February 6, 2006

Crap

…looks good… but I dont know what it is…

Visiting a grocery store in a foreign country can be a fascinating experience. You see stuff that you recognize, but it all has different names on it. Here is an item that I found particularly interesting, but Karen would not let me bring any home… crap.

The Comments

Doug Jones

WOW! truth in labeling! Here in the U.S. of A. we give it a fancy name and you only find out the truth after you buy it.

Dennis Jones

…what’s for dinner tonight, honey?…

… just having leftover crap, dear…

Don Jones

Yes… this post and comments got me to laugh. Good job. Besides the CRAP it appears Salmonella is in the other decanter. I’ll have the crap and a side of sal … hold the e-coli.

Dennis Jones

…I believe I ate quite a lot of this product in Morocco a few years ago… but I cant be sure…

Doug Jones

I always knew you were full of it… but never knew why

Don Jones

I bet some of that crap is still residing in your convoluted colon. Just a thought. Might be time for another Brother Jones Detox and Decompression Retreat.

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New For 2006!

February 7, 2006

2006Calendar

…new stuff is headed for the Brother Jones Web Site…

I hate to let the cat out of the bag, but there are going to be some pretty neat changes coming to Brother Jones in the very near future. One of those changes will be in the Brother Jones Souvenir and Gift Shop. There will now be actual merchandise in the shop which you can purchase with actual money. Sam Walton would be so proud.

In preparation for this I am submitting for your approval (Rod Serling/Twilight Zone) the Dennis Jones 2006 Sketchbook Wall Calendar.

I can hardly wait for the marching bands and ribbon cutting ceremonies at the Grand Opening of the Brand New and Improved Brother Jones Web Site. Don’t miss it!

The Comments

Doug Jones

In my crystal ball I see rivers of money flowing your way!

Dennis Jones

…is that the beautiful green crystal gazing ball out in front of your house in the flower bed that you are looking into? All I see when I look into that thing is a bald headed guy looking back at me…

Doug Jones

that bald headed guy looking at you would be your evil twin…. Gollum

Don Jones

Oh … this could very well be your cash cow Den … but then again, you also picked Seattle to win the Super Bowl. The only thing I thought this calendar needed was your website address… and official logo… on EVERY PAGE MAN!!! What are you thinking?

Dennis Jones

…Karen and I just got back from having eye exams… they dilated our eyes and told us our vision would be blurred for a couple of hours… so instead of going home we wandered around Walmart, the grocery store, and several other places partially blind…

…it is interesting to drive when your vision is blurred… Karen told me I was driving like Mr McGoo… I did have to yell out my car window once and tell a guy that if he didn’t like my driving, stay off the sidewalk…

Don Jones

You know Glue-coma is a family curse.

Dennis Jones

…thats what ya get when you accidently pick up the bottle of Elmer’s instead of the bottle of eye drops…

Doug Jones

I’m thinkin SocMo calendar now…

Dennis Jones

…my thinking was twelve of anything makes a pretty good Brother Jones Calendar…

Bucky Jones

I wanna be a Jones Brother, too! Wish my name started with a “D”. ___Great stuff!!!!

Dennis Jones

…Bucky is close enough… welcome to the club…

Bucky Jones

Thanks, Dennis. Now, who do I sit next to at the dinner table? Does Doug chew with his mouth open? Just asking.

Dennis Jones

…thats not as much of a problem as the flying elbows when the food first hits the table… I personally always try to sit next to the kids… they are much easier to muscle off the mashed potato bowl…

Bucky Jones

Cool!—I’ll wear my bib, bring my own TV tray and I’ll see you guys at dinnertime!

marcelo from Brasil!!!!!!

