The Hidden Treasure

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Hey, there’s a new Big-Talkin’ Brother Jones Bible Story called The Hidden Treasure and it’s now available in the iTunes Store!

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For those of you that may not know, I am one of three brothers and we have worked together on projects all of our lives… here’s an early example. Before Photoshop was ever conceived, big brother Doug was manipulating photos with an actual film camera in REAL TIME. I’m getting ready to squash my little brother Donny in the first photo and lifting him off the ground with my superhuman strength in the second.

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The brothers Jones are currently working together to build digital apps for children. Little brother Don has forgiven me for for the way I roughed him up in the previous two photos and is now (among other things) the builder of apps for his two big brothers. Also check out Doug’s brand new app called Flippy Face!

Have I mentioned that I also have three extremely talented sisters? We had a full house growing up!

Lebron Headed For Cleveland

I have a friend who has a friend who knows a guy that has a buddy at SeaWorld in Miami that says absolutely without a shadow of doubt, Lebron The Orca Whale is moving to Cleveland maybe… well, probably… if he doesn’t stay in Miami…

…Johnny Manatee arrived in Cleveland earlier this year.

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Jonah… Man On The Run

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About a month ago, I was asked to help out with the upcoming sermon series at my church. The next thing you know, I’m knee deep in creating a mini Jonah comic book… which you can have for free if you happen to find yourself in Fort Wayne, Indiana on a Sunday morning at The Pointe Church. My main character seemed to morph into Wolverine with a set of pork chop sideburns and he somehow ended up on a crab boat in the Bering Sea so… all in all… an extremely accurate portrayal of the Biblical story by me… especially that crab boat part!!

Derek Taylor, (the church design guy) directed this project, gave me a layout to follow and very clear art direction… “ugly vomit scene, the grosser the better” …YES!!

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Derek then took the assorted art assets and put together this really great promotional trailer.

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The Brother Jones Blog

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It was December 2004 and the Jones clan had gathered in Missouri to celebrate Christmas together. While there, my nephew Keegan told my two brothers and me that he had built a blog for us. We said, “Hey that’s great! …what’s a blog?” Blogging was brand new at the time, so Keegan attempted to explain the concept to his knucklehead uncles. I traveled home to Indiana, big brother Doug traveled back to Tennessee and little brother Don went back to his home in Missouri and from three different states we created BROTHER JONES – Mighty Fine Art – Neapolitan Style.

Today there are several different places on the internet where you can punch a couple of buttons and be blogging within minutes. You could not do that in 2004. Keegan built our blog from scratch using Adobe Flash. With neapolitan ice cream as our inspiration, we were assigned different neapolitan colors… Don chocolate, Doug vanilla and me strawberry.

Each brother had his own individual page to write on with a comment section where we could talk back and forth. We had no spell check and no way of controlling the comment section (which was WIDE OPEN) so that literally anyone in the world could jump in and voice their opinion on any topic. This made BROTHER JONES a pretty lively place on occasion. Anyone could say anything (and I do mean anything) and it would IMMEDIATELY pop up on our pages. I specifically remember one profanity laced argument a Christian and an Atheist had (much of it misspelled in the heat of battle), which made a short appearance on my page. It was the wild, wild west. All we could do was delete offensive comments AFTER we saw them PUBLISHED on our pages. You never knew what you were going to get when you fired BROTHER JONES up in the morning.

Even though we were billed as an “art” blog, we seemed to talk mainly about tv, movies, football and food. My postings started out as longwinded tomes, but quickly became much shorter. It seems that I spent most of 2005 posting random weird stuff as I tried to figure out what to do with a blog. I focused in on watercolor painting in 2006, took notice of digital painting on the web  in 2007, tried to transition to digital painting in 2008, and by 2009 had bought a Wacom Cintiq and totally converted from being a traditional watercolor painter to being a digital artist. 

Keegan created a beautiful web site for us and it won many awards. Sadly, while BROTHER JONES was cutting edge technology at the time, it quickly became obsolete. Spam became a huge problem on the site and ultimately killed it. I hated to see BROTHER JONES totally disappear because so many people had such a good time with it, so I have republished my pages..

…and it is indeed one odd little time capsule to behold.

To see my old BROTHER JONES pages, CLICK HERE AND TAKE A LOOK.

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The carnival was in town, and even though William Wallace had an epic battle scheduled for the next morning, he and his friends still visited the face painting booth.

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…and then a little something for Hearthstone players.

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Bible Jigz!

Something new from The Brother Jones Brain Trust… BIBLE JIGZ!

Are you looking for the latest car crash – shoot ‘em up action game app?? Well, you’re not going to find it here! Bible Jigz is not a game, there are no high scores, no time clocks, no explosions… it’s just jigsaw puzzles and they’re pretty fun to put together. If you read the teaser in the iTunes store you will discover that jigsaw puzzles are apparently good for your brain AND will help you lose weight!!

…ok, I made that last part up.

You can take a look at BIBLE JIGZ right HERE in the iTunes Store.

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Big Chief Tablet

It’s been a while since we last checked in with Big Chief Tablet and his rambunctious band of TuhTONKa Fire Engines. Here we see DancesWithWeasels checking for tornadoes in Oklahoma. The last tornado that rolled through blew away all the milk cows… it was an udder disaster.

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Bug Season

Ok, well, judging from a little walk in the woods this weekend I would have to say we folks here in Northeastern Indiana have successfully transitioned out of snow removal season and launched directly into inquisitive flying bug season… and who doesn’t love that time of year.

I would also have to say that I have the ability to draw bugs… on paper and in the woods.

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Artist Outreach Ministry

One of the reasons I like our church is because it has an ARTIST OUTREACH MINISTRY. Included in each weeks bulletin is a piece of artist sketch paper (labeled “notes” for some odd reason) and a complimentary drawing pen! Not every church would make this sort of effort to reach out to the artistic community, but ours does! …well …at least I THINK it’s an Artist Outreach Ministry.

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