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Monday, April 13, 2015

dready art padmini with cow …



        dready art padmini taxi with cow …


there are many ideas floating around this image …

i'd seen a documentary about the demise of the iconic mumbai taxis; new laws in india doing away with old cyar, and the colour and the verve of mumbai struck a nerve …

then the other day at dinner, a street food inspired meal, I was reminded of the bbc travel show's about street food in mumbai … and at the same time two things happened, shirley was telling me about her trip to mumbai, and i was looking at the dready art of cars on the wall …

so inspiration was driving me toward it …

and i wanted a woman in the taxi, to flout tradition … to talk about the fear that women have in taking taxis alone (in india and elsewhere) …

anyhow, nuff said … i liked the idea …

Peace!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

a dready in 2 pieces ...


        dready verbier backcountry - in 2 pieces 24x24 and 12x36 - original on canvas.


further down these pages is the beginning of this art, and an explanation of its inspiration …

in the end, after drawing it, what ultimately had driven me to draw the picture in the first place, was the expanse of deep blue sky above a small, clean, simple bit of white and i couldn't get enough of it ….

and so in the art's final incarnation I added another large slice of blue, a continuation of that gorgeous sky, and a sliver of white for contrast and made the art not one but two pieces - 24x24 and 36x12, two separate canvases that you would display together.

cool!

Monday, March 30, 2015

dready on show ...



                 dready etype - on canvas - 44x10 limited edition print

there are different ways to show your art and you gotta decide, with each piece, whether it suits canvas and stretching …

or watercolour paper and frame …

whether you wanna put it on an easel or on the wall … is cool, is all part of the show and of the fun …

my work makes me happy ...

vibes!


dready art show ...



          dready art mini and a son of anarchy in recent art show …

it's all fun and games till someone asks you to put on art show …

then it's logistics and work and smiling and chatting …

but is all cool …

and yu know, the art looks amazing on the wall.

big up!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

dready s the girl in the pink flamingo hat …



                      the girl in the pink flamingo hat - 40x14 original on canvas

she likes vdub kombi buses, i like vdub kombi buses …

i hadn't drawn one of the type 2 'pick-up' style before and so … 

zeeen!


Saturday, March 14, 2015

dready s make me smile …



           dready art 'what now my lily' - 16x16 original on paper

i met a woman … but this is the modern world, so i met her on the internet … and she's funny and her tweets makes me smile ...

and she's getting married, and her husband's name is mad awesome …

so, she said 'do me a piece of dready art with an 'album' in it' …

once upon a time, my peoples, there were things called albums, records, look them up: they were cool and had artwork on their covers and shit … amazing, you played them, they had music on them … you played them on a record player …

and your record player mighta been a marantz!

and when i was a yute one of mummy's favourite albums, at home, and at Goshen, was Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, 'what now my love' … it would play on the stereo in that little room that had once been the great house's entrance; it would echo through the dining room to find us by the darts board, in the living room, out by the badminton court …

and the album cover looks like them, like her and the doood with the mad awesome name … well, I mean, if you give him a beard and give her a cigarette it looks like them …

and it's cool and very 'of that time when there were albums'.

and there's a dready in the dready, as if it's art on the wall, and there's a story behind it: there was a show and I did art for that show; it was at the national gallery, local artists interpretations of goya's caprichos … my capricho, #57, was called 'la filacion'/'the lineage' and was a treatise on  people of different backgrounds getting married, and i illustrated that with two very different styles of 'dready' together, obviously a couple, one fully formed, one a stick figure, looking on at the Goya in a gallery …

so that's it … a kinda their story in my story kinda thing and i like it …

(and i've used the oxford comma)

peace and love



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dready 'going to Glyndebourne' …




                    dready art's going to glyndebourne - 18x16 ...

a photograph i saw, of a couple elegantly dressed, looking tired as if dawn had found them in their party clothes reminded me of something and inspired me to draw this dready  …

glyndebourne is a typical british summer t'ing: an opera festival, near lewes, that incorporates country picnic with opera and black tie dress …

you arrive early and you can wander the grounds of the estate; perambulate 'round the lake, have a picnic ... you can bring it with you, or they'll provide one …

so you have a wander and have a picnic, if you want, and then there's some opera for a couple of hours … then the long interval, which is time for more picnic-ing or eating indoors at a choice of restaurants.

then more opera …

is a cool experience whether you re british or not, whether you like opera or not ... the dying of the light, the green of the grass, the softness of the sheep, the elegant house as back drop, the well dressed people, the freshness of the air …

coolness!


