In The Dark

April 5, 2006

InTheDark

…what’s goin’ on?

I flew down to Oklahoma City this weekend to watch my youngest son, Pete, play in “March BANDness”. His band didn’t win, but it was quite an accomplishment for them to even make it into the final four and I really enjoyed getting a chance to see them perform.

I arrived at the airport before sunrise on Monday morning to fly home. This time I had a brand new, unexpired driver’s license, I knew how to work the automated check-in machine, I got through security without being singled out and frisked, and I got into my seat on the airplane with no problems. Everything was running like clockwork…

…until all the lights went out in the airplane and the engines quit running.

Since it was pre-sunrise we were all left sitting in the dark. Then everything came back on… and then it all went back off. But then it all came back on and we proceeded to taxi out to the runway for take off.

Then everything went off in the plane again… but it all came back on… but then off… but then on again… but then off again… then back on one last time. It was like sitting in a dark room with someone flipping the light switch on and off.

Finally the captain spoke over the intercom and explained that we were having a problem with an onboard computer and, as you would do with a home computer, you must shut everything down and then turn it all back on hoping the computer will fire back up correctly. Thats why the plane was continually shutting down and coming back on… they were trying to reboot the computer.

This (of course) did not work, because this was the plane I was planning to ride home in. We taxied back to the terminal and the tech guys came out and installed a new computer on our plane…

…while we sat in the plane…

…for two and a half hours.

I arrived in Chicago with barely enough time to catch my connecting flight, but I sprinted to my gate and got there just in the nick of time…

…to see them posting that my flight had been cancelled. But that was ok because there really isnt anything more fun than sitting around in an airport terminal all afternoon waiting for another flight home.

I really need to come up with another mode of transportation to these things.

The Comments

Doug Jones

So Karen flies around the globe all the time, but you take two trips and this is what happens? No wonder you stay home and raise gourds. ‘Bout plantin’ time ain’t it?

Don Jones

Den, for a second there I saw you sprinting through the airport terminal just like O.J.

Dennis Jones

…I was… of course, I tripped and fell when I tried to jump over the suitcase…

Don Jones

I’ve heard there are lots of bugs and viruses floating around inside an airplane’s air ducts. I sure hope you remembered to hold your breath while you were on computer stand-by.

Don Jones

Did Pete’s band get any parting gifts along with the prestige of making the FINAL FOUR? Free admission to Frontier Land? Guitar strings?

Dennis Jones

…they received a fabulous day of free rides at Frontier City for their efforts… bad news Don… the car ride we used to enjoy so much is gone… replaced with one of those newer model-t type car rides…

Don Jones

I do remember that they had a saloon of some sort… I recall walking past it and thinking creepy things were probably happening inside

Doug Jones

creepy things were happening OUTSIDE as you walked by…

Don Jones

It just hit me that if you are in need of another mode of transportation… fire up your SEARS Craftsman mower and HIT THE ROAD!

Dennis Jones

…I think with a tune up I might be able to get that baby up to 6… maybe 7 miles an hour… not a bad idea, Don…

Don Jones

You haven’t modified that mower with any on-board leftover PC computers have you?

Don Jones

NOTE: Movie contains violence: Alvin twice shoots his broken-down riding lawn mower, causing it to explode in flames. Now THIS is entertainment!

Dennis Jones

…I believe we previously proclaimed this to be the official movie of the Brother Jones Web Site… check it out sometime… if you are having trouble sleeping…

Don Jones

Did you watch it? I have yet to see it.

Dennis Jones

…yes… it’s actually pretty good… if you don’t have anything else to watch….

JEFF

i JUST CAN’T BELIEVE YOU DID NOT GET SEARCHED.. YOU MUST NOT BE WEARING THE WELDING GOGGLES ANY MORE..YOU LOOKED PRETTY SHADY IN THOSE THINGS..

Dennis Jones

…no Jeff… I only wear my welding Goggles when I’m cruising town in my car… with the windows rolled down… and my arm hanging out the window… with my sleeves rolled up onto my shoulders to show off the Brother Jones tattoo on my shoulder…

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Hurley’s Imaginary Friend

April 6, 2006

Hurley2

…in the nut house…

Hurley3

…snapshot of Hurley and imaginary friend…

Well… just when you think you have the hit ABC television show LOST figured out they throw something new at you. I didn’t know what to think after last nights show. As a public service to all the Brother Jones LOST fans out there, I am posting these screen caps from last nights episode. Perhaps if we study them carefully we can figure out what exactly is going on with this show.

