Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photo montage credits for One Family Together Forever, part 4

Brandy Barefoot montages
Page 58
Backdrop and wood patterns come from Brady Poirier's teacher files at ABC Adult School; Amanda Barefoot's face replaces that of one of the participants in the Beauties of America pageant (the one in the middle); I brushed out the sash and replaced it with a new inscription written with Trajan Pro.  The caption was written with Edwardian Script, then rasterized and given a white stroke for contrast.
Page 59
(Top) Backdrop is that of the ballroom of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, near San Diego.  Inset is a video capture from the BBC series Strictly Come Dancing, which spawned the current U.S. series Dancing with the Stars. (It more resembles a foxtrot than the Viennese waltz I thought it was, based on my original Google search.)  The people pictured are: Rebecca Peacock (Robin Moore Barefoot, in the red gown cited earlier), Blake Barefoot (Connor Boyd, killed in September 2013 in Ottawa when a public bus and a commuter train crashed, wearing the DiCaprio suit), Laurie Barefoot (Brittany Barefoot's mother, original clothes), Brandy Barefoot (Amanda Barefoot, in this blue gown), Daniel Barefoot (Brittany Barefoot's father, original clothes), Bunky Barefoot (Brandon Davidson, in white T-shirt with Nevada horse embroidery, recolored black via alt-delete fill layer)
(Bottom) Real-life photo of Amanda Barefoot and her boyfriend, Jared McLamb (Ken Tart Photography via Facebook)
Britton "Bunky" Barefoot montages
Page 62
(Top) Original photo is a one-man band set which I thought came from about.com but has apparently been taken down; drumsticks from video capture of a performance by Brett Brookshire on YouTube; uniform top comes from MLB's online store (White Sox are Bunky's favorite sports team, while 15 is his reset age); pants and legs from usual sources
(Bottom) Modification of Brandy Barefoot (Alabama)/Aaron Strickland photo as follows: Original pictures of each flipped horizontally with appropriate faces substituted; separate layers for clothing so they could be adjusted; original lettering and logos removed via clone-stamp tool; Hurricanes logo added and designated as a dissolve layer

Monday, July 28, 2014

Photo montage credits for One Family Together Forever, part 3

Let's continue in my newly-published photo montage album book, which is available for sale.  (Reminder: To buy the book, click the icon on the top-left corner of this page.)