Monday, February 23, 2015

the model and the dready house ...



                 Taigh Solais Rudha/Lighthouse point - original on canvas - 40x30

if you haven't been able to tell yet, I like drawing houses … look at how this one glows on the canvas!

my father built houses, he built several here in Cayman, down in whitehall estates off 7 mile beach road, way back in the never never …

in Jamaica he didn't really build houses he built road beds and site beds for heavy construction to go on top of … the man who lives in one of the whitehall houses said to me one day 'you should come and see the ceiling' - I hadn't seen the ceiling since i was a small small boy - 'the woodwork of the ceiling' he continued 'is a work of art'.

i don't build, but i draw houses as art …

peace and love


Monday, February 9, 2015

Dready in Venice …


                       dready, campo san angelo, venice: 16x16 - limited edition print

there are things that you draw because you want to do them and this was one of them …

the thing about venice is that everywhere you turn there are beautiful things, lovely corners … and this campo, just around the corner from where we were staying, was no exception …

in the day time it was quiet, tranquil but in the evening 2 restaurants would open, behind this point of view and the campo came into a different kind of life.

everything in venice moves first by boat and then by hand-truck - water water everywhere and not a drop to drink, except bottled and in orange crates! they were so evident in the mornings before life had truly come to the city that I had to put one in ...

and every time we sat down (and I'm guessing here) old world warblers (little brown birds) pitched up at the table wanting to share your tramezzini with you … lurking in the sun is a cat, because someone said, 'it's venice, you need a cat!' and beyond, lurking in more sun, at the edge of a canal, two lovers kiss …

live, love, life …




Friday, February 6, 2015

dready ... re-imagining history



                           dready 'the road less traveled' - original on paper 30x20

the remit for this commission, as with a piece somewhere below was to re-imagine a series of 17th century prints, of images of the Caribbean, with the client in them contextually and with pop references to those things that he liked about the Caribbean …

i tried to blend the drawings I'd inserted so as they would almost seem like part of the art, while still standing out ...

there are 8 things we put into this image see if you can find them all.

coolness.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

dready art, the crosswalk at KFC ...


             
                   dready s the crosswalk at KFC - 36x14 - original on canvas

when am asked to do a dready family portrait the hardest part is often the concept … it has to say something about the family, it has to say something about dreadyness, it has to have a place and a time and it cyant be like the others that I've done ...

i was looking through the family's photos, trying to get a feel for everybody and came across one with a group of friends having fun on a crosswalk in Paris and thought … yes man.

i wandered around george town looking for the right  crosswalks and photographing them from all sorts of directions.

couple things drew me to this one: is a little slice of old george town that is still left, it is an often photographed and drawn and painted scene and i wanted to put the dready stamp on it …

the sea in the background makes for a beautiful scene, the fact that we all know the red building is kfc and i wanted a chicken crossing the road …

and finally … the yellow buildings on the right had all belonged to my father when i was a yute so they mean a thing or two to me, I used to spend time on this corner of shedden rd when i visited him …

a few other fun things happened along the way but the end result's something i really like.

yes man!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

dready crystal harbour house


                dready crystal harbour house - 36x14- original on canvas

strangely it was the drawing of the palm tress from which I got the most excitement … they were challenging ..

and then the dogs … cute as buttons.

woof!