OHHHHHHH how i want one of those wall calendars!!!!!! but i told you that its hard to find someone with a international card … hey Mr jones, give a hand to your fan from the other hemisphere!!!! ill send you the tree times more money !!!!but please!!!! i need one of those things…and a mug too, of course !!!! ill make a worwide campagin : ” Give peace a chance, and a 2006 skechtbook wall calendar to marcelo…and a mug!!!!” hehehehehe…

Dennis Jones

Yes Marcelo, I agree with you… the solution to having peace in the world is a 2006 Dennis Jones Sketchbook Wall Calendar… if only everyone in the world had one my problems would be over… I mean THEIR problems would be over… peace and tranquility would reign… I have about convinced myself to buy one… let world peace begin and let it begin with me! …come on everybody, follow my lead… to the Brother Jones Gift Shop…

Valentines Day

February 14, 2006

Candy

…my cut of the Valentines Day loot…

Karen bought several bags of candy, (and various other doo-dads) to send to our two boys for Valentines Day. She planned to mail it all when she returned from California, but then realized she was not getting home until the day before Valentines Day. In a panic, she called from California and asked if I would please split the candy up and get everything in the mail so it would make it to our two boys in time.

As I sat down at the kitchen table to split the candy I noticed there was no parental supervision in the room, so I made an executive decision to split the candy three ways instead of two. This would create a secret stash of candy all for me.

So far, this has been working out really good. I feel pretty confident that since Karen rarely checks in at Brother Jones, I can continue to keep the secret stash a secret until the secret stash has all been consumed. Happy Valentines Day To Me!

The Comments

Doug Jones

Cool beans, dude! I’ll help you keep that secret… but it’s gonna cost you 5 chocolates!

Keegan Jones

Good call. I’d do the same thing. One for them, three for me, one for them, three for me.

Don Jones

Your secret will eventually catch up with you when your lovely wife pinches that extra inch on your gut. Good luck.

Nick Jones Everybody

I wish you would have kept ALL the strawberry kisses, and sent a few more cherry kit kats down the Oklahoma way… But hey what’s done is done…

Don Jones

Sorry to say I bought Janson the SAME Snoopy boat with Reeses cups that I bought him last year. He was very gracious and forgiving for his Dad’s oversight.

Dennis Jones

…sheesh Don, what were you thinkin? You know there’s no way to split a Snoopy Boat up and keep part of it for yourself…

Don Jones

He got the Snoopy in the boat… I got all the candy.

Dennis Jones

…nice work…

Doug Jones

I was always confused by the theology on this point. Does the Easter bunny also leave baskets of candy on Valentines Day? Is this scriptural?

Dennis Jones

…you dont need theology to abuse candy… it’s useful any time of the year… a long time ago Peter wanted to go trick or treating and it was kinda up to me to take him and I didn’t want to do it so I said, “Pete, I’ll buy you 3 bags of any kind of candy you want and we can go to the hockey game on Halloween night and eat it there”… he went for it… yet another successful use of candy to weasel out of something I didn’t want to do…

Doug Jones

That heart warming story of a son and dad gorking out on candy together brought a tear to my eye…

Dennis Jones

…I am considering writing a parenting book… I believe I could fill in a few of the gaps Dr. Dobson left out of his books… like teaching the kids how to defend themselves with hockey sticks… that sort of thing…

Don Jones

You can fill in the gaps from Dr. Phil as well. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!! I believe it is obvious to all eight of our visitors that chocolate is a favorite jones to us brothers. I find myself walking real slow past that big BRACH’s display at the grocery store. This new site is feeling just like home now.

Doug Jones

Dennis…name that book “Chicken Soup for the Hockey Dad’s Soul”… and maybe we can add a snazzy diploma for anyone who actually reads through it…

Don Jones

I say float this by Zondervan and see if they wanna pick it up .. if not, get your rep on it. This could be big. I have that feeling. Then again it could just be my gall bladder acting up once more.

Dennis Jones

I’m thinking maybe an all picture parenting book… no type… I’ve seen this sort of thing work before…

Doug Jones

be sure you have very graphic spanking pages… that should be fun

Dennis Jones

…good thinkin’, Doug… of course, that would give the book a PG rating… (parental guidance)… but since the book is for parents I dont know how that would work… must give this idea more thought…

Doug Jones

if you don’t think too good… don’t think too much…. my motto..

