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Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready eyes on 2 15x6 copy

dready yellowfin tuna … eyes on

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready eyes on 2 15x6 copy
dready art ‘eyes on’ – 15×6 inches – corporate digital image

I don’t really ‘fish’ – what I mean is I go fishing, but on a rare occasion: I might go in a river, on a lake, out at sea, and I know how to fish, I know about fishing, but I don’t ‘fish’ – and so there isn’t really a pantheon of dready fish …

But, I have drawn a few and I think they’re pretty cool – starting with the dready ‘Lionfish’ … which stood alone for a long long time.

Then someone was buying the lionfish and wanted something else to fit the wall, “do you have any other fish?” … and I like the shape of Jack’s of Permit (they’re cooler than bone fish) and so I drew a Jack and I liked the Jack alot – and I drew it in the same vague style as the lionfish …

And then someone asked me to do this yellowfin tuna for a company ‘logo’ website banner and so now we had 3 …

a few things about dready; the whimsy, the surprises, the red yellow and green … what do you do when you can’t surprise somebody with a underwater goat in a fish scene!

but if you look carefully, hidden in the distance, is a shadow …

and then, I like the saying, ‘fish or cut bait’ …

life …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready range rover yaaaaah copy

dready … yaaaah!

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dready art ‘the yaahs of scotland’ – 36×13 inches – image

i was in the middle of doing one of those aforementioned (such a large word at a time like this!) christmas cards for someone, and it included santa in a range rover towing his new ‘sleigh’ a refurbished porsche 928 …

and, at the very same time as I was doing that, we were in scotland visiting my university yardie yute, who was teaching me about british cultural references, and and and there were highland cooos …

and so … one thing led to the next and we got ‘the yaaahs of scotland’ … and of course the range rover’s a classic!

classic …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready erik and krista christmas 2020 low res copy

dready … into each life a little christmas must fall

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dready art – kai and eve’s christmas – image

every year I do some christmas cards based on work that I’ve done in the year and share them, for free, with others … all you have to do is ask and borrow …

and for a very few people a custom card for them to send to others …

’cause why, ’cause santa has a list and he’s checking it twice, he wants to know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice!

nice-ness …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready dave at the beach with humans copy

dready … on the beach

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dready art, ‘Portrait of Dave on the beach with humans’ – 44×15 – original on canvas

just off the coast of south sound, across from the very cooly named ‘pull and be damned’ point, is the little islet of Sand Cay … it’s a little sand and coral rock formation at the head of the reef built up between the run of currents.

every generation of yutes growing up in south sound has set out to claim it for their own; they want to cross the 150 yards of water to get to it and they explore it, they build on it, they imagine that no other yute every braved the running current to go there …

there’s always signs of the previous occupations; shelters, old camp fires, tools, paths, plants, the detritus of adventure, but the new arrivals ignore the evidence of ‘civilisations’ past and claim that they were the first to erect and protect.

They, the first to dream of fifedoms where no adult would, nay, could tread; because lord know, no adult could cross the currents, no man, they not like we, you know, they not brave and cool and adventurous, they ain’t never been here.

so, as proof of life, here’s a dready of adults on my version of sand cay …

the title of the art is named after Dave the ‘lion’ lizard, curly tailed lizard, that the family wanted in their art … you can see him front and centre, although truth be told Dave’s never been to Sand Cay as far as I know, but who knows what Dave did in his callow youth … for all we know, Dave could have crossed the currents on a raft of drift wood and wandered the secret paths of his found domain where never another lion lizard had tread! Iron like a Lion in Zion

lion …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready a nice little rum copy

dready a nice little rum …

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dready art ‘a nice little rum/marathon man’ – 36×13 – HD archival pigment print

i wont pretend, i dont jog, i don’t run marathons …

i walk, i ride, i let somebody carry me! but i don’t run … well, i run (sometimes) when i play sports, when i play rugby or football (soccer) but i don’t run as a sport.