Alonzo "Popeye" Barefoot montages
Page 36
(Top) Popeye's trunk in sitting position: From photo of Shelton Barefoot, owner of Barefoot's Auto Mart in Dunn, NC (has since been taken down, but seen on the right); face and legs from In Wonderland with Alice.  Ralph's shirt is the gray T-shirt with a footprint posted on the Barefoot Chiropractic & Wellness home page (the practice is located in Tempe, AZ); lettering is a "graffiti" rendering of Brittany Barefoot's name from the "Senior Homecoming 2-0-0-8!" photo gallery on Facebook; boat is a TRACKER Pro Team 175 TF available from Bass Pro Shops; boat name written with Monotype Corsiva font
(Bottom) Popeye and Annie's tops recolored pink ("Pink Party") using hue and saturation adjustments; lettering with Monotype Corsiva font; faces superimposed over two of the original players' tops; picture of game table courtesy of Irving Park United Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC; backdrop adapted from "A Bridge Too Far," How to Cheat in Photoshop CS6 by Steve Caplin
Down Home magazine cover
Page 37
Bonnie Mae Brookshire, whose name I used as an "artist" on this cover, was a real person who lived in eastern Tennessee.  She died in 2013 at age 100; here's her obituary.
Gillie Ann "Annie" Barefoot montages
Page 40
(Top) Background photo is from a quilting bee that was part of a historical reenactment of 19th century life that took place at Wolcott Mill in suburban Detroit.  The original faces were covered up with those of Brenda, Annie, Jennifer, and Brandy.
(Bottom) Background for this "publicity photo" comes from a farm house in Maine owned by two actors who were part of a film called, ironically, Barefoot Country Girl. The women - in the same formation as in the other picture - wore gowns I picked up from an Australian online gown store; the same gown was used for each, but three of them were re-colored (all but the red one Brandy is wearing).
Page 41
(Top) Background photo from a file placed by Shelly Ritchie, who like Poirier teaches Photoshop at ABC Adult School; faces of 11 original subjects replaced as follows: (top row) Lollie [Dae Barefoot, Dunn, NC], Allene [Jill McLamb Barefoot, Benson, NC], Labell [Donald Barefoot, Benson, NC], Annie [Emily Barefoot], Popeye [Brack Maggard], Ralph [Brett Barefoot], Noah Jr. [Scott Ruttencutter, Madison, WI]; (bottom row) Elma [Beverly Baldridge, Searcy, AR], Becky, Brookie, and Beth [all original photos; however, Brookie's face was re-colored that of this "barefoot cowgirl" subject]
(Bottom) Background is from Gil Rosario's Pinterest page; clothes are from one of five kinds of flapper outfits (pink, blue, dark red, light red, medium red); faces are as follows from left to right: Brenda (Kim Blitchington), Rozelle (Bonnie Baldridge, Jayton, TX), Brandy (Amanda Barefoot), Elma (Beverly Baldridge), Jennifer (Brandy Barefoot, Opp, AL), Ila Ruth (Brett Marie Bruce, Fullerton, CA), Allene (Jill McLamb Barefoot), Patsy (Becca Gladden, Phoenix, AZ), Janice (Michele Lawrence, Bellflower, CA), Betty Lou (Barbara Barber, Longmont, CO), Annie (Emily Barefoot), Myrtle (Carol Baltimore, Powhatan, VA)
Ralph Barefoot montages
Page 44
(Top) Background photo from Adam Brister's Facebook page; caption using a serif font; dog tag adapted from screen capture of scene from Mud Lovin' Rednecks, which aired on Animal Planet in 2011
(Bottom) Background photo from Adam Brister's Facebook page; only alteration is substitution of Ralph/Brett Barefoot's face for Brister's
Page 45
(Top) Street view of Long Branch Church in Meadow, NC from Google Maps
(Bottom) Ralph/Brett Barefoot's face superimposed in picture of Clinton Randall, pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church, which is also located in Meadow
Harvey Barefoot montages
Page 48
(Top) Background from CustomMade.com; Leonardo diCaprio's picture reproduced and duplicated four times for each quartet member with faces placed on top, from left to right: Popeye (Brack Maggard), Harvey (Justin Barefoot), Landon Jr. (Mike McBunch, barber and administrator), Ralph (Brett Barefoot)
(Bottom) Scrapbook created as follows: Football picture is his face combined with a vintage Chicago Bears uniform design seen at the online NFL Shop; wrestling picture from coach Ken Chertow's website; softball background taken at Big League Dreams Sports Park in Chino Hills, CA at its replica of Fenway Park; cap taken from Popeye/Maggard photo, painted black, and topped with a stylized "B" in Edwardian font; uniform top from Milwaukee Brewers' uniforms found at Major League Baseball's online store; "BLACKIES" written using Birch Standard font arched; number in Birch Std., patch is picture of American black bear found on Wikipedia; pants, belt, and shoes from Campbell University softball team photo; bat is Louisville Slugger Z-3000 found at softballfans.com, Harvey is holding it with Mariam Nasrollahi's arms "bent" for effect; shadow created manually
Reba Pearl "Hambone" Barefoot montages
Page 52
Background is a pattern I downloaded from Greeting Card Factory; body is a video capture from the Steve Hickman hambone performance video (see previous post for link); Hawaiian shirt is replaced by recolored ladies' top through reshaping and blending mode changes; original pants given a lighter shade by lowering the saturation
Page 53
(Top left) Interior of log cabin courtesy of Homylicious; "map" depicted in original picture replaced by a montage I created with Hambone's immediate family set in a meadow Poirier put in the school files; license plate inscription made with Orator Standard font and bevel-and-emboss effect and placed on this blank North Carolina license plate.  Hambone's face is a second picture of Alyssa Barefoot as she is going to a restaurant; shirt is a replica New Orleans Saints jersey overlayed with Nasrollahi's camo pattern from the senior class photo; her coveralls is the Washington Dee Cee model found at Vintage Trends; arms are from the Brittany Barefoot senior class photo mentioned in the first post.
(Top right) All shirts are the RedHead Stalker Lite II camouflage shirt from Bass Pro Shops; all pants are the RedHead Stalker II camo pants.  Faces are as follows: Bear (ARCA driver, I do not know his name because the picture has been taken down from the ARCARacing.com site; however, I do have it on my hard drive and am also putting it here), Boo Boo (unknown model on Cool Men's Hair), Cooter (Aaron Strickland, pictured at right), Little Jack (Blake Barefoot, former football and lacrosse player at Episcopal High School in Washington, D.C.)  Lil' Jack/Blake Barefoot's face was exceptionally red and bright and I had to make four adjustments - hue and saturation, brightness and contrast, levels, and curves -  to blend in with everyone else's.  All four of the brothers - third cousins to Buddy Wayne - have facial hair I lifted from a photograph of Duck Dynasty co-star Willie Robertson.  Bear has the full beard, Boo Boo and Cooter have partial beards, and Lil' Jack only has a soul patch.
(Bottom) Satellite image of 851 Oak Forest Drive, Four Oaks, NC, courtesy of Google Maps.  I used Snipping Tool to outline what the camp would look like.