The Comments

Don Jones

I missed the show. From these pictures it looks like your “vacation” pictures.

Dennis Jones

…for about 99 cents you can download it and watch it…

Doug Jones

does eating celery cause halucinations?

Doug Jones

does eating celery cause halucinations?

USA Today

April 7, 2006

Cower

…from the newspaper, to my watercolor sketchbook…

Some people enjoy going outside into nature to become inspired to create art. My experience with that has been that nature is full of biting bugs and is frequently very hot. I have found it much more enjoyable to be inspired from inside the comfort of my own house, in a climate controlled environment, sipping a favorite beverage, and looking at my USA Today.

The Comments

Don Jones

I too was reading the old USA Today… today and realized that the NFL has an interchangeable game deal going in the latter part of the 2006 season. Apparently NBC can pick and choose a few of the games they broadcast on Sunday evening. I was disappointed to see that the NFL channel is getting into game broadcasts. In fact, the Chiefs play on Thanksgiving night ON CABLE. Dennis… reserve my seat now in your living room. Karen… weigh up some snacks for the game. Thanks.

Doug Jones

needs more scowl… This guy has the best scowl in the NFL

Don Jones

I would have to DISAGREE there with you Douger… I believe Jon Gruden has the ultimate scowl goin’ on. Coach Cowher has the best JAWLINE in the NFL. I would like some additional comments from others on this heated little debate.

Dennis Jones

…when Marty Schottenheimer coached the Browns he had to decide whether to keep Bill Cowher as a linebacker or Sam Mills… he kept Cowher… Mills went on to become a pro-bowler for New Orleans… Cowher went on to coach with Marty… Schottenheimer said he traded the best player, but kept the best coach…

Don Jones

That’s good info there Den. But where exactly does Marty fit into the picture? Seems Lamar gave him the boot from the Chiefs… and he couldn’t quite cut it with the Redskins. He may be the best TRAVELED coach in the league.

Jeff

It’s still Hockey season ‘aint” it? Try Ty Domi he has an all star mug..

Dennis Jones

…Hey… I think you’re right… since the NHL moved from ESPN to OLN I never see it anymore… I kinda forgot they were even still playing… it’s probably almost time for the playoffs, isn’t it?…

Jeff

Not for the STARS….ha!

Dennis Jones

…are you still a Rangers fan? …they are having a surprisingly good season this year…

Jeff

I am on a self imposed black out.. N.H.L. players had no problem leaving the fans hanging for a season so I am leaving them for a season. I am sure they will survive the financial blow I have dealt them..But the sting from my action will last at least a day or two.. “evil laugh”

Dennis Jones

…I’m with you, Jeff… now that there are two of us on self-imposed NHL blackouts, I doubt whether the NHL will be able to recover as quickly from the crushing financial blow we have dealt them together… SOLIDARITY…

Jeff

I tried the hate mail thing but when you start with “you guys stink” they usually don’t respond..

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis & Jeff, Make that 2.5 of us on the NHL blackout list. I say .5 because with Sid the Kid in pittsburgh I’m entitled to at least his games. Besides my son would kill me if I didn’t follow his new favorite player. As for Cower, sorry Don, but it’s a triple threat…Jawline, Spitter and Scowl.

Taking Action

April 12, 2006

PeepBaur

…”Peep” Bauer…

I should be posting something new about now, but I cant seem to focus on anything except the ongoing hostage crisis on Doug’s page.

I can no longer sit idly by and watch this travesty take place without trying to do something… so I have.

Good luck, Jack… and if this happens to go badly, (as your missions always do)… remember… I knew nothing about it.

The Comments

Don Jones

Jack is yelling again. He needs decaf.

Doug Jones

Jack is tracking the Peeps with the help of Chloe and satelites, but the President has him brought in for questioning and general roughing up. Jack is exposed to nerve gas but seals himself in the bathroom with the special rubber seals and flushes himself out of the commode where the Hostage Peeps are being held… and all this takes place in 10 minutes of REAL time… stay tuned….

