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In the studio today
FRIDAY. APRIL 28. 4:30 PM
2016 BEVIL DUCK ISSUE
In my 25 years of painting issues, I've produced just one Federal Duck Stamp issue, shown here. I'm considering my second duck issue this summer, for the 2015 duck stamp. My issue size will be determined by how many collectors request one. I'll be announcing my decision soon. By the way, I believe I have one left of the 1991 Federal Duck issue, #24/132, $40.
SATURDAY. APRIL 25. MIDNIGHT
ARCHIVING IN THE STUDIO TODAY
As you've noticed, I've arranged past postings to be accessed at any point in the future.
Some of these posts are informative and useful for cover collectors. Now they won't be erased every month or so. When did I have the time to do this? Seems around midnight.
I'm taking Janice to the airport in about four hours, after which I'll be running the show here alone for a week. Janice will be in Washington State having some fun with her sisters.
MONDAY. APRIL 27. NOON
GREETINGS FROM TEXAS
I'm close to choosing my topic for the Texas GFA issue,
being the Texas Rangers, the lawmen, not the baseball team.
Other considerations are King's Ranch, Spindletop, and Dr Pepper.
I consider at least three factors regarding each topic;
the historical significance, then, is it interesting,
and will it translate into an attractive cachet visually. Whatever my decision, I'll begin inking this afternoon.
TUESDAY. APRIL 28. 8:00 PM
MAYBE IN. MAYBE OUT.
For the Texas GFA, I'm focusing on the Texas Rangers, the law enforcement agency. It was Frank Hamer of that agency that was brought in to seek out and bring to justice Bonnie and Clyde.
Because of the negative persona of the story, I'm not sure if I'll use this rendering in the design. Other elements for my cover will include the badge below, and a portrait of probably the most famous Texas Ranger, Frank Hamer.
THURSDAY. APRIL 30. NOON
GREETINGS FROM TEXAS COMPLETE
The ink rendering that is. Because Janice is in Washington State this week, I'm not going to paint the issue until Janice returns and proofs the issue. I inked the badge, but couldn't find room for it in the layout. This portrait of Frank Hamer, probably the most famous Texas Ranger, was inked using the statue of him in front of the Navasota, Texas court house. He was City Marshall there for a few years. It was Hamer who was called upon to bring Bonnie and Clyde to justice.
This issue will be more about Frank Hamer and the Rangers, not Bonnie and Clyde. I'm looking at
Greetings From Louisiana next.
THURSDAY. APRIL 30. 4:45 PM
INKING GREETINGS FROM LOUISIANA
For the Louisiana issue, we'll be traveling deep down into Southern Louisiana, and we're going to tap our foot to the distinct beat and sound of a music genre you'll only find in the south- Zydeco.
At the recent Houston Postcard Show Janice and I recently participated in, I sat down with a young lady who played an accordion for me. Her impression may be swaying my decision to go this direction. So, take a right at that old mailbox, and let's make our way up the dirt path, keeping a sharp eye on that gator, and join in on a shuffle happening there on the porch. Zydeco!
TUESDAY. APRIL 21. 4:15 PM
FIVE NEW ISSUES JUST RELEASED
Click on the e-card icon to view and collect the five freshly painted issues. On the individual cover's page, take note of a new element called "easel talk." I've loaded the color studies from these new issues, with some already scooped up by the more ambitious collectors (you know who your are). Enjoy your evening.
As with the Navy Medal of Honor, the sky sets the mood. I hesitated to depict the silhouette of the fallen soldier. Once I did though, no "pleasant" sunset would have been appropriate. Only a dark, somber sky was fitting. After I laid down the yellow, orangish tones, it was after I darkened the sky along the grass with brown, that it became respectable. Skies are glorious. On this day, she mourns.
MONDAY. APRIL 20. 6:00 PM
COMING YOUR WAY
As this packet of five hand-painted covers is headed to Bevil subscribers across America,
For the next few days I'll be updating this website, making these available to cover collectors.
Janice has her research cap on, as she goes searching for some good topics for the
Greetings From America set. For the month of May I'll be painting five issues from this super-popular set.
FRIDAY. APRIL 17. 7:45 PM
PLACE YOUR BIDS NOW!
I just realized- if you'd like to add to your collection a unique Bevil AFDCS 1-of-1 cover,
you can jump into the bidding right now, as the auction is presently ongoing. You can view the
Bevil covers here http://www.afdcs.org/, with my covers being lots 397-414.
