In The Studio Today
THURSDAY. AUGUST 30. 8:45PM
LONG WEEKEND AHEAD
TUESDAY. AUGUST 28. 10 PM
Well, that is unless you're retired. In that case, life is one long weekend.
I'm presently doing some tech repair on my site, which has temporarily disabled the shopping cart. I should have the store open again in a few days. Subscriber's packets are shipping tomorrow. Several collectors are requesting the Palmer and Berra cover with the mourning border. It certainly changes the appearance of the cover. On the next last-living-day issue, I may do a mourning variety, with the cinderellas outlined in a black border, along with the envelope's black border.
Let's chat tomorrow.
Ooops! Bob requested a Yogi Berra mourning cover, not a Palmer. It's all good now.
Bob's Palmer is back to the way it was before (actually I issued him another cover), and the Yogi Berra mourning cover turned out nice. Sorry 'bout that Bob. If you're interested in the Palmer mourning cover shown below, let me know. To sweeten the deal, I'll throw in a Palmer artist's proof unpainted. Yeah, no kidding.
TUESDAY. AUGUST 28. 6:15 PM
Collector Bob McDermott requested one of his Palmers receive the
mourning-border. If you're considering doing the same, and weren't sure what the effect would be, you can thank Bob.
MONDAY. AUGUST 27. 8:30 PM
THE MOURNING COVER
I believe a mourning philatelic piece can be defined as envelopes, letters, and cards going back to the Victorian era up to the 1950s, which carried the news of an individual's passing, as messengers of grief. Maybe some of you can add to or polish up my definition. Possibly to give the letter a special respect in the delivery process, it was marked with a black border. Hence, mourning covers carry that unique surface element, the black border. While contemporary day-of-death covers don't match the definition of a mourning cover, they are neighbors, so to speak. On that thought, I'm offering the service of painting a mourning border on any
Bevil day-of-deaths you collect.
On another note, Janice has packed up covers and is in the process of sending out these two issues to subscribers.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 24. 7:30 PM
REDESIGNED THE BANNER OVAL
Looking at Monday's post, you can see how similar the banner oval and the stamp are, in that they both display the Gateway Arch and the St. Louis skyline. I've replaced the oval banner with a silhouette of the Titanic Museum in Branson. I had considered Branson as my Greetings From Missouri subject for the issue, then settled on the Budweiser Clydesdale horses.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 24. 1:45 PM
COMPLIMENTARY PNS TO COLLECTOR BILL PORTER
This is the first Palmer cover to paint in the set of 125. I just happened to grab a blank off the stack not realizing it was a PNC. When I posted the cover in February, Bill Porter was the first to point out the uniqueness of the cover, that it was a PNS. I told Bill I'd place this cover back on the easel, giving it a different color scheme.
Here's the result after a trip back to the easel. It actually is the same cover. Study and compare the paint splatter and you'll see they're one-in-the-same. Most often when I'm altering the color on an already-painted cover, I have to go darker, because the inks I paint with are somewhat transparent. I use transparent inks because the rendering has to show through the paint clearly. If I decided to change the color of the green foliage in this second version, it would have to be an even darker green, or brown.
MONDAY. AUGUST 20. 10:45 PM
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD...LITERALLY
Here's the general direction I'm going with the Greetings From Missouri issue. In addition to a few spots requiring additional inking, before I viewed the stamp, I designed and produced the Greetings From Missouri oval in the sky. Only afterwards did I realize both the stamp and my banner picture the Gateway Arch. We can't have that, so I'll go back and look for a new image to place in the oval.
Janice is just now beginning to put together packets.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 19. 1:00 PM
The Budweiser mascot has hopped on the big red wagon for a ride through town.
Frank Scalzi's guess was that I had forgotten to drop in the lettering. You know, I hadn't even noticed that. So after taking Frank's suggestion, I've placed the lettering on the lower side of the wagon, I'm going to reward Frank with a Coffee Break variety as well. But wait, there can only be one Coffee Break variety. I'll create a new variety and call it the Second Cup of Coffee variety. Thanks Frank!
