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In the studio today
THURSDAY. MAY 28. 10:00 AM
THE ORIGINAL INK RENDERING
Part of Curt Vincent's Bevil collection, here's the original ink rendering to the Gone With the Wind issue,
which I inked and painted for Julian Pugh. My first issue, General Chennault, was produced in September, 1990.
I painted this issue sometime around March of the same year. The cover below got scooped up by our friend Foster.
I'll be signing it shortly. I'm painting Greetings From Florida today. I'll post one later in the day.
THURSDAY. MAY 28. 2:00 PM
PAINTING FLORIDA GFA
Today and for the next day maybe, I'll be painting this bright, happy Greetings From America issue. I'll pinkin up the lower portion of the starburst, as it's competing with the red nose and cheeks. I would have chosen red and white stripes in the background, being the traditional color theme for the circus tents and posters, but, again, just too much red. The green works well with the green in the stamp.
FRIDAY. MAY 29. 5:30 PM
FROM START TO FINISH
I like this idea of providing Bevil collectors the ability to see the cover going from it's unpainted state
to the finished painted cover. Maybe I'll create a page here on this site showing this occurence with several issues.
I've considered showing a cover going through each brush stroke, all the way to completion, but the technical task of so many scans is daunting. Maybe just one issue. This approach, however, is easy.
Whoops; notice how I forgot to paint the lower portion of the starburst red. My bad.
WEDNESDAY. MAY 27. 9:00 PM
ONE OF MY FIRST TO INK
While browsing BIDSTART, I just discovered this Pugh cover, which I did the ink drawing for, about 25 years ago! I can't remember it I painted it or not, but looking at the painting technique of the sky, it looks like my work. Right now you can buy it at $9. If you collect it, I'll certainly sign it for you. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT AT BIDSTART!
WEDNESDAY. MAY 27. 3:30 PM
GREATER HOUSTON STAMP SHOW 1-OF-1
Looking at the different color varieties above, the 10 on the left are the artist's proofs, with the next 3 being color studies, and the 4 on the far right are varieties, being the AFDCS, Coffee Break, Chapter 56,
and the new Greater Houston Stamp Show variety, shown here up close.
I'm now painting Greetings From Florida, with a portrait of Lou Jacobs and Knucklehead.
Yes, you read correctly, his sidekick, "Knucklehead."
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 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!
FRIDAY. MAY 1. 10:45 am
ZYDECO OF LOUISIANA
I'm presently inking the portrait of famous Zydeco legend and accordian player Buck Wheat of Louisiana. He's getting along in years I think. Here he is as a guest on the Jimmy Fallon Late Night Show. Take note of the band member in the background playing the washboard, which he wears like a vest.
MONDAY. MAY 4. 10 PM
CHAMBERLAIN 2-COVER SET
This will be a great set to paint, with the challenge getting the two images to line-up. A 2-cover set, each cover will have it's own small action shot of Wilt Chamberlain, with a large illustration of him taking up both covers. He was a giant, 7' 2", and one cover isn't enough for this huge basketball player. Goodness, he was 6 feet tall at ten years old.
I predict this will quickly become popular with collectors. In addition to the main lot, I'm producing 30 PNSs. Varieties first go to Bevil subscribers, then if any remain, and a few might, they'll go to Bevil collectors in general. I know I posted late tonight. Let's visit earlier tomorrow.
WEDNESDAY. MAY 6. 5:00 PM
DESIGNING GREETINGS FROM FLORIDA
Got called out of the studio yesterday. I'm back, and designing the Greetings From Florida issue. I came close to choosing Gatorade, which was developed by a University of Florida doctor who responded to the coach's bewilderment over his players getting sick under the hot Florida sun. A great story, but the cachet itself just wasn't attractive. So I'm returning to a favorite subject, rich in history and wonder- the Ringling Brothers. While first being married, I attended Ringling School of Design in Sarasota, and we could see the trapeze artists praticing across the street from our apartments. One ambition is to make this the most colorful issue of the Greetings From America set. I'll be inking it today and tomorrow.
THURSDAY. MAY 7. 4:45 PM
COLOR STUDY GIVE-AWAY!
My topic for the Greetings From Florida issue will be the Ringling Brothers Circus, and I will most likely focus on an individual. I am presently inking a dog, which is part of the cover design for this issue.