Don Jones

I’d like to see a few pages on “How-to maintain parental sanity with multiple teens in the home.” Maybe a picture of a Mom and Dad hiding behind a locked closet door eating the kid’s valentine day candy.

Dennis Jones

…in full hockey gear and ready for action…

Cutting Corners In Photoshop

February 16, 2006

EyeProtection

…stitching together a Photoshop time saver…

Five years ago I told my oldest son that I did not need a computer for any reason. I was a traditional painter… I slopped paint onto paper with a brush… what could I possibly need a computer for? Five years later and I cant finish a job without one.

Here is an example of what a timesaver Photoshop can be for me. My rough sketch (top left) shows my idea for this poster which is basically to repeat the same scene twice. In the old days I would have tediously painted the same picture two times making minor changes to the figure. But now using the computer I was able to paint separate parts of this picture and assemble them later in Photoshop to create two consistent images.

The Comments

Don Jones

It’s the miracle of teknowledgee. I need a set of these posters to post around. I did get a notice in the mail from the government that Brother Jones was supposed to have postings around warning against UNDER AGE employees and discrimination. What else are children good for but to labor? I love my little sweat shop.

Dennis Jones

…make sure Keegan works all day for us again this Saturday, Don… crack the whip…

Don Jones

As long as I keep him strung out on cashew chicken he’s good to go.

Doug Jones

cashew chicken and frappuccinos….what a winning combination… pass the cheetos, Keeg

Doug Jones

Hey… do those Olympic medals remind you of anything… like, say Krispy Kremes?

Dennis Jones

…are the Olympics on?

Don Jones

I’m too busy keepin’ up with American Idol. I like to watch ‘em cry after their dreams and aspirations are crushed.

Dennis Jones

…is American Idol on again, too?

Doug Jones

I only watch the weather… they are crying wolf here again…. Need more milk, chili and crackers… and a case of Yoohoo and strawberry poptarts

Don Jones

On our last pre-winter warning venture to the grocery store Family size tomato soup was the prize and we were too late! SOLD OUT! Bought the small cans and it costs us about 30 cents more… can you believe this Campbell Soup scammin’ taking place in America?

Dennis Jones

…is nothing sacred?

Don Jones

After reading the entire book of Malachi this morning, I would say tithing is still sacred. Don’t be bringin’ no lame, blind sheep to the LORD. This concludes our Brother Jones morning devotional. Amen.

Doug Jones

Them’s good rules if you is livin’ under the LAW… but we ain’t no more… The only thing sacred is Krispy Kremes Amen and amen

Don Jones

Looks like about 39 visits so far from the Designers Who Blog hook-up … and Doug, your Jonesapalooza link seems to be the exit door for Brother Jones. I love SHtats.

Dennis Jones

…where in the stats are you finding how many are coming from where, Don?… I cant seem to find that…

Doug Jones

You mean… I am GUARDING the back door to this place?! Great googly moogly

Don Jones

Top row Middle column – Referrers. Doug, it appears you are not guarding the back door too well. Are your sure you aren’t showing them the door?

Doug Jones

Reminds me of the old P T Barnum trick. He had signs posted that said “This way to the Egress” Of course folks followed the signs and found themselves out. Making more room for the next batch of folks….

Dennis Jones

…I think part of the charm of the Brother Jones Web Site is that while we all do our best to post little articles with pictures we rarely, if ever, talk about them in the comment section… I like that…

…and Doug, keep guarding that back door… do a good job with that and maybe we’ll move you on into the front room with Donnie and me…

Don Jones

I’m not sharing my seat with anybody. I’d like to go on record and apologize for today’s dysfunctional, fantasy football blog. It was a complete and total embarrassment and a downright travesty to our impeccable Brother Jones standards. Since we have a money-back guarantee for each and every dollar spent at Brother Jones, please take your punched Brother Jones vouchers to Doug who is patiently standing beside the Jonesapalooza exit door… and please come again.

Doug Jones

That IS kinda funny, Den. You put up some awesome artwork and write about it and we come on and talk about family size tomato soup. wanna go play kickball? Nobody here but us guys with SHORT attention spans!

