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Saturday, December 29, 2018

dready and an oil drum



                     dready 'the oil drum' - image

in the places of my life oil drums are/were a thing, eh; I've lifted many a full one into the truck to service equipment in the field.

old oil drums had other lives ... leave the lid on and add a hand pump and you carried diesel out to the pastures or the road works to fill tractors and trucks and dozers and water pumps and generators ...

un-crimp lid, take it off and they were used as garbage cans ...

cut just the bottom off and they were used to soak tractor parts in fuel to clean them or keep them from rusting up ... there always seemed to be a gear of a crank shaft soaking in the works yards and garages, waiting ... waiting ...

length ways, if you cut them, they were feed troughs for working horses and the sheep in their pen ...

the cows, the cows they ate grass; well, not the dairy ones, the dairy cows ate grass and they got feed and supplements in troughs when they came to the parlour morning and afternoon ...

cut in half and hinged they became barbeques on which you could cook up some pan chicken/jerk chicken ... memories of pan chicken are making my mouth water.

life ...


Thursday, December 27, 2018

dready s the last days of chez nous



                  dready flip flops at barra de ibiraquera, brazil, 2018

the title comes from an australian film that I love, about the end of a marriage, starring bruno ganz ...

it's nice to do things in short and simple runs, a run that you can get excited about, and the dready flip flops have had theirs ... at least in this iteration ...


                        flip flops on crowdy head beach australia

and we've had a lot of fun with them, they certainly have travelled, people have taken them to the corners of the world and shot images of them in such cool cool places.

coolness ...




Wednesday, December 26, 2018

dready ... the gifts you get for christmas



                   custom dready orlebar brown swim shorts - arif and nicola 2018


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Dready inside and out




                       dready gallery at picture this article in Inside Out magazine december 2018

but, unbeknownst to the editor dready's also on the cover ... the dready lionfish is there on the right hand side wall.

peace-ness



dready 'the swimming hole'



                   dready s 'the swimming hole' - 24x24 - limited edition HD archival pigment print


i found myself, as I was drawing this, thinking about belize days, of mountain pine ridge on a sunday swimming in streams, searching in caves, washing cars ...

of those first days, and later days, in the pools at blancaneaux ... of rio frio, of rio on ...

swimmingly ...





dready signs (of the times)



            cool dready and the dreadyworld signage in the window of the dreadyworld gallery at picture this ...

            thanks to vision marketing for doing such a nice nice job

ites

Monday, December 10, 2018

dready goes 'global'


                    dready 'the getaway' - original commission image

I first met the people from global furniture last year when they did their dealer retreat in cayman; and we fell in like with each other - they're a canadian group with offices and showrooms aaaaaalll over.

This year, 2018, they asked if they could get an official dready to be used as the retreat gift for their dealer appreciation week at the kimpton seafire resort ...



I said yes ...

nice-ness ...





Wednesday, December 5, 2018

dready it's christmas time again



                               dready's 'we were told there'd be treats' - christmas card

every christmas I do free dready christmas cards that people can email or post via social media to their family and friends ...

and fortune smiles that I do them for a couple of corporate clients every year as well, also for free ... it's kind of the spirit of things ... I try not to take on too many, just a couple.

                               dready's 'may all your wishes come true' - christmas card

the cards often have something to do with the year that has past, so this year the dogs because I'd added an inordinate number of very cool characterful dogs to some really fun art; the donkey and chicken because someone said last week; 'you know, if you had a piece of art with a donkey and a chicken that would be perfect!"

                                dready 'all dog ranch' - christmas card

The owners of all dog ranch, in Sussex uk, and I met, digitally, in this weird and cool coincidence of modern life, where I was talking to their brother-in-law on emails about business, while they were staying on a farm in Jamaica that i kknow very well, and we connected via photos on instagram ... boom!

anyhow, further chats down the road dinny asked me if I would do his christmas card ... yes.



