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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

dready s here comes the hot steppa ...



                         dready art 'steppa' - 18x18 - image

so dance life been bombarding me recently ...

Batabano was a week ago, and the road march pass right in front of our door ... social media was full full of street dance and the road itself ...  then followed the live music and art festival lineup ...
Kaaboo festival 2019 dropped it's lineup this morning ... and then this weekend Caymas come to town along with a crew of cousins.

and on top of that I had to do a dready that related to dancing ...

anyhow, so all of dat led to dis ... or at least led to the vibe that led to this ... and I love to dance, can't hear a reggae/dancehall track drop without the body wanting to step and dip ...

and always, always dance like nobody is watching you ...

movements ...




Thursday, May 10, 2018

dready southern stingray, caribbean variety



                    dready 'big gyal business' - 32x14 - limited edition HD archival pigment print


the southern stingray is a big thing in the cayman islands, stingray city gets an average of 800 visitors a day, with as many as 1500 at times.

the female of the species is much much larger than the male ... which, at least for cliche purposes, is just cool for the average caribbean man.

nuff niceness ...

big gyal ...



Thursday, May 3, 2018

dready the art of collaboration



                           dready art 'dickie and karen's cottage' - 40x14 - original commission on canvas

this dready is a great example of the interactive process in the final piece ... this is as much dickie and karen's dready as it is mine.

so when we do a dready, I draw it to a first draft, I then send that first draft to the clients and we work on it together from there to get what they're looking for.

the background to this is almost all me, although some adjustments happened, they didn't like a line here, a thing there ...

but how they ended up being portrayed, as a family, was far different than my first draft of them, as we worked through the process.

and that's nice ... it makes it very personal.

and just look at that amazing poinicana tree!

tree of life ...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

dready cowbwoy(?)



                   dready 'why they don't make more westerns in jamaica.' - 18x18 -
                                limited edition archival pigment print

I'm sure i've said this before, but its probably been a while - i've been trying to work simultaneously with traditional and evolved series', so that if i do something to do with a cowboy i try to do it with both kinds of dreadys.

traditional (stick figure) dreadys tend to be more about the caribbean cliche; the attitudes and exuberances that i grew up with and around ...

hattitude ...

(actually i should have named it that, cause my dooood has some serious hattitude!)



dready art - a girl's favourite pony



               dready s 'rosebuds and red stripes' - 17x26 - limited edition archival pigment print

she s a pretty good polo player, no slouch at 3 goals international, and she has a favourite pony named rosebud ... and so, ya know, when she said i could use her and her pony as models for a new print series man i was excited ...

besides that, a dappled grey is such a pretty colour on a horse ...

and she'd just been on a tour, with some other women, to jamaica - all red stripes and sea baths (well and the odd mountain edge wading pool) and so the name and the red stripe ...

cheers!




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dready ... Ride Natty Ride



                                   dready s 'far and ride' -32x14 - limited edition archival pigment print

one of my earliest memories - and this is a weird one perhaps given its extreme violence - is the movie 'the wild bunch' ... who wouldn't want to be a cowboy after that, eh ...

ride natty ride



Monday, April 16, 2018

dready - evolution of a cowgirl



                           dready art 'cowgirl' - 17x26 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

an evolution of an image and an idea ...  right down to the dog and where to put it was an evolution ...

so it started with 2 completely separate projects, one about cowboys and one about a girl and her horse and the two started to meld together along the way ... you know, what better cowboy horse than an appaloosa kinda thought process. (you can see the appaloosa below)

then it was just a cowgirl on a horse, and I thought it needs something, some whimsy, it needs a dog and emma said yes, definitely it needs a dog ... and people started to suggest kinds of dogs ...

elena has a dog named willow and willow's kinda in and out of the house all the time, she was here today just hanging out while we worked, and although this isn't really willow, per se, it is kinda like willow, especially the look ... (if it don't go so, it nearly go so.)

dunno, maybe a cross between willow and guiness and some other dog, some random internet dog ... i was drawing a black dog ('cause of ease and because another coloured animal would clash) but i felt a touch, a smidge of white on the dog would help ...

anyhow, so evolution ...

revolution ...