Dennis Jones

…Doug, I can hardly wait for your next post to see what happens next!

Mason Jonez

Is that suit protocol?…….I need to be briefed.

Doug Jones

Jack wears bullet proof briefs… or is it boxers?

Jeff

Boxers by STA-PUFFED but they have Kevlar inserts

Dennis Jones

Chloe: Jack… satellite shows three peeps in the middle of the room… and a Jones over in the corner chewing on something…

Patrick Little (soon to be Jones)

Hey pops!! It was great to finally meet the man behind the conundrum that is Peter Jones!! You are a swell dad and I am glad to have met you, sorry to say that we didn’t get to hang out more and shoot the breeze, but I figured that your kids should hog ya seeing how you dont get down in their digs very often. Hopefully we will meet again sir! Smootches pops, Patrick

K

Dennis Jones

…well… I’m pretty sure that last comment is from my wife, Karen, who is in Germany right now… she’s the only one I know who could actually break the comment box on my page…

…and Patrick …you guys ROCK! …NORTH! …NORTH-ROCK! …no, wait a minute… NORTH! …whatever it is you guys choose to run with for a band name this month…

Jeff

He better look out for Microwaves… ever seen what a microwave can do to a Peep? They blow up huge.. Then the wife yells at ya for the mess thats left..

Don Jones

I wonder what the peeps would weigh on Dennis’ household food scale…

Doug Jones

I think he broke those scales a week ago while weighing a dead possum he found on the road.

Roballoo

This is the new Paris fashions? Better go buy one so I can look my best on Easter Sunday.

Dennis Jones

…if you buy one for Easter Sunday have someone take your picture in it so we can post it here on Brother Jones…

Roballoo

Hmmm…worldwide internet fame vs. world wide internet ridicule? Which one would happen to me?

Tami

Sorry to bust in on peep-fest, but I’m wondering if this woman is a Jones – If not, I think honorary membership is in order:

Don Jones

Tami, sadly no, she isn’t a REAL Jones but, I’m sure she would fit right in with us.

Don Jones

Who’s posting under my name? I didn’t enter the comment above… mmm… a ghost writer. This is getting weird.

~

~ BROTHERJONES BONUS COVERAGE!! ~

My post above was a response to my big brother Doug and the crisis he had created over on his page. Below is Doug’s page.

~

April 10, 2006

Save the PEEPS!

2006_04_10_peeps1

aren’t they SWEEEET?

I am holding these Peeps hostage. Something really bad awful will happen to them unless my demands are met.

Demand #1

Unless I hear from all 8 of the visitors to this site, one of the Peeps will meet an untimely end. You must plead for the Peeps. All pleas must be made by 5PM… unless an extension is granted by Major League Baseball.

… and listen, I’m not kidding around here…

The Comments

Megan Jones & Mandy

Are me and Mandy two of those 8 visitors of the site????

Doug Jones

Hmmm… I KNOW Mandy is, or WAS a visitor at one time… but who is Megan Jones… sounds kinda familiar…

Dennis Jones

…please, Doug, please…

…send me one of them Peeps…

megan

I’m not responding to these Strong Arm tactics… oh, oops, looks like I already did…also looks like one Peep has already met his unfortunate demise…

Doug Jones

All 5 Peeps are accounted for at this point… but the one on the end is getting very nervous!

Nick Jones Everybody

Throw one in the microwave… give him the ride of his life, 10 times his original size followed by a bout of petrification….

Roballoo

I think this portends a big announcment by ol’ Jonesy. I’ll bite, what’s up? SocMo dolls for everyone? The first ever SocMo Retrospective at MOMA? Or FREE SocMo tatoos for all!

Dennis Jones

…I’m not comfortable with the way that Peep in the middle is looking at me in that condescending way of his… I say he’s the first to go…

Don Jones

Peeps give me the creeps. EAT ‘EM ALL!!

Roballoo

I think this portends a big announcment by ol’ Jonesy. I’ll bite, what’s up? SocMo dolls for everyone? The first ever SocMo Retrospective at MOMA? Or FREE SocMo tatoos for all!