FRIDAY. AUGUST 17. 11:30 PM
CHOOSING THE BUD DOG REFERENCE
FRIDAY. AUGUST 17. 4:45 PM
INCOMPLETE DETAIL MADE KNOWN
I failed to ink in the Dalmatian that rides along on the wagon with the drivers. I had originally left him off because that photo didn't provide an attractive shot of the dog, showing the backside and not the face. I had intended to search other photos for a more suitable picture, and since it's been some time since working on this issue, I forgot all about the dog. I'm presently inking in the dog.
The Dalmatian first appeared as the Budweiser mascot in 1950, and has ridden with the three hitches traveling America since. The 3 Dalmatians are named Chip, Clyde, and Brewer. Though I've been out of the studio for a few days, I've studied my emails, and based when each of your guesses came in,
Bob McDermott got it right, with his email coming in August 15, 9:19 AM.
About three hours following, Joe gave the correct answer, along with Bill Porter and Bob.. I"m not sure his last name. I'll have find that out. Bob McDermott takes home the Coffee Break variety, and each of the others who provided the correct answer receive a signed unpainted Greetings From Missouri cover. The unpainteds are pretty interesting to study, in their bare, simple, black-and-white state.
TUESDAY. AUGUST 14. 10 PM
THE BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES
MONDAY. AUGUST 13. 10 PM
HERE'S WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE MAIL BOX
(Not yet. I'll tell you when.)
For so many years I mailed the covers in a 6 1/2 X 9 1/2 envelope. With the opeining on the end, they're called catalog envelopes. A year or so back I went to a 6 X 9 envelope, decreasing mailing costs. We saved a tremendous amount on mailing costs by removing the thick cardboard insert. If the envelope is not bendable it is categorized as a package, with a much higher rate. If it's flexible, it's seen as an envelope. When cancelling my cinderellas here in the studio, I noticed my custom Bevil rubber cancels are breaking down. I think it's time for a few new Bevil cancels, with some new designs.
I'll work on that.
SUNDAY. 2:45 PM
PRODUCING SHIPPING ENVELOPES
The Bevil 6X9 large envelopes the covers are shipped in have a pretty colorful past. Today I'll be designing and printing the shipping envelopes for the So Long Arnold Palmer and So Long Yogi Berra issues. Now that I'm thinking about it, I wonder if my new printer can print the dry-gum backed paper I use for the Bevil cinderellas. I'll look into that. This week Janice sends out covers to Bevil subscribers, after which I send out the E-Card, from which collectors can respond and collect these 2 new issues. If you're a subscriber, look for your covers maybe end of this week. Collectors, watch you email box for the E-Card. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 11. 3:15
YOGI BERRA IN THE BULL PEN TONIGHT
As you can see, I'm sitting down in front of my computer having lunch as I post today's thoughts. A few years ago I discovered and brought home an outdoor piece of cooking equipment called a Blackstone griddle. It's pretty much a 2 by 3 foot steel plate heated by large gas burners underneath. I think of it as a mini-Waffle House. It's so enjoyable to sear meat, fish, rice, and vegetables on. All you see on my plate here has been griddled. Centered above my plate is a small bluetooth shortcuts pad. While inking my artwork for issues on the digital monitor with my right hand, my left hand rests on this pad enabling me to effortlessly adjust details like pen size, zooming in on the ink drawing, switching from different digital pens and brushes.
Shortly I'll be placing the So Long Yogi Berra issue in THE BULL PEN, followed by notifying collectors with an email. At that point Janice has the go-ahead to begin assembling subscriber's packets for mailing. It's then I send out the Bevil E-Card providing collectors the opportunity to collect the two issues. Well, can you believe while I sat here and visited, I've finished my meal. It may look like a big red plate of food, but actually it was one of those smaller plates in the set. Enjoy your Saturday afternoon.
MONDAY. AUGUST 6. 9 PM
CLOSING IN ON THE YOGI BERRA ISSUE
HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD?
WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.
Kendal! Kendal! Yes, I'm reserving my Astros covers, one main lot and one artist proof.