Friday, April 6, 2018

dready art s going for goal #2



                               dready 'going for goal #2' - 17x26 - limited edition HD archival pigment print

the very kind chisholm gallery of wellington, palm beach, looks after dready, and hangs it on walls, and sells it, and in general treats it with love and care ...

wellington is polo town usa and chisholm specialises in polo and sporting art and so while i was on a  tangent of horses and other things, and so i did an evolution of 'polo girl #3' to create 'going for goal #2', in the same way that we have a 'dressage bwoy' and a 'dressage girl' ... got to keep putting out new stuff ...

the other thing i was doing, while drawing, was watching the gold cup final polo match, from palm beach, on tv, flex jet vs valiente ... and so the inspiration, eh ... was a good match, 26 goal polo is very very cool and fast.

deh pon a flex ...



dready s kingdom for a horse


                                           dready 'appaloosa' - image

man, i love a horse, i love the feeling of going for a long long ride out ... i could ride every day if i had a chance and the space(!!) but there's none here on our beautiful but built up island the size of postage stamp - unless you want to ride in a ring ...

was chatting to one of the guys i used to do horses with, he had a little stables and all group of boys/men kept horses there, and he's given up too; all the trails we used to ride out to have been built on; maybe there's some in east end still, but too hard to get to, you can beach ride in barkers, but ...

i watched a documentary once about a man who rode across america, in modern times, now that's an undertaking, eh ... some people I know did a 5 day ride across the andes, that's more like it I think ... I want to do a ride from alberta into british columbia ... the space to do that in if you wanted to though ...

i used to ride every day in my holidays from school; would ride to see friends all 15 miles away, in the days before i could drive (it's far easier to drive 15 miles! and soooo much quicker) ...

so, I was working on something and it included some horses - i like a chestnut horse best, all shiny red and t'ing but there's something very cool about an appaloosa, more so than a paint, the spots - and it was a cowboy thing for a texas client, and appaloosa's are an US breed and so ...

ride it ...






Wednesday, March 21, 2018

dready s west indian snow shoes



somebody sent me this pic of dready flip flops in the snow in edinburgh with the caption 'west indian snow shoes' ... i liked that, a lot.


peace and love...


Monday, March 19, 2018

dready art - just breathe



                         dready 'just breathe' - image

several of the last few dreadys have been not about colour but about a lack of colour ... they're not the first ones that have done that way ... but I just felt like simplifying them even further.

and it's unfair to say the 'lack of colour', 'cause there's plenty going on eh, just took the background colours out and left it simple simple.

it's something that am always striving for is to find a way to tell a story with as little as possible - here the woman is sunning by the pool; the pool just hinted by a pair of lines and a squiggle of blue ...

easy nuh supah ...


dready s 'gyal abroad'




                      gyal abroad - internet avatar image - remarque

a big yute, that I know, lives in toronto ... another island bwoy gone away to cold freezing up his skin.

he wrote one day from the great white north and asked me if I'd draw an avatar for his wife, who was doing a blog called 'gyal abroad' ... how could I resist the idea of sending them some warmth and colour back into life and so voila ...

toronto is full of jamaicans, eh, lots of 'aunties' and 'uncles' headed that way to survive during the great exodus from yard in the 70's ... was just looking at some pics that someone posted of parties in the 80's and the familiar faces ...

I used to pass through in a rush on my way to school on the other side of the canadian wilderness in BC - trying hard to avoid stopping; but nowadays my daughter goes to school in ontario and so find myself spending more time in and out of toronto than i ever have before.

downtown toronto is a very cool city; vibrant, interesting, eclectic - but truth is that the vibrance dissipates very very quickly the minute you hit that 401(along with one's patience) - and so i enjoy the visits now, the walks, the food, the city ... but i'd still rather be visiting her in BC, 'cause that's a damn pretty place as well as being vibrant and interesting and eclectic ...

gyal gone broad ...



dready surfers paradise



                               dready art 'josiah's beach' - 50x20 - original triptych on canvas


at the end of last year, 2017, two back to back hurricanes Irma and Maria, mashed up the BVI and several other countries in their path;

I'd just taken this commission a few weeks before irma ...

in the aftermath it kinda held extra poignancy for the couple and they were anxious to see it done ... theirs wasn't a life completely lost as they still live there, but a life completely changed, and this was, perhaps to be a reminder of things that 'used to were'.

having lived through several hurricanes and one major, personally devastating one (and one devastating but not personally) I know the sensation of what someone called 'the new normal' ...

the choice to make this a triptych came slowly as I was drawing it; it started with the want for more sky ... and then the size of the end image started to evolve, it started to get bigger and bigger.

first it was just a diptych with the extra sky and then I had an urge to cut it and make it 3 ...

bless ...





