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In The Studio Today

OCTOBER  2018

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WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 31. 11 PM

LEAVING TOWN FOR A SHORT WHILE

In the morning I'll be in flight to India, returning after a 10-day adventure. On my return I'll make a stop in London for a little sight-seeing. When I get back  in the studio I'll talk more about it. All subscriber packets have been sent out, as well as all orders filled for the just-painted issues. If you have any requests, or want to collect some covers, Janice is here in my absence answering emails and filling orders. 

Talk to you soon. 

TUESDAY. OCTOBER 23. 8:45 PM

CHAPTER 56 DONATION COVERS

These are all 1/1s shipping out tomorrow morning, headed to the Dallas area to participate in the exciting Chapter 56 auction. The Cemente cover is a real rarity, with this one being watercolored this evening. The Chapter 56 Billy graham cover received the mourning border.

These are all 1/1s shipping out tomorrow morning, headed to the Dallas area to participate in the exciting Chapter 56 auction. The Cemente cover is a real rarity, with this one being watercolored this evening. The Chapter 56 Billy graham cover received the mourning border.

TUESDAY. OCTOBER 23. 6:30 PM

WANT THEM? YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR THEM!

Beginning back I believe with the So Long Yogi Berra issue, I'm making available to collectors when ordering any So Long topical event issue, the sheet of stamps affixed to the covers. To receive them simply request them, emailing me from here, the In The Studio Today page. Saying "Hey Kendal, from now on send me the stamps with all the So Long issues I collect!" Sorry, that won't work. You must request the stamps as each issue comes along (if you're a subscriber, I'm certainly okay with that). In the comments section, Eric requested the Graham stamp sheet. There's a cover collector who knows what he's doing.

SUNDAY. OCTOBER 21. 9:45 PM

UNIQUE COLOR STUDIES GETTING BETTER

You're all aware what the Unique Color Studies are, right? 

At the start of painting an issue, I play around searching for an attractive color scheme for the main lot. It can easily take painting three to five covers before I find a pleasing result. I then choose one and paint all the main lot to look like that chosen one. So what do I do with the other few covers that are painted differently? I number them at the tail end of the issue, and call them U.C.S.'. Now I'm scanning them separately so that their certificate actually shows that cover, and I've added the painting easel above my logo. The best part is I do not categorize them as varieties, because they're actually numbered in the main lot. That means they sell for the same price as the main lot. And, anyone can collect them. You just have to be fast on the draw. Yes, the Astros U.C.S.' have already been grabbed up. You're going to have to get faster than that.

SATURDAY. OCTOBER 20. 7 PM

2 ISSUES TO BE RELEASED SHORTLY

The now completed Certificate Plus' for October's issues make an outstanding addition to the covers. I've had a productive October thus far, setting us up to see two issues released before the end of the month. With both the 2017 World Series and So Long Billy Graham topical event issues now painted, signed and numbered, I'm waiting on toner to arrive here at the studio, to complete the certificates and mailing envelopes. Both issues should be sent out to collectors by the end of next week. The Astros and Graham Certificate Plus look great and will certainly enrich the collecting experience for cover collectors. This afternoon I have chosen Greetings From Washington as November's issue to paint. 

Topic choices include the original Starbucks coffee shop, the Washington Apple, the Sky Needle, and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and whatever else I uncover in the upcoming week. It may be a stretch producing a November issue, as I'll be in India the first 10 days of the month. I'll give it my all.

SATURDAY. OCTOBER 13. 7:15PM

DECISION MADE

You're looking at the final color version for the So Long Billy Graham issue,

except for the mourning border. I've toned down the background a bit. This represents the main lot. If you'd like yours to have the mourning border, simply let me know. Several of you with the past few issues who collected 2 from the main lot, requested one with a black border.  And when collecting the main lot and artist's proofs, you've requested one to receive the mourning border. The  border really works well with the dark brown color scheme. I'm still on a schedule to see The Graham and Astros issue being released before the end of October.

FRIDAY. OCTOBER 12.  11 PM

MORE COLOR STUDIES

In the last few hours I've painted maybe four color studies. As well as changing the sky color, I've lightened Graham's suit in the lower left corner. I'll make my decision on the main lot colors tomorrow...after I return from a skeet shoot.

FRIDAY. OCTOBER 12.  8:15 PM

PAINTING REVEREND BILLY GRAHAM

Okay, this issue is going to be slow and difficult in painting.  Some just turn out to be that type of an issue. I'm painting them 28 on the easel at a time. With 125 in the main lot, and 35 artist's proofs, that will be about 6 sessions on the easel. I say all this because I often will change my color scheme slightly, or all together after a session. I may possibly paint the first 28 covers looking like this first cover above, then decide to lighten his coat, or alter the color of the sky on the second session of 28 covers. Before I begin my first session though, I'm going to paint a few more color studies, then pick one for the main lot.

Regarding the pencil shadow study below, if you look at the painted cover above, comparing it to the sketch below, you'll see how my sketched shadows are reflected in the painted cover.

THURSDAY. OCTOBER 11.  8:30 PM

ESTABLISHING LIGHTING

HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD?

WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.

Tom says,

Please cut back on the event covers and get the state set finished.

Kendal says,

Tom, I humbly (and fearfully) heed your command. :) Presently working on Greetings From Washington. The issue will be very colorful.

Margaret says,

Saw in the bull pen the Billy Graham covers. Please hold one for me with the stamp showing the words "For God so loved....." on the stamp. The covers are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Looking forward to purchasing and receiving the cover. 