                           dready 'santa comes for the millionaire's shortbread' - Burr and Co christmas card

and then there's been this cool and developing relationship with Burr and Co coffee shop in edinburgh that max started for me; they've been giving away dready bookmarks for about a year now and the customers loved them, which has lead to a greater relationship ... so when they asked me if I would do their christmas card I said yes, of course ...

so, christmas cards eh ... love them




blessings ...





Friday, November 30, 2018

dready representing



                   dready's 'seafire orange sky' on display at the kimpton fitzroy russell square london

so there you go, they are branding a kimpton in london, the fitzroy, at russell square and a piece of dreadyness is off to represent guest amenities ...

i am thankful to be chosen ...

peace and love ...



Thursday, November 22, 2018

dready ness in the press




photo by Chad Munro, inside the new dreadyworld gallery at picture this, camana bay, Cayman

they're writing about it in the local press too ... which is nice ... thank you francesca trees for the article ... link below

https://camanabay.com/times/picture-studios-takes-dready-look/

peace and love and colour and verve


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

dready art - the luck of the draw



                invitation to the opening of the new dready gallery at picture this in cayman

sure, as they say, luck takes a lot of hard work, and it does ...

but sometimes there is also the good fortune of friends and acquaintances and life and place and time that all congeal to make your world move a little faster forward than previously.

this is one of those things when all those things come together to create an opportunity ... the new dreadyworld gallery at picture this studios in camana bay, grand cayman

peace and love



Monday, November 19, 2018

dready rotary turtle race



                     dready rotary turtle race 2018

every year the rotary club of grand cayman asks people to sponsor a 'designed' turtle in a 'turtle race' as fund raising and each year I do a turtle ...

this is this year's entrant ... I now have to name it!!!

coolness ...





Sunday, November 18, 2018

dready projects



            dready image - 12x12


so, i find myself in the midst of a project for which i have to draw about 22 individual original images and its been a very very cool challenge ...

actually the whole of the last sorta 4 months have been this wonderful drawing experience (mitigated by the stress of deadlines!) ...

anyhow I smuggled these two characters out of the 22 ... cause I liked them

yutes ...




Monday, November 12, 2018

dready extrapolating ...


              dready 'logan's camera' - 32x20 - original commission on canvas

the whole commission was to draw a family portrait and then extrapolate it into images of the 'children' and their lives ...

this is logan and jourdan's ... logan likes cameras ...

smile ...


Sunday, November 11, 2018

dready art's - 'souljah'


                                dready 'souljah' - 10x14 - limited edition HD archival pigment print


this is a sister piece to 'the very fictitious west indian regiment's moustaches' which I'd drawn for a movember fund raiser in which I imagined what a cliche'd west indian/jamaican victorian soldier might look like ... cool of course, he'd be like sir richard burton but with a better accent and a knowledge of the word bumbaclate!

and then i wanted to say that (and especially now in this time of rememberance) that the wars, even the european wars, have never just been about lost europeans but about soldiers from all worlds ...

and more - that the whole idea of the age of 'discovery' was never just a european adventure, that others 'discovered' worlds that the europeans usurped and claimed others laid the ground work that propaganda claimed was theirs, and when the time came, others participated as sailors, as soldiers as shipsmen, shipwrights and settlers ...  

souljah ...


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

dready and the colourful tree



            dready art's 'the colourful tree' - 20x26 - original commission on canvas

by lucky chance, and I say lucky because I knew what the room's wall paper would look like but not anything else really ... and so by lucky chance the colourful tree matches the other art in the room like they were meant to be!

the idea for this starts with the family portrait below and then extracting the units of the family into something of their own that kinda talks about them as a separate entity ...

colour and vibes ...