Monday, January 29, 2018

dready aston martin for marek



                          dready aston martin db5 with marek reichman as james bond - 28x17
                          original remarque on canvas

marek reichman is the evp of design at aston martin

bond and jamaica go way back and so does my family, in the vaguest sense - my great uncle reggie, a law agent in highgate, found and dealt with the sale of the land for goldeneye and the building of the house on behalf of ian fleming - and so as part of a solo show in jamaica I had drawn the 'dready' bond version of this ... the theme for the show, in my head, had been this cross over of art and advertising and so had done a series of 'movie poster' size dreadys.

dready has this vibe of a mash-up between poster and pop art anyhow if they had a baby who was a west indian comedian ...

... and at the same time I was doing this I had drawn the bond version to insert into another piece of art for a bond fan.

in the end than, marek is a remarque of 2 other ideas ... same vibe but different vibe, different sky ... i like the night sky ...

coolness ...


dready for Cayman Cookout


 
                      dready 'how to cook curry goat' - 16x5 - unlimited edition HD archival pigment print

the ritz-carlton cayman cookout happens every year as the opening salvo of culinary month ... it is hosted by chef eric ripert and his friends jose andres and anthony bourdain and includes some of the best chefs in the world: 5 days of culinary events ...

it has both local and visiting chef elements to it, with special event days, beach barbeque and cook offs and local chef's competing ...

year before last dready did a menu drawing for the VIP guests, this year another 'official' drawing ...
full disclosure, haven't met the chef's ... I was sent images by the ritz marketing and the visit the cayman islands crew.

but I had this idea that here were 3 of the world's great chef's, at on one of their cooking panels, and they had to ask the audience how to cook curry goat ... the goat himself, looks surprised to be there!

It must take a particular temperament to survive the pace of a kitchen, i mean, I can cook 1 meal for 14 people, but imagine juggling 7 main course choices and everything else for 40 people a sitting ... the madness of a kitchen in full tilt ... so praise due

big up ...




Monday, January 22, 2018

dready - ocean home magazine



                    dready ocean home magazine feb 2018

"with an incredible use of colour ... and the scenery is not something that has been seen before" Patrick McAleenan, UK

It's always nice to hear positive things about yourself ...

I have been very fortunate that people have taken to dready the way that they have, hard to imagine how it has grown from its roots a little caribbean company just doing our thing, to something a bit bigger ...

selling your art all over the place ...

but still just doing our thing, which is cool.

big love ...


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

dready and the maserati



                              dready 'emma wants to know why' - 50x16 - original commission

some clients are old, some clients are young, some are in between, some are boys, some are girls, married, single, with or without pets, gay, straight or a mixture in between ... dready has an interesting, eclectic, cool clientele

danny's young, he's almost done with university and he's been wanting a personalised dready, wanted something to reflect his likes in life and something that would fill a large space in his apartment.

he likes maseratis, and he likes the dready chickens and definitely, definitely the goat, had to have the goat ... and he wasn't sure whether he liked the look of, the vibe of emma or emily, perhaps both ...

vibez ...


Friday, January 5, 2018

dready s yellow sky


                       dready s 'yellow sky' - kimpton seafire residences closing gift - 36x13 - limited edition          
                                                            HD archival pigment print


some days you get lucky ... the sky was lucky; pam said you should try a stronger colour and i did ... and i worked on a few and chose the one that she was happiest with ... and in the end it's the sky that makes the difference.

i had done another kimpton-seafire dready for someone, a view from the beach, and it had some characteristics that I didn't want to replicate, wanted this to be completely different ... this was to be a closing gift, for the seafire residences to give to new buyers of the apartments; which again is a pretty nice bit of luck for me.

and bicycles and dogs are a big part of the kimpton experience ...

bless up ...