THURSDAY. APRIL 16. 7:30 PM
OFF TO AUCTION
For many years I donated one
of every issue to the AFDCS
for their auctions. Then, over
time a grew slack in my
committment. Sometime around
last summer I refreshed that
committment and have been back
on track since. Here's some of the
donation covers headed to Foster
Miller, who resides over the
Americover floor auctions, and
Michael Litvak, managing the journal
auctions. I'll split these up between
FRIDAY. APRIL 17. 11:45 AM
ARMY MEDAL OF HONOR NIGHT SCENE CLAIMED
A Bevil collector has laid claim to the night scene below.
Packets are beginning to leave the studio. Lots to do. I'll drop in later in the day.
THURSDAY. APRIL 16. 2:45 PM
The cover below with the white brush strokes around the soldier's head
has been claimed by a Bevil subscriber. The night scene cover is still available.
THURSDAY. APRIL 16. 11:15 AM
ANOTHER UNIQUE COVER
Here's another touch-up for the purpose of "erasing" a blemish. There was an ever-so- small speck on the side of his face. I have a choice; I can paint over it with blue, the challenge being the blue touch-up paint has to perfectly match the blue sky, or, I can go at it head-on with white, then continue the white stroke, going around the edges of the soldier. The result is a painterly element which ends in being more attractive than before. This one might be yours. I'd take it over the others! If you're a subscriber, request it in the next few hours, and I'll number it with your number. Hurry though.
THURSDAY. APRIL 16. 10:00 AM
FROM BLEMISH TO UNIQUE
Here's how I resolved the blemish found in the sky, shown in yesterday's post. This cover will be numbered at the end of the lot, being treated as a color study. Today Janice and I are beginning to send out packets to subscribers, containing four first day issues, and one topical event, Ernie Banks.
I have at least 3 topical events I'm about to document, more on those later. Enjoy your day.
WEDNESDAY. APRIL 15. 8:45 PM
A BLEMISH- WHAT TO DO
Specks, or blemishes in the sky area are the most difficult to save.
See the two dark spots in the upper left portion of the blue sky?
Drop in tomorrow morning, around 10:00, and I'll show you my remedy.
In fact, when I'm done, you might be asking for this particular cover.
Yes, sometimes the most unique cover in the main lot of some issues begins as a blemished cover.
Have a good evening.
WEDNESDAY. APRIL 15. 7:45 PM
BEVIL SPORTS COLLECTION
This afternoon I received via UPS Ron Aljoe's Bevil sports collection. I believe he is still on the hunt for one cover, after which will make this a complete, accurate representation of every issue I have painted which would fall under the sports category. In the next week I will begin scanning and then posting them permanantly on this site.
These look familiar? Probably not.
Soon you'll see many Bevils for the first time.
MONDAY. APRIL 13. 11:30 AM
WRAPPING UP FIVE ISSUES
Today and for the next few days Janice and I will be putting together the newsletter and working on all the final details, and assembling Bevil subscriber's packets.
On another note, Ron Aljoe is, it seems, maybe one cover shy of building the complete collection of Bevil sports issues, being the #10 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction cover dated July 26 1998. If you've got one, contact me and I'll pass you along to Ron.
SATURDAY. APRIL 11. 11:30 AM
PAINTING NAVY MEDAL
Notice I added some Afghanistan mountains in the background. Any one of these color studies would have made a good main lot pick. I'm still going with the lower right. When a cover is part of a set, the color scheme cannot be too similar to another cover in the set. I'm brightening up the lower sunset portion, making sure to keep any dark browns out, like the Army Medal of Honor issue.
Enjoy your weekend. Rain all weekend and next week for us down here on
FRIDAY. APRIL 10. 2:15 PM
ENTERING AFDCS COVER CONTEST
I just returned from the post office sending off my contest entries for the AFDCS cover contest. I'll talk a little more about it later. Chris checked in from Japan. You can catch up by clicking on the icon.
THURSDAY. APRIL 9. 9:15 PM
PAINTING NAVY MEDAL OF HONOR
I have a few color studies I'll post tomorrow. I may go with this one. I'm needing to know when Murphy and his men were dropped off, day or night.
I can always go back and rewatch the beginning of the movie. Just can't recall.