Dennis Jones

…our comment sections are pretty much what our private emails to each other were before we had this blog… now we’ve pretty much tossed email out the window and just yap on and on to each other in front of the whole wide world… welcome to Brother Jones… a website about nothing… and proud of it…

Bucky Jones

I’m not doing anything. Can I play kickball?

Corrigan Clay

Hey, thanks so much for the wordless Bible, my 2 year old daughter Keziah requests a read from it every day! I am an artist as well, and I just looked you up online to find out if you were photoshop-ing your work (the repeated scenes just looked so exact). Also figured you used Photoshop to blur things like the waves coming down on those rascally egyptians creating a photo-focus effect… am I right? or are you airbrushing? VERY inspiring. My wife and I are trying to write and illustrate a Children’s book. The photoshop idea will make this much easier. any advice on finding a publisher?

Dennis Jones

…finding a publisher… yikes… about all I could tell you to do is research at the library or book store and see who is publishing the type of book you are creating… make some sort of promotional package (manuscript, art samples, a recommendation from Billy Graham… that sort of thing) and send them to every publisher you can… It’s a lot like fishing… you just keep tossing your line out in the water and hoping something will bite…

Dennis Jones

…the Wordless Bible had a pretty restrictive deadline attached to it… approximately 350 pages of art in 10 months… I was cutting every corner I could… I was working 16 hour days almost every day of the week… I got pretty fatigued before it was all over, lost my focus on the project and kinda overused a couple of Photoshop effects, (specifically the lens flare and blur), but hey, I made the deadline…

Don Jones

Photoshop filter overdose (PFO) no such thing. Some projects just require massive amounts of filter junk to make them appear worthwhile and substantial. Gotta give those clients their money’s worth I say. “Use three Photoshop filters in an illustration and get a fourth filter FREE!”

Doug Jones

Hey there, Bucky… why SURE you can play kickball with us… just meet us on the playground… and be sure you bring your lunch money. (Hey guys… we got another one… the usual three way split?)

Dennis Jones

…absolutely…

Bucky Jones

All right! I’ll be there….but…do I have to be on Doug’s team? He always pats me on the bottom after a good play. Makes me not want to play so good.—-See you guys at the playground!

Jeroen

Awesome portfolio you have. Great stuff! I’m green with envy…

Kermit

it’s not easy being green.

Bucky Jones

Okay, you Jones Brothers, what gives? I feel like Charlie Brown…I’ve been waiting here on the playground, to play kickball, for like three days and no one has shown up. I’m cold, tired and my underwear is giving me a rash. Are you guys gonna play or what?—- I’m keeping my lunch money….so there.

Dennis Jones

…oh man, we forgot about Bucky…

Bucky Jones

Oh, it’s okay, Dennis. I ate squirrels and drank my own….well, you know, to survive.—-Man, I need to brush my teeth.

More Curling In The Olympics!

February 20, 2006

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Team Jones competes in 2006 Winter Olympics.

Olympic2

Speed Skating and Downhill Curling.

Olympic3

New excitement for the 2006 Winter Games.

I watched some of the 2006 Winter Olympics this weekend and decided my favorite event is curling. It appeals to me because I think my brothers and I could compete in it. We could go out, slide the stone down the ice, sweep in front of it, and then sit on the bench and eat donuts until it was our turn again. I like that.

Apparently TV ratings are down this year, but I have a solution for NBC; add curling to some of the other Olympic events.

I would love to see speed skaters lugging a small boulder around the track. Who wins in hockey if you have to slam a 44 pound rock into the net? Any luge-bobsled-skeleton run would be much more exciting with the weight of a curling stone added to the sled. Downhill curling is a no-brainer; who wouldnt want to see that?

The best part of the Winter Olympics is watching people going downhill fast and hanging on for their lives. The only thing better would be watching people that had to compete AGAINST their will. “Here you go sir, hang onto this curling stone and we’ll see you at the bottom of the hill.”

