In The Studio Today
Happy New Year
SATURDAY. FEB 2. 1:30 PM
ENJOYING THE CERT PLUS
Two Greetings From America issues and the B.B. King topical event issue is being mailed today and Monday to subscribers. The Cert Plus which accompanies every issue now, seemingly has turned out to be a valued addition to the covers. Now it's on to the next few issues for March. I'm about to begin the layout and design for the John Lennon issue. I'd like to portray Lennon in a portrait that's somewhat different than the stamp's. Still searching for the right portrait.
MONDAY. JANUARY 28. 5:15 PM
DECISION MADE. BACK TO PAINTING
My decision for the main lot color scheme has been determined, and I am now in the middle of painting, after which I'll paint the artist's proofs, and a few varieties, being the ESPER, AFDCS, coffee variety, and Chapter 56. Two points to make in collecting topical event covers; first, if you want the mourning border painted on your cover, as shown, you must email me and request it. Second, same goes if you'd like the complimentary cinderella stamp sheet- you must request it.
That's it. I'm stepping back into the painting booth.
SATURDAY. JANUARY 26. 9:15 PM
HEADED TO THE EASEL!
Change of plans- We (Janice and I) were going to release the Greetings From New Hampshire and Greetings From North Carolina at the end of January as February's two issues. We've now decided to add the topical event B.B. King issue, bringing the total to three issues to be released. And that's great news- another three-cover packet headed your way in early February. I'm not real sure of my approach to painting the King issue, except that I'll be throwing a lot of color at it, contrasted with a fairly dark background. When I settle on the main lot version I'll post it tomorrow afternoon. I'll be making available the B.B. King cinderella sheets to those who collect the issue. Remember, you have to email me and ask for it.
TUESDAY. JANUARY 22. 7:15 PM
INKING ONE OF THE GREAT GUITARISTS OF ALL TIME
For the next 2 to 3 days I'll be inking the BB King portrait for the topical event issue documenting BB King's passing. Look at all the paisley print I've been inking. Greetings From New Hampshire and Greetings From North Carolina are painted. I might be releasing the BB King issue along with them, giving us three issues for an early February mailing. Let's see what I can get done before the end of the month.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 18. 4:15 PM
GF NORTH CAROLINA'S ON THE EASEL
This weekend I'm painting and hoping to complete the Greetings From North Carolina issue. Do you know after painting this GFA issue, there remains I believe 13 issues to be painted from the Greetings From America set. You're looking at the final color study I've chosen to become the main lot color scheme. This is the left edge of my easel, where I affix my covers to be affixed. I slide my final version into the sleeve, and refer to it very often as I paint the remainder of the set. How do I affix the covers to the easel? It's ingenious... with a small roll of masking tape on the backside of the cover. Okay, not really ingenious. If you look at the backside of your covers, you can often see the tape residue or paint indicating where the roll of tape was attached. Collector response to the Chamberlain 2-cover set has been tremendous. Thanks everyone for collecting. Color studies and artist's proofs are sold out, and I have maybe a few plate number sets remaining.
Enjoy your weekend, cover collectors! For me?...back to painting.
SATURDAY. JANUARY 12. 10:45 PM
ERROR CAUGHT. THANKS!
Actually the correct order of entry into the Union as a state is 12th, not 9th, as shown. And the year of entry is 1789, not 1788. Thanks for the heads up on that. I haven't actually printed the covers yet. This is one produced for Janice to proof.
SATURDAY. JANUARY 12. 10:30 PM
POISED TO PAINT GREETINGS FROM NORTH CAROLINA
Greetings From New Hampshire is painted,and this evening I completed the rendering for Greetings From North Carolina, which I hope to have painted by the end of the upcoming week. I'll post the first painted GF North Carolina cover when it come's off the easel. As you can see, I'm focusing on Pepsi-Cola and it's creator, Caleb Bradham. Pictured in the Greetings banner is the huge Vanderbilt mansion.
MONDAY. JANUARY 7. 6 PM
PAINTING GREETINGS FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE
I'll be painting the Greetings From New Hampshire into the middle of the week.
I like this cover, and I also like the story behind the cover. As well, I'm busy building the web pages for the latest three issues, after which I'll send out the Bevil E-Card, inviting all of you to collect the Greetings From Washington issue and the
Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set.
SATURDAY. JANUARY 5. 10 AM
THREE ISSUES HEADED YOUR WAY
Just got the Chamberlain set in the mail today and I'm telling you it looks great. That must have been a difficult job lining them up like that. Makes him look huge. Good job.
Thanks David. Had an enjoyable time painting it. I was a little concerned there for a while. In the end, all turned out well.
Kelly says,I did a rough count Kendal and it looks like you might have about 15 greetings issue left to paint. Get them done by end of year if you can.
Well, that might be possible. I"m hoping to paint about 2 issues per month. I do though want to paint some recently released issues this year as well. Thanks for the encouragement.
The remainder of January's subscriber's packets head to the post office this morning, which contain Greetings From Washington along with the Wilt Chamberlain 2-cover set. Today and into early next week I'll be painting the Greetings From New Hampshire issue. I'll post the New Hampshire issue later in the day. Presently struggling with it. It'll come together. Always does.
As well, in the next few days I'll be emailing out the Bevil E-Card providing collectors the opportunity to collect these three issues here at cachets.com
FRIDAY. JANUARY 4. 5:30 PM
Good going Joe. Many of you must have been stumped. This is one of New Hampshire's good stories about vision, ingenuity, and perseverance in the face of adversity, as well as the state legislature laughing at your plans. Joe, your painted Greetings From New Hampshire cover will be shipped when the issue is released, around the end of the month. This evening and tomorrow I'll be painting this issue. I'll post my final painted decision when I arrive at that point.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 4. 11:45 AM
LET'S HAVE A GIVE-AWAY
Happy new year cover collectors! Lets begin 2019 with a free cover give-away!
The first collector to identify what this is and in what state it resides gets a free dishwasher. No, let's increase the prize to something much more enjoyable and worthwhile. A free painted specially-created variety from this Greetings From America issue which I'll be painting this weekend. Yes, that's it. Now you're excited.
I had an enjoyable time inking this issue, starting Thursday just before noon and completed close to midnight. There's a great story behind this topic, which I discovered in my research of that state. Then the search was on for the right photograph to ink from. One after another they were straight on, not an interesting viewing angle. Finally, found this one, and after working it, moving things around, she fits so nicely on the cover, nestled warmly around the stamp and cancel.
I'll be in the studio painting, keeping an eye on incoming emails, and announce the winner when it happens. Oh, by-the-way, three issues are being shipped today.
More on that in a little while.
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