Thursday, January 8, 2015

one dready leads to another ...





           dready art 'a son of anarchy' - 20x30

i was doing an all together different dready and i had a space i wanted to fill, a blank space on the right and this was what I ended up drawing …

and since only a portion of the image would show at the edge of the art i thought that it kinda deserved a space all of its own, this son of anarchy ...

it's a take on an iconic steve mcqueen image mixed with some other thoughts and elements … I added the girl in the 3rd draft, which I think finished it off for me ...

and the pink came along completely randomly, chance press of a button ... and I kept it …

and so it becomes an addition to the new #trustafarians ...

peace and love and …

anarchy

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

dready your family …


   
                   macdonald family - 28x40 original on canvas

i like the simplicity of this … no fuss …


easy …


dready s the dancers …


                 dready s the dancers - 40x14 original commission

the dancers are part of another commission … as in they grew out of another commission, out of something the client said and they were so cool that they ended up on their own and the other commission continued as if the dancers had never happened.

it's a story about how the couple first met …

loveness ...

Monday, January 5, 2015

the elegant angler ...



                        the elegant angler - 18x20 original commission

i don't really fish (although dready probably does), is not my thing too much - but i've spent some nice days with ricky sucking on diesel fumes off falmouth, looking for tuna, lovely, fishless days bobbing up and down, with grandpa and uncle ed, between the san juan islands wondering when I could start to eat the sandwiches …

i have better memories of fishing in streams with stacey, of casting off the rocks with max in cayman and as a bwoy dropping line at morgan's harbour … sea just takes too long!

but she, she likes to fish and her parents wanted to show her, on the back of the boat, catching mahi mahi … so, here she is, fishing, in a really nice dress and a pair of dior dark-glasses, 'cause i wanted to show the two sides of a woman who is at home with a fish as she is in a really elegant dress.

tranquility ...




Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cotton Tree Cayman dready



                       Dready of Cotton Tree Hotel - 60x40 - Original Commission on Canvas

this dready was an amazing commission for me to do; grand and big and intricate and challenging … and in the end very beautiful.

it started with a sneaky stay at Cotton Tree Hotel - because the commission was a secret - which is unique, in Cayman; there is no other true boutique hotel; and it is very very nice …

private cottage, private chef, private time …

Cotton Tree wasnt new to me, been there many times, but this time we tried to absorb it all … photographed everything … worked mentally on the elements that would be included …

there is a heron in the top right of this dready that is actually from my very first bit of work for cotton tree, years ago when they opened years ago - it was a card called 'the elements of cotton tree'

the concept took me a long time to 'imagine' … I had had the idea very early on but I couldn't make the next step and translate, visualize how I was going to get that onto canvas - this idea of something that was part plan, part elevation, part something else all together ...

And then it happened with a simple thing - I'd drawn the 'plan' of the property, the two shades of green, the beach, the shades of the sea - and one day i turned the image 180 degrees and flipped it so that I was looking at the plan of the property from the road …

simple as that and my head clicked and I saw it all ... then began to draw the cottages as if I were looking at them from the sea - and drew the 'elements' from the view, the angle of them I'd felt was best.

… It was that simple flipping of the plan part of the drawing, that suddenly did it for me - that transcended the image from nothing, into a dready.

The last finishing touch, that flourish I can't take credit for alone, because it came from the final chat with the people who'd commissioned the art in the first place … the poinciana tree, in full bloom, in the middle of the drawing finishes it, lifts it to another level and although I might have drawn it, it wouldn't be there if it weren't for the wonderful process of how doing a dready commission works … the interaction with the client and their input into the finished product.

happiness …



Friday, December 12, 2014

the dready forest for the dready trees



                  dready art sea grape forest -

the beach 'round here used to be more full of sea grape - hurricane ivan mash them up, and the mangrove too, but elsewhere, above the tide line, the sea grapes flourish.

there's a single sea grape, creating an arbor, in the corner of the garden, under which, is a day bed, shaded by the branches and the leaves ... and i have 2 little sea grape trees growing at the edge of the beach.

there's a 'character' to the trees; mottled and nobly, with branches growing off in all sorts of directions.

you can make jams and jellys from the grapes, or eat them when they ripe … the wood makes good fire; in their shade crabs crawl and birds make their nests.

so sea grapes are a thing around here, part of the scenery and I had to fit some into a commission - and as I did they seemed to warrant a life of their own - they have an importance, a significance of place … so here they are.

in the end I chose to portray only what was under the canopy, I left out the leaves - they're only indicated by the shadows on the ground … it's because you, i never notice them really; i hear them rattle together above me ...

tranquility …




Monday, December 8, 2014

a horse, my kingdom for a dready horse ...



