Visit here often to see what's on Kendal's mind, and issues being painted here in the Bevil Studio.
In the studio today
TUESDAY. MARCH 31.3:30PM
Of these four color studies, which would you choose as the main lot?
The lower left is too pretty for this somber moment. Upper right is a night scene, interesting, difficult to read the fine print though. Lower right is respectful, but sky color scheme is similar to the gold medal colors. So, upper left takes it. Somber, serious, with dark oranges and browns to set the tone. That's the sun, faintly at the bottom behind the men.
MONDAY. MARCH 30. 8:30 PM
INTERVIEW WITH RON ALJOE
I completed my short interview with Ron Ajoe this afternoon.
It won't be too long and I'll be scanning all those issues to be permanantly posted here on the site. He's in need of a few issues. Read the interview for specifics.
I'm painting the Army Medal of Honor issue. I'll post a few color studies tomorrow. Have a good evening.
MONDAY. MARCH 30.2:00 PM
ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR
I'll be painting this issue for the next few days. Afterwards I'll ink the Navy Medal of Honor. Haven't chosen the recipient yet. Sgt. Cliff Jones, while on patrol with his men in the jungles of Vietnam, a bobby-trap wire was tripped. Sims cast his body on the explosive as it was detonated, shielding his men from harm with his own life.
SATURDAY. MARCH 28.NOON
THE ALJOE SPORTS LIBRARY
I'm in the middle of interviewing Ron Aljoe regarding his pursuit in obtaining a complete Bevil sports collection. The link is now at the HAPPENING NOW section on the home page. He's getting close to completing the journey.
I'm changing course on my issues for this month, at the last minute deciding to paint the Medal of Honor issues, for the Army and Navy. I'm inking the Army this weekend.
THURSDAY. MARCH 26. 1:15 P.M.
THE SPOCK ARTISTAMPS
Here's the numerous Leonard Nimoy artistamps I've produced here in the studio. I believe the version of Spock in the red shirt will be affixed to the main lot. After that, I'm undecided.
On a time crunch, so back to work!
Have a great Thursday!
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 25. 11:45 A.M.
As I discuss topics with you here on the IN THE STUDIO TODAY page, some of those topics are noteworthy and a valuable read for FDC and Bevil collectors. Being daily, making the post very temporary, many of our talks are missed by collectors. While I'll continue to have these talks as often as I have been, some of the bigger topics and "news" I'll be expounding on in a new section on this site called HAPPENING NOW. You can see the first article by going to the new link located on the left side of the home page. These articles will not be limited to Bevil Cachets, as I hope to see topics written relating to the hobby in general.
Let's see where it goes, and evolves into. Let me know what you think.
TUESDAY. MARCH 24. NOON
INKING THE NO-REVEAL
If you recall, the "no-reveal" issue is the issue which makes the center spread of the newsletter. With many of my subscribers and collectors dropping in here on a regular basis, by the the time you get your packet of five issues, you know what's in there.
The no reveal issue is the one issue that'll be a surprise. This issue I'm inking now and paintinf for the next few days, is the no-reveal, and I'm not going to disclose what the stamp, or topic is. So I'm locking my studio doors, closing the curtains, batting down the shutters, and painting the no-reveal.
MONDAY. MARCH 23. NOON
GETTING READY FOR SPOCK
I've produced these artistamps on my Rosback perforator here in the Bevil Studio for my topical event issue documenting the passing of
Leonard Nimoy, who we all know affectionately
as Spock, from the Star Trek show. I'm not yet revealing the city I've chosen for the cancel.
I'm creating a unique one-of-one for the first collector who correctly guesses the city.
Don't start guessing yet.
I'm wrapping up Ernie Banks today.
SATURDAY. MARCH 21. 5:30 PM
PAINTING ERNIE BANKS
For the upcoming few days I'll be painting the topical event issue documenting the passing of baseball player Ernie Banks.
Like most of my "last living day" issues,
I've utilized the slogan, "So long".
Ernie Banks was the first black to play for the Chicago Cubs.
SATURDAY. MARCH 21. 1:45 PM
HONORING LINCOLN AGAIN
While I recently painted the Emancipation Proclamation issue, April 15 is the 150th
anniversary of Lincoln's death. His funeral ceremonies, in part, will be reenacted, mostly taking place in Springfield, Illinois, with several thousand Civil War enactors participating. I'll be documenting this (respectfully) spectacular event with a topical event issue, as well as exploring and presenting the historical facts.
FRIDAY. MARCH 20. 5:00 PM
WORKING ON ERNIE BANKS
Had a great time painting the Chief Anderson issue!
He was the first black player for the Chicago Cubs and his last living day will be documented on a Bevil issue. Today I'm deciding on my color scheme and should have a few to show tomorrow. What else is brewing here in the Bevil Studio? A topical event issue on the passing of Leonard Nimoy, Spock!