I would not change the Alpine Sniper competition, but I would add a gun to the trick ski jump competition. After the guy hits the jump and is upside down in the air he has to whip out a rifle and shoot targets. That would be sweet. This could be a little rough on the people watching in the crowd, but it would definitely send TV ratings through the roof.

The Comments

Don Jones

This gets me pumped to watch some more events. I’ve been out in my driveway doing some sweeping so I think I am in form to make a run for a medal. I was hoping for a platinum ring of some sort. Have you noticed the medals this time look like donuts?

Doug Jones

Herez a new event for you. You toss one of those stones into the air as high as you can and the vice president takes a shot at it… if you survive… you WIN! …we could call it Extreme Skeet Curling

Doug Jones

I like how we are never so consumed with winning, that we can’t turn and smile for the camera….

Dennis Jones

…the competitive spirit is not really a Jones attribute… we are just happy to be in the game…

megan

I like how “pom-pomesque” the stones look in the hands of the figure skating cheerleader…

Dennis Jones

…she does seem to be handling that extra weight with style and grace…

Dennis Jones

…the thing about adding curling stones to other events at the Olympics is that ABC might be able to come up with a new “agony of defeat” guy for their opening to Wide World Of Sports….

Doug Jones

Hey… don’t think I mentioned this yet… but those are GREAT new pics at the top of your page! I need to do that too. Maybe someday….

Jeff

Got the new Bible.. thanks again.. awesome art as usual.. How about figure skating with a curling stone tied to their leg. That would put a stop to all the triple jumps, and give big girls like Tanya Harding a fighting chance.

Dennis Jones

HA!… good to hear the great state of Texas checking in at Brother Jones…

Jeff

Well, U.S. Mens hockey lost the final time to a country with a population density of your neighborhood Wall-Mart.. Sad day.

Dennis Jones Standard Operating Procedure

February 23, 2006

FilingSystem

…everything orderly placed… on the floor…

StudioWest

…a view to the west…

StudioEast

…a view to the east…

I just got my studio cleaned up for the first time in two years. Now instead of having piles of stuff strewn all over my floor, I have piles of stuff strewn all over my floor in orderly fashion.

I work on several jobs at a time and it would be easy for one of them to get lost in the shuffle. That is why I keep all current “in progress” jobs on my floor. This is a nuisance to me because I have to keep stepping over them, but it keeps me constantly thinking, “Man, I gotta get that job done and get it off my floor”.

Jobs are not the only thing I keep on my floor, though. If it’s important or something I have to remember, it is also on my floor. I leave the really, really important things in the doorway so that I have to step over them when I leave my room.

Oddly enough, my newly cleaned up studio looks pretty much exactly like my old messed up studio did.

The Comments

Bucky Jones

Dennis, any chance of you posting photos of the rest of your studio? I’d love to see your work space.

Doug Jones

very good organizational system you got goin, Dennis. I like it! This would explain the footprints I see occasionally on your artwork… and yeah…. you got two more picture spots… fill em up!

Don Jones

What I like about the floor filing system is that it is convenient and readily available. Whether it’s in the studio, the bedroom (clothes), the garage (tools) you can always quickly and easily file things away in a vertical dropping motion.

Dennis Jones

Hey… quit telling people what our house looks like…

Don Jones

That is our houseS… I say the more stuff on the floor… the longer the carpet will last.

Jeff

Airbrush the Texas flag on the Skull then we’re talking ART!

Dennis Jones

I was complaining to Jeff the other day in an email about the U.S. hockey team getting tied by Latvia in the Olympics and he wrote back and said, “Latvia… wasn’t he one of the drivers on Taxi..?”

kel-in-UK

you mean all those years of my Mom tellin’ me to pick up – I was the one who was organized!!! soupa sweet

Dennis Jones

…ok… I posted two new pictures of my work space for those of you who were interested…

Jeff

YOU’RE PRETTY TALL HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU SMACK YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU GOT THE HANG OF THOSE CEILINGS?

Bucky Jones

Dennis, thanks for sharing these photos! That’s a great looking studio…and about the cleanest I’ve seen! Thanks again!