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

dready wedded bliss

 
                               dready s 'the big fuck-off tree' - 20x11 - original commission on paper

they got married in scotland in a castle against loch ness and on the drive into the grounds was this beautiful tree, they and the tree are not in the picture together really, but I liked the photos of the tree and turns out the bride liked the tree as well ...

I even like the drawing of the tree ...

in the landscape with the tree, right behind where I have placed the couple, is a hole in the foliage that leads to a jetty and the lake ... but, sadly, the best place for them in the picture blocks it, but I wanted you to know that it was there.

I've been to scotland several times, but never to loch ness - the first time I went to scotland I was about 10 and went with a boy from boarding school, on an 'exeat', to where his father lived in edinburgh; he was an officer in the queens scottish guard, stationed at holyrood palace/house ... he didn't live in it, but in a house below it, a nice house in my memory although I have no specific images of it, except the view, through the front window, across a park at arthur's seat ... i feel we spent a nice time, cold and grey though, and we climbed arthur's seat,

and i remember the black stone ... it was very different from the little of england I knew and very different from jamaica ... I wasn't in england very long and never went back there for 20 something years, no reason to go ... and I never went back to scotland till 37 years later and now I've been 12 times.

it's nice, i like scotland it has a nordic vibe and a wildly beautiful landscape ...

och aye to rass ...


dready art for a family



                   dready art's 'blue dog and no no' - 66x24inches - original commission on canvas

when i'm doing one of these dready 'elevations' i spend a lot of time, naturally, thinking about how best to show the building or at least the character of the house ... it was the side garden of this house that had the coolest views, some really nice trees, a good sampling of the house itself and was probably a space that the children and family spent a lot of time in, it was a nice space.

so although it is, in terms of the house, the simplest view of the building it speaks to all the house has to offer.

in the end we decided to not show the family but to show hints of the kids and so their favourite toys make an appearance, hence the name ...

as my cousins say

fambly ...




Thursday, December 14, 2017

dready miami vice-ish



                      dready 'miami vice-ish' - 44x14 - image

As a tiny yute i had a love for cheap cheap captain's hats from off the bottom shelf in (walgreens), somewhere off biscayne ... i used to look forward to the new one each trip to miami when we went shopping for things, like cheap captains hats(!!!), you couldn't get at home ... days of chocolate malts and club sandwiches, no lettuce.

(though truly the chocolate malts at oxford pharmacy were better) ...

grandpas tailor was on flagler, dad's tractor parts were down off of sunset ...

the big man me still don't tek no lettuce in his BLT ...

then i went to college in south florida and clowned and roamed with yardies (and trinis and guaynese and surinamese and bajans), from palm beach to key west, on and off for 'bout 10 years. I would never call them the best years of my life, but spent some cool cool times of life there ... Miami vice years, eh ... and besides who wouldn't want a ferrari daytona ...

coming in the air tonight ...


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

dready ... the right donkey



         dready 'donkey' -18x12 - image

every year (so far!) I draw a christmas card(s) ... and they're free to use ...

as ideas were looking for life in my head, i saw this pic of a whimsically carved nativity scene and thought that it had just the vibe I wanted to draw - just the dude (whom I presume was joseph) and the donkey ... 'cept the donkey was looking the wrong way ...

so i went in search of the right donkey ... i already had the sheep and the cow ... the right donkey though proved an anathema to the original thought; it was just too damn cute to be cluttered up with a nativity and a joseph in a bad hat ...

and so i ended up with 'im all ears' ... and and and a pic of a very cool and cute donkey.

seasons greetings ...







dready art FJ40



                           dready FJ40 Landcruiser - 24x24 - Limited edition HD archival pigment print

I used to really like to read wilbur smith's novels when i was young; they were set in africa, and full of adventure - between him and clive cussler and louis l'amour i managed to read my way through my teens and maybe nudging into my 20's ...

once reading an interview with wilbur smith, he said, essentially, 'people think that the land rover conquered africa, but it didn't, it was the toyota landcruiser ... and the peugot 505 estate wagon ...'