Page 54
(Top) Vehicle picture courtesy of cardomain.com; original face replaced by the Alyssa Barefoot secondary photo; decal courtesy of Dixie Outfitters.  (Because of issues in downloading the original photo of the four-wheeler, I have placed a copy of it on this page.)
(Bottom) Backdrop is a briar patch, courtesy of a forum for tractor owners; clothing comes from the Miller-Nasrollahi-Barefoot senior picture, duplicated four times to accommodate the 15-person hunting party; faces are as follows: Landon (Johnny McLamb), Nokelee (Bill Bump, pastor of Lawrence First Methodist Church in Kansas), Bobby Ray (Travis Sampson), Buddy Wayne (Bubba Britton), Labell (Donald Barefoot), Cooter (Aaron Strickland), Boo Boo (buzzcut man), Hambone (Alyssa Barefoot), Bear (unknown race-car driver), Lil' Jack (Blake Barefoot), Popeye (Brack Maggard), Ralph (Brett Barefoot), Harvey (Justin Barefoot), Noah (Bob Baltimore, husband of Carol), Alfred (Buddy Baldridge, husband of Bonnie)
Page 55
Halter top from Amazon, re-colored pink by way of hue and saturation; talk bubble from video capture of the lyrics video of "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," recorded by Pink in 2012; font was VAGRounded BT

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Photo montage credits for One Family Together Forever, part 2

In the last post, I gave source materials for the photo montages of Barefoot Family Farm residents.  Now I will give sources for the other pictures I present in the just-published book.