Saturday, November 3, 2018

dready art ... it's a dog's life



                 dready s 'orion and the bean' - 20x26 - original commission on canvas

i liked the dogs in this pic soooo much I also gave them their own pic ...


but really it was the story of a little family that included the two dogs ... orion the frenchie (bulldog) and bean the hairy chihuahua (I think) and justin and liza ...

love ...



dready art family portraits ...

                   
                  dready art s 'mum and dad like umbrella drinks' - 32x20 - original commission on canvas

derady art projects like this are a great deal of fun, the sort of finding and developing the 'idea' of people in action ... and to find their character and style.

and the dogs, how cute are the dogs!!!!

'fambly' ...

Thursday, November 1, 2018

dready - the first articles



http://architectsandartisans.com/a-cayman-gallery-just-for-dreadys/

the first of the magazine articles about the new dreadyworld gallery in picture this at camana bay, cayman islands, has come out ...

Mike Welton, architects and artisans, October 2018

cool ...



Sunday, October 28, 2018

dready ... light and colour and vibe



I kinda just put that pic there, because it is where I was yesterday and because it, like dreadyness is about colour and vibe and little shadows and light that turn that something flat into real-ish-ness.

there have been a lot of photo posts by me lately and not many art posts I notice, and yet am drawing more than ever before ... and it's mostly because I finished a bunch and am working on several big ones but can't share them with you yet, not till the client uses them.

i'm in the fortunate position that right now am always drawing ...

the picture is also there to remind me that sometimes, especially when you want to be constantly 'creative' that you need time to refresh the brain, to change it's direction of thought, to see new images, to take new photos ...

stopping to smell the rhododendroms ... a hear the babble of the burn!

peace ...




Friday, October 19, 2018

dready - surf's up ...




               dready custom design turtle on foil surfboard - Nicola - Peniche Portugal


As a literal follow on to the post below this arrived today custom dready surf board made by foil boards in Peniche portugal for Nicola


and of course she loves it ...

so much so that she's decorated her house with it ...



cooooooolness ...




Thursday, October 18, 2018

dready and the things you can put it on ...


                  john's canoe on a pair of custom design orlebar brown shorts ... for john

It's coming to be that the materials you can easily put a dready on are limited only by your imagination ...

think big ...



Monday, October 8, 2018

dready for TV



               award winning video advertising series for car city cayman from 2010, filmed and produced by sean bodden, and conceptualized and drawn by dready (also stunt driver!), using dready characters, voiced by Michael Mcluaghlin and rita Estanovich ...


baaaaabes ...


Sunday, October 7, 2018

dready s wall of transportation


                   dready gallery at picture this  - the wall of transportation ...

I had started out with an idea that the hang of this wall would be all the various dready cars - there's like 20 of them - and then we changed our mind, that it would be something else, just art ...

but in the end, and almost purely by mistake, it has become instead of just cars, 'the wall of transportation' ...

ride natty ride ...

go deh ...



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

dready standing the test of time



                      dready 'little cayman flight-lilac' - 54x20 - original remarque on canvas

the print series behind this dready has had a long life, one of the earliest that I'd drawn, called 'little cayman flight' ...

rosh came to me, having seen the art on sale in little cayman, and asked if I could recreate it, but with the view from their flat in little cayman and with a lilac sky.

twilight around here can take on a nice purple-ness as can the sky during preludes to storms ... and so it is not the first purple sky i've drawn but certainly the first lilac sky ..

vibes ...





Tuesday, October 2, 2018

dready art dog pack ...



                    dready 'the rat pack' - 12x12 - image

it's a motley crew ... so dogs, from the very first black lab i put into something have made up a big part of what goes into dreadys ...

they kind of crop up, like the goats and the chickens but are less emblematic of anything other than being dogs ...

woof ...