                  Dready art Horse/Krispy Kreme 20x30 -

did i mention i love a horse …

i don't ride so much any more, once every couple of years i get on, but there was a time when i rode every day for 'work'; i would ride every day now if it were easy … i been riding all my life from i was a yute; people used to take me on horses as a baby, grandpa let me ride the mule from i was small small … i love a horse.

the other day i was looking through some photos, and saw one of a horse that caught my eye (did i mention i love a horse …) and i set it aside in a  file, and then, i was looking at the drawing I did of the polo girl, an i got the urge to draw another horse.

and this dready is the end result; the building of an image around the horse … the broken, old fashioned, 'sugar copper' on the hillside is a 'throwback' to older days at a place called goshen, where horses and grandparents were part of the furniture ... rolling green hills of memory, dogs and clear blue skies …

memories, nuh …




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

And the dready art card of it all …




              winston the red nosed reindeer - free christmas card

so then you extrapolate the thing and it becomes something …

in this case winston (named by johnny) takes on his own life and he embraces his jamaican-ness …

… a conversation, between jamaicans, always seems like is an argument - is not an argument is only a discussion, but is full of touching and poking and sharp gestures and punctuated with plenty bad words and squints and scowls and furrows in the brow …

and so winston, mistaken for rudolph, is simply telling you the truth of the matter …

zeeeeen!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

'tis christmas after all ...



                       dready art rasta reindeer - image 12x12

so, here i was, doing a christmas card, based on a piece of dready art that is hanging in a conference room …

is not a very christmasy dready, is very cool, but is not christmasy …

then there's the cards, the cards have a template that is 9x6 … they're emailable jpegs with an image 9x3 at the top; so there isn't much space to make your statement …

and then they said, could you make it 'more' christmasy - eeeeeeeek! …

'rudolph the rasta reindeer' was the solution …

peace and love


your house in a dready ...



                          dready personalized christmas card

this one happens to take the shape of a christmas card but people seem to like having their houses done in the dready style …

is cool, this bright, strong, simple expression of a house, the search for the right angle from which to portray it, the key elements that you want to express … how to show their lives in a very simple idea …

i like these portraits of houses, of buildings …

sweeeet!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

nostalgic dready art ...


                   
                      dready db5 with bond - 40x14

mark said … "A deep vein of Jamaican nostalgia here Shane. Currently reading "Goldeneye" about Fleming in Jamaica…. he put a lot of himself into the books." 

there's nostalgia everywhere in the work that i do, but it wasn't strictly nostalgia that got me drawing bond and the db: i had a project that required him, he was asked for …

nostalgia came through in the drawing of it though, especially as I moved him from a place in the project to a place of his own -

january 1962 principle filming on Dr. No, started in Jamaica, the first of many bonds to come …

ian fleming wrote the novels, all of them, in jamaica … if you go to his house, goldeneye, now a hotel, you can see the scenery of the novels everywhere.



i was at goldeneye just last month, we went for a wander around - well truthfully i went for a lie down 'cause i had chikungunya, the others walked around; but i've been several times - is a gorgeous lovely property in itself and a gorgeous lovely hotel as well.

so, with nostalgia firmly in mind, i drew bond with his db6 and the goat of ancient memory, as i am want to do of recent - a nod to bond's jamaican-ness ...

and then, in version 2, I took it another step and replaced bond with dready on the hood of the car … the goat remained …

memories

dready s christmas giving …



                dready art christmas card for compass marine

in dready's world we do christmas cards, for a few of the friends who ask early enough, for free - a little bit of giving.

every year we also do some generic christmas cards that people can use to pass around and celebrate the season …

this one is always my favourite.


dready here's wishing you rum and a furry red hat christmas card.


peace

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

a liccle piece of shade for dready ...




                  dready art beach cabana - Limited Edition print 19x9

on saturdays with my mother she would often take me to 'the beach', at morgans harbour, sit in a chair and sun herself, while i swam in the sea pool, drank lime squash from the bar -  i still love me a club sandwich - and tried to come face to face with the barracuda that lived in the corner.