Buddy Wayne Barefoot montages
Page 12
(Top) Backdrop: Picture of Ryman Auditorium from DiscoverAmerica.com website maintained by BrandUSA, a public-private partnership that is designed to encourage tourism into the United States; performers' montage: B.W.'s headshot combined with a picture of guitarist published in March 2010 in the Eagle-Tribune (Lawrence, MA) and placed in the daily gallery of front pages of the Newseum website; camera operator relocated with content-aware move tool, flipped horizontally
(Bottom) Car and number are both from Jayski.com paint-scheme pages; exterior of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, driven by six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson; the color was changed from blue to black by way of the color replacement tool; number from the last Cup car of the late Dale Earnhardt; logo of Barefoot's Auto Mart from official site, reshaped to fit outside of car
Page 13
(Top) Backdrop of Old North Church in Boston from DiscoverAmerica.com; face of Lyman Bowling, Jr. (president of new Confederacy): Steve Beverly, professor at Union University in Jackson, TN in the communications department and former webmaster of TVGameShows.net; suits from this picture of Leonardo DiCaprio as taken in 2012
(Bottom) Background shot of Las Vegas Strip from DiscoverAmerica.com; faces of B.W. and Brittany placed on top of bodies of Bobby and Amy Sherman of Dunn, NC, courtesy of The Daily Record
Brenda Barefoot montage
Page 16
Exterior: Close-up shot of family farm house (see page 67); costume from Party City website; arms from Mariam Nasrollahi as pictured in the senior-class photo posted by Brittany Barefoot (see first post for details).
Bobby Ray Barefoot montages
Page 20
(Top) Backdrop from video capture of NASCAR on Fox's live broadcast of the 2014 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway; faces of "sportscaster" Rhett Jeffers (really Kelly McBartlett, a real estate agent from Colorado), Bobby Ray, and B.W. placed on top of suits worn by Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip
(Bottom) Exterior of house from one of Brady Poirier's files; Jennifer's top is recolored via hue and saturation adjustments; Carolina Panthers logo on Bobby's shirt from Wikipedia; see page 18 for source of family farm logo; movers' truck from another of Poirier's files
Christmas carolers
Page 21
Carolers from photograph shown on website of WJZ-TV in Baltimore; photo transformed to a nighttime shot through techniques I learned in Poirier's class; family farm house used as a basis
Jennifer Barefoot montages
Page 24
(Top) Facebook picture of Brandy Barefoot (Opp, AL) on top of footprint "cut out" I created using Adobe Illustrator at ABC Adult School.  Contact information, which is fictitious and should not be attempted, using Monotype Corsiva
(Bottom) Background photograph courtesy of the Indiana Podiatry Group; uniform obtained at the website of Charles Sturt University in Australia (actually designed for dentists, but can be adapted)
Page 25
Closeup of picture of building provided by Brady Poirier, recolored and turned into a virtual drawing using the watercolor filter; crow is drawing that is a Greeting Card Factory file
Belinda Barefoot montages
Page 28
(Top left) Face superimposed on top of a Sharon Steinman photo of a sledder published by AL.com and CBS News
(Top right) Montages of Bryson and Belinda placed on top of a picture of a meadow provided by Poirier; bucket from Bella Wedding Company site
(Bottom) Head placed on top of the model of this dollhouse from Amazon.com; dolls from another dollhouse site
Page 29
Original source photo of "Addison" at Deb Holmes' Facebook page
Bryson Barefoot montages
Page 32
Treehouse courtesy Smosh, actual house but location not available; sign created using rectangular tool and white fill colors; very thin black brush serves as rope holding up sign; shirt design provided by Live Life Barefoot
Page 33
Backdrop from photo of ghost town of Bodie, CA; tagline is a modification of "Great ideas last for generations," used by Lakewood, CA; Las Positas is name of a community college in Livermore, CA; credits are either family members or people I made up, except for character actress Marianne Muellerleile; horse from DiscoverAmerica.com (shot in Nevada); rider's body is an equestrian; company logo adapted from Wikipedia picture of an American black bear by lowering the opacity

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Photo montage credits for One Family Together Forever, part 1

This is the first post in which I give the source material for all photo montages seen in the new book One Family Together Forever, which I published on Monday. (You can buy the book by clicking on the icon on the top right of this page.)

For montages of the 13 Barefoot Family Farm residents throughout the book:

  • Upper limbs: From the Facebook page of Brittany Barefoot, a real person in Greenwood, SC.  She graduated from high school in 2008 and the University of South Carolina in 2012; as of 2014, she sold Mary Kay cosmetics while hoping to gain a job in nursing.  (Her younger sister Danielle graduated from USC in 2014.)  However, in most cases, the arms are from Bailey Miller, a school classmate who went to Erskine College in Due West, SC and also played on the "Flying Fleet" soccer team.  Both were in the same "senior day" photograph, as was a third student named Mariam Nasrollahi.  (To see the picture, go to this address and click on the first picture on the page.)
  • Lower limbs: From an unidentified model on the blog In Wonderland with Alice.  It was closed to public access in 2014, but I was able to get the picture on my hard drive before that occurred.  The picture was taken in Pennsylvania.
  • Solo portraits of family members: Porch picture from the Honest Abe blog, sky changed from slate blue to light blue via new layer and light-blue brush colors
For "covers" of Down Home magazine: These are Microsoft Word adaptations of stationary I made up with the Greeting Card Factory software, made by Nova Development of Riverside, CA.  Names of "artists" (Rebecca Rapp on pages 4 and 17, Bonnie Mae Brookshire on page 37, and Laura Faye Beavers on page 49) were created using various fonts that resemble signatures that artists would use.