I drive a land rover but only because I don't drive an FJ40 - they are both such incredibly cool looking, simple and utilitarian vehicles ... and if I could have both, bwoy, i would ...

so, i'd been planning to draw one ... mostly because in my close family there are land rover people and there are landcruiser people and sometimes a little cross-over in between and there's always chatter about which is whose ... and then a guy named blair wanted me to draw one and then i saw a pic of one on a beach in sri lanka that was cool, and then in the bush in costa rica - there used to be tons of them in latin america - I just kept seeing photos of them all over the place ...

so voila ...

and bless up ...





dready - adding a dog ...



                              dready art 'the last red stripe - 24x24 - image

adding an animal to the dreadys always seems to strike a chord with people, but it also helps to add whimsy and to balance space ...

the placement of the goat in the back seat of a car is only partially about humour and about relating a 'story' of identity, it also gives the viewer something to look for, makes them part of the dready - they end up wondering what they'll find: the goat, the chicken, a dog ... more than one; where's the red yellow and green symbol ...

an 'aunt' of the family ... another side of the family, one by marriage, so not my aunt, their aunt - long story eh! - used to put a lizard in her art and we all used to try and find the lizard every time we saw one of her paintings; it was a thing and made you the viewer part of the art ... made you like the art even more.

besides that I like animals ... well cats, am kinda meh about cats, and pet fish, birds, reptiles, double double meh with knobs on ...

okay, well, so I like dogs!

well, and I like goats and sheep and donkeys and horses and cows and chickens ...

anyhow, nuff said ...

peace ... and love


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

dready looking through the window of the tate


                  dready art - 'one blackfriars through the window of the tate' - original image

a friend said 'you have to go up to the members lounge and look at the view' ...

you know how they say 'membership has its privileges', well lemme tell you, the view was pretty damn cool ...

And, and, and by joining we got to jump the queue and see the tate show that was 'sold out'...

you know, despite the fact that you could call me an 'artist', i can't say that am drawn to galleries, museums yes; i like the bits of history and knowledge - but sometimes, gallery shows strike you, you see a theme or an artist that moves you and you want to go check it out.

that said have a had a few random gallery moments that were coolness ...

there was more to this image than the view, mind you; some people I knew were the lead designers for 1 Blackfriars, the building with the big red rectangle on it, and i wanted to see the view of it from there.

seeeeen ...







Monday, October 30, 2017

dready 'many rivers to cross'



                        dready art's 'tanya's sky at blackfriars' - original image

'many rivers to cross' is one of my favourite songs ...

and i really should say that the jimmy cliff version is my top, and it is, on some days, but jah know, i also really like the UB40 version, alot, especially the electronic opening ...

I know right!

it's a story about a jamaican coming to england - but the allegory is about the rivers of babylon - wandering I am lost ...

so, here we were in london, and we crossed the thames to get to the venue, a show, with saunders fine art and mourant, which was in the oxo tower, we crossed the river looking for god knows what.

and this was roughly the view looking back ... looking out of the window of the gallery space the barge was heading up the river, at the point where the river and the sea stopped mixing ... where  the foreign and the local became one.

the sky was grey and dull though, not rich and blue, but as I was sitting and drawing this, I think at the time in italy, tanya posted a pic looking up at the sky, a gorgeous blue and so I stole it ... and used it ...

allegory of sorts ...





Tuesday, October 24, 2017

dready link-ups





dready 'blues iguana' on a coaster for walkers global



dready kimpton seafire bookmarks - 'frenchie, daniel's chicken, brown dog, sea life'


Thursday, October 19, 2017

dready work (play) balance



                     dready art -'work stay balance' - 40x24 - original on canvas

i work all the time, let me just say that right off the bat - luckily I do work with the freedom of time and space - but because I am a busy artists and a completely one-man-band I can t just take a holiday and expect other people to fill in for me.

orders for prints must be placed, and shipping documents produced, art must be drawn, even if I am in africa, canada or scotland ... or the bush of jamaica.

but there needs to be some balance, so i try to take saturdays completely off ... I try to work to a schedule, start every day at the same time and dig into my work, while allowing some flexibility during the course of the day for freedom of time and movement.

and that's what this art's about essentially - it's about a place, a hotel, that while you work offers you other balances in life ... wholesome food, exercise, meditation, wellness, calm surroundings ... as it breaks down and begins to build they wanted a piece of art to remind themselves and clients about the vision they have in mind.

easy skanking

Monday, October 16, 2017

dready al fahl the camel


                          dready s 'al fahl' the camel - limited edition HD archival pigment print - 20x30in


camel's have such interesting faces, expressions, and the most whimsical of bodies ...

the humour in them almost draws itself ...

