Visit here often to see what's on Kendal's mind, and issues being painted here in the Bevil Studio.
In the studio today
MONDAY. AUGUST 31. 10 PM
ALMOST READY TO PAINT
I'm playing around with the sky color. Considering something in the brown range to tone things down. After all, it is a military cover, and earthtones work well with that genre.
Not pleased with the similarity in the smoke and Pemberton's uniform. The Confederate generals wore light gray uniforms, can't change that, so maybe I can give the smoke a brown tone.
Here, the uniform looks bluish, but that's my scanner being bad. It's gray.
Tomorrow I'll show a few more color studies.
MONDAY. AUGUST 31. 4:00 PM
Some contests go on a few days, while others, like this one, can last a few minutes.
One of you figured out all the shooters are shooting lefty. How can that be? I mean, what are
the odds four infantrymen would all be left-handed? Actually, they were all righthanded, until I flipped, reversed the artwork to work with my layout.
MONDAY. AUGUST 31. 1:30 PM
PAINTING 1863 CIVIL WAR PAIR
For the next few days I'm painting the two Civil War issues commemorating battles in 1863.
Half the challenge occurs prior to the painting process, in great part being the choosing and layout, wrapping everything neatly and attractively around the stamp and cancel, and sometimes it can be a pretty well fitting package, as illustrated here for the Gettysburg issue.
The first collector to tell me what's so unusual about these infantrymen wins a color study
of this issue. Who ever was the most recent to win, steps back and observes.
Yes, the game is on.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 28. 8:00 PM
BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG RENDERING COMPLETE
The largest battle in the Civil War, an estimated 50,000 lives were lost in this dark short time in American history. Battle locations such as Devil's Den, Peach Orchard, Little Round Top,
The Wheatfield, Culp's Hill, and East Cemetery Hill are now hallowed and sacred ground, where men
willingly shed their blood for what they believed for. Confederate General Lee was positioned in Gettysburg, as General Meade of the Union Army made his attack.
I'll begin painting these two Civil War issues tomorrow. This pair commemorates two major battles in the year 1863. Remaining are a pair of issues from 1864 and 1865, giving us a total of 10 issues.
You can still subscribe to this set, with some of you jumping onboard just in the past few months.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 28. NOON
CHANGE OF DIRECTION
Positioned strategically on the Mississippi River, Vicksburg had to be taken, and with General Pemberton being out-manned and cut off from supplies and food, he was forced to surrender to General Grant. As you have discovered, yesterday evening I decided to utilize the Union gunboats, replacing the soldiers. I'm making use of the soldiers on the companion to this cover, the Battle of Gettysburg. With a total of 10 Civil War issues when the set is complete, I wanted at least one to illustrate the gunboats from the war.
The gunboats in this battle played a role in the constant shelling of Vicksburg, forcing many towns people to take refuge in nearby caves.
Appears the copy in the box is on shakey grammatical ground, so I'm expecting Janice to rewrite it.
She hasn't read it yet, and I'm confident it will draw a groan of some sort. She has a low tolerance for long sentences, whereas my opinion is, the sentece can be as long as there's room for.
Today I'm inking Union General Meade for the Battle of Gettysburg issue. For those of you who thnk the Civil War is still raging, I'm being fair here, portraying a general from each army.
THURSDAY. AUGUST 27. 10:30 AM
BATTLE OF VICKSBURG
As "Protector of Vicksburg," General Pemberton of the Confederate Army held off General Grant's larger Union forces until, for the sake of his men, he negotiated surrender. I'll complete the illustration today and begin painting tomorrow. Most of the photo reference for Pemberton shows him with a partial beard, so after utilizing the photo on the left, I made the changes I wanted. You have four issues of the Civil War set in your collection, and soon you can add these two. We'll then have four more issues to paint, which will complete the set.
WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 26. 7 PM
When the local news showed up at Americover '15, AFDCS President Lloyd de Vries utilized the Bevil Cachets display as the backdrop. Just yesterday I received the notice from Jay Stotts, the chairman of the Greater Houston Stamp show that a place has been carved out for Bevil Cachets in the dealer's bourse for the upcoming show in a few weeks. This is great news, being the show is sold out and there's been a waiting list for dealers to get in. Those who participate in stamp shows across the country tell me this is one of the best. Our display will be similar to our layout we had at Americover, as it seems to be a pleasant change-of-pace for collectors who've been sifting through boxes of covers, then get to walk up and have a"gallery-viewing" experience. A special shout-out to Jay Stotts for working me in this late in the game! Today I began inking one of the two Civil War issues I'll be painting for the next week or so. This pair of stamps was released in 2013, commerating the Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in 1863.
I'm presently inking General Pemberton, the "Protector of Vicksburg", who eventually surrendered to General Grant, in the end saving the city from destruction and the lives of his men.
TUESDAY. AUGUST 25. 10 PM
BIG JOHN AT AMERICOVER
Janice and I greatly enjoyed our time spent with avid Bevil collector John Friedrich at Americover '15.