ocho rĂ­os on a weekend… bonfires on colder beaches in my teenage years ... watching the sun come up over helshire on holidays … sitting on the rocks outside my canadian bedroom watching the whales go by … miami and hollywood beach with friends, in my 20's … sundays in cayman on the sand, in the water …

the beach plays an integral part in the life of any caribbean bwoy … fish fry, rum-punch, propinquity …

now i have the good fortune to live and love on a beach …

but in it all there's always the need for a liccle piece of shade to cool out inna!

peace






dready's summer movements …


                    dready art canal boat 24x16

at the confluence of the forth-clyde canals, at a place called falkirk, in scotland, stand two massive stainless steel horse head sculptures, the kelpies … they are absolutely, completely amazing.

simpler things, equally beautiful, sit on the canal, equally cool ...

it was raining, little misting rain; we were on our way from perthshire to edinburgh; i was wondering if this would be the last summer together with the children, they getting big now, going their own ways - at least emotionally - wanting to do their own things.

it was a moment …

and in that moment this boat, against the far bank, caught my imagination … and metaphorically, at least now, looking back at it, it suits the moment - this idea of potentially setting sail.

love.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

against type …



                dready art e-type jag - 40x10 limited edition print

my father drove an e-type, red like this one, but convertible - i prefer the styling of the coupe; it could be  the best looking car ever built, could be, but either way you see it, it's a damn sexy looking beast.

my sister tells me that she has bad memories of my father's e-type, i have none - by the time my recollections come along he's driving a buick skylark convertible - which, looking back, seems as out of place in Jamaica as the e-type does; this was a time of morris' and triumphs and vauxhalls and land rovers.

anyhow, is not why i drew the car - it is emblematic … as is the goat! … is a thing of a time and place and playing with that time and place in a setting that ain't 1963.

i'd actually been thinking of a school they'd sent me to, in a far away and cold land, against the malvern hills, as a small small bwoy, when i drew this - i'd been going to include a silhouette of the school, but instead is just the line of hills - and a pair of parents, that i recall, through the haze of intervening history, pulling up in their e-type to take their son out on exeat.

the art is long and thin, like the car, leaving a lot of open space for that bonnet to go toward - i feel like i've been drawing a lot of cars lately, but when I get to the counting, there are actually only 7 cars in the last 30 something posts - so ya know, not really ...

history … his story!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

dready art's mini cooper …



                  1963 mini cooper - 24x24 limited edition print - dready

mickey drove a mini when i was a yute; all 6 foot plenty of him crammed into its white smallness … his knees up around where his hands were on the steering wheel: then he bought a morris marina and mumsy drove the mini …

mumsy drove the mini with the windows closed in the hot jamaica heat …

coolness

Thursday, October 16, 2014

up the hill ...




                dready art  The Old Tavern, 24x24 ...

high up above kingston there is a different jamaica, cold - and I mean cold, 58 degrees in the morning -
green, lush, sub tropical … pine trees, steep hillsides, coffee plantations, afternoon mists …

and I wanted to do a dready of that.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

the art of giving ...



                 
                    New York Skyline - 54x14 Very Limited Edition print (# of 25)

we are not all conscience, don't get me wrong, but art and charity seem to go together - tangible little tokens that people can take home in exchange for a donation.

dready has chosen though, not to wait to be asked, but, to actively think about things, or people that have a distinct meaning to us - things that involve children and the environment, both are our future.

above is a new york skyline that made up part of an original commission for a family whose charitable focus was children's tumor foundation; and so every skyline sold, no matter where or to whom, donates to the tumor foundation.


             
                  Lionfish - 24x24 unlimited edition

Every dready lionfish sold donates 200$ to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute - CCMI, located in Little Cayman, is a facility for studying the environment of the central caribbean - 'one one cocoa fill basket' and so on the back of this little piece of very cool art, dreadys time, some artwork services we have managed to donate the value of over 15,000$ in the last 3 years. Is a drop in the ocean, so to speak, but is a thing!

we're off next week to begin an adventure with The Jamaica Environmental Trust - JET, is an activist/action and lobbying group deeply interested in protecting the Jamaican environment … they have an uphill battle.


