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Monday, June 5, 2017

dready, art shows, london and moments


                  dready 'buon giorno venice' - original on canvas

i'd drawn this dready about 2 years ago and tucked it away, for this show ... then the show was delayed twice  ...

but finally here she is in all her glory at the oxo tower group show in london sponsored by mourant ozannes and curated by saunders fine art gallery.

i loved this place and this dready; venice is an amazing city ...

and so is london ... showing in london was exciting and the city is always cool and interesting. we stayed in primrose hill, where had never been, and which, surrounded by parks and walks and choices of high streets and good walks and lovely restaurants was lovely.

in venice, that week, my desk was at water level looking out onto the grand canal and I drew, looking out at the verve and swish and action of all the movement of venice in full swing.

peace-ness and beauty ...



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

dready from Osmosis Caribbean Art Beat


   dready prints from Osmosis Caribbean

so there's a new way to buy your dreadyness, Osmosis Caribbean is a new web portal specicalizing in west indian art.

you can find them on facebook, on twitter, on instagram and on the world wide web - osmosiscaribbean.com

and the best part, is that as always, it's the same price, same shipping, same signature, same love ... anywhere in the world you want to call home ...

Peace and Love ...



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dready, it's carnival time again

                    dready art 'Moko Jumbies' - 29x20 - original on canvas

is carnival time again, one after the other up and down the islands carnival, jump up, road march, soca music, costumes and stilted walkers known as 'moko jumbies' ...

I haven't seen the big carnivals of trinidad, rio, new orleans or even venice - have never done road march in costume - have only seen smaller ones of jamaica, cayman and belize; road on the back of a 'big truck' in belize where a band I was with was playing, love to walk the route, see the people, interact, hang, dance, go to the street parties - whether you go or not, carnival permeates the scene, uo get affected by it, the new music of the season begins to crop up, the carnival hits of the mas players bands come on the radio, photos of the costumes flitter across social media ... in trinidad everything shuts down for a week.

I wanted to throw every carnival into the hat on this one ... and so ...

get behind the big truck ... high walk, shadow, butterfly, waaaaaave

life is good ...


dready, a night on the river


                         dready - group show, oxo tower, london may 2017

the weather, as is the want in england, was wet, but it couldn't undo the view out the windows down the left side of the room - the thames 30 feet away, the embankment across the river, the inns of court ....

inside it was all colour and verve and light and whimsy ... the dreadys glowed, the turtles on their oh so blue, the 'moko jumbies' on an impossible orange, a shocking orange ...

not dready's first showing in the uk - there've been corporate events and art for projects and fund raisers, children's charities, restaurant link ups, and football clubs - but this was the first full on 'art' show, and my first in London.

three women chatted to me about the 'seagrapes' - a verdun like image of a seagrape forest, all trunks  ... as if they've been bombed into non-existence ...

it was an unintentional effect, I didn't draw it to shock and sadden at all, it was mainly about the view that you see when you're under the shade of the trees; but in fact the fate of coastal sea grape forests, giving way as they do, like mangrove woods, to coastal development mean destruction of the 'roots' that help hold the beaches together and the ecosystems that serve as breeding nurseries for wild life - the sea grapes are a sanctuary for crabs and birds.

the '5 turtles', beautiful - the history of the caribbean is built partially on the abundance of turtles; the fresh meat they provided in provisioning ships heading back for europe, the shells for jewellery, containers, eyeglass frames ... the men who chased them built communities ...

the 'moko jumbies' - like me one man's favourite part was the woman's hand that just creeps in to the lower left of the frame ... her hand is what started the whole story, I'd seen this hand in a photograph and liked it and imagined what, in my world, the character behind the hand, might be looking at ...

the dawn sky in 'a man in a canoe' sparkled ... conversation was light ...


good show ...






