Amazing Race 2005

November 15, 2005

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I think the best reality show on TV is the Amazing Race. On Tuesday nights you will find Jones’s from all over the country huddled around their TV’s, tuned in to see what’s going to happen next. This season showcases teams of four family members. Unfortunately the team we were all rooting for got eliminated right out of the box.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It was all SocMo’s fault. He got us lost in New York looking for bananas.

Dennis Jones

…it was kinda scary the way we were all sitting in the back seat of the car screaming directions at Socmo and the way he just kept driving us on down the road with that creepy little grin on his face…

Don Jones

Fortunately I had taken a heavy dose of Dramamine and was resting soundly in the backseat. I woke up and we were off the show.

Doug Jones

I liked the sneer Phil gave SocMo when we finally made it to the first pit stop. It’s great the way they did the cutting and editing so it looked like we were racing to the end neck and neck with that other team… but in reality we didn’t finish till the next day.

Dennis Jones

…you guys are finished? …I’m still looking for Phil and that little mat you have to jump on…

Dennis Jones

…In hindsight… it probably was not such a good idea to buy plane tickets to Guatemala when the task was to get from the Statue of Liberty in New York City to Madison Square Garden in New York…

Don Jones

I’ve got every stitch of clothing on and I’m really hot.

Dennis Jones

…and dont think Doug and I haven’t been enjoying that… but the people where you work are starting to talk so I think maybe it’s time for you to quit wearing five sets of underwear on top of your dress pants…

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The Joy Of Painting Episode 2

March 14, 2006

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…with your happy little host, Dennis Jones…

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…and his happy little pencil sketch…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …my client has sent me a very simple art request to execute. Instead of just following the directions I have changed the concept (just a little) and am now waiting to see if they will approve my idea or reject it.

The fax machine fires up in my studio. I’m getting something from my client. What will be their response? The fax says the editors loved the new direction, proceed with these three revisions…

(1) No white space suits or space helmets. Put the kids in black jump suits, something similar to Mission Impossible black ops gear. This will not be a problem.

(2) Insert some ethnic diversity into the poster. I am only using two characters here, so I will make one of them with light skin tone and the other with a darker skin tone. This will not be a problem.

(3) No space monkeys. This will be a huge problem …because I really wanted to do a space monkey …I am now depressed …but they say I can do a robot instead …so I am now happy again.

I work up the finished pencil drawing (pictured above) and indicate on it in writing that the two characters are different colors, make sure the kids are in black jump suits, and add a robot in the corner where my beloved space monkey once dwelled. I attach this sketch to an email and send it back to my client for approval, which they give.

It is now time to start painting, but what pitfalls await me there? Will the color work go smoothly, or will I accidentally shoot myself in the foot by trying to do something exotic? Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Thomas M.

Please say this sketch took you the better part of a week to complete … No, better yet, two… And, in the upper right side (just above the robot, does my eye spy the amazing ‘39 green plaskon Pacific model 30? Of course the dial and knobs are on the wrong side, but very, very, similar.

Doug Jones

I sure hope the ship has good seals on it… otherwise the nerve gas could seep in, and they will all be sleeping with Edgar.

Dennis Jones

…actually Doug, I was in my air tight bathroom when the nerve gas was released, so I held my breath and ran out to my computer, typed this page up and ran back into my air tight bathroom before the nerve gas (which had a corrosive agent in it that breaks down rubber seals but did not hurt my exposed skin) could get me…

Dennis Jones

…and Thomas, this is the newer ‘39 Green Plaskon Pacific Model 3.1 with the chromed air breather on the hood… so the knobs ARE in the right place… I can see how you might mistake it for the older model in this rough sketch, though…

Dan Lietha

Usually, the behind the scenes art stuff from Dennis is very inspiring and takes my own creativity to new levels. However, with the intense cliff hangers at the end of each installment, I’m a nervous wreck! I can’t sleep. I can’t focus. I’m jumpy and irritable. I try to draw, but I keep wondering if Dennis will survive to complete the job! HELP!

Dennis Jones

…Dan, people out there just don’t realize what a dangerous job being a professional artist really is… I hate to have to be the one to expose the seamy underbelly of the art world to the masses, but I feel someone must…

Don Jones

Speaking of seamy underbellies, I stepped out for one stinkin’ day to get a non-functioning gall bladder removed and I’m already WAY behind in Dennis’ Joy ‘O Paintin’ Series. Hope this comes out on DVD.

Doug Jones

Isn’t is a good thing we have 24 to watch so we know how to survive out in the world? Today I will have the rubber seals replaced in my bathroom. DON… I was expectin’ a LIVE podcast from the O.R. when will it be ready?

Dennis Jones

…Doug, do NOT do what I did the first time I installed air tight seals in my bathroom and go to the zoo to pick them up…

Jeff

Cool stuff! Too bad they did not go with the space monkey. I guess the little robot dude will have to do. How long did it take to go from initial sketch to this one? You are going to have to give up all of your secrets with this series! hehe

Dennis Jones

…heres a little secret …24 is not real …it’s just a TV show …really…

Doug Jones

are you sure? wait till I tell the guys down at CTU… Cartoon Terror Unit…

Jeff

All my dreams are dashed….