Kendal says,

Thank you so much Margaret. You're down to receive one.

 

Eric says,

Hey Kendal, Would love a Blue and Brown Billy Graham cover, and of course a sheet of the cinderellas.

Kendal says,

I'll put you down for it. That's right, I need to remind collectors they can have a complimentary stamp sheet of the Billy Graham issue.

 

Clarence says,

Your cachets continue to amaze me. The details in the Billy Graham is so awesome. I can’t wait to see the finished Chamberlain cachets. Will the Chamberlain be two different cachets? Put me down for one.

Kendal says,

Will do Clarence. Your right, the tall rendering shown on the

In The Bull Pen page will be two covers on top of each other, making it a two-cover set. I hope to begin painting them the first of December.

Betty says,

 Thanks for all of the beautiful cachets over the years.

Kendal says,

Thank you Betty. That is very kind of you. You are so welcome, and thank you for collecting. I wouldn't be painting covers if I had no collectors.

Eric says,

Kendal - love the Billy cover. I like the brown but also blue... :)

Kendal says,

Hey Eric, good to hear from you. Thanks. I started off with fairly bright colors for the Graham issue, then settled on a quieter tone. I still like the colorful versions though. They're now the Unique Color Studies, numbered 123, 124, and 125.

Curt says,

Hi Kendal - forgot to ask - should I bother looking for micro-printing on the Missouri cover?

Kendal says,

It's in there. And not that difficult to locate in the Greetings From Missouri issue. 

 

Curt says,

Hi Kendal - I'd love a sheet of the cinderellas that you produce for topicals . Thanks - Hope things are going well.

Kendal says,

Take note everyone! After ordering the Palmer and Berra covers, Curt just requested a full sheet of the Bevil Cinderellas. You can too. Just ask for them when you order the covers. This is with all topical event covers. The catch is you have to email from this site and request them. What a deal! Headed your way Curt.

Carter says,

Good to see the Astros 2017 WS win finally underway. Hope you get to do another depicting a 2018 WS win.

Kendal says,

Good idea. I'll be watching the World Series to see who wins and the excitement behind the winning team. Thanks.

 

Jason says,

Yes Kendal! Please reserve me my Astros covers, one regular, and one artist proof. Thanks!

Kendal says,

Thanks Jason. Consider it done.

Carter says,

Good to see the Astros 2017 WS win finally underway. Hope you get to do another depicting a 2018 WS win.

Kendal says,

Good idea. I'll be watching the World Series to see who wins and the excitement behind the winning team. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

In this step, with a pencil, I'm determining the direction the lighting will come from and what shadows will be cast. As well, I'm hoping to produce the effect of a bright light behind Reverend Graham. Not sure if I'll pull that off. With the World Series issue painted, the Astros certificates will be completed this next week. This weekend though, I'll begin painting the So Long Billy Graham issue. When a color-study Graham cover is painted, you'll see it here first. 

I'm on a schedule to release both issues by the end of October. 

SATURDAY. OCTOBER 6.  4:45 PM

ASTROS VARIETIES

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Positioned on my easel, here are the various color schemes in the Astros issue, the three on the left side are all Unique Color Studies, which will be numbered 123-125/125. The top right is the Artist's proof, the middle right is the AFDCS 1/1 , and the bottom right is the Chapter 56 1/1. This Astros issue will be painted by the end of the weekend, after which Janice and I will turn our attention to the Astros Certificate Plus.

SATURDAY. OCTOBER 6. 12:45 pm

ASTROS ARTIST'S PROOF

Astros artist's proofs are on the easel today. Here's the pioneer, the first completed cover in the pack. I'll slip this one in a clear sleeve on the left side of my easel, and closely refer to it as I paint the remaining 29 covers. I just noticed I failed to paint the tiny blue stripe on the edge of the batter's sleeve, and the orange star.

Here we go. Can I paint 30 covers today? Not a problem. Unless Janice will go with me to a new small family-owned Mediterranean restaurant I'm wanting to try, Abbies.

SATURDAY. OCTOBER 6. 11:45 AM

SPOILER ALERT!

Here's a close-up of the Greetings From Nebraska issue, showing the location and phrase of the micro-message. This is identifying it on an unpainted cover, so you can imagine how difficult it is to spot and read on a fully painted cover.

I'm going to spin around right now and walk directly behind me into my painting booth and paint some Astros artist's proofs, along with a the AFDCS variety, and because the Astros is a well-loved Texas team, I'm painting an AFDCS Chapter 56 variety.

SATURDAY. OCTOBER 6. 11:30 AM

THE MICRO MESSAGE IN GFA ISSUES

Responding to Curt's comment to the right, in each Greetings From America issue I embed a very tiny, what I've titled a micro message, in the artwork. It's always a short phrase relating to the issue's topic. Some are more difficult to locate than others. You definitely will need a mag glass of some sort.

I'm painting the Astros artist's proofs today. I'll post the results later in the day.

TUESDAY. OCTOBER 2. 8 PM

ASTROS ON THE EASEL

Our month is off to a solid strong start with ASTROS WORLD SERIES CHAMPS making its way onto the easel. This sports topical event issue is looking to be a good looking one! An issue size of 125 main lot with,........I had to swing around and count them,  oh my, only 30 artist's proofs. How did that happen? My standard AP amount is 35. Well, then it's going to be tight. I'm shooting for this issue to be in your mailbox before the end of October.  To the easel I go. Enjoy your evening.

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