For specific farm residents:
Buddy Wayne (page 10)
  • Face: John "Bubba" Britton, former contestant on reality game show Beg, Borrow & Deal which aired on ESPN in 2002. He has worked at a computer-parts wholesale company for many years.
  • Shirt: The shirt itself was retrieved from a website called Smart Casual Dress Code. The picture of a bluebird came from a site called Wet Canvas; when I imported the file, I renamed it “bluebird and rainbows.”
  • Pants: Picture of Arizona Jeans, a brand owned by JCPenney, from an eBay page.
Brenda (page 14)
  • Face: Kim Blitchington, former teacher at the Montessori School in Columbus, OH.  (The current staff directory can be found here.)
  • Shirt: Denver Broncos T-shirt for women, retrieved from NFL Shop, with the color changed from orange to light blue via hue and saturation changes. The wording was self-created with bold Arial font. Benson Mule Days is an actual event that takes place each fall in Benson, NC. The photo of the mule is actually cut off from a two-mule picture I found at the event’s official site.
  • Pants: Arizona Jeans, as mentioned earlier.
Bobby Ray (page 18)
  • Face: Travis Sampson. Originally from eastern Tennessee, he was a cast member on Survivor: Vanuatu in 2005. Before that, he was on My Life is a Sitcom, which was on ABC Family in 2003. Sampson is also a former professional wrestler.
  • Shirt: Generic gray T-shirt from Ibiley. Logo was originally created at says-it.com, a humorous graphics design site based in Texas, and later modified to represent the family business. (The original logo was a crest with the bottom inscription “INNOCENT AND FREE.”)
  • Pants: Again from Arizona Jeans.
Jennifer (page 22)
  • Face: Brandy Barefoot, resident of Opp, AL. Brandy is not to be confused with the Brandy Barefoot character I have contrived, to be introduced later. My first word of her was a local news story about her receiving a kidney transplant from a fellow church member. (Unfortunately, this is now a dead link.) The face is a composite of the hair from the Facebook page, and the lower face from the WSFA page; I removed Brandy’s glasses by way of the clone stamp tool.
  • Shirt: Recolored Broncos top with family farm logo.
  • Pants: From Brady Poirier’s file, originally from a woman who was walking her dog. 
Belinda (page 26)
  • Face and clothes: A young girl identified only as “Addison” on Deb Holmes’ Facebook page. Holmes, who lives in Chesapeake, VA, first got my attention when an Internet search I did came up with Buddy Wayne’s name (the original real person) on a site with a collection of obituaries. (The original, that of Randall Carrington Lee of Benson, NC, can be found at http://www.wemightbekin.com/Raynor.pdf). We have since communicated by e-mail and have even become Facebook friends! Picking Addison made it easier for me since I did not have to add clothes or arms to the original as I had to do with everyone else. All I had to do was add the legs.
Bryson (page 30)
  • Face: Unknown male, photographed by Thomas McCabe. I attempted to reconnect to the source website that I visited early in 2012, but the search was unsuccessful.
  • Clothing: Coverall as seen on the Discovery Channel program Moonshiners. I took a still capture of Tim Woods, who is part of the cast, wearing it. 
Alonzo "Popeye" (page 34)
  • Face: Brack Maggard, co-owner of RAB Racing with Brack Maggard in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. This is based on a picture taken when he was a driver in the ARCA Racing Series. I then used Photoshop to "airbrush" away the logos and the blur tool to get rid of pixels that had lots of what could be called either noise or static.
  • Cap: The original ARCA logo was painted out and the Bass Pro Shops logo put in its place.
  • Body: A professional model (retrieved from polyvore.com) was used with his face removed and replaced by Popeye’s. No new arms or legs were needed, and only the foot from “Alice” was used. The original color of the coveralls was a darker blue than shown here; the settings were reduced by taking down the hue and saturation settings. 
Gillie Ann "Annie" (page 38)
  • Face: Emily Barefoot, marketing agent at C&D Insurance Services in Angier, NC. She is also a former real estate agent with Ellis Barbour and Company in Dunn, NC; I got the picture from the agency's website when she worked there.
  • Top and pants: Same file, uploaded by Poirier, originally of the woman walking the dog. 
Ralph (page 42)
  • Hat: Same as that found on Popeye, but with an overlay of camouflage. The camo comes from what Mariam Nasrullahi wears in the Greenwood High School photo.
  • Face: Brett Barefoot, who has worked for the last 10 years at the University of Mississippi. As of early 2014, his latest assignment was in the child-care department; earlier, he had been the head of training and compliance in its financial-aid department. He is a 2004 graduate of “Ole Miss.”
  • Shirt: Gray t-shirt mentioned earlier, recolored a kelly green commonly found in the American outdoors. I came up with the slogan “BOW TO THE BOW,” which is an example of homonyms (two words spelled the same, but with different pronunciations).  The first “bow” (pronounced like wow) indicates submission or superiority, while the second “bow” (pronounced like go) is a common hunting instrument. The depiction of a buck comes from the grave of Burness Dean “Bubba” Brister of Vidor, TX. I used the brush tool to make a clearer outline and the erase tool to “hollow out” the illustrated design.  I wrote the slogan using the Birch Standard font.
  • Pants: Arizona Jeans copy, recolored light brown due to hue/saturation and curves adjustment layers.
Harvey (page 46)
  • Face: Justin Barefoot was a star baseball player at South Johnston High School (Banner, NC) in the first decade of the 21st century. He was good enough to play in a state all-star game, then won a scholarship to Clemson University. However, Justin never played a game for the Tigers, instead transferring to the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His last game there was played in 2008. Two years later, he opened Barefoot Outdoors in Smithfield. The store, still open today, sells bows, arrows, and related equipment.
  • Shirt: Carolina Panthers authentic jersey, which fans can buy at the NFL Shop. The number “53” is a reference to Billy Bob Ribble, another one of my characters of whom I explain fully later in this book. The NFL shield on the original jersey was brushed out. 
Reba Pearl "Hambone" (page 50)
  • Face: Alyssa Barefoot. As of late 2010, she was a senior at South Johnston High School, where she was a cheerleader. She had also launched a career as a model and a photo gallery on her Facebook page has a two-picture portfolio she had planned to send to local agencies. However, that page has not changed since that time, and it is unclear what has become of her over the last four years.
  • Top: The aforementioned Broncos NFL Shop shirt was “cloned” to remove the original logo, then recolored pink (not only the family color for patriarch “Pink” Barefoot but also Hambone’s personal favorite color) via hue and saturation adjustments. The Barefoot Family Farm logo was then attached.
  • Bottom: The jean shorts (“jorts” in 2014 vernacular) were given a lighter shade by having some of the saturation removed.

