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In the studio today
MONDAY. JUNE 29. 4:15 PM
BEVIL HISTORY PAGE
Seems several of you have done a fine job of holding on to a lot of Bevil material, in addition to your Bevil covers. I'm referring to all the flyers I've sent out over the years, magazine ads, interviews, and such.
After 25 years of painting covers and communicating with my collector base, I guess there can be a good bit of it. In response to some of you periodically sending color copies of your Bevil keepsakes, I've created a page here on the cachets.com site to begin displaying them for your enjoyment. This first listing is from the Ron Aljoe collection. Click on the image to learn more.
I'll post the Lincoln Train issue later.
TUESDAY. JUNE 30. 4:15 PM
AMERICAN PHAROAH CINDERELLAS
I chose a long horizontal formal for the American Pharoah Triple Crown stamps, the same format
utilized with the Leonard Nimoy Enterprise stamps. There's some great topical event issues sitting on the shelf here in the Bevil Studio which are poised to be painted. Suddenly, three good issues have amassed: the passing of Spock, American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown at Belmont, along with the Lincoln Train issue. And The Masters tournament, that's right.
FRIDAY. JUNE 12. 11:15 AM
Or micro messages. They're been defined as both. In every Greetings From America issue, except Virgina, I've embedded a very small message. I pull a single trivia from the newsletter article, doing my best to cleverly hide it, making them sometimes difficult to locate. You will need a pair of reading glasses, coupled with a magnifying glass. Fly's Photographic Studio is where the famous gunfight really took place. Not at the
O.K. Corral. Now you know. Actually, you already knew, because you've read the newsletter. Yes, there's hiding somewhere in the Vermont GFA below, a hidden message. It's a tiny one, and I believe tough to locate.
Janice is putting together subscriber's packets, while I'm building the newsletter.
Have a good Friday.
SATURDAY. JUNE 13. 1:00 PM
DOCUMENTING THE PASSING OF B.B. KING
The cinderella on the left is affixed to the main lot, and the right cinderella is for the artist's proofs.
The great B.B. King. With his big break coming to him in Memphis, I chose to have these cancelled in Memphis, Tennessee. Janice and I were in downtown Memphis recently walking historical Beale Street, seeing the B.B. King Blues Club. Enjoy your weekend.
TUESDAY. JUNE 16. 4:30 PM
ANOTHER BEVIL SPORTS ISSUE SURFACES
As subscriber packets are going out, I received this copy from collector Ken Holmes, bringing to light my involvement in another sports issue. I inked this for Julian Pugh about 15 years back, only having my hand in the ink drawing, as he and maybe Sharon painted them. It appears to be the far right and left outside panes affixed to an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet, with the artwork positioned between the two panes. Assuming Ron Aljoe doesn't have this in his almost-complete Bevil sports library, if you have one and would like to let go of it, let me know. I'm beginning to add these latest GFA issues to the website. Always takes a good while.
WEDNESDAY. JUNE 17.7:30 PM
JULIAN PUGH'S BASEBALL'S LEGENDARY PLAYING FIELDS INSERT
Among Julian Pugh's many contributions to the FDC hobby, one which I see of great significance is his popular and well-executed inserts. They can be found in the cachet or on the backside inserted in the sleeve. They're informative, well-written, and, having began producing the Bevil newsletter,
the research and labor involved in producing these is no small thing. And once you start something like this, making it part of your product, you can never go back. So often when covers are individually ordered from collectors, I'm asked, "You're including the newsletter, correct?" I'm confident Julian was asked often, "This will have your insert with it, right?"
As part of the insert above, which accompanied Julian's Playing Fields FDC, he gives a shout-out to
yours truly. Interestingly, this might be the final piece I produced for Julian. If you'd like to collect one of these, maybe Sharon Pugh would have a few. Not sure.
MONDAY. JUNE 22. 2:45 PM
BUILDING CACHETS.COM PAGES
Janice and I have been in San Antonio for the last few days. Good to be back. With these last four issues having gone out Bevil subscribers, I'm now beginning to build the web pages illustrating these new issues, connecting them to the web framework, the online archives, and the shopping cart system. It's actually a bit of work, and can take some time. When that's complete, I build and send out the e-card, providing collectors on the Bevil mail list the opportunity to collect these issues. When I can begin producing the next four to five issues. I hope that will be tomorrow, because I'm anxious to get into the upcoming issues. Might be the Batman stamps, not sure.