                    Tuk Tuk 2 - 24x24 Limited Edition Print

one of JET's projects is the saving of goat island, a fragile little slice of uninhabited ecosystem, so, last month dready set aside 3 pieces of art, with a possible 2 more to follow, all featuring goats, that would, when sold, no matter where, donate a portion of dollars to JET.

these are the continuing little gifts, simple, easy giving … if you're interested all you have to do is buy, the rest takes care of itself.

peace and love

Thursday, September 11, 2014

a dready art series ...

                                     the explorer - dready - part of an original commission

the idea for this commission, is a series in which dready characters, and stuff related to the history of the particular person, make their way through 18th century lithographic images …


 

the first task was to create the character of the dooood in question, and then to alter him, dress him up, based on each image … in this case he is 'the explorer' 

… and he's coming to the caribbean and discovering that civilization already exists!

this print is from an original Lithograph by Bartholemew Kidd and was/is of a house near Kingston. Kidd and others like him toured the empires drawing what they saw and creating a lithographic history of the colonial 18th century (and not just of Jamaica).

I grew up with these lithographs, framed, and on the walls of houses I lived in and visited all through my yute-ishness and adulthood, some of them lurk on my own walls and I have a folio with 50 sheafs printed from the original lithograph plates.

absolute coolness!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lyrics Degree ... Dready Vespa with people ...



                       Dready Lyrics Degree - 44x11 Limited Edition Print

i wanted to draw another version of a classic Vespa, from the front this time; is just a t'ing, something swirling around inside my head.

then i had an idea of how to populate the scene with a long legged girl, leaning against the bike and a doood ... in a moment.

in this neck of the woods, the world from which I come, when you can chat or chat up is said that you have a 'lyrics degree', you can give the girl them lyrics or give the bwoy them message ... so doood is chatting to a girl, and she, leaning on a Vespa, is chatting to him, her body position is open, he's relaxed and the dog, the dog looks on ...

i wanted length in the image and I wanted simplicity ... a ray of sunlight through the trees of my mind filters through and illuminates 3 flowers; I like those flowers and they kinda represent the nature that is not in the image because all that grayness represents the city (and makes the colours of the important things pop!)

Lyrics!


Monday, August 18, 2014

dready s Polo Girl ...



                           Dready Polo Girl 3 - Limited Edition Print 44x14

the family is full of polo players and now my daughter wants to be one ... so, yu know, here I am drawing girls on polo ponies.

chukkkkkka!

Food and Wine and Dready



                        Dready Art Wine Glass and Plate of Green - Limited Edition Print 60x40

i like food, like to cook ...

is kinda a t'ing with west indian men that they know how to cook; that yu granny did teach yu how fi bwoil up a stiff stiff dumplin' - actually I think it was miss mirriam taught me how to roll and kneed and press a dumplin till it was tight and how to cook a brown stew chicken ...

and i like the way wine goes with food.

but ya know, I also do art.

and a few years ago, well, a food and wine festival asked me to do a dready art logo for their inaugural event at a new venue and this was the art for it ...

and am still selling prints of it today ... an' it's big, 5 foot by 3.5 feet big - it fills up a wall with green and cool ...

with envy ...


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dready Art Honda 50 ...



                          Dready Honda 50/Trustafarians 2014 - Limited Edition Print 20x30

so, when i was a small small bwoy there were Honda 50's all over the place in Jamaica, they and ford escort were like the peoples transport … well that and bicycle which you would ride with 'skeng foot' …

Neathersole the gardner had a honda 50 and he used to let me ride on the back round the garden …

… an affinity; emotional, visual etc … you know. Anyhow, they are very very retro cool ...

the idea behind the original dready art 'Vespafari' when I drew it was going to be to draw the honda 50, but I ended up drawing a Vespa instead … because why, 'cause they're also very very cool and the name, Vespafari - you just can't do that with Honda 50!

so, anyhow, the point is I been dying to draw this image for ages ...

coolness all 'round …


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Buon Giorno Dready ...



