May 8, 2006
…my early start into the competitive world of art…
Yes, that’s right! I won big! !SECOND PLACE! …in the national EVENT Magazine Art Contest!… in 1973.
EVENT Magazine was a “leisure” reading magazine published for youth by Southern Baptists. My big brother Doug encouraged me to enter this contest because there were actual CASH PRIZES to be won and the competition was usually… well… weak, to put it kindly. With visions of winning that twenty dollar grand prize dancing in my head, I set to work to create an award winning piece of art.
Much to my surprise, all the other contestants submitted artwork with religious themes. This makes perfect sense being that EVENT Magazine was a religious publication. I (of course), being clueless at the time, submitted a picture of a couple of football players pounding each other. In hindsite, I don’t believe this was exactly the “theme” the judges were looking for. I suppose I was fortunate to even make the second place finish.
To enter the contest I also had to submit a picture of myself and write a brief statement about my “artistic” approach to life. I was not aware that I had an “artistic” approach to life, so I asked my Mom what I should write. The statement I wrote (next to my picture above) is pretty much the exact quote that came out of my Mother’s mouth. Of course, the part about drawing while I watched football on TV is totally untrue, (perhaps another reason for the poor finish in the religious magazines art contest), but thankfully, I was able to fill up my allotted space on the page with several lines of meaningless text…
…pretty much the same exact thing I do now on a regular basis here at Brother Jones.