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SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 30. 9:45 PM
HEADED YOUR WAY
In keeping with a new approach to releasing issues, I'm now painting one issue per month, then releasing that one issue to collectors. I considered sending out two issues every other month, being more efficient in time spent packing up covers, mailing costs etc. It just makes sense to consolidate to mailings into one. For the sake of relationship, taking the opportunity to visit with my collectors, the packet arriving in your mailbox, the correspondence generating by the mailings, all this is valuable between us. So even though it's just a single cover you're receiving, to Janice and I it's worth it. Greetings From Missouri is painted, packed up, and ships out tomorrow. Shown above are the main lot at the top, with a few color studies. I'm now beginning to paint Astros Win World Series. This should complete in the next 3 to 4 weeks.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 13. 10 PM
ADDING SOMETHING YOU CAN'T SEE
Just as I was about to begin reproducing the ink rendering on to the cancelled envelopes, I remembered I need to add the hidden micro message. It's usually a word or phrase tied to the subject on the cover. It's is so small, you definitely need a magnifying glass to locate and read it. The cover shown is one of a few color studies, this being the color version I've chosen for the main lot. I begin painting the main lot tomorrow and through the weekend. Hope to have the issue painted in the next week. Let's enjoy our weekend.
SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 8. 12:30 PM
GREETINGS FROM MISSOURI HEADING TO THE EASEL
Upon completing the ink rendering for Greetings From Missouri, or at least I thought it was complete, I realized I'd left off Budweiser's mascot, the dalmatian. Then, I learned my oval banner's artwork was too similar to the stamp. I used the city line and the Gateway Arch, as the stamp also portrayed. I've chosen the Titanic Museum, and I believe I'm ready to paint. To the easel!
FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 7. 7:15 PM
BEVIL CINDERELLAS FOR ALL!
Regarding all future topical event issues, if you'd like to receive a complimentary sheet of Bevil cinderellas (faux stamps) the same cinderellas affixed to the cover of that issue, after ordering your cover, simply make your request here, at IN THE STUDIO TODAY, by clicking on the "Click here to share your thoughts!" blue button in the upper right. I use cinderellas on almost all of my topical event issues. They're produced here in the Bevil studio, perfed on my antique Rodback turn-of-the-century perforator. To be clear, I'm not automatically sending out cinderella sheets with the cover when ordered. You must request it by emailing me from here.
Hey, complimentary Bevil Cinderella sheets. Why not!
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 6. 6:45 PM
RON ALJOE'S SPORTS COLLECTION
Ron Aljoe holds the most extensive and complete Bevil sports collection that I'm aware of. It contains one of every issue defined as a sports topic. This includes #6s and #10s, topical event and first days, as well as any issues produced for individuals, dealers, museums and institutions. Over a year ago he sent me the collection, which I scanned and stored on my hard drive. This past week I've been building a page on this site, and installing them in a new gallery, which I'll be opeining up for viewing in the next few weeks. There's over 150 issues. As well, I'm beginning to paint the Greetings From Missouri issue, depicting the Budweiser Clydesdales. I'm pretty sure this issue will be painted in a red and white color scheme.
Just got word that Burt Reynolds passed on. Wondering if I should do a
So Long Burt Reynolds issue. I'll think it over. If so, I'll would certainly consider depicting him in his role starring in Smokey and the Bandit.
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WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.
Kendal--the Missouri looks like a great cover but I kinda wish Branson could have been the subject. Maybe sometime in the future a topical cover about Branson. Thanks.
I was thinking the same thing earlier this week. For some reason Branson just didn't cross my mind. Branson is an amazing place, with so much exciting colorful material that would translate well on a cover. Janice and I discussed if it'd be possible to move the Bud Clydesdales over to another state. I'll revisit the possibilities
After looking at the Budweiser Clydesdales rendering I think you didn’t include the Dalmatian (companion of the team).
That’s my guess.
That's it Bob. That was close though, as others came forward with the same correct answer shortly after.
Just ran across your website. It has been a long time since you did the 1994 Babe Ruth Baseball World Series in Wharton, TX. I still cherish the covers you did for us.
Wow, it was great to hear from you. It has been over 20 years since we worked together on that project. That cover is the rarest and most elusive Bevil to date. I think I have one personal cover and Ronald Aljoe has one as well. I'm not sure if any other Bevil collectors have this cover in their collection.
Collector Ron's comment that the two Wilt Chamberlain covers would be the first set to complete a design would not be correct. The set of four Wonders Of The Sea Scott 2863 - 2866 comes to mind.
True Steve, that was the first set to make up one scene. I believe my first set to paint a multi-cover scene was painting an underwater scene for Julian Pugh. I think. Can't recall the stamps. Actually though, I believe Ron was saying that I should paint the Wilt covers first because in my decision to paint them next, collectors would be getting two covers, instead of one.
The Wilt Chamberlin should be the first since it will be two covers to complete the design. Correct? I can’t wait to see this in the near future. I like that plan, slow but steady, perhaps a cover per month.
I'm with you on that Ron. It's time to release some first days. The next issues to be painted will be Greetings From Missouri, and the Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set.
I like the topical pages. I viewed both topical pages on my 14 inch laptop and Ipad. Everything looks fine. I really like the background of the African American page. The color tone looks very good. What are you planning to use for the Animals page? Other topicals you may think about could be Sports, Women and Holiday. By the way ESPER will be celebrating there 30th Anniversary November this year in Washington, D.C. When will the Chamberlain be ready?
I like your topical ideas, and I think I'll work on the 'Women' gallery in the next few days.Congrats on Esper's 30th anniversary. Esper is strong and at the top of their game, but it hasn't come without hard work from all your members and volunteers. I believe the Chamberlain set is inked and ready to be painted. Next on the easel is the Astros World Series Champs issue.
I'm for the new way the covers are bigger and wider in the African Americans set. Thanks for thinking about us.
Your welcome. I work on a large monitor and that's all I've know for several years. I need to find some friends with small monitors and see how my website translates on theirs.
Kendal, my monitor is fairly small, so I definitely enjoy the covers displayed across the whole monitor. I give a thumbs up.
Thanks David. I think I like it as well.
Stay with us Kendal. We need your involvement and covers in the hobby. There seems to be fewer cover painters to choose from. Lots of printed stuff being cranked out but not much hand painted covers.
I understand. I'll talk about that this evening.
Hello Kendal. How about posting an update "IN THE STUDIO TODAY". Been three months since your last entry. Still working on Arnie and GFA?
I agree Steve. It's been way too long.The Arnold Palmer issue turned out great, and I have one GFA being inked. After painting the Astros event issue, I'll be focusing on the remaining GFAs. Thanks for asking,...
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