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

dready up on the bayou


                                  dready 'the camp on the bayou' - original on paper - 22x14

a family from atlanta asked me to do a dready for their father in louisiana, in new orleans ... the only thing that i had to work with really, was that he liked fishing, loved being on his boat and that the louisiana water wasn't the lovely blue of the caribbean...

so I started with that and the dready kinda evolved organically ... I wanted to show some elements of what being on the water in the bayou is all about ... I've been to baton rouge and beyond Louisiana in the verges of the bayou in mobile and biloxi ...

big old trees and old man's beard, spanish moss ... and small wood cottages, shacks

At the time I didn't know that the family had a holiday house, that had been destroyed in Katrina - but after the first draft the story of the house came up - this is the nice part about a dready, the interaction and the participation of the client ... so 'the camp' snuck into the image.

coolness ...



Thursday, April 20, 2017

dready art's eulogy for a friend



                          dready 'waiting to play fetch' - original on paper - 16x14 inches

a friend lost his dog, she meant a lot to him, obviously, and so we drew this dready to commemorate a life ...

and I dunno, it seemed fitting that she'd be inside looking out 'waiting to play fetch' ...

Bless ...


Friday, April 14, 2017

dready a rude bwoy jamaican


                            dready art's 'rude bwoy' - image

i'd already drawn the bones of this dready as part of another idea: one about fashion and street style, and how it's reflected in the caribbean world that I know, when bling asked me if I'd draw him into a dready ...

and as i was thinking of how i would do that, i was reminded of the eek-a-mouse reggae song, 'rude bwoy jamaican', by someone ... there sitting at lunch, she had video-ed Eek singing, at round hill - dooood has an amazing deep melodious voice; 'bread in de oven baking, here come de rude bwoy jamaican' ...

and so as I sat listening to it, the idea of reimagining this dready came to mind - because of his style and vibe and verve and the way he was walking and t'ing ... 'cause this is him, this is the rude bwoy.

big up ... 


dready in the lebanon



                        Dready Art - A magazine, Aishti, Issue #88 - page 220-222

As part of an article, by Michael Welton, on the new Kimpton seafire resort hotel in the Lebanese style and fashion magazine A, there are photographs and very cool mention of dready art ...
    “especially touching are the works of art mounted throughout ground floor drawn by gifted local artist called dready”    
https://issuu.com/aishti/docs/amag88

dready is fortunate to be part of the whole seafire thing it is a gorgeous and lovely hotel and am moved by the way people appreciate the dreadys, have time to see the dreadys in this setting with so much good going on in it.

ites ...


Monday, April 3, 2017

dready in disguise


     
                      dready art 'portrait of a man in disguise' - image - 24x24

so this is not really a story about a man with a gun; the gun is a prop, and part of the greater story of a 'portrait of a man in disguise' ...

it was, to me, a cool cool idea to portray this man, who knows that this is him, in disguise ...

anonymity even in art ...

but it was the pose that drew me to draw him, confident, up right, strong, a small wry smile ...

coolness ...

Friday, March 31, 2017

dready versions ...


                       
                        dready 'paddle boarder' - limited edition archival pigment print - 24x24"

by combining two ideas, at the request of a client, marrying the dready beach cabana with the beach cottage to create a new print series ... with a paddle boarder.

the client's version is actually of a man and a woman, a remarque if you will ...

easy skanking ...







Thursday, March 30, 2017

dready remarques ...


                        dready catboat - savannah grand - remarque print - 44x18 on canvas


to create a kind of middle ground between dready prints and the high cost of original commissions there are two other ways to buy a dready ...

the first is the remarqued/personalized print, where I try to add little elements of the buyers wants, without really redoing the print ... ususally fairly subtle changes ...

art and sharon are from new jersey, but she'd been born in st vincent and had fond memories which they wanted to add ...

me, i've spent some nice time in st vincent, up on the hill at villa, looking out at bequia ... one of the family that preceded me built a church on canouan ... i have some down island history too yu know.

leaving your mark ...

ites ...



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

dready ... turtles


             
                 dready art '5 turtles' - limited edition archival pigment print - 30x30"

the history of these islands is told in tales of turtling ...

and not just the island where i live, but those small cays and harbours and sand spits from cuba to nicaragua, and the southern caribbean coast of mexico, cayman, jamaica, belize ... in places with names like miskito cay, pedro bank, corn island, man o' war cay, swan island, isla de las mujeres, tunerief ...

young men would be left on spits of sand hundreds of miles from home ... they'd rebuild last year's huts (if they'd survived the hurricane season) they'd set out water, 'cause there was none to be had other than what they brought with them or what the rain made fall.

and they'd stay there the season and catch turtle and pen them, come hell or high water or hurricane breeze ...

turtle meat was canned in florida, turtle shell made frames for glasses ...

these days are gone ... but some few turtles have survived them along with the stories of the times ...

history ... his story ...







