grape trees growing at the edge of the beach.

there's a 'character' to the trees; mottled and nobly, with branches growing off in all sorts of directions.

you can make jams and jellys from the grapes, or eat them when they ripe … the wood makes good fire; in their shade crabs crawl and birds make their nests.

so sea grapes are a thing around here, part of the scenery and I had to fit some into a commission - and as I did they seemed to warrant a life of their own - they have an importance, a significance of place … so here they are.

in the end I chose to portray only what was under the canopy, I left out the leaves - they're only indicated by the shadows on the ground … it's because you, i never notice them really; i hear them rattle together above me ...

tranquility …




Monday, December 8, 2014

a horse, my kingdom for a dready horse ...



                  Dready art Horse/Krispy Kreme 20x30 -

did i mention i love a horse …

i don't ride so much any more, once every couple of years i get on, but there was a time when i rode every day for 'work'; i would ride every day now if it were easy … i been riding all my life from i was a yute; people used to take me on horses as a baby, grandpa let me ride the mule from i was small small … i love a horse.

the other day i was looking through some photos, and saw one of a horse that caught my eye (did i mention i love a horse …) and i set it aside in a  file, and then, i was looking at the drawing I did of the polo girl, an i got the urge to draw another horse.

and this dready is the end result; the building of an image around the horse … the broken, old fashioned, 'sugar copper' on the hillside is a 'throwback' to older days at a place called goshen, where horses and grandparents were part of the furniture ... rolling green hills of memory, dogs and clear blue skies …

memories, nuh …