Roballoo

I did not post again the same info just to inflate the numbers. But, I may have this time. Lord of the Peeps For all my peeps.

Doug Jones

Roballoo… I have experienced the same thing you did … I think. If I hit the refresh button to see if there is a new post, it asks if I want to resend last comment. If I refresh, it posts whatever I said previoulsy AGAIN. weird.

Doug Jones

CRAZY! Click on the “Lord of the Peeps” name above… a fun spoof! check it out!

Dennis Jones

…regrettably, over the past several years, I have personally been involved in several “Peeps” incidents just like this one… I fear it is already too late for most of them…

Fake Fur

April 17, 2006

FakeFur

…staying awake for football…

As some of you may recall, I recently cleaned up my studio, and one of the things I found in it was a piece of fake fur.

I was originally going to attach the fake fur to my hockey goaltenders helmet and strike fear into the hearts of oncoming skaters. This, (of course), was faulty thinking on my part. If you know anything about hockey at all, you know that the only thing a furry goaltenders helmet would do to an opposing player is give him a target to shoot for. A furry goaltenders helmet would also be, (no doubt), very, very hot. So the furry goaltenders helmet idea was scrapped before it was even started and the fur got tossed into a corner in my studio.

Some of you may also remember that in a futile attempt to stay awake all the way to the end of Monday Night Football games this year I took up sewing. I grabbed the fur one night and this bear ended up being the last of my attempts to not fall asleep during a late night NFL game.

Epilogue: Fur once meant to strike terror into the hearts of enemies is now used to bring joy and goodwill to all mankind.

The Comments

Don Jones

If I remember right you had a hard time staying awake because of the crazy, multifaceted Indiana time zones that put the MNF game starting at 2 a.m. or something. Didn’t your Hoosier representatives get a new Daylight savings time issue voted in?

Dennis Jones

…yes, Don, we sure did… Indiana is now officially part of the Eastern Time Zone… except for the parts that are not… they are on Central Time… unfortunately, I am in the part of the state on Eastern time… so a Monday Night Football game starts at 9:00 for me and ends around midnight… I cant even make it thru the second quarter without falling fast asleep…

Doug Jones

SocMo would like to know if BearMo could come over for a play date. They could have a honey ‘n’ tea party! … SocMo is envious of that navel… his is missing you know…

Dennis Jones

…Socmo has too much attitude to hang out with this goody two shoes…

Fan of North (Rock?)

Hey, would you please send the info on how to listen to Pete Jones’ music via the pure volume site? We can get to the pure volume page, but can’t find him or his band on a search… Help, from Europe…

Don Jones

North is bringing fans in from the ends of the earth. I downloaded their two tunes from PureVolume and now have them loaded up for heavy rotation this week.

Jeff

I think a fur hockey mask could be intimidating but you would need to leave the rest of the animal it came from intact just hanging off the side.

Dennis Jones

…Jeff, I was also going to add horns to my furry goaltenders helmet, but I could not figure out a way to make them withstand a 90 mph slap shot…

Dennis Jones

Here’s a link to NorthRock on Pure Volume.

Roballoo

Wowo. I’m impressed. Does this mean you are going to switch your illustration style to 3d now?

Dennis Jones

…3d …4d …whatever it takes…

Don Jones

Nothing like kicking off a vacation week with a moving violation. What’s wrong with rolling through a STOP sign?

Dennis Jones

….yyaAAaahhh… you got a ticket for that? I thought it was ok to do that… at least in Missouri… in the Ozarks…

Don Jones

Yep, sure did. One nice yellow ticket on my way back from Wal-Mart. That was one expensive little trip for Cheeze-Its. I need to find myself a good lawyer and fight this thing all the way TO THE SUPREME COURT!!! My rights have been violated. ( I was turning right.)

Jeff

Just tell the officer, you are a civilian watch dog and you were just checking up on his work ethic.. That did not work for me in Texas but just maybe??

Don Jones

“But officer… as I rounded the corner on two wheels… the other two wheels stopped.”