Nick Jones Everybody

you face the door now? That’s very corporate of you.

Don Jones

I detect from the “view from the east” that your recording studio is still up and functioning. Whip something up and send it down for a podcast! I’m liking that big old green handy trash can.

Dennis Jones

Jeff.. in my studio it is called the “ceiling of many names”…

Bucky… you ask for photos, you get photos…

Nick… I’m tired of people sneaking in on me…

Don… I’ll have you know that is a brand new Martha Stewart trash can from K-Mart…

Don Jones

I think you should complete the Martha Stewart Studio ensemble and get one of her knitted ponchos to draw and paint in. Could be a new fashion trend for discriminating artists?

Dennis Jones

…how do you know I’m not already using one?

Doug Jones

I thought you worked in the classic Martha Stewart orange jumpsuit prison outfit, Den. … say is that a CHEATING MACHINE I see there? You don’t CHEAT on your illustrations, do you?

Dennis Jones

…a cheating machine? …what’s a cheating machine?

Doug Jones

you know… you put the paper in one end, turn the crank, and out comes the illustration at the other end. I think I see a crank there. I really do… somewhere…

Jeff

FRED FLINTSTONE HAD ONE OF THOSE. THERE IS A BIRD IN THE INSIDE OF THE BOX WITH A PENCIL. THAT FRED,,WHAT AN ACTOR HUH?

Doug Jones

the best!

Dennis Jones

…disappointing that the Academy awarded him so few Oscars…

Don Jones

Fred had an early prototype of the Hybrid Honda… unbelievable gas mileage.

A Tribute To Brother Doug

February 25, 2006

CocktailCasual

…from the Plugged album…

We are all pretty darn proud of big brother Doug for selling his jumbo guitar for $2600.00 the other night. I am sure Doug made quite a grand entrance in his festive “cocktail casual” attire.

The mere thought of this was so inspiring WeaselBoy wrote a tribute song about it.

Doug, why dont you download this and play it in your car as you drive to your next big event. I noticed the complicated lyrics are included on the site. Maybe one day you can memorize them and sing along.

The Comments

Don Jones

I am predicting “Cocktail Casual” will soon be climbing up the BILLBOARD charts. It’s HOT! It’s inspirational AND motivational. It kind of conjurs up a George Benson “On Broadway…” melody line of sorts. Catchy. Crisp editing too. Doug you got yourself a THEME SONG.

WeaselBoy

…thanks dude… you see man, there’s like this Broadway Street in downtown Nashville… and like Doug probably had to drive down Broadway to get to the jumbo guitar deal… so I’m thinking it’s like, for Doug anyway, like being as close to being on Broadway as he’s gonna get… dude…

Dennis Jones

…WeaselBoy can shred a guitar… he certainly came up with one smokin’ guitar solo in this one…

Simon Cowell

simpy HORRID!

Doug Jones

I’m working on learning the lyrics so I can sing this as I drive my Limo down Broadway… right into the Cumberland river. how ‘bout sending me the Ukulele chords so I can play along too…

WeaselBoy

…Simon is always so harsh… I value Paula and Randys opinions much more…

Paula

it was HORRID

Randy

Dawg… it was SO HORRID!

WeaselBoy

…wow… and I spent almost two whole hours writing and recording that…

Dennis Jones

…perhaps if you could get that William Hung kid to sing your vocals next time it would help…

Don Jones

When it comes to high quality recordin’ you just have to spend that kind of time. Luckily if you execute your songs like myself … one take usually gets it. Keep that raw, pure, unadulterated sound quality shining through.

Jeff

Not to change the subject but.. Who won the gold in hockey? Was it the Red Wings, uh,, Avalanc…I’m confused.. Besides they don’t let me have a sound card at work so I can’t hear the “song” anyway..