I've never ridden a camel ...

cool




Sunday, October 15, 2017

dready stories of life


                     dready art 'big lizard' -20x12 - original on paper

when it comes time to drawing a dready, I'm looking for a story to tell, especially one with a little whimsy in it ... this one told itself really ...

it came, though, encapsulated with other memories ...

the person who had commissioned the idea, as a gift for friends, had in the meantime died: I had known her well for many years and she'd asked me to do it and I had said i'd do it for love not money ... after her death her family agreed that I could continue and we all worked together to an end.

but it wasn't just her memory that came along on the journey - it is a story about Jamaicans, after all!

my mother is deathly 'fraid of lizard and so many funny memories of the way that she used to dash and dance through doorways at Goshen worried about croaking lizard dropping on her head, peaking in first to make sure the beast wasn't over the doorway

my sister same way ...

One of my favourite 'uncles', with whom I spent a lot of time when we were all living in florida used to have a constant battle with lizard ... here a grown, manly man, would tip toe 'round lizards in the back yard, by the pool, like they was dragons! one week there was a story in the Sun Sentinnel newspaper about a pet Kimodo having escaped in the Hollywood area, and immediately I had this image, in my head, of uncle c, with a tin of baygon bug spray, confronting this big lizard in the yard, 'fraid for his life ...

i've seen people who face down gun man bullets and don't panic, go all shivery over croaking lizard ...

me, I don't like snake





Friday, October 6, 2017

dready - the giving of love



                       Central Caribbean Marine Institute 2017 annual fund raising dinner programme


dready has committed to several charities and the CCMI is just one of them (dready in conjunction with Neil DeVere donates a portion of every dready lion fish sale), others include: Force Blue, a retired/injured US special forces charity that links ex servicemen with marine environmental projects; Jamaica Environment Trust, a Jamaican charity focused on education about, action for and preservation of the Jamaican environment; Children's Tumor Foundation, a New York based charity dedicated to helping sick children; Hospice Care Cayman, offering free hospice care to terminally ill patients (brand new for dready) - the idea is that we set aside print series that donate a portion of each sale toward these charities and when asked we do work for invitations and programmes and christmas cards - dready christmas cards are always free - and things like this that help the charity (find that this works better, over the long term, than giving them a piece of art for charity auction)

charity giving sounds like it might be a bit of a PR stunt sometimes, but in fact it's a pretty selfless thing - charities aren't particularly organised for PR; they are more often volunteer based, with a flurry of activity around fund raising and special events, and their focus is fund raising for themselves not love for the donations you give - the people involved are often giving substantially of their free time, so to them your giving only seems natural.

So when you choose to give to a charity, chose it because you feel the cause is worthwhile, not because you think the publicity will bring you love.

big love ...




Friday, September 8, 2017

dready flip flops on the road


     
                        dready flip flops at hellshire beach, jamaica (photo by Brie Williams)

a cool thing has happened, people have started taking their dready flip flops on the road and post pics of them on facebook and instagram ...


                      dready flip flops at soho farmhouse, uk, (photo by Nicola Pulvertaft)

I wake up on mornings to find the dready flip flops all over the world

coolness ...



 

dready yellow shoes and bicycle


                        dready 'the yellow shoes' - image 3 of 3

i should have added a loaf of french bread to the panier ...

when i ride it's just a ride, there are no mountains, no trails, no races, no rings ...

might take a ride to the shop or to see something or just to catch some fresh air ...

cruisin' ...



dready art girl on a bike


                     dready art 'girl on a bike' - image 2 of 3

So, yes, panier's and saddle bags and wine boxes and big comfortable seats and a leisurely pace vs carbon fibre and clip ins and speed and funny looking shorts and funny looking shoes and funny looking hats ...

we're just about funny looking dogs ...

vibes ...


dready bicycles ...

                    dready art bicycle boy - image 1 of 3

as part of an as yet unfinished project i've drawn 3 versions of people on beach cruiser bicycles ...

a group of us were just having a chat and laugh 'bout bicycles - someone I know has several of the road racing many thousand dollar versions, mine cost 280$ - and the need for large seats and how many gears and how light and and and ...

rollin ...