Sunday, September 30, 2018

dready s studio hang ...



                  hanging the dready gallery at picture this studios, camana bay, cayman

natalie said 'they call this a studio hang', which given its location, in the picture this studios, in cayman, is a name 'befitting' ...

so that's it that's the news there's now a whole gallery of art dedicated just to dready-ness ... it's not dready's gallery, it's a gallery of dreadyness.

studio hang ... so we gathered, the owners of picture this, the managers, glenn who is responsible for the printing and stretching of all the art (he's so meticulous and careful), pam, david who came to give good solid advise on colour and mix and space and spacing, natalie passed through, simon said turn everything over so you can see it all, which we did; tanya who came to oversee ...

a permanent exhibition and sales space, not a show space, but a dready art shop ...

wow ...

cool ...

Friday, September 28, 2018

dready s on the beach



                        dready 'twirling on the beach' - original commission - 24x26

mixing the real with the imagined, building a scene, if you will, that grows out of your head in stages ...

you photograph a real seagrape tree on a beach, not this beach, and decide that it'll be the sort of focal point of what you're going to show ...

then you look for the personalities in the people and try to make that find its way into the drawing and so it goes, you add a beach hut, but just the edge of it, you add a palm leaf, a boat you add seme birds
...

spinning away



Thursday, September 27, 2018

dready art's pelican ...



                       dready art 'pelican' - 12x12 - image

pelicans have this kind of cool-cute-clumsy thing going on ... we used to watch for them returning to south sound, three of them that seemed to winter around here; we would call each other when we saw them ... 'the pelicans are back'

but this particular pelican here, along with the land rover below, is kinda emblematic of a summer spent in Jamaica ... emblematic of the memories and the places and the trips and the vibes and the people and t'ings.

when I look at either image I will remember the moments ... and that's nice

peace and love ...



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

dready art's two dogs waiting



                dready art's 'two dogs waiting' - 62x48 - original commission on canvas

you play with perspectives and with realities and t'ing ... the road becomes the sea; it's all part of the fun of making something come to life.

this is a big dready 5 ft x 4 ft and it fills the walls beautifully


did a pretty good job of matching the colour of the cushions too eh!



big house ...


dready emile playing polo


               dready 'emile playing polo' - 20x12 - original commission

we were talking about this today and emile's wife asked about the angle, she said 'it kind of looks like he's going downhill.'

I told her how I remember watching a game, from high up in the right corner (looking from the field) of the stands at wellington and the angle that it gave the play ...

it was a cool day, 'cause mostly the stands were empty but for us; me, uncle danny and two celebrities all chatting and watching a little polo.

ridden ...


Thursday, September 6, 2018

dready bookmarks



                  dready bookmarks in edinburgh

I don't sell bookmarks, I give them away ... these particular ones are sitting on the counter at Burr and Co coffee shop in Edinburgh, but the Kimpton Seafire hotel also give away their own version and other people along the way.

it's a nice thing.

love ...



dready art - dream big





                  dready art 'us ... in dreams' - 32x20 - image

i was watching the new nike commercial and yeah they're selling sports shoes for sports dreams, but but but ...

for some of us it's easier to risk everything because we know if we fall it won't be too too far; for others sleeping in a car doesn't stop us, we fight on; for others still, physical or mental impediments are simply things you find tools to deal with, and then you continue on ... the world isn't always easy, but if you have a dream, fight on, fight on, fight on ...

but this, this is about other dreams, eh ... equally difficult to achieve and to hold on to ....

always good to walk down the road of life's adversities with the support of a good and loving partner ...

(and then when I was finished, or at least thought i was finished drawing, madeleine suggested that I do more palm leaves, that just the two that I had been using was a little off ... so more palm leaves ... and she was right ...)

peace ...

and love ...


Monday, August 27, 2018

dready art defender


                                 dready art 'the south coast journey' - 30x30 - HD archival pigment print

the land rover is awaiting back-ordered parts and so have been thinking about it ...

and in truth the journey we took yesterday was a journey in another car, not because the land rover can't drive, but because we're not with it, but it's obviously with us, with me anyhow ...

we passed through the town where my paternal grandmother was born and then turned left and down; we went through towns like junction and southfield ... the land was dry and the sky blue ...

we turned left again and down to a spot where the world fell steeply away to the sea ...

there were goats (and little kittens) and dry brown grass and lignum vitae trees and logwood ... the wispy sere smell of sunbaked dryness ...

and then this black sand beach ...

man's (and woman's) journey ...


