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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

dready art cool for cats


                                 dready art 'the black cat' - 15x22 - remarque on paper

simplicity ...



and yet pretty cool to look at ...

I drew this for a family that had just lost a cat that was dear to them; they'd asked me if I would do a portrait of the cat and add it to an existing dready ... I decided to strip everything out but the background and slip the cat into it ... seemed like a pretty cat-like space.

people love cats, eh ... soft, tactile, care-free - stroking them seems to give people ease and comfort ... I read an article not so long ago about cat cafes where you go and stroke the cats ... and one of my favourite coffee shops has resident cats and you see people leave the coffee shop to go and feed the cat, wondering the garden, something as a treat and crouch down and talk to them ...

cool for cats ...






       

Monday, February 18, 2019

dready cessna 182



                dready 'duck tail-cessna 182' - 44x14 - original commission on canvas

this was for a couple of people from east texas who had seen dready in a hotel in galveston and asked me to draw their plane ...

the connectivity that happens from this little corner of the world ... a little caribbean company we may be but we stretch our wings ...

years ago when I lived and worked on a ranch in new mexico, the owner and I used to fly, in his cessna, to texas and even to albequerque instead of driving 'cause the distances were so large ... drawing this dready reminded me of them days, which were cool: horses and hondas and guns and big trucks and sheep and windmills and high plains and cowboys and cows and more guns and the desert in all directions ...

fly me ...


Friday, February 8, 2019

dready - the first cayman islands national biennial



                     Moko Jumbies on the wall for the first cayman islands art biennial

moko jumbies, so burnt orange and pretty ...

it first came into being for a show at the oxo tower in london, sponsored by jersey based law firm mourant; it then went straight from there to represent the cayman islands at carifesta in Barbados, in june and august 2017, respectively ...

it circled back to sit on our wall for a year until the National Gallery asked for it to be in their 1st Biennial show ...

and then in the same breath I was asked if the National Gallery and the Ministry of Culture could buy it for the national permanent collection ...

is cool ... it's provenance is cool ...


                   induction ceremony with another dready peaking out in the left corner

jump up ...



Monday, February 4, 2019

dready all-in-one art


because I didn't just think of the images, all lined out below on the blog, in abstract or even only in their group of 3, but as a large whole,  I thought that I would share them with you as a big pic cha ...



as well as thinking about how they would look on the wall in a series in their individual spaces

the art, dreadyness, is 'simple' but the process of it isn't ...

thought ...

dready ... paint it red gold and green



                        dready 'painting the flag' - 30x30 - original commission on canvas

i love this image ...

painting the flag; the colours of the caribbean, the colours of rasta, the colours of reggae music, the colours of the vibe, the colours of 'livity' ...

and the idea of 'livity', of living good, is kinda what this whole art project of 11 pieces, lined out here and below, has been all about.

livity ...




dready ... 'walk-ies'



          dready 'walk-ies' - 30x30 - original commission on canvas

we have a dog that we walk with every day, his name is guiness ...

it s a time when we stroll together and chat and hang out, yesterday we talked about how we would write a particular kind of book, how we would start it, how we would plan it ...

some days you feel like walking the dog, some days you just don't ... but it makes you active on days when the desk has been holding you down for long hours ...

this dready though was more about what this company called 'make a difference day' and one of the days is a day spent at the pound helping feed and clean and walking dogs ...

a pound's not a pretty place for a dog to live ... they came from the big wild and need some space in their lives.

walk good ...


dready ... tap water



                      dready 'tap water' - 30x30 - original commission part of a triptych

on my grandparents farm, my mother's parents, there was no fresh water; there was water, from a catchment cistern on a nearby hillside, for bathing and washing - in dry times sometimes not even that - but none for drinking and cooking ... we went down to the nearest village, about 3 miles away, with milk churns in the back of the land rover to collect the drinking water from a standpipe.

the churns sat on the cool limestone of the breezeway between the pantry and the outside kitchens ... it is a strong memory for me.

on my father's farm we pumped water from a deep well to a tank above the house over a distance of about quarter mile and up a height climbed of probably 200 feet ...

but we were lucky we had a car to haul the water or a pump to drive it ...

still today people carry their drinking water from just such communal standpipes to their homes, for cooking, drinking and bathing ... sometimes they carry it long distances ...

a rich man was heard to say 'water is not a right' ... that is because he never had to carry a 5 gallon bucket full of it over a mile, as a small boy, so that his family could drink ...

clean water may not be a right but it is a need, we can't survive without it, and to treat it like a commodity not available to all is probably one of the most sinful things we can do to the humans of our greater tribe.

drink the love






dready ... clean up



                     dready 'clean up' - 30x30 - original commission as part fo a triptych

during the summer in Jamaica on world beach clean up day we helped clean the shoreline in treasure beach ...

that day, or at least the idea of it, has bled into this series, with this image as well as with the pelican in the previous one ...

clean ... up ...


dready art ... unda da sea



                  dready 'unda de sea' - 30x30 - original commission part of a triptych

the environment is very important to us all at the moment, it is constantly in our minds ...

some of us as a rubber stamp to our lives, some from a more active path and some because they don't believe it's an issue at all ...