                                             
i had a window on to the grand canal, at canal level, near san samuele as i drew this bit of dready art … life was literally passing me by … the boats, the gondalas, the taxis, the ferries …

but it was the taxis that thrilled me with their highly glazed wood, the drivers only half piloting the boats as they text and talk on their cell phones … even the gondolas didn't compare for me.

I been fascinated by 'slipper boats' and rivas and thames launches and t'ings like that for years; their styling the glazed mahogany, the classic lines … and these have that same panache.

… in spades.

coolness!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

whimsy and weed ...


                     
                      Dready Art Caribbean Blazed Shrimp - Limited Edition Print 22x14

ganja often makes an appearance in dready art ...

is not because i approve or disapprove of weed but because dready is, at its grass roots, whimsically linked to my heritage.

West Indian's smoke weed - i've heard it said that 67% of Jamaicans smoke weed and knowing a few other islands pretty well, i'mma kinda figure that that number's pretty good for most of the Caribbean.

... someone asked me to draw a shrimp, a prawn actually, as a gift for a friend who is a chef and asked me to do it in the traditional dready style, which would include: simplicity, bold colour, red yellow and green, whimsy and weed.

so, Caribbean Blazed Prawn ...

zeeeeeen!

Monday, June 30, 2014

the simplest of things ...



                    Dready Skater Girl - Limited Edition Print 24x24

the simplest of things can inspire you when you're doing a piece of art, in this case it was the girl's body position - something very cool about it.

used to love skateboarding down the road as a yute and every now and again I do it still (imagine that), but this island where i live is flat like a pancake, the highest point is the garbage dump ... there's a great skate park but it's way beyond my skill set.

I want room to roam, ya know; is like riding a horse in a ring, cool enough but it's so much nicer on a trail - the last time i skateboarded was in the high-rise car park ... not scenic, not very nice.

anyhow, she looked real cool and free and having fun and so i drew her and because it reminded me of all that ...

Shane

Friday, June 27, 2014

a Dready family portrait



                  Dready s 'The Portrait of 5 Minutes before the Portrait' - Original on Canvas 28 x 18

once upon a time there was this family portrait i had to do; is an old, well known jamaican family, with a regal matriarch, and an entrenchment in society going back back back in time and i know them from time, my father, my grandfather ...

so, i had this idea for a 'royal' portrait - but with a twist; it was to be 'those moments just before a royal portrait'.

what would people be doing? how would they look?

so people are having a drink, there's a cigarette burning on the mantelpiece, mother hasn't decided where she's going to stand or sit, the cat's under the sofa, dad is lounging in his seat, everybody's chatting, somebody is pointing out at the camera-man, they're waiting for instruction ... but soon, soon they'll be posed and poised ...

we've caught them in a moment.

smile!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

on the framing table ...




i'm a lucky man 'cause if dreadys are cool in abstract on the computer screen, they are even more so in person; in person they glow.

there's a bit of 'way', in which we like to frame dreadys, that is a little outside the norm:

on canvas - traditionally canvas art is stretched with colour all the way around the bars of wood … but, dreadys, already framed inside an outline of black, seem to like an inch of clean white canvas all the way around the image, drawing your eye into the art. Glenn, who does most of the dready framing locally came up with the idea and we've been running with it since.
the framing can be anything simple and preferably wide. shadow box framing works well with canvases.

on paper - watercolour paper works well for dreadys but the framing is not so untraditional - we still like to leave an inch of white but it's no longer necessary, because you can use wide matting, at least 3 inches, to draw the eye to the art in the middle. Two shades of matting, one thick, one thin work well - there's a lot of colour in the art. framing is best with the use simple, modern designs, thick frames … black, bronze, deep browns work well.

I like wide simple frames, because the art is modern; I like shadow box framing with the canvases. I like wide framing and wide matting. experiments with coloured frames have worked really well if the space they're going in is modern itself.

done!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dready in New York



you struggle with the idea for a dready sometimes - how are you going to portray something that somebody wants in a way that works for dready art ... and this, this is just half the image, but this was the key for me, this scene took an image that was feeling ordinary and changed it.

i spent quite a bit of time in new york in the late 80's and again in the early 2000's - spent 10 weeks in just one year: queens, upper west side, lower east against the river, travelled with yardies who had grown up in new york, saw the city, did new jersey, long island and connecticut ... i'll be straight up, I prefer London, hands down, on every level.

new york does have better bagels!

but this wasn t about me, it was about what the client liked and she likes new york, she prefers new york to london ...

anyhow, i drew an awesome new york ...

boom!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

dready art, cottage in the cotswolds ...