running takes discipline and focus, which i don’t have … if my mind, and not just my body, isn’t engaged i lose interest very very quickly … i can’t golf, for instance, because there just isn’t enough going on to keep me focused.

the idea of this dready isn’t new, i didn’t invent it … a friend has it as his avatar photo on whatsapp; ‘I thought they said rum’ and so when i was approached to do the art for the cayman marathon it’s the story that instantly came to mind and how would i portray that in terms of the cayman marathon and the dept of tourism.

it was also my first chance to use a female character in a series of work for the dept of tourism because all the sports they sponsor have been male dominated …

go girl …

rum, not run …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready out for ducks part deux 18x24 copy

Dready and the ducks

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dready art ‘out for ducks part deux’ – 18×24 – HD archival pigment print

I’d been looking for a sequel to ‘out for ducks’ and it came to me sitting in the rain while visiting in scotland, in november …

we were staying in a little farm cottage and some hunters were in from Ireland and staying next door; they came with bird dogs and waders, with 4×4 s and guns …

what they weren’t prepared for was the scottish weather and the hardiness of scottish ducks! they lasted 2 days out of an expected week before the weather drove them back south across the stirling bridge like they were the 6th earl of surrey!

och aye …

bless …

dready cricket lovely cricket

dready art ‘cricket at the mini sand bar’ – motion graphic video for Gloucestershire Cricket Club

the cayman dept of tourism europe office sponsors the gloucestershire cricket club, which is based out of bristol, uk, and i got to do some art for the project …

and so darren at tech365 group took the art and with the most basic of motion graphics, on purpose, we came up with this fun and kitschy video.

enjoy a little sunshine and beach …

peace and love

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready 2Bcleopatras 2Bbed 2Bcopy

dready – a bed on the beach …

 

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready 2Bcleopatras 2Bbed 2Bcopy

                            dready art ‘cleopatra’s bed’ – image

“Cleopatra’s nose, had it been shorter, the whole world could have been changed” wrote Blaise Pascal – had she not been so beautiful then neither Marc Anthony nor Ceasar would have fallen in love with her and the course of Rome may have been different …

I dunno why I thought of this as ‘cleopatra’s bed’ as I was building it for Max … the idea had been part of a project for Sandals that hasn’t flown yet but which created, what I feel is, some really cool art … when we photographed around Sandals Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios these lounge beds on the beach caught my eye … 

we have a huge teak day bed tucked under a seagrape tree in the garden on the beach in south sound and i like the whole vibe.

and max is ‘redesigning’ the flat/apt in which he lives and fortunately for me he’s interested in hanging dreadyness and he liked the the core of this image; the bed and the woman in the hat … and so we have redone it to suit his feels.

love …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready ratchford 2B1950 2Bcopy

dready – the little things

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready ratchford 2B1950 2Bcopy

dready ‘#1950’ – 26×19 – remarque on canvas

the idea of a remarque is to find little things that take the print series and make it someone’s own …

in this case not just the sail # change and the drawing of the boy but also the addition of the small dolphin surfing the wave …

it’s the little things that make the difference

peace …

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready 2Brugby 2Bon 2Bthe 2Bbeach 2Bshane 2B37x14 2Bcopy

dready rugby in the sun

 

Dready, Dready Art and Everything Dready dready 2Brugby 2Bon 2Bthe 2Bbeach 2Bshane 2B37x14 2Bcopy

                dready ‘line-out practie’ – 37×14 – limited edition HD archival pigment print

i drew a version of this as part of an ongoing project with the cayman islands department of tourism’s europe office and their various sports sponsorships … this one for Richmond Rugby and London Irish projects.
it’s cool, because I play rugby, I love rugby. I play prop or hooker, and am the front lifter – 
I first played rugby when I was 9, at school, and fell in love with it and have played ever since, at school, at high school, in a club when I was in university and still here at home – I should have been a better player by now!
anyhow, so who wouldn’t dream about line-out practice on a gorgeous day in the caribbean sea!
jump up …
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