Monday, March 13, 2017

dready at the wharf house


                       dready s 'man in a canoe' - original on paper - 28x10

i woke up, as i almost always do, at dawn - i was in a new house; oh i'd seen this house before in several incarnations, but had never stayed in it; it's beautiful lovely serene comfortable cool ... old old old cool.

we'd arrived in the dark of night and so i was anxious to see it, the house, the environs, in the light of day ... walk in the dew wet grass with my bare feet, smell the sea, take photos of the old stables, the house, the wharf master's office, the teepee, the beach, the cottages ...

the sun rises slowly, blocked at first by the low hills to the east of mo-bay; light creeps in, it infiltrates rather than surprises; insinuates itself on the trees, the lawn, the dock, the sea ...

soft cool air, people stirring around the house (not the guests; other than the i, they were firmly asleep) a cup of coffee ... and around the point an old man rowing a moss stained canoe, his fishing net in a small pile at the opposite end.

even at this little distance I could see that he was not a young man ...

so when a dude in an old ass canoe comes rowing into your morning light you begin to wonder about where he came from, where was he going to, where had he been ... and from there the story can develope in a thousand ways.

and then he was gone ...

breathe in life ...





Thursday, March 9, 2017

dready ... all the things ... and a dog.


                   dready art - 'a dog's life' - original commission - 36x36 on canvas

the right dog and the right colour that's was the basic nitty gritty of this dready ... i'd like to say I chose the dog, I didn't, the dog was given to me as an idea and I just had to find the right way to present it (and the man talking to it.) the whole idea was made more fun, 'cause the art was a surprise and so we couldn't just ask for photos of the dog ...

dogs lurk around all over the place in dreadys - I grew up with dogs, eh; rex, napoleon, buster, josephine - like all the animals in the art they add a certain little life, an aside to the story you're telling: the goats talk about heritage, chickens about an atmosphere in which history creeps through into modernity, the dogs really about family and love and warmth ...

and i put our two stools in there - one that had been my family's, old old and well travelled through generations and countries, and the other recently bought for our home - cause i needed something for them to sit on and I couldn't find anything suitable.

all these things, the right dog, the right gesture, the right colours ... you spend a lot of thought time on these things. but it's cool cause I love the end result.

is the journey, zeeen ...




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

dready reaching a certain age

                     dready art 'milestones' - original commission - 49x17 on canvas

was thinking the other day how you experience the same things in life at different stages ...

how a really ripe cheese, for instance, can be troubling when you're 15, but lovely when you're 50 ... how 6 cheeseburgers and a chocolate shake can disappear in front of a 14 year old and a green salad fill you up at 40.

And it's cool, because of the experiences we have, how the past evolves us, how age changes us physically and time mentally, it truly means that you 'never step into the same river twice' ...

robert was turning 50 and so a snapshot of a that as a moment in his life.

earthstrong ...


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dready art, that moment ...



                    dready art 'that moment' - adjusted/remarqued print commission - 28x12 on canvas

so below here in the blog you see that I drew a pic called 'pablo takes a little breeze out' and mikey wanted me to adjust it to create a whole new drawing for him based on that print and the photo that had inspired it ...

that moment when pablo sees a chicken ...

an i started to wonder how pablo himself, as a dog, might describe that moment ...

he being a west indian dog, of german descent, with a 'spanish' name and sitting in an italian car ... so ...

"rassclate, ein pinche flugeunfahiger fliegen sache, prego" jamiaco-germanic-spanglitalian ... "rassclate, it's a fucking flightless flying thingy!"

speak to me in tongues ...


Monday, February 20, 2017

dready the palmers beach


                   dready of 'palmer's beach' - 64x20 - original on canvas

a complete fabrication of an invented beatific beach scene ...

the beach creeps into lives here in cayman 'cause it's idyllic; there are no mountains and streams and no green rolling pastures with meandering stone walls, the woodlands are all scrub and small and damp ...

most of the beauty of cayman is really at the edge looking out ... and there are some lovely spots, places less travelled ... spotts, barkers, batabanoo, south sound, east end, cayman kai ...

i tried to take some elements from the outer edges and put them in here.

glad bag bus' ...