John has a very complete Bevil collection, and shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
Not only does he collect the Bevil line, he knows a lot about the Bevi line to say the least.
I need to take John with me to all the shows Janice and I attend because he can answer any questions collectors have regarding issue size, varieties, Bevil history in general, and in detail.
His passion to collect my work is humbling and I'm grateful for his support and friendship.
Charleton Heston is painted and tomorrow I'll be making my decision on the next few issues to be painted. Possibly 2 Civil War issues. We'll see.
MONDAY. AUGUST 24. 4:30 PM
Comparing this final version to Saturday's initial painted cover, I've swapped a few uniform colors around, mainly wanting something besides gold behind the gold bracelet. Now the bracelet doesnt' get lost in front of the shirt. The purple brings out the gold bracelet, although I did like the purple robe. I just might try a red robe before I begin painting the main lot, which I'm about to do. I'm painting this for the next few days. I'll post a few more Americover photos tomorrow.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 22. 10 PM
Why do tomorrow what you can accomplish today, right? I wanted to wrap up this issue today, and I think I'm there. I believe the palm plant and breaking the background up with a wall and sky will add sufficient activity. Oops, I forgot about the Bevil logo, hidden behind the plant. I'll place it either to the left of the stamp at the top or to the right of "Ben Hur".
Enjoy your Sunday.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 22. 9:30 PM
Maybe some palm leaves behind Heston will inject some life into this presently "blah" cover. I'm thinking so. And any color in the background will be more exciting than this dull dark blue. When I post the "second attempt" tomorrow, you can be the judge on whether we've improved upon it. Though ever-so-slight, I've strengthened his facial features by thickening the lines. I'm able to make these final alterations by printing one or two covers, painting them, making adjustments, all before I print the remaining 150 covers. Then I'm ready to paint the whole issue.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 22. 7:45 PM
My first attempt here needs to be followed by
a second attempt. The face is too dark, as is the background, giving the cover an overall
"blah" tone. I've also decided to add something to the background, although earlier I stated I'd leave it alone. I'll post a rough skecth of my background idea.
COLLECTOR SHIRLEY ULLING STOPS BY THE BEVIL BOOTH!
THURSDAY. AUGUST 20. 8:15 PM
SEEING GOOD FRIENDS
This is what going to Americover is all about-
the excitement and joy of seeing Bevil collectors! We're back from Americover '15,
and as we hoped, we were rewarded with the pleasure of spending time with those of you who've been collecting my covers for , well, some of you have been collecting for many years, and others of you are somewhat new.
Here's collector Shirley Ulling, whom Janice and I greatly enjoyed being in the company of for those few days in Ohio. All went well at this year's convention, and I'll share more details in the next few days. Today and tomorrow Janice and I'll be catching up here in the studio, restocking covers, and just getting settled back in. I'm about to begin painting the Charleston Heston issue, which some of you saw the prepainted version at my booth.
A great show!
WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 12. 7:30 AM
WALKING OUT THE DOOR
On our way to Americover.
Hope to see you there!
MONDAY. AUGUST 10. 7:30 PM
While the topic for this snapshot should be me touching up the Greetings From America panel to be displayed in my Americover booth, you probably have your eyes on the shelves there behind me. The top four shelves are filled with covers awaiting their transformation into a Bevil handpainted issue. On the right side are displayed awards my line has received in the past. Karen Baldwin framed those for the AFDCS. I wonder if she is still doing that. She does good work. I stepped back from participating in the contests when we were absent from Americover those years. This year Janice and I will be cheering everyone on at the Friday night banquet. I've much to do ebetween now and Wednesday morning,
so have a good evening. Let's chat tomorrow before we drive off for Ohio.
MONDAY. AUGUST 10. 8:45 AM
I'll be passing out these cinderellas celebrating AFDCS' 60th Anniversary at Americover in a few days. I might take about 100 sheets. I'm perfing them on my Rosback one at a time, so there's a time crunch. I believe there's a show pictorial, and this will dress up the covers nicely. If you'd like one of these, let me know and on your next FDC order I'll add one to it. In addition I hope to have a handful of fridge magnets of my more popular covers. These seem to be enjoyed by collectors at the shows. I've combined a few display panels, hoping to fit everything in our dealer's bourse booth. It's looking good. Janice'll have it a bit rough, being short on space with one 6 foot table. Our approach is a bit different, in that you don't walk up, sit down, and go through boxes of covers. Rather, you're invited to step in and browse the vertical displays, and if you locate a cover you wish to collect, tell Janice and she'll pull it for you. We'll have a box of color studies and unpainteds, and not much else on the table. I'll not be participating in the cachetmasker's bourse, since we'll have a presence in the show all weekend.