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

dready art on a restaurant wall




                          icoa eat and drink wall 2017 - cayman islands

a little bit of dready colour to brighten up a wall ...

icoa eat and drink and i go back a long way - ages ago, 10 years in fact, i did a series of Tshirts for them - 'juicy lean', 'chocolate love', 'sweeetness' and 'heavycake' ...

absolutely loved the juicy lean shirt:

it came from a story told by a friend, who was staying in port antonio, jamaica, and had driven down to boston to buy jerk pork ... boston is said to be the 'home' of jamaican jerk.

so there she was, jamaican herself, trying to explain to the jerk man that she didn't want too much fat on the pork, and she and them just couldn't 'honnerstan one anodder' -

a dreadlocks man sitting quietly by suddenly looked up and said.

'bredderin, the lady a try to tell yu, she jus' want de juicy lean ...'

ites



Monday, August 7, 2017

dready - the things you do for yourself .. ...


                   dready art 'John's Canoe' - 20x12 - image

i went to see an artist I know, in his studio, famous dooood, sells plenty plenty art globally and, instead I found him in his garage, and he was painting away at a large large canvas ...
I said 'whatya doing?'
he said 'jerking off really.' ...
he had had this large large canvas just sitting there,  at the back of the garage, behind the table tennis table; he had no commission, no instructions from his office to do a new image for series work, or to film for Tshirts, he just wanted to paint and so he was ...

in any given year about 50% of the dreadys i do are for commissions, 50% are directed at new print series for walls that dready sells from, and another 50% just because I fancy the idea or because of something I've seen that puts me in motion to draw ...

if you were paying attention you mighta noticed the math don't add up, but you get what I mean ...

print series' fill a need as well as coming under the category of 'i fancy the idea' ... there's a constant want to move images around, and to put up fresh images for sale so that people don't get bored of seeing the same old stuff ... and that's nice so I can keep drawing ideas.

but sometimes I just want to draw something and then you hope to find a place for it later.

the series, way below on these pages, called the journey, fits that mould - it was just something I wanted to do ... and I haven't yet found a space to put it; it's not made for a space, somebody'd really just kinda have to fall in love with it and want it.

this, 'john's canoe', started with the pic of a boat and made its way from there, I don't have a wall in mind for it;  it's got a nude in it, so even harder to place, but the boat was so cool I wanted to draw it ... and the nude found her way in there ...

sometimes you just wanna draw something ...

time will tell ...





Thursday, August 3, 2017

dready art and fashion



                      dready 'isy b' - 48x16 - original commission on canvas

when i went to pick this up from the framers the manager said; 'this is a new look for you' ...

and I suppose, art's like that too isn't it, it's like fashion ... so that while staying within the vernacular that you're known for you 1) have to stretch the boundaries and 2) be a little different each time ...

i do about 30 commissions a year, imagine if they all looked the same ... both from each client's perspective and my own ...

so I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can make something essentially dready, while telling the story of the client and finding a slightly different vibe every time.

this one was for a fashion designer - a challenge in itself to work within the precepts of her fashion and to find my own style within that without offending the skill with which she does her own art.

after a fashion ...




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

dready easy skanking ...


 
                     dready art 'easy skanking' - 32x10 - Limited edtion HD archival pigment print on canvas

i dunno if it's genetic, universal, jamaican, west indian or wha', but we're a family of dancers ... music makes us move, especially reggae an' soca an' dancehall ...

so, here we was, dancing, the kids and I, in a park ... madeleine and max on the picnic table ... by the river

... easy skankin to some good god music

it was a moment, cool and nice and lovely ... pam took the photos ...

how could I not draw something to remember it by, how could i not ... and it seemed better suited to a traditional dready, rather than an evolved one.

happy together ...