I have also included this background information:
Hambone performance video by Steve Hickman
Her dumb beliefs
My favorite incorrect answers
Books by Richard Benson in a similar vein: F In Exams, F For Effort, and F This Test

Brandy (page 56)
  • Face: Amanda Barefoot, who graduated from UNC Wilmington in May 2014 with a degree in theater and performing arts. In 2010, she won Miss Benson at Benson Mule Days - the local festival mentioned earlier - and got print and video features in The Wall Street Journal. (Here is the video feature.)
  • Shirt: Same white T-shirt that Buddy Wayne wears. Although it is more suitable for men than for women, both genders wear shirts like these for golf outings. Given the Hurricanes’ logo patch on her left side, this is definitely from a corporate event when she worked for the team. I retrieved the logo from Wikipedia.
Britton "Bunky" (page 60)
  • Face: Brandon Davidson, model and reality television contestant. On season 5 of The Amazing Race, which aired on CBS in 2006, Davidson and his partner Nicole O’Brian finished in third place. (Coincidentally, Nicole is Brandy’s middle name.) I took the picture from CBS’ official page for that season, which has since been torn down. Because Davidson’s original publicity photo was taken in bright sunlight that reflected straight on his hair, I had to use the clone stamp tool to fill in the space.
  • Shirt: Original white T-shirt with the new Barefoot Family Farm logo.
  • Pants: Through reduction of hue and saturation, were made a lighter shade.

Monday, July 21, 2014

My new photo book IS now available!

Another post about One Family Together Forever, and it's a lot better news than two days ago.

The book is now complete!

It is available from Lulu, the same place that sold my two previous works, The Buddy Wayne Chronicles and My Ideal World.  I am very excited about this one, because for the first time people can see what my characters look like. 

This is the culmination of some two years of hard work, both at home and in classes at school.  I would like to thank my teacher, Brady Poirier, for all his patience, dedication, and support of my efforts.  When I had a question, he almost always had a quick answer.

To buy One Family Together Forever, please click on the book cover to the right of this blog.  I'm getting $1.60 per copy sold, and with my continued precarious financial position, every little bit helps.

One more thing: Sometime this week, I will post the sources and techniques for every montage you see here.  It's important for me to do that to acknowledge the real people whose faces I used to create the "pictures" used in the book, and hopefully to minimize objections to their use, or other legal issues.

Thanks for your attention, and enjoy!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My new book is not ready - yet

This is the post in which I had hoped to announce the sale of the One Family Together Forever photo book, published with the help of Lulu.