And here, because we live where we do and where this commission is hung, the marine environment is a big thing deal, it is part of our history, part of every day ...

you can't escape the sea here, you are never more than a few hundred feet from it ... our motto is 'he hath founded it upon the sea', and all you have to do is walk on the beach to see the plastic waste ...

and if you have a memory, and even then memory is clouded by shifting baselines, you can remember the coral in george town and the quantity of fish that once filled the sea there ...

baselines ...




dready ... a better lemonade



                          dready 'a better lemonade' - 30x30 - original commission part of a triptych on canvas

this image was also in the mural in another form ...

as I've said below, the mural was about 'lifelong learning' - and in this particular instance about entrepreneurship and how learning can teach you how to transcend the normal ...

it's that thing that happened with coffee in the USA; the transformation of the idea that you should pay 3.50$ to replace that everyday .50 cent cup of coffee with something 'better' ...

completely transforming the way a nation drank its coffee ...

change up ...





dready art ... teamwork



                             dready art 'teamwork' - 30x30 - original commission as part of a triptych

i had originally drawn something else to go in this space but had to change it for the education theme, which was lucky because the other one was sooooo cool they decided to buy it as well ... but that one's theme bled through into this ...

one of the things about dreadys, something subtle that people never really realise, is that the characters are always looking out at you, surprised almost that you are there looking back in ... in this case the cat is looking out at you ... and the chicken is creeping through from the other piece of the triptych, the reading to my cat.

one of the themes that the art was supposed to have was the constant display of chickens, they're not in every image but in every group of images ... because one of the things that the client is sponsoring is an organic chicken farm ... chateau chooks

there are other things going on that matter only in the confines of my head ...

team ...


                       

dready ... reading to my cat



              dready 'reading to my cat' - original commission - 30x30 part of a triptych on canvas

part of this whole commission was the drawing of a 40 foot mural about 'lifelong learning and sustainable development goals' - the corporate participation in the greater community ... the reading man (in a slightly different iteration) was the first thing I drew ... this idea, then, was that the grown up characters would also themselves be the children ...

i changed him for this one, he's in a grown up chair, he's lost his pirate eye patch ... now he's reading to his cat and to a little girl looking over his shoulder ...

I love this dready on so many levels

read more ...


dready rooster lays an egg



                dready 'the rooster lays an egg' - original commission - 30x30 part of a triptych

like the cricket below i knew that football would have to feature in the sports series because, even now on the day after superbowl sunday, in this world real football is the king of sports.

I was reading a book about rwanda the other day, both travelogue and history of the genocide all tied up in one story that was alternately heart-warming and horrific - one paragraph about the beauty of a particular spot and the following about the slaughter of people there ... the cruelty of the church, the inaction of the world, the greed of special interests ... and the power of football!

a rwandan living in canada returns with a canadian friend (who will write about the tour of the country) to travel around rwanda and to take football equipment to give-away ...  he had used football as a way to help children in refugee camps around east africa (from rwanda and somalia and sudan and ethiopia and kenya) in his years after avoiding the genocide ...

but other things, happier things made me draw this; vicky playing football keep up in her living room, on the beach with her coach ... and i asked her to take some pics of herself playing football in work clothes for project and she did, 'cause she's cool like that and sooooo here she is ...

baller ...







dready art small axe



               dready art 'small axe' - original commission - 30x30 as part of a triptych

from I got the commission and knew there was to be sports in it I knew that one of the sports would be cricket ...

so the theme, as I said was set by the previous image; male, female, fun, animals, hidden things ... and I liked this idea of 'small axe', because here's this small boy, probably getting a cricket lesson, using his bat like a sword ...

small axe is a song written by Bob Marley and the Wailers and it is in essence about iniquity but also about the power of the small man, in this case this small boy, who will grow to be a man ...

small axe

big up ...




dready you're as tall as you think you are



            Dready art 'you're as tall as you think you are' - original commission - 30x30 as part of a triptych

i was to do art for 3 board rooms, on the themes of sports, environment and education ...

this was the drawing that not only started the sports series for the commission but laid the ground for the idea of all the others that would follow ...

the humour, the male and female, the adult and child, the animals, the hidden bees, the hidden meanings ...

this one is about the fierceness of a girl believing in herself ...

and basketball is big in cayman lots of leagues, lots of courts, the filipinos love it ... was big in belize (and all of latin america) when I was growing up too; go figure eh, a short man's country and a tall man's sport, but still big and so - you're as tall as you think you are.

9:58




Friday, February 1, 2019

dready the light that you shine upon the world

                                   dready 'light' - 8x14 - HD archival pigment print


the light that you shine out on to the world is an important thing ... the light that you give out to others ... whether that takes the form of a smile or a kindness or a soft word ...

shine on ...