Visit here often to see what's on Kendal's mind, and issues being painted here in the Bevil Studio.
In the studio today
WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 25. 2:45 PM
SEE YOU AT TEXPEX!
Today i'm away from the easel and (digital) ink pen, packing up for TEXPEX.
We'll head out around noon, driving into Grapevine in the evening. It's about a 6-hour drive. Our plan is to set up the booth Thursday night. I'll be away from the studio until Monday, so Janice and I hope to see a few of you this weekend, and until next week,
enjoy your weekend, and keep warm.
SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 8:00 PM
ERNIE BANKS ARTISTAMPS
Produced on my antique USPS perforator,
these two artistamps are affixed on the
Ernie Banks topical event documenting his
last living day. They'll be one of the five issues
going out in three weeks.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 24. 8:15 PM
GETTING READY FOR TEXPEX IN DALLAS!
Today I'm going through my checklist of things to make and do for TEXPEX-
Brochures, tabletop displays, our new credit card checkout system.
The big challenge will be getting our display from the Stamp Expo in Atlanta a few weeks back to fit in this shows booth, being 10 feet wide. I think Janice will be pretty cramped with one 6 foot table. All said, we're going to have a great time seeing old friends,
many for the first time. Lots of collector friends in the Dallas area, many with Chapter 56.
More pack'n to do. Have a good evening. Stay warm all you collectors up north.
SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 5:30 PM
HERE'S JIMI HENDRIX
This is the version I'll go with for the main lot. Sorry for the delay in posting this.
A little polishing up to do, mostly needing to increase the sunlight and shadow effect, giving the feeling of an outdoor concert, more of a glow on his skin maybe. I'm about there, though.
I'll have these complete when I go to TEXPEX this coming weekend, but they won't be made available to collectors until my subscribers get them in about three weeks. That's the way it goes.
SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 21. 1:30 PM
I'm close to completing the Jimi Hendrix final version, which will become the standard to paint the remaining 150 covers. I'll post it in the next few hours.
THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 19. 5:30 PM
GET READY TO ROCK WITH JIMI!
I had a blast inking Jimi Hendrix. I'm designing
the cover to pair-up with the Janis Joplin issue.
They'll be similar in feel and layout.
I'm attempting to utilize the pop-art boxes I used with the Joplin issue. I hope this is as enjoyable to paint as it was to ink. I'll shoot for posting a color study late tomorrow. Janice is back in the studio.
A few orders have been sitting here awaiting her attention. They'll go out tomorrow.
THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 19. 7:00 PM
I ordered this batch of 150 Jimi Hendrix covers from the USPS and they came pre-cancelled, so I had no choice but to accept where they decided to place the cancel. When I'm in full control of it all, I do what I can to keep the cancel off the artwork. I'm not so much looking out for my artwork, rather I'm protecting the clarity and design of the cancel. This all works out to be a pretty attractive cachet, still. The blank area above the cancel will be filled with groovy sun rays similar to the Joplin issue.
I'm thinking green and yellow rays. Or maybe
multi-colored like the background on the stamp.
Green, yellow, and purple, maybe?
FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 20. 12:45 PM
PAINTING JIMI HENDRIX
Like the Janis Joplin issue, this will be full of color. At least there's not 100s of little beads to paint.
If I get a cover painted, it'll be late this evening, or tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend.
If you haven't seen them yet, here is five freshly painted issues to collect!
WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 18. NOON
READY TO PAINT ERNIE BANKS
I'm so ready to paint this issue, but, you're
becoming familiar with the routine;
I can't produce and paint the issue until Janice
proofs the verbage for typos and accuracy.
She'll be home today from San Antonio, and this
will be on her desk awaiting the go-ahead.
Ernie Banks passed away last month, and I
believe this will be released to cover collectors
in about three weeks. Now I'm on to my third
issue. Hmmm, what shall it be?
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 17. 5:15 PM
At this point in the portrait, I've established what I call my keylines, which get me ready for coming in with my subtle lights and darks. In portrait work, I always pay very close attention to the corner of the mouth, and those surrounding muscles and shapes. Everyone's facial personality in found around the mouth area. Surprisingly, this is about the halfway point. From here on, I'll slow down, using lots of dots. Lots.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 17. 9:30 PM
HONORING THE CUBS FIRST BLACK PLAYER
I have a new approach to documenting events with a topical event issue- don't let it sit on the shelf for 10 years. I now will do all I can to release the topical event issue as close to the event as possible.
Ernie Banks passed away less than a month ago.
This issue might be in the hands of Bevil collectors in the next 30 to 60 days. I believe I'll produce an
artistamp for the issue. The cinderellas seem to
dress up my topical events nicely.
"Mr. Cub" they called him.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 17. 2:30 PM
INKING ERNIE BANKS
This is the smaller piece, what I refer to as the action shot, although in this case it's more of a pose. My layouts often involve a large portrait and a smaller figure of some sort. I hope to complete the portrait this afternoon. I might post the results late this evening, but most likely tomorrow.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 17. NOON
HONORING ERNIE BANKS
Ernie Banks joined the Chicago Cubs in 1953, becoming the Cubs' first black player.
He passed away this past month and I'll be recording his "last living day" on a Bevil topical event issue. I began inking this issue today...
just in case you were curious what I am
doing in the studio today.
MONDAY. FEBRUARY 16. 8:30PM
NEW ISSUES POSTED AND CHANGE OF PLANS
I've posted the five new issues for viewing and collecting. Click on the E-card icon to see them all. As I thought, with Janice in
San Antonio seeing the little guy pictured below, she's not here
to do her valuable research for the Greetings For America issues.