                       

Thursday, August 23, 2018

dready ... back to the scene of the crime



                      coach house, good hope, trelawny, jamaica

i've spent a lot of time at good hope over the years, is an amazing place; lovely beautiful, tranquil, verdant, vibezy ...

who wouldn't want to try and draw this, eh ... so had this solo show in jamaica and drew it, hung it ... love it.


                      dready art 'the coach house' - 20x30 - limited edition archival pigment print

when i drew this, the coach house was a stand alone building, full of bedrooms, the grille door in teh middle held a long table, some scattered chairs; they used it as a dorm for kids camps, somebody lived in one of the bedroooms, it had a small kitchen to the back ... now its been refurbished, beautifully, and out back a disappearing edge pool,  a stand alone modern kitchen dining building that runs perpendicular, connected to the old house by a covered breezeway so as not to interfere with its lovely georgian-ness ... all creating a 6 bedroom holiday villa ... i wanna stay there.

yesterday we walked from down bottom, by the business end of things, at the end of the day - I'd hoped we would catch the sunset from up top, but it was a cloudy evening; the light though, fucking lovely -  up the hill round the back of the great house, back down through the gardens and down all the way to the river ... as we were leaving the great house area, i stopped just as the drive ran down the hill, turned and snapped a pic back up the hill of the coach house.

his story ...



Thursday, August 9, 2018

dready and a diving turtle ...



                   dready art 'turtle diving' - 24x24 - image

and in the beginning there is 'canvas' and lo it is blank and in need of some stuff and things upon it ...

and you start to imagine what that could be and how it would look and you start to draw it ...

and sometimes you get lucky, eh; sometimes you end up drawing something that manages to stand alone, to stand out from the surroundings ... i say lucky 'cause it doesn't always happen.

the turtle wasn't originally diving, but I see him like that, see him headed down through the layers of water to the coolness below ...

we were swimming last week, wading really, and because a spring fed into the sea nearby, you could feel the changing water, layers of cool and hot and warm and mingled ...

cool-ness ...

dready in the sea grass bed


                         dready art 'jack/permit fish' - 24x24 - limited edition archival pigment print

the sea in south sound, the sound really, is shallow shallow and full of turtle grass out to about 100 feet off the beach, and then it gets a little deeper and sand and coral and spots of sea grass mix, before it dips down, just taller than a tall human for a short bit before coming up again to shallow by the reef ...

when the tide is low the grass is almost high and dry ...

amongst the seagrass, the turtle grass, are conch and lobster and permit and jack and bonefish and starfish and baby sharks ... it's like a nursery of marine stuffs and t'ings and in the evenings the bigger fish move through shallows feeding, their little fins breaking the surface and their scurry evident in splashes and waves and eddies of action.

i like the 'watercolour' wash look of this dready ...

people have been asking me if I had any other fish to go with the lionfish dready and now, I do ...

and probably some bookmarks too ...




fry fish and festival!


Friday, August 3, 2018

dready art ... turtle



                     dready 'Turtle' - 24x24 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

the days of turtlers and turtling are gone but turtles still seem to loom large in the imagination of swimmers in the sea and islanders alike.

everywhere I turn these days on social media i see a turtle encounter - they're peaceful gentle swimmers, not aggressive ... they're a little like puffins in the awkward but cute way in which they move ...

I drew this turtle and the lines of shadow from the ripples on the sea floor over which he was swimming and then the idea of light shining across his back came to me ...

further down these pages are 5 turtles swimming together across a large space of blue, but I felt a lone turtle, solitary was the right shot too ...

story ...