Allan White

Yes, pity about the Space Monkey. I mean, how can one be a space explorer without a sidekick? Esp. if you’re elementary-aged? I see the glow from the earth (earthshine?) filling the scene, lighting their faces and interior a bit.Such a pity about Samwise dying from the gas last night…

Dennis Jones

…well now wait a minute… if you are talking about the Cartoon Terrorism Unit… that is real…

Doug Jones

Whew… you had me goin’ there for a minute. I think the Danish cartoonists are in charge of CTU now….

Dennis Jones

…and, yes Allan, it is indeed sad when we lose a hobbit to terrorism…

Doug Jones

it wouldn’t surprise me any to find that Gollum is the brains behind the stolen nerve gas… my precioussssss…..

Don Jones

I think I see Jack peeking out of one those vents in the drawing.

Dennis Jones

…Samwise was one tough little hobbit… but whatever made him think he could run CTU is beyond me…

Doug Jones

Dennis… your page has been a source of many chuckles for me today as I sit here and scan an endless number of line art spots. Got more to scan tomorrow… so let’s keep this up… eh? Shifting gears… got any favorites on the Amazing Race? I am liking that geek couple…

Dennis Jones

…the geek couple are so fortunate to be on the Amazing Race and not on 24 ‘cause they are killing off the lovable geeks on that show…

Don Jones

Where’d the Cafe Press Stores go? I was wanting to do some shopping this afternoon while I was on some R

Dennis Jones

…you mean the ones that used to be here on my page? I moved them into our Brother Jones Shop… REMEMBER?… we were ALL going to move our stores into one central location …THE SHOP ON BROTHER JONES… and I am the only one that did it… am I the only responsible brother here?… that is pretty sad if that is the case…

Don Jones

I forgot to tell you guys… I got a deal on the combo gall bladder and lobotomy surgery special.

megan

Dennis, do you find that your clients understand that you are painting your finished pieces and so give you deadlines that acknowledge that fact? Or do you get the wicked-fast-turnaround thing too?

Dennis Jones

Megan I have relatives from the Massachusetts area and I always get a kick out of how they toss the “wicked” into their sentences… (being from a small town in rural Missouri I just never heard that expression)… so, yes I do get wicked-fast deadlines… fortunately for me, I am wicked-fast…

megan

I guess the “wicked” wore off on me when I moved here, heh heh…

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May 17, 2006

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The Comments

Roballoo!

I’m standing. Now what do I do?

Doug Jones

Have a seat, Roballoo…. let me interpret this for you. The numbers mean that Dennis is LOST… but we knew that, right? The test pattern means Denny is on vacation. Stay tuned…..

Don Jones

I have a feeling this is going to be one long and extended coffee break for Den.

Doug Jones

you betchum, Red Ryder!

Don Jones

I believe he is participating in the Romanian version of the Amazing Race.

bernardfromtheyard

I guess this is a Missouri version of a TV stand By? definitely more elaborate than the ones we used to see on the old B&W here in the east. You guys must have gotten them more often?

Roballoo

Hmmm… Those look like crop circles. Maybe he was abducted?

Doug Jones

… it was the OTHERS…

Don Jones

I wonder if Big Chief is still producing writing tablets? I’m impressed that he some how got this “Stand By” endorsement deal.

Roballoo

C’mon everybody now… When the night has come- And the land is dark- And the moon is the only light we’ll see- No I won’t be afraid- no I won’t be afraid- Just as long as you stand- stand by me..”

bernardfromtheyard

Or…Stand By Your Man, dunt, dun-na. Give him two hands to hold on…………..

Don Jones

I’ve been checking the live webcam from Romania and still no sign of Dennis. Hope he hasn’t lost his passport.

Captain, My Captain

April 30, 2007

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…manipulating shapes…

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…homage to the Captain…

CpnAmercaBak

…wondering what happened to Tennille…

The other day I started thinking that there must be something more I could do with an old sock than just sew buttons on it, so I started experimenting with manipulating shapes. Several episodes of 24, Lost and Amazing Race later, presto… a tribute to the late Captain America.

The Comments

Don Jones

Fantastico! From the looks of the 3 sock manipulation images… this is a pretty large piece.

Dennis Jones

…two feet tall if he stands on his tippy toes…

Keegan Jones

Wow, that is AMAZING!

Nick Jones Everybody

A new personal best I would say…

JEFF

Superman could be crippled by Kryptonite,, Your Cpt. America can be brought to his knobby little knees by……a moth?? Spray the little guy with black flag so he can become a family keepsake.. Nice Work!!

N.H.

Kool! Is he wearing braces?

Pete Jones

reallllllll nice

Doug Jones

way cool! You know you have really done something special when family members actually post a comment about it. you are the sock master!