Thursday, July 27, 2017

dready - the art of collaboration ...


   
                 dready art 'mas milk' - 36x36 - original commission on canvas

i believe in collaboration - it's part and parcel of working on a commission because the client becomes part of the process ...

but beyond even that, beyond the client, the input of others, others who can see the trees when you're only seeing the forest is never wasted ... the change of a colour, the shift of a perspective, the size of the line in the background that denotes a doorway the addition of names on a paper bag to help tell the story!

all these are part of the image before you that other people added to the process and the end result wouldn't have been as good without it ...

the creative process, at least the beginning of any creative process tends to be a solitary one; you sit at your desk and you draw, or write, or imagine ... you're alone in your head and alone with your tastes, your ideas, your prejudice, your personality and you're trying to imbue both yourself and the reality of other things into whatever it is that you're doing.

the collaboration of another voice, or two, adds the dimension of flinging in contrary ideas into mix, ideas that your prejudice, your bent, may not have brought to the table and that can be a very good thing.

out of many one people ...

one love ...



Monday, July 10, 2017

dready the colours of a country



              dready 'sheeps' - 12x12 - image

along with the puffins below, these 'sheeps' are as much about the colours of the country as the sheep themselves.

pam can tell you that as we travel and we pass rolling hillsides dotted with sheep i can't help but call out 'shoops' or 'sheeps' ...

long ago i was on a ranch in the high plains of new mexico working sheep ... there were a few sheep in belize, and the odd one in jamaica, waiting to be fat enough to roast ...

so I suppose the sheep are reminders of days on the farms i grew up on and around.

but too they're reminders of modern (and frequent) road trips through scotland - and recent journeys to other places - scotland's beautiful, not all of it is the wild stuff of photo-unrealism, so much of it is soft and green and undulating and 'sheepy' ... as well as the wild and gorse-ed and peaked and black rocked and, yes, more 'sheepy'.

we went to iceland recently, and david said, 'drive out along the south coast, you've never seen anything like it.' ... and i hadn't, and it was amazing (and full of sheep).

but it's the ominous skies of places like scotland and iceland; the brooding skies and paleolithic green landscapes.

baaaaaa ...



dready ... puffin ...


                   
                    dready art 'Puffin' - 12x12 - image

when i asked max and pam what they most wanted to see, it was puffins ...

even to see them fly is cute, their little wings working over time to keep them going aloft ... and face to face, on the ground, equally cute.

scotland, iceland, faroe islands ... puffins abound ... north atlantic and the north pacific (although have not seen a north pacific one yet.)

travel tends to inspire you; new 'stuff' gets inside your brain and wants to express itself ...

A recent journey took us to many awesome beautiful things, to many interesting and diverse places from the north atlantic to the edges of the middle east and areas just about smack dab in the middle of the two ... and in all that, two things struck me most, the colours of two countries and the puffins.

cuteness ...




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dready - a day at the beach



                          dready art 'the mccabe's beach huts' - 48x14 - original commission on canvas

i'd thought that these beach huts were an 'english' thing - huts on the beach that you own, or rent, they're not for living in, just for keeping your beach stuff, maybe having a snooze, store your bbq and your paddle board ...

but come to find that they had them in europe, in australia, in new zealand and other places too ... who knew!

and so we used them to create the vibe of the places that they'd lived and grown in ...

a nice bright colourful way to do it, eh!

life at the beach ...

dready flip flops



                    dready flip flops ... available only in cayman, soon to be available online.

Monday, June 5, 2017

dready art, art shows, london ... and moments


                  dready art '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 the desk that I sat at, when we weren't exploring, had fantastic views

in venice, that week that inspired this, 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 ... you never imagine that the canals would be like european high streets, full of taxis and buses and hustle and bustle but all taking place on the water.

Showing in london was an experience, the venue was drop dead coolness, overlooking the thames - and this dready, drawn as it was, seemed to me to fit the vibe of a spot where if I were to throw something out the window I wouldn't have any trouble hitting a passer by on the river ... and London, itself, is always always interesting.

we stayed in primrose hill, where I had never been, and which, surrounded by parks and walks and choices of high streets and restaurants and canals ... you can't compare the 2 cities, a walk along the canal at the camden locks is no passegiata along the alleyways of San Samuele.

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' - 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; rode 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, you 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 shut down for a week, in jamaica people start to talk about Mas camps, my daughter wants to go to mas camp party ....

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

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

And then it got chosen, this dready, to represent cayman islands at Carifesta 2017, in Barbados ... and it came with me to the Mourant Ozanne show at the oxo tower in london ...

life is good ...