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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


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 ...