Dennis Jones

…well …I was rooting for the U.S. to win… but they failed miserably…

…so I started rooting for our neighbors to the north, the Canadians… but they failed miserably, too…

…so I decided to root for the Chzeck Republic because I was just there a month ago… Jagr and the boys stumbled along the way, but won bronze I think…

…I did not see the medal game, but I think it was the Swedes vs Fins… I wasn’t rooting for either of them… this is no doubt why they ended up playing for gold…

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~ BROTHERJONES BONUS COVERAGE! ~

My post above was in response to my big brother Doug’s post below.

~

February 24, 2006

the end.

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these boots were made for…limpin’

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my baby at the red carpet

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c’mon… somebody BUY this thing!…

Tonight was the final chapter in my TWANG guitar saga… the auction. As one of the artists, I received one ticket to attend the gala auction. Tickets to attend the auction went for $200 each… I went alone.

I was advised the dress for the evening was to be “festive cocktail.” I had to ask what that meant. I was told the country music industry doesn’t do black tie…they are a pretty casual group… a jacket would be fine. I decided to go as countryish as I could… to blend in. I got my 20 year old boots out of the attic and ironed my new Levis. Into my jacket pockets I loaded up my camera, extra batteries (which I DID have to use) and a 3”x5” sketchbook.

After about 15 minutes at the auction, I remembered why my boots were in the attic. My little toe (left foot) was being jammed into the next toe. My toenail was stabbing into that neighbor toe like a knife! Bad PAIN! And walking in boots is a bit awkward after wearing tennies. I had to work hard at not doing a triple klutz into someone. I made it through the food line, and found one of the FEW places that I could sit down. There were no chairs at this event… you had to stand for the evening. The noise level of the room was extremely loud. I could barely make out the auctioneer over the noise.

I could go on about the celebs I saw and blah, blah, blah… but it’s late…and I’m tired… so I will cut to the chase here. The guitars that were linked to someone like Roy Orbison, Charlie Daniels or Brooks and Dunn went for the big bucks. Roy’s went for $8,200, Charlie’s for $13,000 and B&D’s for $13,000. Those of us who just painted a design without a hot celebrity… sold ours for something in the $2,500- $5,500 range. My guitar, with the avery dots stuck all over it (he he he) went for $2,600. All the money from the sale of the guitars went to various charities such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, United Way, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

My guitar was number 29 out of 68 that were to be auctioned off. As soon as it sold, I limped to my limo (which was cleverly disguised as a blue mini-van with 184,000 miles and only one working headlight) and drove home as fast as I could. First order of business….

GET THESE STINKIN’ BOOTS OFF!

The Comments

Dennis Jones

…oh man… what I really wanted to see here was a picture of you in “Festive Cocktail” regalia… couldn’t you have handed your camera to Charlie Daniels or someone and had them take a quick picture of you with your guitar?

megan

$2,600.00??? That’s fantastic! Good for you! And good for you for contributing your artistic talents to such good causes. Love the pic of your guitar on the red carpet, that’s priceless. Are the neighboring toes getting along ok today? Or will your thumb have to intervene?

Doug Jones

This event took place in the lobby of the BMI music building. We were packed in there like sardines. You had to worm your way through the crowd to get anywhere… which is difficult to do in painful cowboy boots. I found a chair across from the elevators at the far end of the lobby and sat there till the auction got going good. The first thing I said today was… “It’s great to have my tennies on again!” insert smiley face here.

Don Jones

I felt like I was there in attendance with you Douger. Especially when you talked about the food line. If you had given Corporate Brother Jones a heads up perhaps we could have allocated some dollars toward purchasing this fantastic piece of Brother Jones memorabilia for our Branson museum which has yet to break ground. At least take this off your taxes… I’m betting Turbo Tax has a line for this SOMEwhere.

Doug Jones

It works like this, Don… the guy who BUYS it gets the tax break… NOT the guy who paints it. We each got a $500 honorarium for painting these things… which we then had to PAY taxes on as income. I figure I made about 5 bucks an hour on this project. But I did try to eat my weight in free food last night.

Dennis Jones

…dont sell the free food short…

Don Jones

Sounds like our fleet of Brother Jones limos are due for an overhaul. And before I forget it… nice boots.