 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

dready art the green door ...

                        dready art - the green door - image

there are reasons for me drawing a nude and none of them are about titillation, the first is this idea of what you can portray with an eye on simplicity ... and how simple the whole thing can be and still portray something cool.

i've pared this image down to very little and yet you can still feel it ... the presence of the house, the style, you might even be able to imagine the kind of house it might be,

you might imagine the woman herself, the person who is looking at her ... I lifted her out of the dready 'itopia-ish' ...

peace and love ...





Thursday, February 16, 2017

dready - pablo takes a little breeze out ...

 
          
            dready s 'pablo takes a little breeze out' - limited edition archival pigment print - 14x14

i like fiat 500 classics ...

they're well cute and cool, and as such they fit right into the dready vernacular ... this is now the 3rd one I've drawn.

auntie betty has always, in my memory, had sausage dogs back home 'a yard' ... and now lexi, my cousin, has taken up the mantle ...

not sure how the I feels about them, but but bit they're unique, and they've been present in my life and so, ya know ...

then madeleine's god-father bought himself a fiat 500, reddish-orange, came all the way from sicily; he called it enzo after the character in 'the deep blue' ...

and he has a sausage dog named pablo.

And he posted this cute picture of pablo, in the window of the car riveted on a chicken and all that together got me going ...

walk good, ciao ...


Sunday, February 5, 2017

dready in the press



                             dready in architects and artisans e-zine

it started with a little article about the new kimpton hotel and thanks to John Doak, the dready drawing i did of the Kimpton, for his wife, ended up as the cover/header art for the story ... and it was a nice story about Cayman and about the hotel

and on the back of that Mike Welton the publisher asked to do a little blurb on dready ...

nicley.


                             dready in architects and artisans e-zine

so press ...

t'ings a gwaan ...



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

dready itopia-ish


                                  dready art 'itopia-ish' - image

somewhere down in the slog of words, below in this blog, is some chat 'bout a lovely day spent at this house ...

and I've wanted to draw it since then ....

but actually it was an image of a woman - two women separately, really - leaning in a doorway(s) that brought me back; 'cause I thought this would be a better doorway for a woman to be leaning in.

but but but, before I got to her leaning in a doorway I came across this woman frolicking in Jamaica ... the usual beautiful hidden cool jamaican places of wood and water ...

and that, that led me to a series of photos featuring this woman and her life somewhere else, and her leaning in a doorway - the table and chairs on the left were part of that life, and I was inspired to put them in this - so, woman, Jamaica and a doorway.

but in the end, outside of the inspiration she provided for the idea, the table and chairs are the only part of her that made this drawing ...

then a photo of a man and a very nice haircut and an awesome beard ... and he reminded me of the man who used to own this house; maybe him in his younger days ...

so a woman leaning in a doorway and now a man ... I was going to put him sitting in the chair but there was an empty space to the left of the house that I felt needed to have your attention drawn to it ...

in reality the surrounds of this house are big and lush, full of verdant green-ness, there's no vast open spaces ... but I wanted some space ... wanted a place to put the chicken!

peace ...



Dready, memory on the wall



                    dready art's 'cotton tree cayman' - original commission - 46x62 on canvas

they'd planted that poinciana tree in the middle themselves, built the boutique hotel, enjoyed their time there ... and when it came time to sell it they wanted to commemorate the place.

lucky me, 'cause we got to stay there, the cottage in the middle, while we snapped photos and pretended like we were just hanging out playing tourist, 'cause it was surprise gift for her, from her husband and daughter  ...

we hung the finished dready today, in her new house, and am only sorry that when glenn and were done, there wasn't enough room behind me to get a photograph of it in context so that the scale was kinda evident, 'cause dis hya t'ing big!

niceness ...




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

dready vagabondia


                   dready Vagabondia/Azurlite - limited edition archival pigment print - 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 - limited edition archival pigment print - 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: limited edition archival pigment print - 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 ...