You Can’t Teach An Old Dog…

April 19, 2006

HappyDog

…sit, boy, sit… good dog…

I wrote a song once and the only lyric in it was… “gonna throw this computer… out the window… if it ever does this again…” That pretty much sums up my working relationship with a computer. I have noticed, however, that several artists are now “painting” their artwork via the computer. It looks so very “painterly” when they are done, just like it had been executed with traditional media. I decided to make friends with my computer and teach myself how to do this, too.

My little computer project has, (of course), turned into a constant source of pain and frustration for me over the past month or so. I suppose if I had some sort of Wacom Tablet dealie to work with instead of a stupid mouse it might be easier, but one way or another, I just cant seem to get the hang of it.

Recently, (after yet another disastrous attempt at computer painting), I shut down my computer, picked up my paint, brush and water, and painted this dog. I actually had fun doing it. I enjoy the organic nature of painting. Very tactile, therapeutic in its own way, and then it hit me… I was trying to reproduce with the computer what I do right now with the brush, paint and water. What was I trying to do that for?

What advantage would there be if I were able to accomplish this great feat of computing? I have less control on the computer than I do with a brush in my hand, have no original piece of artwork when I am done, and it takes me twice as long since my cantankerous computer is fighting me every step of the way.

They say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, and I’m beginning to believe that just may be the case for me.

The Comments

Jeff

I feel the same way Dennis…Why hang a poster on someones fence when i am used to a spray can.. Love the dog by the way… He looks like mine when I have the shock collar remote..

Doug Jones

A computer is good when you want to scribble something out and then slap some color on it real quick without dragging out the water, brushes, and paints, and cleaning everything up afterwords… like that BAD golfer on my page right now… it’s really good for us lazy people. I’d say stick to painting… trying to paint with digits ain’t worth the aggravation, and leaves your sketchbook empty

Thomas M.

What program are you “attempting” the artwork with? Just curious … Since I have no space for the traditional medium, all I have is the computer with Painter, Photoshop, and Illustrator. All three of which I’m still trying to become more comfortable with.

Don Jones

I suspect this little doggie found the Expresso Roast coffee grinds. You don’t need no stinkin’ computer Denny Dawg. It would be like a car mechanic with clean hands.

Jeff

Dennis, I feel the same way. I have a Wacom tablet, and I still do not get the same results. I have all the software also, Photoshop, Painter ya da ya da.. They are all merely tools. Some work better than others. For most of my “paying work” I still will pull out the trusty pencil, create a sketch, scan it in, ad some quick color variations and presto. I guess it is all in how you use the tools. I am still amazed at how guys like Ryan Church (Star Wars Concept Artist) can create his art with such mood and feeling, just using the computer and a tablet. I do know that he is classically trained, but found a medium that he can use to create and make money at. Some of us still need to rely on the old tools that feel comfortable. Nothing wrong with that! I would much rather see your work with the good Ol’ manual brush. It is hard to create the spontaneous backgrounds like you do any other way. Put the mouse down and grab the brush!!! Throw the computer out of the window! No wait, then you could not post to your site…strike that!

McNair Wilson

(To be said in thick Mexican accent) “Step away from the computer, Dennis.” If you spent a few hours everyday trying to learn and get better at computer art you might, in a few YEARS, attain solid mediocrity. And think of all the drawings, paintings and great sketches you will never have created whilst trying to learn a new trick. But it’s only a trick if you can do it. Your art is NOT A TRICK! Paint on, my friend.

Dennis Jones

…hey, does anybody out there know how many posts are in my front porch railing? …you dont?… well, I’ll tell you… 98… how do I know?… I’ve been painting them for two days now… they are square… which means each post has four sides that each have to be dealt with… 98 times four is… well… half a brazilian different surfaces to deal with if my math is correct… and this is not counting the 5 columns and assorted other goodies that go along with the front porch… not good… not good at all…

Dennis Jones

Thomas… I am using Photoshop…

Dennis Jones

…one of my buddies took pity on me and brought over a Wacom tablet for me to play with for a week or two… it makes a huge difference… but I still end up wishing I had spent my time painting… I will post some of these computer failures if anyone is interested in seeing them…

Doug Jones

McNair… “solid mediocrity” is what I strive for! :o) Dennis… If you used the computer, you could just click on each rail with the paint bucket and it would be done!