What a great issue this will be. I've already produced a CTC issue illustrating Spock, which is sold out.
With this issue I'll have fun with the cinderellas, the artiststamps, which I produce here in the studio.
Back to painting, and thanks for dropping in today.
FRIDAY. MARCH 20. 2:30 PM
ANDERSON COLOR STUDIES
After gathering reference material and doing research on the topic,
inking the rendering, producing the lineart onto the envelopes, this is where the painting process begins.
These are the color studies of the Chief Anderson issue, from which I choose the main lot. The remainder are numbered at the tail-end of the lot, specified as color studies. The upper right almost was picked for the main lot version, but later I chose the blue sky, lower right.
THURSDAY. MARCH 19. NOON
Here I am, before the doors are open, standing in the midst of my booth area at the Houston Metro Postcard show last weekend. My allotted area is set up to invite the collectors in, rather than walking up to a table with boxes of covers. I hope it's a welcomed, refreshing alternative, as the other dealers at the shows all have tables. I'm polishing up my show skills for Americover, and considering a Batman theme, or display for the big cover show.
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 18. 8:30 PM
THAT'S THE ONE.
I spend a considerable amount of time creating the master, from which will be the standard as I paint an issue. Then once I'm pleased, after a few or several color studies, It's a good moment when I slide my final decision into the clear sleeve to the left of my easel. I cautiously proceed to paint at least 150 covers, with a goal that each will "feel" like that one. Often, some of the color studies will become the models for my artist's proofs and varieties.
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 18. 12:30 PM
BLUE SKIES OVER GERMANY!
Had a good time at Houston Metro Postcard Show , making new friends, and Janice and I having the pleasure of seeing our friend Louis Dean again, who drove down from the Dallas area. It's so good to be back in the studio, painting. Most of the Chief Anderson main lot is looking like this version. There will be a handful of color varieties for those of you who want a different color scheme, like the one below. Up next- a topical event issue documenting the last living day of Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks
THURSDAY. MARCH 12. 1:30 PM
We're leaving for Houston in a few minutes to participate in a postcard show.
Enjoy your weekend!
TUESDAY. MARCH 10. 2:30 PM
THE HOLY GRAIL
i produced this issue for the 1994 Babe Ruth World Series event, where I attempted to sell them. Do any of you have this cover in your collection? I'm curious to know. I located this in my studio today, where it's now headed to Ron Aljoe's Bevil Sports library. He's building a complete collection of every sports issue I've painted. Notice how the cancel goes behind the artwork.
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 11. 3:00 PM
PAINTING CHIEF ANDERSON
Here I am laying out the clouds,
keeping in mind not to muddy up the stamp and 4-bar cancel. With the stamp being browns and army greens, I may find a place for some orange. You can spot this color scheme in sporting good products; orange and army green. Let's see what comes of my thoughts. I'll try to post the results late this evening.
Oh, I just remembered; I'll need to paint the yellow tips on the prop.
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 11. 10:00 PM
Needs a little brushing up; the P-51 is the chrome type, so I need to give it more of a reflective quality. Dropped the clouds in the middle as they weren't needed. I might go with this, maybe not. I'm still playing around with it a bit. The layout was built around the cancel, which is always an interesting challenge and just seems to work out most of the time.
MONDAY. MARCH 9. 12:15 PM
PICKING UP CHIEF ANDERSON
Today I'm beginning to work on Chief Anderson, who oversaw training the pilots of the Tuskegee airmen during WWll. I'll post the Anderson cover tomorrow. This weekend we'll be participating in the Houston Postcard Show. I have no idea what to expect at a postcard show. They're not stamp collectors, and most likely not cover collectors. Maybe though, they're ready to collect covers. We'll see. What do you think?
THURSDAY. MARCH 5. 8:15 PM
I'M PLAYING TODAY
I produced this printed topical event cover
documenting the birth of my grandson,
Seth Luke. I produced the "S" artistamp on the Rosback. They're being canceled in
San Antonio. I will be doing an issue for the Bevil line of the Love 2-stamp set. Tomorrow I hope to wrap up the Jimi Hendrix issue, after which I'll begin painting the Chief Anderson first day issue.
Have a good evening everyone.
WEDNESDAY. MARCH 4. 6:30 PM
BACK FROM TEXPEX
While the iced-up roads took a bit of energy from the show in Dallas last weekend,
we had an enjoyable time, visiting with Bevil collectors, and meeting new friends.
I can't say enough about how we value our friendships that have been created around
cover collecting. I'm painting Jimi Hendrix today and tomorrow. I'll talk more on our time at TEXPEX later. For now, SEE PHOTOS FROM TEXPEX HERE!
IN THE STUDIO TODAY