One of my most vivid and early fond memories of Americover was 1991 in Virginia Beach, when I walked in to set up at the cachetmaker's bourse. The first person to introduce himself was Bernard Goldberg.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 8. 3:45 PM
As I thought it would. I was hoping I could complete the Charlton Heston issue before preparing for Americover. Not looking like it. Today I've been printing up our Bevil newsletter stock at janice's request, since every cover we sell at Americover will be accompanied by the cover's newsletter.
She'll stay busy pulling covers and newsletters and transactions while I get to visit with all my fantastic and greatly appreciated collectors. That's you! The challenge will be fitting all my displays in my booth. You can see the displays in the background here at the Dallas show. There I was set up in a corner booth. Coming up I'll be in about 10 feet. Howard tiffner's done a great job working with me and getting me set up in the dealer's bourse. Thanks Howard.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 7. 6:00 PM
GET OUT THE PAINTS
More correctly stated, "Get out the inks." Most of my painting consists of a fade and waterproof ink, which is very transparent allowing the black drawing to show through the colored ink. This technique works like a watercolor and ink rendering. I considered putting something in the whitespace above the cancel, but in the end decided to leave it open.
I'll do all I can to have these painted
before we drive off to Americover.
FRIDAY. AUGUST 7. 2:15 PM
I narrowed the movie choices of
Charlton Heston down to two-
Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments.
One reason I passed on the latter was the beard he wore portraying Moses covered up so much of his face. After completing the rendering here, I'm glad I went with Ben Hur. The uniform will provide interesting detail, and I'll attempt in the next hour to fit in the movie poster image of "BEN HUR" displayed in the shape of a big rock.
After painting this issue, Janice and I'll begin packing for Americover.
THURSDAY. AUGUST 6. 6:30 PM
ON TO ISSUE #2
I'm beginning to produce 1-of-1s a bit more often for various chapters and groups. The E stands for Esper. I met the Esper crew at the Atlanta show, and have produced a few of these for their use. I'll take this with me to Americover and if they're in attendance, hand it off. This afternoon I'm laying out the Charleston Heston fdc issue and I just settled on portraying him in his role as Ben Hur. I came close to choosing...
Moses, in the Ten Commandments.
WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 5. 11:F30 AM
WRAPPING UP LINCOLN
By this evening I'll be completing the Lincoln Train issue, of which I was concerned as I finished the ink rendering. I was concerned with the final appearance of the painted issue because this recipe is a bit out of my comfort zone. The illustration is made up of detailed, small components and subject matter, where I normally utilize larger segments. In the end, this works, and I'm very pleased with it. Notice I changed the wording, as I thought would occur when Janice returned to the studio to proof the verbage. To the left is the final version, stating it was a 13-day procession, and with references giving contradicting numbers of the cities visited, it has been replaced with "countless communities".
TUESDAY. AUGUST 4. 2:45 PM
PAINTING LINCOLN TODAY
This is the first of hopefully five issues for the month of August. Being a topical event issue, the remaining four to paint will be first day issues. This issue documents the 150th anniversary of The Lincoln processional train makes its journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois. As it traveled across the nation, America's citizens of countless communities lined up along the path getting a glimpse of the procession.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 1. NOON
THE LINCOLN FUNERAL TRAIN
This took a bit more time to produce than I anticipated. Well, it takes what it takes.
Now If I can just get it to fit in the allotted space on the already cancelled cover. Just kidding, as that was determined some time ago. It is a pretty tight fit though, with little space for even the Bevil logo. Today I'll research the departure and arrival dates and locations, hoping to fit that info in on the cover. While the history and interesting details can be placed and illustrated in the Bevil newsletter, I do want the cover to stand alone, able to articulate to a collector what this topical event issue is documenting.
When I complete the layout, I'll post it,
later this afternoon.
SATURDAY. AUGUST 1. 3:00 PM
READY TO PAINT
When Janice arrives in the studio,
she'll proof (approve) the wording,
confirm dates and facts stated
on the cover, etc. She'll challenge
the statement, "The Greatest
Funeral in American History",
asking if that's my opinion,
and where I acquired the statement.
That's her job, keeping the Bevil
Cachet line trustworthy and accurate
regarding facts. Cachets aren't just an
art product, they report and document
events. It's important that all
facts portrayed and stated are
accurate and not false or exaggerated.
MONDAY. AUGUST 3. NOON
GETTING READY TO PAINT LINCOLN
Maybe one reason I've gravitated or moved towards utilizing the largest illustrations on my envelopes
as possible, is that it is difficult painting very small areas, as in this Lincoln issue. There are other and more important reasons my artwork takes up as much room as it does, being mainly visual esthetics. I want as little white space as possible. I see the whole envelope as my canvas, not the left half. Even the area under the stamp and cancel. If I left that seemingly insignificant area empty, you'd catch it, wondering why I stopped short of utilizing the whole cover. Many of you, after collecting my work for several years, you've come to expect, and relate to my style and convictions. This afternoon I hope to have a Lincoln Funeral Train cover painted, which I'll then post. After painting maybe two issues, Janice and I will begin packing for Americover in Columbus, Ohio.
Let's have a great week together.
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