WEDNESDAY. JUNE 24. 5:00 PM
Today I'm inking the Lincoln Funeral Train Procession issue. With two cancels it documents the beginning and the final destination of the funeral procession. Doesn't look like I will complete the ink rendering today, so I should be able to post the final artwork by tomorrow evening. At this time, Bevil subscribers, you're receiving your June packets containing the four freshly painted Greetings From America issues.
THURSDAY. JUNE 11. 7:45 PM
Actually some of you may prefer the version below. This is my pick for the main lot. Learning the original 1903 Winton these men drove was red, I painted the steering wheel spokes red as well, though it seems to have a tinge of magenta. I'll fix that. I believe it's a go. We're beginning to gather everything together for these four issues to go out to collectors. Four good issues made better with four good articles.
THURSDAY. JUNE 11. 3:15 PM
STILL WORKING ON GREETINGS FROM VERMONT
Pesently I'm moving colors around hoping to add a little excitement to this Vermont GFA.
I'll post one when I'm happy.
WEDNESDAY. JUNE 10. 10:45 AM
STOPPING AT FOUR GFA ISSUES
In assessing my schedule for July and August, I'll be producing a mailing of five issues in early July, then another five issues by early August, with all this just prior to Americover. To stay on schedule I am producing four issues for this group instead of the usual five. After I paint Greetings From Vermont we'll be putting these four issues together to send out to subscribers, then release to collectors. It will not be until the end of the day today that I'm able to post the painted Vermont issue.
Let's have a great day today!
TUESDAY. JUNE 9. 4:15 PM
A CAR NAMED VERMONT
This afternoon I'm in the middle of painting a prototype for the Greetings From Vermont issue.
This has defenitely topped the pleasure chart of the four GFA issues Janice and I have worked on this month.
There's a great story here, and like I described it to one of you, it's like the Disney movies, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Homeward Bound, and Herby, the Love Bug, all wrapped up in one historical event.
MONDAY. JUNE 8. 11:15 AM
LET'S TAKE A RIDE!
This evening I'll begin painting one of the 24 remaining Greetings From America issues.
Provide for all of us the name of this famous dog, and you'll have your pick from the color studies of this GFA issue, like Curt just had with the Florida issue, telling us the chihuahua's name was Knucklehead. I also want the car's name this dog is riding in. Get your google hats on,...here's your hint-
the car the dog rode in was named after the state for this GFA issue
Tell us the car's name and dog's name.
MONDAY. JUNE 8. 4:30 PM
LINCOLN'S FUNERAL PROCESSION
CANCELLED & READY TO BE WORKED
Here's the topical event documenting the 150th anniversary of the train carrying Lincoln's body from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois.
Something I don't do often; prior to affixing the Bevil cinderellas, I painted the ends of the envelopes. Besides color going to the outer edges and under the stamps, which is attractive, notice how the color up against the white stamps' borders, gives the stamps contrast, or what I call "pop", or "stand-out". With a strong Lincoln collector base already out there, this issue is going to make a lot of collectors smile. Should I jack the price up? Just kidding.
Every topical event issue- same price.
MONDAY. JUNE 8. 7:30 PM
THE FIRST ROAD TRIP
Ten years ago if you'd asked me what defines a Bevil first day cover that really hits the bullseye, one which I knock out of the park, I would say, a good stamp tied to a topic with strong collector interest, coupled with an ink rendering and paint work I'd be pleased with. Today I add a new element, an integral component that, I believe sets my covers apart.
That being, a story and subject that translate wells in the Bevil newsletter, a story I am confident when my collectors hold the Bevil newsletter in their hand, take in the illustrations, and the interesting facts, giving you just a few facts you've not known before you sat down, reading, and then fully grasping the greatness of the story. Yes, the newsletter I believe has become the moment for my collectors to let their covers sink in, becoming worth more to them. I said all that to say, this story will make a great read. A man from Vermont set out with his bycycle mechanic friend, and ...I'll stop there and let you enjoy the story for yourself when you get your cover and newsletter in your mail box.