Don Jones

It must be the Spring Clean mandate from Brother Jones Corporate that’s is taking place. Den, you’re paintin’ posts and I’m etching concrete. Doug, let’s get busy on the 2006 Great Outdoors Brother Jones Plen-aire Spruce-up.

Dennis Jones

…Don …a good idea springs from Doug and McNair’s comments…

…why dont you make a flash banner that reads, “Brother Jones… striving for solid mediocrity”…

Doug Jones

amen

Don Jones

I’m all over it!!

Dennis Jones

…or CONTINUALLY striving for solid mediocrity…

Dennis Jones

…that makes us sound much more diligent…

Don Jones

I’ve got it loaded up… nothing great… just mediocre. Perfect.

Roballoo

The trick is to NOT reproduce your analog art style when going digital as you noted. Just as you work differently if you were working in pastels vs. oils, the same applies to digital. I think the more successful artists who have gone digital have used the medium to express themselves differently, in a way their analog art didn’t allow them to. I look at it as another tool to express my creativity To do it right you do need a Wacom tablet. Painter – the program is a nice tool to have too. But you have painter – the skills that is, which is the best tool to have. I would encourage you not to give up. Just keep practicing and don’t force it. Try and make the learning experience as fun as possible and see what develops.

Doug Jones

I feel the FORCE is strong in this Roballoo padawan…

Dennis Jones

YOUNG DEN SKYWALKER; All right, I’ll give it a try.

JEDI MASTER YODA-BALLOO; No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Hennie

Hi Dennis, I’m a HUGE fan! I do digital illustration using a wacom tablet and mostly painter. It just takes some time getting used to, but once you’re up and running you won’t look back! It’s so much faster than the traditional way, especially if you’re on a few tight deadlines! And….there’s an UNDO button… 🙂 Love your work!

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I think I can come here for my therapy because it’s nice to know that not all of the pro’s are on the computer yet. I’m on it but it has cost me my hand painting details…now I’m working my way back uphill with the world’s tiniest wacom and a lot of frustration. I’ll feel better once I can turn out something satisfactory. GB

Brother Jones News Center

April 21, 2006

NewsCenter

…live, local and breaking news at the top of each hour…

At Brother Jones News Center, when news breaks… we fix it.

Todays topic: Nutrition

New research, (supported by the Dairy Industry), shows that chocolate milk is just as effective as sports drinks, (like Gatorade), at helping athletes recover from strenuous exercise. As a finely conditioned athlete myself, I have personally switched to drinking only chocolate milk after workouts and have found this to, in fact, be true.

In further health news, it is being reported that Americans are not getting enough protein in their breakfasts any more. In an effort to remedy this in my own life, I have started adding gravy to my Cheerios in the morning.

On a totally unrelated note, I have been experiencing mysterious weight gain over the past few months. I am keeping a close eye on this crisis and will file a report on any breaking news as this situation develops.

The Comments

Doug Jones

…great reporting there, Den. Say, is that Katie Couric sitting next to you? I thot she was going over to CBS… but I guess your fringe bennys are better. All the chocolate milk you can drink and GRAVY!!

Don Jones

Do I smell bacon frying?

Dennis Jones

…mmmmmm …I’ll be back in a while… I’m headed for Crackerbarrel…

Jeff

After minutes of extensive research I concluded that if you eat all the right things, don’t have any bad habits, and jog 3 miles a day…When you die, you are much healthier than other dead people. Wheres the chocomoojuice?

Doug Jones

I’m really lovin’ your new studio there, Denny. Looks like BrotherJones Special Bonus Friday! Three new pages the same day! Woo Hoo!

Don Jones

The set is very warm and inviting. A good contrast to the harsh and provactive news reporting… especially by that little poker face monkey.

Don Jones

You’ve got a similar doo to Matt Lauer.

Dennis Jones

…I taught Matt Lauer everything he knows about news reporting…

Don Jones

I’m happy to report my concrete etching is now complete. With a second coat color change the job was a complete success. NOTE: Slate grey is in reality a Slate BLUE grey. Weathered concrete is the color of choice.

Dennis Jones

…glad to hear you got your job finished, Don… I am still trying to get my front porch railing painted… what a horrible thing this has turned out to be… a nightmare from which there is no escape…

Don Jones

Rail painting can be made worse with HIGH TEMPERATURES and lots of bugs. Have you considered finding a local Boy Scout troop in need of community service?