                         Cotswolds Portrait - Original on Canvas 40x14

this is a new new thing ... this is the first commission by someone out of the normal course of things out of the normal loop, someone removed from the sphere of influence; this is 3rd party art, word of mouth art.

this is cool art.

the cotswolds is one of those fantasy holiday areas; it is in the west of england, close to wales, it is full of quaint cottages and lakes and streams and rivers and rolling hills, often bucolic and certainly beautiful ...

like the dready art itself though, this is a modern cottage.

i went to boarding school, for a time just beyond the cotswolds in the malvern hills ... beautiful now, then in was the anathema of a little west indian yute ... hate is probably too strong a word actually; I hated going, but once settled in, life at school was actually pretty cool, the malvern hills were full of adventure for boys and school was never arduous - good food, nice boys, sports, games, first in the bracken, walks in the hills ...

i like the mallard entering the scene from the right, the boat at the shore ... hidden in the picture is a dready chicken because I couldn't find a suitable place for a touch of the west indies/caribbean; I'd thought of naming the boat in red yellow and green, but it didn't fit nicely.

funny the things that go into a piece of art, we actually had a discussion about how the sunglasses were to sit on the father's head ... I liked them sitting on top, not over his eyes and someone suggested that this was more open, engaged; the process of getting to the end of a commission is very cool indeed.

walk good!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

in wimbledon ...


                      Wimbledon - Original Tryptich on canvas 24x20                    

the remit for this dready was a busy london, a quiet cayman beach and wimbledon ... and tie them together somehow.

and they had to fit a 14 foot wall without the cost of 14 foot of art!

oooh and they had to have a blue vespa and they had to have a dready chicken!

so the idea was a triptych of 3 separate pieces making up the one piece so you could spread them out a 'liccle' bit across the 14 foot wall and still consider it a single image.

I been to wimbledon, not the tennis, the place, the 'common' - cyant remember why ... probably something to do with charlie who lives near-ish by.

so cool for me was that this piece of dready art lead directly to the development of an even larger London background and to another piece of art completely ... the bowler hatted man, with his bare feet and a goat that's below in the blog. And the two tennis players ... love them, they're cool... and the girl casually leaning on the vespa ...

coolness!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

the continuing adventures ...



                      A Man his dog and his boat - Original on Canvas 40x13

so, see me here continuing the commission of the tin tin inspired dready art, of the adventures of a man and his dog ...

as a yute I loved comic books, loved tin tin ... there was this series of 'commando' comics; small book like comics with world war two stories, very cool - I can remember in belize sitting in the works yard with clarkie and the men all of us reading and swapping commando comics over a lunch time, the smell of diesel and burnt oil ...

they write, or they used to write, tin tin in all sort of european languages, tin tin and astrix and obelisk, in dead and dying ones too, languages like basque and catalan and provencal and latin - they never came in patois! - so that kids in school could use them to learn. somewhere stashed away I have a bunch of them, including some in french.

sweet.

taking a dready home ...


   
                       Over and Under - Original on Canvas 26x26

so, a couple, young and making their lives together, who live in chicago, wanted to commission a piece of dready art about cayman and the times they've spent here.

it is their 2nd piece of dready art.

and here it is ... simple and cool ... over and under.

i like living in cayman.

even if we don't consider the time I spent here as a yute - i have now been here twice as long as anywhere else i have lived (and there been a few) - Belize don't count 'cause I visited my father there every year for 22 years but is not the same as living in a place, zeeeen; jamaica don't count 'cause I was gone by 13 (gone to boarding school at 9), even though my mummy was still there.

and people that come here tend to like it too: is a comfortable, progressive, easy place, all the beauty in the world looking out to sea; modern, friendly, inclusive - hell of a lifestyle - all that and still a little piece of the caribbean; which is good for an island bwoy.

is my home.

peace.