Doug Jones

you had a pair just like these that I really liked, Don. I think you modified yours with a chainsaw, though….

Don Jones

I believe that was on the same day I had a head-on with my Yard Man into the retaining wall. Man I love yard work.

Dennis Jones

…yard work for you is a contact sport…

Nick Jones Everybody

This post is not Freaky enough for Freaky Friday…. I’m disappointed. Cool story, but got in the way of routine. Ten point deduction. Congrats on the guitar though.

Doug Jones

always GRAND to have NJE appearing on my page… even if it IS to call me to task. Had to interrupt the ever popular and growing F.F. this week ‘cause I actually GOT OUTTA THE HOUSE for something (besides going to the mailbox) sorry

Nick Jones Everybody

ok… all is forgiven. as long as we get back to routine soon… I had to look at my desktop clock just to make sure it really was friday and I wasn’t prematurely excited about the weekend…

megan

Perhaps the freakiness of this Friday IS that you left the house???

Don Jones

Why were the boots in the attic? Storage? You must have an incredible filing system in the attic.

Doug Jones

They had been occupying valuable real estate in my tiny closet for years, so they were banished to the attic about a year ago. Right now they are still in the floor where I kicked them off… the Dennis filing system.

Paying Attention, Taking Notes

February 28, 2006

TBsketch

…exhaustive note taking on my part…

TBcolor

…full color notes…

Last Thursday night I went to a lecture by longtime Disney illustrator Tom Bancroft on our local college campus. I took a seat on the very back row, (this being my traditional spot from when I attended college) and got ready to get back into school mode and take some notes. I really enjoyed hearing what Tom had to say.

I had the best of intentions to take exhaustive notes while I was there, unfortunately my note taking skills have not advanced much since 7th grade. My problem has always been that my writing turns into drawing. This does not mean that I am not listening… it simply means that I am multi-tasking.

So, here you have it, my complete lecture notes from Tom’s talk. I share them now with you. The interesting thing is, sometimes my notes jump over into my watercolor notebook, as they did here.

The Comments

Doug Jones

hey… great little critter, Den! I like the way he is shakin’ his Badonk-adonk!

Jeff

He’s Practicing for the next Olympics. Ski Jumping is his event and the tail is just for counter stability..

Dennis Jones

…he does seem to be missing ski poles in his hands…

Jeff

He finds it cheaper to practice in the off season.. Animal Olympic budget cuts…

Don Jones

The colors are vibrating on my RGB screen… beeyoutifulll. Your back row positioning is still engrained from all those art history classes. Was there green vending machine coffee available?

Dennis Jones

…for some reason I ended up in an art history lecture class in college that started at 7:30 in the morning… every class period started by turning off the lights and then clicking thru slides… the back row was a premium spot to sit because you could rest your head against the back wall and doze until class was over…

Jeff

I used that very study technique during American History.. It turns out, George Washington did not have anything to do with the Civil War.. Who knew?

Don Jones

Here’s a little lecturing flashback- When examining the above image for the intrinsic value inherent in its purpose, we find that in order to conceptualize its true meaning, the image must be experienced in the visual realm. zzzzzz…

Jeff

Whut?? My pa did’nt go fur all that book larnin’.

Doug Jones

anyone see Paul McCartney on PBS last night?

Dennis Jones

…zzz …>snort<… oh, I just woke up after Dons last comment…

Don Jones

I caught that Beatle. That was a really good show. His on the spot recording at the end was the best. I’m looking for some glasses around the house that will ring like those

Doug Jones

just think… you have more in Garage Band than they had in their entire recording studio back then…

Don Jones

That’s a crazy thought… and true. The only things missing on my end are musical talent and a good head of hair.

Joe Programmer

Ah, so that’s what you were doing way up there, Dennis. For fun I looked at my notes (which are usually phrases that I didn’t understand) including “chapel credit”, “manga style”. Not a single doodle, not a single Bible verse… I like yours much better.

Dennis Jones

well… I must confess, Joe… that Bible verse came from my exhaustive note taking at church the following Sunday…