This means I'll be bumping the GFA issues to April. My apologies to all you GFA collectors. I'm disappointed as well. I love that set!
So today, I've been inking the Chief Anderson issue. He trained the Tuskegee airmen for battle in the skies over Europe.
I'll post the results tomorrow. And not so late in the day.
Click here to see five freshly painted issues!
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 17. 10:45 AM
CHIEF ANDERSON INKED!
Here's the Chief Anderson issue. In it's unpainted state, it looks a little sparse, but once I paint the smoke from the German plane trailing down, and add some billowing clouds, I think it'll fill up nicely. I like things happening all over the envelope. That's a P-51, and the German plane might be an ME 109, maybe. Before I can begin painting, Janice has to proof for grammar and typos, as well as confirm my statements are accurate, historically. She's in San Antonio! I'll set it aside, start inking another issue, and paint it later. As in this case, my desgn and layout is built around the stamp and cancel. The stamp and cancel were here first, so they determine in great part my layout. If the cancel was up high, clipping the left edge of the stamp, this would be a completely different layout. I gathered about 6 different plane photos, and this one felt the best. My preference was a P-51 coming at us, but it didnt' work out. I did want action in the sky, and I got that.
For me, an action scene high in the sky is one of the most enjoyable to paint!
SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 15. 10:15 PM
NEW ISSUES POSTED!
I've posted the five new issues for viewing and collecting. Be careful, the paint's still wet!
Click on the E-card icon to see them all.
SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 15. 9:00 PM
MY FIRST GRANDCHILD
Yes, I'm now a grandpa. My daughter Hannah,
and husband Dusty had their first child last week. We could not be any prouder of Seth Luke.
Janice is in San Antonio probably holding him at this very minute. If I don't meet my painting goals this month, or the next, you're looking at the reason. We're about 5 hours from San Antonio,
so I'm sure to be making the trip on a regular basis.
FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 13. 10:00 AM
PACKING UP COVERS
Today and this weekend Janice will be packing up covers to be sent out to subscribers,
while I'll begin posting the new issues on the web site. Again, I haven't decided yet on March's issues;
either five Greetings From America issues, or five various first days issues.
Janice is shooting for packets to begin leaving the studio Saturday, stretching into Monday and Tuesday.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 12. 10:30 AM
BUILDING THE BEVIL NEWSLETTER
With all five issues painted, janice and I are writing and building the Bevil newsletter.
The newsletter, along with putting together the Bevil subscriber packets will take a few days.
I haven't made a solid decision yet on what I'll paint next; five GFA issues, or five various first days issues.
I forsee Janice spending a little time in San Antonio with our new grandbaby, which will take her away from researching for the GFA state topics. If that happens, I'll paint five regular issues, and hold off on painting five Greetings From America issues until next March.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 10. NOONISH
AND ANOTHER DAY PAINTING CASH
Sometimes these issues take longer to paint than I anticipate. Actually, it's when life wonders in, when other things need attention.
I'll complete this issue today, bringing to a close
these five issues. They'll be released in the next week. I chose this quote because life wasn't easy for Johnny Cash. He would agree I think in me saying in some cases trouble found him, but that in many of the cases, he found trouble. That's why I went with a toned down somber color scheme. Here's another version. I chose the one below for the main lot.
MONDAY. FEBRUARY 9. 9:45 AM
ONE MORE DAY PAINTING CASH
I'm continuing to paint the Johnny Cash FDC today. Should be complete by this evening,
after which Janice will begin assembling packets for subscribers, while I put together the Bevil newsletter, follwed by sending out offering cards and e-cards to Bevil collectors.
The up-and-coming five issues will be
from the Greetings From America set, I think.
FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 6. 9:30 AM
This morning Janice and I are headed to San Antonio to be with our daughter as she has her first child, and our first grandchild, a boy. I'm guessing I'll be back in the studio in a few days. Enjoy your weekend.
THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 5. 1:15 PM
Today and into the weekend I'll be painting the Johnny Cash first day of issue. This captures him early in his life.
This issue will go well with the "last living day" issue I produced of Cash some years back, which depicts him in his later years.
Not sure what to do with the background.
I'll play around and maybe post them later this evening. Considering browns and blacks, somber tones.
THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 5. 1:30 PM
GOING TO TEXPEX!
Janice and I are attending TEXPEX in Grapevine, Texas the end of February. We'll have a great time seeing our friends and collectors residing in the Dallas area.
This region is home to the Fred Sawyer Chapter 56 team and it'll be a treat to see them all. A special thanks to Charles Deaton for getting us into the dealer's bourse this late in the game.
WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 4. 6:15 PM
Here, at Southeastern Stamp Expo, I'm getting some valued advice from Chris Lazoroff,
whom I will refer to as "Dr. Paper". His knowledge of the science of paper is phenomenal.
I'm having some trouble with my newsletters cracking at the fold, and here Chris is telling me
this is the worst cracking he's ever seen!
I'm close to completing the Johnny Cash rendering, and will begin painting tomorrow.
I'll post the inkwork Thursday. Have a good evening.
TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 2. NOONISH
A GREAT TIME IN ATLANTA
Janice and I had a wonderful time in Atlanta this past weekend, attending and participating in the Southeastern Stamp Expo. Met and made many new friends, plus greatly enjoyed visiting with some of you. We hooked up with and joined the American Topical Association as well the organization and good people of ESPER. The show served as a testing ground for my display and booth approach, which seemed to function well. A few bugs to work out and improvements to make. Coming up, we'll be in Houston mid March for the Houston Metro Postcard and Paper show. It's good to be back in the studio, now inking the Johnny Cash FDC for our fifth issue, after which we'll release five painted issues to collectors.
IN THE STUDIO TODAY