The first collector to correctly tell me the dog's breed and name wins a Greetings From Florida
color study. When one of you provides the correct answers, I'll post them here.
FRIDAY. MAY 8. 2:00 PM
THE CONTEST IS STILL ON!
A dog was part of a popular act in the Ringling Circus, and if you can name the dog and it's breed, a color study of this issue will be yours.
Curt took a shot at it and guessed a bulldog named Fly, shown riding an elephat. Impressive research Curt!
A dog in the Ringling Circus;
what's his name and his breed?
I may post the finished artwork tonight.
FRIDAY. MAY 8. 3:30 PM
I received this color copy in the mail today from Bevil collector Ken Holmes, of a plateblock from issue #1, Claire Chennault. What makes this interesting is it is not numbered as a variety, rather numbered in the main lot, as 74/112.
Accompanying the cover, I sent him a letter, which I'll post later. It shed's a little light on why it's not numbered as a variety.
THURSDAY. MAY 8. 7:30 PM
COLOR STUDY GIVE-AWAY!
To catch up on what the contest is about, see the post, second below. Since no one has guessed, and there have been several. I hand no idea there were so many dogs in Ringling's history. Tomorrow morning at 10, I am posting the ink drawing of the performer and the dog. The first person to see the drawing, then do your lightening fas research, and emails me with the dog's breed and the dog's name, gets a color study. Everyone who's guessed thus far, gets to participate. So you'll have another chance.
Remember if you get on the site before 10, you'll need to his your reset, or refresh button until you see my new posting. It's located in the website address bar, where you type in a www. address to go to a site. At the far right end is a small broken circle with an arrow. Click that to refresh, and it will show my new post.
10 am sharp, central time. Be here.
SATURDAY. MAY 9. 10 AM
THE CONTEST IS ON!
The first collector to correctly email me the breed (and that's obvious) and the dog's name, takes home a complimentary Greetngs From Florida color study. To aid in your search, you'll need to identify the clown. I'll announce the winner shortly after one of you guesses correctly.
SATURDAY. MAY 9. 10:15 AM
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Curt vincent reported at 10:03, it's Lou Jacobs the clown, and Knucklehead, the Chihuahua!
Congrats out to Curt. That was fast. Well actually, it took the illustration to get you guys on the right track.
This will be a colorful and fun issue to paint. After I put some detail in Knucklehead's scarf,
I'll produce the issue, and go to painting. Have an enjoyable weekend everyone.
MONDAY. MAY 11. 8:45 AM
PAINTING GREETINGS FROM FLORIDA
For the next few days I'll be painting the Florida GFA issue, and post a painted cover when complete. I'm considering a red and white striped background, an often used element in the circus world, with the red and white striped tents coming to mind. Can't alter Lou's costume, as that might have been consistent throughout his career. Not sure, I'll research that.
Let's enjoy our week. Thanks for dropping in.
TUESDAY. MAY 12. 7:45 PM
DO YOU HAVE THIS CACHET?
I produced this in 1992 for RSK Cachets, which used this on a show cover for the 1992 World Columbian Stamp Expo. This is the original painting that, somehow, Ken Holmes got his hands on and is presently in possession of. Do any of you have one of these show covers? I don't. If you do, we'd all like to see it.
WEDNESDAY. MAY 13. 1:30 PM
TEXAS READY TO PAINT
The Greetings From Texas issue just cleared the final hurdle before I begin painting, being Janice's jurisdiction- inspecting the copy for grammatical and historical accuracy. She as well reminded me to put in the secret micro message, which I have now done. Don't forget, the GFA issues have a very tiny phrase embedded in the artwork. For me it takes both a pair of reading glasses and a magnifying glass to read them.
WEDNESDAY. MAY 13. 6:15 PM
UPCOMING MASTERS TOPICAL EVENT ISSUE
One of you asked me to consider documenting the Masters tournament. Consider it done.
Well, the issue's not done, but the stamps have been designed, affixed to the best-looking envelopes
in the hobby, and the issue is presently receiving the Augusta, Georgia cancel, all soon to arrive at
my doorstep, after which they'll be transformed into a Bevil sports issue. This extra-wide stamp format I've utilized only once or twice, the latest being the passing of Leonard Nimoy.