When the Army, Navy and Air Force medal stamps are released next, I will produce an issue for the Air Force stamp, adding to this set. These are enjoyable to put together, with the details, the photo, the description of how it all took place. In it all, I do not loose sight of why these men are on this cover.
WEDNESDAY. APRIL 8. 1:00 PM
READY TO PAINT
Today I'm working on the color studies, and will post when I have a few; probably the early part of Thursday.
You've come to realize by now I take the USPS sets seriously. Meaning, when producing a set, each individual issue of that set still retains it's individual importance. Because an issue is part of a set, it should never diminish the issue and decrease it's worth from the artist's view. If you receive an issue from me which is part of a 10-issue set, that one cover will have the time, conviction and heart invested as any issue in your
TUESDAY. APRIL 7. 4:00 PM
In building my elements for the Navy Medal of Honor fdc,
I inserted the incorrect helicoptor which I illustrated had inserted the four Seals into their drop zone. I then learned from watching the movie, Lonsome Survivor, it was a Chinook, a CH-47 which had been utilized in the mission. Here's the CH-47. A very big bird.
TUESDAY. APRIL 7, 10:45 AM
CHRIS LAZAROFF CHECKS IN
While I'm inking the portrait of Michael Murphy and correcting my helicopter choice, Chris checked in this morning. You can catch up on what he's up to in Japan while there to attend the Gifts of Friendship first day ceremony.
MONDAY. APRIL 6. 10:00 PM
GOOD RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT
Every ink rendering should begin with the facts. In other words, I do all I can to build my artwork on accurate information and details relating to the subject. In this case, I am honoring Michael Murphy of the U.S. Navy Seals. I just watched the movie, LONESOME SURVIVOR, depicting the events that occurred in the firefight. As the men were dropped off in the mountains of Afghanistan, I noticed the helicopter dropping them off was not what I have depicted below. In the movie it was a large double-prop long chopper that brought them in. That prompted a better sweep of facts on the internet, and sure enough, it
was a CH 47, a Chinook utilized in the
mission. So you won't be seeing
this chopper silhouette on your
Navy Medal of Honor fdc.
MONDAY. ARPRIL 6. 9:00 AM
INKING NAVY MEDAL OF HONOR
As of this moment I am focusing on Michael Murphy, recipient of the Navy Medal of Honor, for his acts of bravery, sacrificing his life, during the Afghanistan War.
In 2005 Afghanistan, Navy Seals Marcus Luttrell, Michael Murphy, Danny Dietz, and Matthew "Axe" Axelson deploy on a mission to take out Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Though spotted by goatherds, Luttrell and his team decide not to kill them. But one of the Afghans alerts a group of Taliban fighters to the invaders, and a terrible battle ensues, in which the SEALs find themselves hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned. I'll post the ink rendering when complete.
FIRST DAYS NEWS
FIRST DAYS NEWS
GOOD FRIDAY. APRIL 3. 10:30 AM
NEW SECTION ON THE HOME PAGE
in the weeks ahead, I'll be redesigning portions of the home page, eliminating the dead and less popular links. I'll be adding two new sections, both being of a "news" topic. One will be "FIRST DAYS NEWS", which will feature articles and interviews of others and news-worthy topics in our hobby. The other will be (no title yet, maybe HAPPENING NOW)articles related to the Bevil line. I'm getting a feel for the sections, playing around a bit, and each section will be become more defined as time moves along.
Today I'm making a decision on who to place on the Navy Medal of Honor and will begin inking.
THURSDAY. APRIL 2. NOON
LAST COLOR STUDY
A Bevil collector swept in, responding to yesterday's post, laying claim to two of the three color studies. This is the only color study left. It will be numbered 148/150. I'm continuing to paint this issue today. Tomorrow I'll ink the Medal of Honor Navy issue. The layout will be similar, as they make up a set. Haven't yet chosen the recipient.
WEDNESDAY. APRIL 1. 12:30 PM
AFDCS COVER CONTEST
For the first time in almost 15 years, I'll be entering the AFDCS cover contest. The covers must be 2014 issues, so I only have maybe four to choose from. Janis Joplin is one of them, as well as Jimi Hendrix. I might can enter the two Medal of Honor issues I'm presently painting in the setenant category. I have the Shirley Temple issue for the topical event category.
Today I'm painting the Army Medal of Honor issue and hope to wrap by end of the day.
Thanks for dropping in.
IN THE STUDIO TODAY