Doug Jones

did you find these socks at Wally World? Surely you don’t have red, white and blue socks laying around

Roballoo

This is great! I want to learn sockmonkey making now (I did before but even more sew now 🙂

Dennis Jones

…I hate to make myself sound any more pathetic than I already do, but in answer to the, “where do you get the socks” question… Salvation Army and the Goodwill Center…

Doug Jones

how pathetic can you get?…

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…sigh…

Don Jones

Den, you say this is a tribute to the good Captain.. does that mean he has “gone on to his reward?” I didn’t hear of his passing.

Dennis Jones

…well, I think we will need to call in our resident expert on this for an official answer to your question, Don… (the bat signal is now shining into the night sky calling out to our brother-in-law Craig for a ruling on this) …I think they killed him off in the comic book, but I’m not sure…

Doug Jones

did he eat some of that bad dog food from China?

Dennis Jones

…I think it was something like that… the Captain was complaining about having to sing that “Love Will Keep Us Together” song with Tennille again and I think she might have slipped a little of that tainted dog food into his Chex Mix…

…where’s Craig, anyway? …he’s usually pretty prompt to answer the bat signal… we are really needing some answers here…

Doug Jones

he’s resting his eyes….

Don Jones

I will attempt to contact him on the “Schutt phone”.

craig schutt

Sorry it took so long to answer the “Schutt phone.” My body is trying to recooperate from a two-week marathon coloring spree (had to finish the last three issues of “Welcome to Holsom” in record time).

Anyway, yes Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is indeed dead. As dead as a super-hero can be—certainly more dead than Superman was back in ‘92. In other words, there’s a rotting corpse and they’ve shown it to us. Of course, there’s also this reality-altering contraption called the Cosmic Cube that could conceivably bring Mr. Rogers back…but I digress.

He was shot on the court house steps by his ex-girlfriend and Shield agent Sharon Carter, who was being mind controlled by Cap’s old arch-enemy, The Red Skull. Cap was under arrest for leading an insurrection against a US government plan to force all super-heroes to register as government-sanctioned agents.

In spite of the obvious convolution, Cap’s death was the best written demise in comics-ever. I mourn his passing, but also realize that much like last night’s chili dog-he will be back.

Dennis Jones

…you mean to tell me he started fighting Nazi’s in the 40’s, then fought crime for another 50 years and then gets shot by his girlfriend? …you would think he might have seen that one coming… I say fire up that Cosmic Cube and bring back Mr. Rogers Neighborhood… that was a cutting edge show…

craig schutt

Come to think of it…we never saw Mr. Roger’s corpse. Maybe he’s not really dead…

Doug Jones

I have a time machine I got from Napoleon Dynamite that I’ll let you use. You can go back in time and warn Cappy to duck…

Dennis Jones

…no thanks… I’m still not the same from the last time I borrowed it…

Don Jones

So, let’s see how this figures out… Sharon Carter is to Steve Rogers as Chloe Page is to Morris O’Brien. Jack Bauer is also under arrest by the US government so I wouldn’t put it past him to cap Morris. This all ties together… some how.

craig schutt

Where’s Chuck Norris when you need him?

Doug Jones

he is resting his eyes…

Doug Jones

it’s a BrotherJones trend that is sweeping the nation!

Dennis Jones

…I’m making Chuck Norris out of a sock next!

Don Jones

I’m off to Orlando for the Spidey movie debut. Not really.

craig schutt

Lord willing and the creek don’t rise (it’s rained for the past three days), Marsha and I are going to see Spider-Man 3 tomorrow afternoon. Woo-hoo!

Dennis Jones

…you guys might want to check with Chuck Norris before you go and make sure it’s alright with him… you wouldn’t want to get him mad at you for some reason…

Dennis Jones

..yep, that Chuck Norris is quite a guy… he was originally cast as the main character in the hit tv show 24, but was replaced by the producers when he managed to kill every terrorist and save the day in 12 minutes and 37 seconds…

Roballoo

I used to say, “Only Bucky dies forever.” But I guewss they even brought him back. Sigh.

Jeff

Leave Chuck alone….He’s busy keeping Texas safe from really bad actors!

Nick Jones Everybody

Chuck Norris doesn’t sleep… He waits…

Chuck Norris counted to infinity. Twice.

Chuck Norris doesn’t believe in Germany.

Keegan Jones

Yeah, I saw Spiderman 3 this weekend. Great movie. Kirsten Dunst has my phone. Why did nobody tell me it was a chick phone???

craig schutt

The only hurdle Spidey 3 couldn’t jump this weekend was high expectations for a movie that could have been better than Spidey 2. Could have been, but wasn’t/isn’t. I didn’t think this third film was nearly as good, story-wise, as the second. But so what? It was still wall-to-wall wallcrawling fun and well worth the price of admission! And I like your phone, Keegan…

Dennis Jones

…oh, by the way Keegan… you’ve got a girlie phone… just thought I’d tell ya…