Which, by-the-way, will be super popular with cover collectors.
WEDNESDAY. MAY 13. 7:00 PM
I wasn't satisfied with Bonnie and Clyde kind of floating there, so I gave them a setting, the fence, road and background trees. Compare this to the initial version below, and you'll agree this is an improvement.
I also added "Frank Hamer" to the rendering, just above his left shoulder. Though I don't speak of him in the copy box, there's a good bit we'll delve into in the newsletter. This might make the center spread. We'll see. Have a good evening.
FRIDAY. MAY 15. 3:15 PM
BIG HISTORICAL EVENT
Just occurring was the 150th anniversary of the funeral procession of Abraham Lincoln which left Washington D.C. April 21st, and arrived in Springfield, Illinois, and his body entombed May 4, 1865. This topical event will carry the cancels of both cities and their respective dates. There's a story here which by the most part, we are unfamiliar with, and I'm convinced the FDC collector will value, as together, we uncover the details and facts tied to this unusual event during a dark season in our nation's history. The actual cover will consist of a pair of Bevil cinderella and USPS stamps.
FRIDAY. MAY 15. 5:00 PM
SO LONG B.B. KING
You're already inquiring if I have plans of documenting the passing of B.B. King on a Bevil topical event cover, and the answer is yes!
MONDAY. MAY 18.9:45 PM
NOT PLEASED YET
This is one of the Greetings From Texas color studies. Needs a little work. I'll have to think about it in my sleep a little tonight. Let's talk more tomorrow, and I'll make a few improvements on this cover and post them for you.
THURSDAY. MAY 21. 3:45PM
I've been busy painting Greetings From Texas this week, with a small interruption, putting together the Lincoln Funeral Train topical event issue, about to drop them off at the post office to be cancelled. Can you spot the two stamps on the sheet?
One says 1865, and the other 2015.
This truly was the most spectacular
funeral in American history.
FRIDAY. MAY 22. 6:30 PM
GREAT CANCELLING BY THE USPS
KANSAS CITY TEAM
I give the cancellor high marks for their handling of the Wilt Chamberlain PNS varieties. Notice how the first day of issue box is above the PNS numbers, and the black star was also kept off the numbers.
Superb work Kansas City team! I predict 95% of these plate number singles, and I'll paint about 30, will go straight off the easel right into collector's hands. To see my unique handling of this 2-cover set, drop down to my May 4th post. The PNSs will also be a 2-cover set. This issue is going to be a blast to paint. I might just jump into it in June. All of you have an enjoyable weekend. Along with Janice's sisters and brothers, were heading up to the Memphis area to set in a headstone marking her mom's grave, at a small quaint cemetery in the hills of Tennessee.
FRIDAY. MAY. 10:00 PM
THE LINCOLN CINDERELLAS
I know, I should be getting some shut-eye, as Janice and I are driving off to Tennessee early in the morning.
Just wanted to get a last word in. Now that I think about it, it's a one-way blog, so I always have the last word.
I guess technically then, it's a post, not a blog. I am grateful to my brother-in-law, Walter, for picking up and carrying around a huge, heavy antique Rosback perforator in the back of his pickup, hauling it from California down to Southeast Texas for me. With the Rosback I'm able to produce these fantastically incredible cinderellas for my topical event issues. This issue commemorates the 150th anniversary of the travels of the Lincoln Funeral Train, departing from Washington D.C. April 21, and arriving in Springfield, IL May 3. You can see the layout of this combo topical event issue below on the May 15 post. Have a nice Memorial Day weekend.
TUESDAY. MAY 26. 3:45 PM
NEW BEVIL VARIETY
Though not too often, I'll be painting a new variety, mostly for issues with a Texas theme. These new Bevil
1-of-1s will be donated to the Greater Houston Stamp Show for their fund-raising auctions, or for them to utilize at their discretion, give-a-ways, etc. I'll post it later in the day after it's painted. What should we refer to this new variety as? Yep, you guessed correctly- the Boot Variety. I'm on a waiting list to participate in the dealer's bourse for this very popular show. It's a favorite for stamp dealers.
You know who else is getting a variety for this issue- Chapter 56!
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