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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER  2020

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MONDAY. OCTOBER 5. 9:00 PM

FITS!

MONDAY. OCTOBER 5. 8:15 PM

LOOKING LIKE A GREETINGS FROM AMERICA ISSUE!

A little bit to go, but I'm close.  Hope the stamp and cancel fit.

Janice will proof and approve the text, then they'll make they're way

to the easel.

MONDAY. OCTOBER 5. 5:45 PM

SUE, THE T-REX!

After designing about 40 of these thus far, I never have given them a name. I don't know what to call them: the greetings box, maybe? Sometimes the topic will go along with the cachet's main topic. Most often, like here with Greetings From South Dakota, I will choose a second subject matter from the state. Actually, I almost went with this, Sue the T-Rex, as my main issue topic. There's an interesting story behind its discovery, which includes a flat tire leading a lady to the fossils protruding from the ground, to the FBI sweeping in and taking possession of the bones. 

See, now I have your interest. 

SUNDAY. OCTOBER 4. 8:30 PM

ALMOST THERE

I'm close to completing the ink rendering for the Greetings From South Dakota issue. After I add some shadowing, I'll write the copy for the box,

arrange it all to fit on the cover, then show you the final version.

FRIDAY. OCTOBER 2. 2:45 PM

LET'S DANCE FDC

Okay, how about this lithography, which I produced for the USPS!

Does anyone have this one? Again, I can't recall if I sent these to Bevil

subscribers are not.

FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 25. 10:15 PM

GETTING CLOSE

You're looking at my digital painting/inking easel, as I would see it while I'm inking. You can see the reference photo for my biker there in the upper left corner. The chopper is from another reference. I should have this ink rendering complete by the end of the weekend. I will begin painting this issue probably the latter part of next week, as I have a pretty busy week, up through Thursday.

TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 22. 7:45 PM

ANYONE HAVE THIS IN THEIR COLLECTION?

In 2005 the Illinois USPS contracted Bevil Cachets to paint and produce a few thousand lithographed FDCs for a Hattie McDaniel First Day of issue event, with these being given as gifts to USPS employees. I can't recall if I made these available to Bevil collectors or not. Does anyone have this?

MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 21. 10:45 PM

THE INKING CONTINUES

This evening I spent my time wrapping up the headlight and forks. These type of old-school front forks with the coil springs are called springer forks.

This illustration is comprised of numerous reference photos, which I might show on our next visit together.

For now, lights out here at the Bevil Studio.

SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 20. 11 PM

INKING A MOTORCYCLE HEADLIGHT

Tonight I'm inking the headlight in the Greetings From South Dakota issue. Most of my studio lights are down low because the glass on my digital easel monitor is very reflective. Working digitally means I can greatly increase the size of my drawing while I ink, making amazing detail possible. In the finished painted cover, the headlight will be no larger than 1" in diameter. Inking just the headlight will take a few hours. That's what I'll be accomplishing tonight. I actually had a pretty productive day. With rain expected all week, I mowed the yard in the dark. Pretty enjoyable, with the temperature dipping in the lower 80s, and mowing with my electric quiet mower with headlights. 

TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 15. 10:15 PM

GREETINGS FROM SOUTH DAKOTA

HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD? WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.

Clarence says,

That's a beautiful cover for “Lets Dance". I"ve never seen that one before. If you have an extra one around I would be interested in purchasing one. What are the other ones you produced for USPS? Take care and stay safe.

Kendal says,

Janice will send you one in your next packet, our compliments. I'll compile a list of the issues I've produced to date for the USPS.

Mark says,

Hello Kendal, I recall you giving the Hattie McDaniel cover as a gift to your subscribers. If I'm not mistaken you also gave us the Black Heritage Paul Robson, Jackie Robinson, Bessie Coleman & GW Carver cover as well.

Kendal says,

I believe you're correct on that Steve. Good to hear that from you, because I just wasn't sure. Thanks.

Steve says,

Hello Kendal, I recall you giving the Hattie McDaniel cover as a gift to your subscribers. If I'm not mistaken you also gave us the Black Heritage Paul Robson, Jackie Robinson, Bessie Coleman & GW Carver cover as well.

Kendal says,

I believe you're correct on that Steve. Good to hear that from you, because I just wasn't sure. Thanks.

Foster says,

Glad to see that you're back at work on cachets. The Gregory HInes and Greetings from Kentucky and West Virginia covers are all excellent. Plus I've been picking up some interesting color studies that I've always enjoyed. I don't have the Illinois Hattie McDaniel cover; I'm guessing that it wasn't offered to subscribers. I'll have to look for one on eBay.

Kendal says,

I just gave that one away. I'll see if I can find another one for you Foster.

Clarence says,

 Hey Kendal, I received my Gregory Hines cachets today. The colors are very vivid from the photos online. I like the details in your illustration. I can say Hines is one of my favorite from you, behind the Buffalo Soldiers. Can’t wait to show one of them in my exhibit when this Covid-19 situation is over. Take care and stay safe.

Kendal says,

You're reaching way back, referring to the Buffalo Soldiers issue. I didn't know you had that issue in your collection. I'm glad, because I've been sold out of the Buffalo Soldiers issue for,...15 years maybe. 

Tamsie says,

Glad to see new covers from you....it's been a while and hope you all are well.

Kendal says,

Yes, it has been a while. Too long. Good to be inking, painting, and visiting with cover-collecting friends.

Bill says,

Nice to see that you're back. Is the South Dakota cover for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?

Kendal says,

That's correct Bill. Though Mark in Washington crossed the finish line first. Good to hear from you Bill.There's 11 issues remaining to be painted in the GFA set. You're a GFA subscriber, so I know you're excited to see the set getting near the end.

Eric says,

Sturgis motorcycle rally!

Kendal says,

Good to hear from you Eric. You were so close coming in behind Mark, I'm going to give you second pick on the color studies. 

good going to the both of you.

Michael says,

Kendal, great to have you back.

Kendal says,

Thanks, good to be back.

Mark says,

First thought was Vikings in South Dakota? Then I am thinking Sturgis and bikers in South Dakota! :)))

Kendal says,

That's it Mark. If we were to visit Sturgis, we probably would see a few vikings. That vertical empty space on his left side is where I'll ink in a handlebar. I left it out knowing it'd be a giveaway. When I complete the Unique Color studies, you'll get first pick. Thanks for participating everyone.

and shortly after long-time

friend Eric Wile follows with...

Greg says,

Can you give us any hints?

Kendal says,

If this goes on another day, I'll drop a hint.

Stephanie says,

Hi Kendal, welcome back. Still thinking about it.

Kendal says,

Keep thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

Hi Friends. I'm in the studio this evening inking Greetings From South Dakota. Does anyone want to take a guess at what I'm focusing on for the topic? You get one guess. C'mon, there's not all that much going on in South Dakota (just kidding). Frank, you won the last contest, so thanks for sitting this one out. I'll post your guesses, though I don't think this will take very long. The one advantage you have is that the competition is pretty light at this time, as not too many collectors know I'm back in the studio. Winner get's first pick at a complimentary Unique Color Study. It's good to be back my friends. 

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