A shout-out goes to "Collector Joe" for doing the research and telling us it's Bud and a car named Vermont.
Collector Joe later will get the first pick from the Greetings From Vermont color studies.
SATURDAY. JUNE 6. 6:45 PM
AMERICAN PHAROAH WINS THE TRIPLE CROWN, FIRST WINNER IN 37 YEARS!
Without a doubt I'll be documenting this great event with a Bevil topical event issue.
The last horse to win all 3 races in the same year happened in 1978.
My last horse issue was the Celebrate the Century Secretariat issue, and was very popular with collectors.
An exciting event coupled with a good visual subject, makes for a great cover.
Special thanks goes to collector Carter Davis for giving me a heads up a few weeks back.
SATURDAY. JUNE 6. 1:00 PM
TODAY ALL EYES ARE ON AMERICAN PHAROAH
The Triple Crown of Thouroughbred horse racing is made up of three races, the Kentucky Derby,
Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. A horse is awarded the Triple Crown when she wins all
three races in a given year. American Pharoah has won the first two, and is racing this evening at 5:40 PM ET in the
final race, the Belmont Stakes. In horse racing history, only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, with the
most famous being Secretariat. If American Pharoah takes the prize, I'll be documenting this event.
I'll be watching. How about you?
THURSDAY. JUNE 4. 11:00 AM
WRAPPING UP GREETINGS FROM LOUISIANA
Going by the band name Buck Wheat Zydeco, Stanley Dural is the present reigning king of zydeco.
I knew nothing, not one fact regarding this music of the Acadian people of southern, mainly southwestern Louisiana.
Researching for the copy box on the cover, Janice and I now could hold your attention talking about the topic,
for maybe a minute or two. That's the role of the Bevil newsletter; it brings life and meaning to the covers.
As I'm painting any issue, I'll begin to imagine how interesting the newsletter article will be for my collectors, how it will compliment the cover. Boy, I'm really enjoying this set. I'll complete this issue today, while Janice is at her end of the studio picking the state and topic for my next issue. There's a hidden message in the cover, and this one is pretty easy to spot. Some in the past GFA issues have been so tiny, they're almost impossible to locate.
MONDAY. JUNE 1. 8:45 PM
PAINTING LOUSIANA GFA
This evening I'll begin painting the Greetings From Louisiana issue. Note the fleur-de-lis (flower of the lily) shaped banner. This was the state's logo in the 1950s, going on to be the New Orleans Saints team logo. Once I realized it had its roots in the state's history, not just the football team, I made use of it. For New Orleans residents it has become a symbol of perseverence after Katrina, presently being displayed on public buildings, the New Orleans police department and emergency vehicles, and the state flag.
Of the state banners on the GFA issues
thus far, I believe this one had the most unique shape, though the Florida starburst and Texas star rank
Monday June 1. 10:15 pm
Compare this newly altered "greetings from"
logo to the one below, and you'll spot the seemingly minor alteration. In the one below, "Greetings From" is a bit too small, being scrunched into the available space. In all the previous painted GFA issues, "Greetings From" has been placed in the space above the banner. The fleur-de-lis shape left little room for "Greetings From." I broke the mold by creating a small box for the words to be set in. With about 2 dozen GFA issues to be painted, now I'll design some more in this fashion so this one won't be seen as an odd ball. Does all this really matter? Probably not. We all answer to our personal convictions. As we should. Now I can sleep well.
TUESDAY. JUNE 2. 10:00 AM
GREETINGS FROM FLORIDA COLOR STUDIES
This was an enjoyable issue to paint. Turned out as I envisioned. We had a little contest May 9,
the first cover collector to tell me Lou Jacobs' dog's name and breed. Clearly a Chihuahua, and
collector Curt told us it's "Knucklehead." Now Curt, of these color studies, take your pick!
Afterwards, I'll let all you know which two are available for collecting. The main lot has a green
backround and stripes, while these are unique in their color scheme.
I'm painting Greetings From Louisiana today.
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.
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