Thanks Jason. Cons
Close to completing the Yogi Berra artist's proofs. With 30 APs, I chose about 10 Yogi-isms, placing them on 3 artist's proofs each. Notice the New York Mets cap, which Yogi is wearing on the APs.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 4. NOON
WORKING ON 'SO LONG YOGI BERRA'
With Palmer in THE BULL PEN, I've turned my attention to completing the So Long Yogi Berra issue. Once placed In The Bull Pen, Janice will begin putting together packets for mailing. Okay, it's in the painting both I go. Yes, I paint in a booth designed for airbrush painting. I have to paint in an enclosed environment because of the overspray. Here's my booth, viewed through a glass sliding door, from my computer work station side.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 3. 9:15 PM
DESIGN AND FUNCTION UPDATE
I've been hoping to unlock my website's ability to utilize the full width of your monitor. I'm doing a 'viewer test', asking some of you to visit these few pages and give me your opinion on which viewing experience you prefer.
First visit a new topical page, ANIMALS, which is constructed and viewed as before. Then visit the new topical page, AFRICAN AMERICANS. Viewing the African Americans page you'll see how the covers stretch from edge-to-edge on your screen. If you have a large monitor, it can be a bit in-your-face. Play around with the pages. I value your input. These topical gallery links are located at the bottom of the home page. I'll probably do a baseball link next. If you have any suggestions on other topical categories that'd be appreciated, let me know.
SUNDAY. JULY 29. 10:15 PM
A FRESHENING UP
Following lunch at Rosie's Soul Food restaurant, I've been spending the
afternoon and evening redesigning the homepage. Not a totally new design, just bringing it up-to-date a bit. There's a few spaces needing to be filled, though I believe it has a fresher appearance. Much attention needed throughout the site. All in good time. I'm presently putting the finishing touches on the So Long Yogi Berra issue. We're getting close to sending out these two topical event issues.
SATURDAY. JULY 28. 8:30 PM
Responding to Gene's post, My change-of-approach in painting issues is to not come in periodically with a burst of intent, painting a few issues, once or twice a year. That just doesn't work. Bad for us all around. I'll be giving a little, and it may be just a bit of my time to painting covers. My goal is to be steady. Might be slow-and-steady, but I'll aim for steady. How inking and painting about an issue per month.
Yeah, that's a good start,
WEDNESDAY. JULY 26. 9 PM
Both of these 1-of-1s have been painted in watercolor, something I'll produce every now-and-then. They take a little while to paint, and have a very different appearance when compared to the airbrushed covers. The top one went to Chapter 56 in the Dallas area, and the other, I'm not sure where it is, or went. My guess is it went to Chapter 56 as well. Maybe the folks from there can let us know.
TUESDAY. JULY 24. 7:30 PM
THE NEW CERT PLUS
When inserted in the sleeve on the backside of your Bevil cover, the new Cert Plus is identical in appearance to the past certificate design. However when removed from the sleeve, it unfolds to a 3-panel full-color mini-newsletter. Now, like past certificates, the cover's article will travel with the cover, whether in an album, or shoe box
(hey, it happens). Those over-sized Bevil newsletters of the past were glorious, and my goal is to pack that same information-filled, attractively-illustrated written product into the Certificate Plus. I'm in the process of purchasing new color printers insuring the certificates will look great.
MONDAY.JULY 23.11:30 PM
BACK IN THE STUDIO
I've actually been working here in the Bevil Studio quiet a bit as of late. the company I utilize in generating my website recently restructured their framework and I've put off getting in and struggling with it. It looks the same, just is wired a bit different. It's good to be talking with you and I've just come out of the busiest quarter of my year. Aaaahhhhh. With about a half dozen issues in the middle of being inked, and on their way to being painted, I've painted and completed the Arnold Palmer issue, and am close to finishing the So Long Yogi Berra issue, both being topical event issues. The BULL PEN is current, so walk on over and see what's coming down the pike. Thanks for all your words of encouragement, which were all similar, sounding something like, "Get your butt back in that studio and start painting those great Bevil covers!" Got it. Consider it done. Seriously, I truly love being here, painting covers for the best collector base any cover painter could ever hope for.
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