Doug Jones

I had a BAD experience once painting some wroght iron railing. That twisting metal will drive you crazy trying to paint. … you COULD get too busy to finish, and leave it for Pete to do when he comes home. think about it.

Dennis Jones

…Pete painting is a good idea, Doug… except that he is staying in Oklahoma this summer and working his two jobs… so I STILL have to finish this crummy painting job…

Don Jones

Can’t your lovely wife sling a little paint?

Dennis Jones

…when Karen gets home and sees the “Brother Jones” job I did on the front porch that might not be all she’s slinging…

Don Jones

Get yourself to Wal-Marts and buy a bouquet and some chocolates… and get some for Karen too.

Doug Jones

Why do I have the feeling you are out painting railings today?

Don Jones

I believe he had to go into town for more paint… but I’m thinking Dennis went WAY out of town… as in San Francisco or SOMEthing…

My New Watercolor Sketchbook

April 26, 2006

DenBook1

…the cold press book …the hot press book…

DenBook2

…building the perfect beast…

DenBook3

…a vellum cover sheet for the first page…

Almost all the pictures I have loaded on Brother Jones come from my watercolor sketchbooks. I love to work in them because when I finish one up, it’s like having a mini portfolio of original artwork.

The first one I got had cold press paper in it. I dont really like painting on cold press because of the rough surface, but it forced me to work thru the texture and I came out with several nice pieces in that book.

The second one I got had hot press paper in it which I liked much better. It wasnt the same watercolor paper I actually worked on, but at least it had a smooth surface to it. I just finished the last page of that book, and called the art supply store to get another. They said they were out of stock and were not expecting to be receiving any more for at least three weeks.

Wait a month for another watercolor sketchbook? I dont think so.

Last week I spoke at an elementary school that was in the middle of one of those “write your story, illustrate your story” type projects, and they were going to make their books themselves. I decided if a bunch of third graders can make a book, surely I can, too.

I took three large sheets of my favorite hot press watercolor paper and cut them into eighteen pages. I ripped the back off an old pad of sketch paper, cut out a cover and a back and spray painted them. I then took the whole thing to Staples where they punched holes in it and put on the spiral binder.

The watercolor sketchbook I was trying to buy from the art supply store sells for about twenty-five dollars. My watercolor sketchbook…

…three sheets of paper… $9.00…

…the hole punching and wire binder… $1.78…

…having your favorite paper in a new watercolor sketchbook…

…priceless.

The Comments

Don Jones

This is downright inspirational. It motivates me to look around and rig-up something for myself. I bet this will be your favorite sketchbook of all time…

Doug Jones

Ah-ha! You built the Mole-den-skine sketchbook! Way to go! I bet this was a way more fun than painting railing, eh? So… now you need to post that first painting that’s peeking out…

Doug Jones

Ah-ha! You built the Mole-den-skine sketchbook! Way to go! I bet this was a way more fun than painting railing, eh? So… now you need to post that first painting that’s peeking out…

Doug Jones

I seemed to have double clicked there… double your pleasure… double post! I guess I should go back to third grade and pick up some art tips for myself…

Don Jones

You put anything under vellum and it becomes upscale and cool.

Roballoo

It would be a lot of fun for the fans to see an entire watercolor sketchbook here on Brother Jones. Of course that’s easier said than done. But think of the adulation of the fans! The roar of applause!

Bucky Jones

I second that motion!

Dennis Jones

yeeEeEEE-ipes… that sounds like a lot of scanning and photoshopping… not totally out of the question, but would require some work…

Jeff

And the front porch project takes another deadline hit…Mom ain’t gonna like it…

Roballoo

Just send it to me and I’ll scan it for you…I promise to send it back, honest! 🙂

Grant Brown

Wow looks great.would love to see the toon you have on the page.looks great

Roballoo

I’d only keep 1 or 2 pages tops as a fee for my scanning services (OK 4 or 5 – but that would be it!). And I would return it right away – only 2 years to allow me to savor every sketch 🙂

Mokuu

Impressive, those some awesome customization abilities!