However, as I opened Lulu Studio, the cloud-based editing program it uses, I realized that the photo book template does not allow for exact replication of a file I had done on Microsoft Word, the program I had used to upload my two previous book projects.  The solution I originally had was to drag and drop the photos I had collected and placed in the original file in the template provided, but Lulu does not allow for this.  Instead, I have to find the pictures - again - and upload them to the server.  With my DSL connection, it typically takes about a minute for Lulu to complete the process for each picture.

Worse, on Thursday - the first day I officially started work on it -  I was disconnected from the cloud four times as Lulu apparently had a bad day.  This is the error message I received each time:

I hope to get an explanation sometime next week.  In the meantime, I resumed on Friday and encountered no similar problems.

The upshot is that I have completed only a little more than half of the book - namely, the introduction, parts about the 13 characters in the house, and the first two pictures in the section about the property.  I will likely not return to the project until Monday, and maybe by Tuesday I'll complete it.

Believe me, once it's done all the ordering information will be right here at this blog.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summaries of Gone Barefoot, seasons 4 and 5

In 2014, I have decided once again to break up my ongoing family adventures into two "seasons" of eight episodes each.  The major difference this time is that season 5 starts about six weeks earlier this week than last.  In part it is due to better continuity of story arcs throughout the calendar year, and in part it is to avoid Sunday night episodes once football season begins.

Season 4
Jan. 5, 2014: "Bad Bone"
The cliffhanger surrounding Hambone's whereabouts early in the morning of the family reunion is resolved.  It is revealed that she slipped out of the all-ages formal dance without telling anyone else, took off her formal clothes, slipped into redneck gear, and spent the rest of the night with them in a pine forest behind the property.  After seeing her with bloodshot eyes, B.W. gives her a verbal warning against any further action in the future.  Also on the show, Brandy returns from the hockey team she worked for and Belinda introduces Isabella McBonniebreath to her doll "family."
Jan. 12, 2014: "Beautiful Barefoot Day"
B.W. explains the origin of the Barefoot last name and why going barefoot at all times is important to the family.  Meanwhile, the family overcomes the summer heat by holding a "beach party" on the pond, complete with belly flops, swimming, and playing in the mud.  At night, everyone gathers on the porch for a version of the old drive-in night.  But there's a twist: Instead of canned entertainment, it's a series of short plays written by and starring - themselves.  (A highlight is "Sweet Fanny Adams," a farce starring Bunky and Hambone.)
Jan. 19, 2014: "Premiere Night"
The family gathers at the treehouse constructed for Bryson for the unveiling of the poster that depicts the made-up movie Showdown at Las Positas.  In the “film,” Bryson plays the world’s youngest Western-style sheriff, who protects a town in the southwestern United States from outlaws.  A red carpet leads to the treehouse, which is decorated with all kinds of Western stuff.  Beth, a cousin of B.W.’s and expert baker, delivers a cake to share at the end of the meal, and B.W. and Popeye sing songs typical of those in period serials.  In addition, Harvey and Annie join the family's football team, the Blackies (named for black bears); Harvey is a linebacker while Annie is one of the cheerleaders.
Jan. 26, 2014: "Welcome to the Show!"
A letter delivered by Braylor McPatter, the local carrier, has exciting news for everyone: The Barefoots have been chosen to perform at a world's fair celebrating the ascension of Jesus Christ to his throne in the new Jerusalem!  In the shows, everyone expresses their love for their Lord and Savior in different ways.  B.W. goes to work picking a title for the family's variety show, "Dixie Rising," and a general theme celebrating life in the rural Southern United States.  Also, Brian Warner, director of this program, travels to the World Showcase portion of Epcot, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, to tour a real world's fair similar to the one the Barefoots will visit.  Earlier in the show, Brandy had announced her intention to re-enter the Miss Idealia pageant.
Mar. 9, 2014: "Life With Popeye"
(This show followed a five-week suspension due to Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the 86th Academy Awards.)
Buddy Wayne spends a day with Popeye and all 10 of his brothers and sisters at their home in Sampson County, about three miles from the farm.  They help with chores around the house and at the backyard farm, have dinner together, tell stories, and sing.  Some of them also agree to help on B.W.'s farm site during events such as the upcoming world's fair show, of which they react with great excitement. Speaking of the show, B.W. has "writer's block" relating to the program; he has several parts of the show for which he has to give roles to family members and has no idea where to begin.  Also, Bunky returns to Camp Paradise to get informal lessons in "Southern speak."
Mar. 16, 2014: "Re-Generation"
Bunky, Hambone, and Brandy join dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles at Kids' and Teens' Day Out, a new event for the latest generation of descendants of Miles Barefoot.  While the younger children hang around the mud pit and treehouse, the teenagers play cornhole, volleyball, and other "older" party games.  The teenagers then have a slumber party highlighted by a "lip rock" performance by a group called the Honey Bees, which includes Hambone, some other attendees, and guests - all of whom have last names starting with "B."  (A "lip rock" is one in which a large group of performers mouth the words to a popular song with elaborate choreography.)  The show also features businesses owned by two of the attendees and distant relatives of B.W.: cousin Beth's bakery and aunt Ola's photography shop.  Finally, Brandy shows off the new gown that Annie made for her as she re-enters the Miss Idealia pageant.
Mar. 23, 2014: "There She Is!"
Brandy goes back to the Miss Idealia pageant. Before the contest begans, she confronts Peggy Timberlake, the pageant mom whose family has won more times than anyone else.  Peggy admits to bad behavior in the past, but tearfully admits that she has changed.  Brandy then makes the live televised finale, at which point she faces her fears of wearing a bathing suit and has a tough question thrown at her.  In the end, Brandy upsets some formidable contestants - including Megan Turnipseed, who debuted on BMN Superfan - to win the crown!  Also on the show, the Blackies - the football team Harvey has rejoined - break a nine-game losing streak and win in the first home game on their new field, for which the Barefoot family donated substantial money for the naming rights.  (The Blackies defeat the Webb Spiders, 28-24.)
Mar. 30, 2014: "The Circle Is Unbroken"
After five years together and four as a married couple, B.W. and Brittany Raylene (Spears) renew their vows and hold the formal ceremony they chose to deny themselves originally.  (B.W. was divorced, Brittany was young, and both families were opposed when they married in a small ceremony in Las Vegas at about midnight on a fall Saturday evening.)  Their daughter Lizzie serves as the ring girl, Ralph brings the two back into marriage, and Hambone acts up again, pretending to object to the wedding then saying that she was just kidding.  At the reception, the first dance occurs to the music of their hit song "When the Bough Breaks."  Ralph hosts the ceremony at Long Branch Disciple Church, which he has re-opened after a long period of renovation.
Season 5
Jul. 6, 2014: "On the Road to Paradise" (2-hour episode)
B.W. reveals the final show rundown for Dixie Rising at the world's fair at New Jerusalem:
  • B.W. sings excerpts of "Bluebird" to open the show.
  • Popeye, Ralph and Harvey sing a song that was part of the program for the inaugural North Carolina State Gospel Singing Convention, which was held in Benson in 1921.
  • Following will be a reading from the end of the Book of Proverbs, which honors women, read by Brenda, Annie, Jennifer, and Brandy.
  • This will give way to a parade started by banner-carrying kids Belinda and Bryson, and for which Bunky will provide the music with his one-man band.
  • At the end of the route, a mini-show suddenly breaks out with Hambone using her body for a cover of the country music classic "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."  Bobby Ray will play the fiddle during the show, and backup performers will be provided as well.
  • The entire cast, a choir, and maybe others will come together for "We Will Rise Again," a song that will combine country, bluegrass, and blues elements.  It's co-written by B.W. and Brittany Raylene.
Details of travel, hotel rooms, and other logistics are now being arranged.  In the meantime, everyone is satisfied with their place in the show and are eager to have it occur.

To pass the time before the big show, the members of the family do some ambitious tasks:
  • Bobby Ray, Jennifer and Belinda travel to New York City, where Jennifer promotes her new book Black Crow on the Window.  After appearing on a major national morning show, the family travels to the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan; Belinda has the attacks of "9/11" explained to her in respect to the sensitivity of a young girl.  Jen also tells of a trip she made to South Korea to visit U.S. military personnel and watch a college basketball game.
  • Popeye and Ralph enter - and win - a fishing contest for male members of those who are descended from "Pink" Barefoot.  They defeat nine other two-man teams.  (Shown here are excerpts from an earlier one-hour special which was on the same network.)
  • Brenda appears as a special guest clown at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for some shows at PNC Arena in Raleigh.