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In the studio today
WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 30. 9 AM
PAINTING WILLIE STARGELL
This is a great day to paint Willie Stargell, don't you think? Sure it is. I have a few color studies I'll post later in the day. After Stargell, I may tackle Larry Doby next. Or Ted Williams. Or how about Joe DiMaggio.
Have a great day everybody!
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 29. 8:45 PM
This is the final step in my painting process. Here I'm laying out the shadows on the face and jacket, and action scene. What do shadows accomplish? The opposite of what you'd think. Shadows add light to the subject. Or, more accurately stated, the presence of light. I gave the face some needed "life" and excitement by utilizing shadows. They're penciled in on a printed copy of the cachet design. If my ficticious placement of the shadows is believable, I test it out with a painted version. If I like it, it's a go.
Tomorrow morning I'll post the results. I believe you'll like how this issue's turning out.
Yea, the typos have been corrected.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 29. NOON
READY TO PAINT.
Well, almost ready. I'm not sure about the banner use. I may insert the year each player was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The present use works as long as the player played for one team. If multiple teams, then that can get complicated, as how to lay it out in the banner. So I need to research and see if any of the remaining 3 players in the set played for mulitple teams. I'm ready to paint. Here's a grammatical question; does the comma after the quote, following Pops, go inside or outside the quotation marks?
is it version A- ..."Pops", or is it version B- ... "Pops,"
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 28. 8 PM
ON TO THE ACTION SHOT
This took a bit longer than I expected, but that's, expected.
I'll spend a few hours tonight on the action shot, and wrap it up in the morning. I hope to begin painting tomorrow
afternoon. It should be a pleasant set to paint.
Enjoy the remainder of your eveining.
Don't forget to visit the new page on the site,
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 28. 5:30 PM
This screen shot of my monitor shows my ability to zoom in and work on the details of the artwork which ends up painted on your Bevil covers. This rendering will take about 15 hours to complete. I began yesterday afternoon and hope to wrap up tonight.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 28. 5:15 PM
INKING WILLIE STARGELL
Today, and deep into the evening, or night, I'm inking Willie Stargell for the All Stars set of 4.
This is a screen shot, as I now ink my renderings using a Wacom digital pad and pen. Since going digital,
my artwork had vastly improved, with incredible control over the outcome, unheard of using yesterday's
ink pens. My hi-def monitor is about 32" wide. Back to inking.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 28. NOON
IN THE BULL PEN!
In The Bull Pen is a page just created for the purpose of displaying the issues I've freshly painted, which are about to be released for collecting. After I release a batch of 4 or 5 issues, here in the Bevil Studio the process starts over, as I begin painting the next batch of issues. As I paint each issue I will display it on this new page. This allows you to at any point in the month to see what's building up in the pen, soon to be released.
For now I've placed the link in the top black bar next to IN THE STUDIO TODAY.
Take a look.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 28. 9:45 AM
POISED TO PAINT THE ALL STARS SET
The All Stars set of four consists of Willie Stargell, shown here, Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams.
In addition, each issue has a digital color pictorial (dcp) variety. The layout here may change slightly in the following day or so. I hope to complete the ink rendering by tonight. I started to say this evening, but it's a pretty intense rendering, so, it will late into my day, like, bedtime maybe. I might use a square border with the stars instead of a circle. I'm taking a few elements from vintage baseball cards, like the banner to the left of the stamp. The 4 stars and lines above the Bevil logo are from the cancel. When I'm able, I'll reproduce cancel elements to tie things in together. All 4 issues will share this layout.
If time allows, I'll post the finished rendering late this evening.
SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 27. 7 PM
Here's the color schemes cover collectors chose for the Bevil issue documenting American Pharoah winning the
Triple Crown. Because the artist's proofs votes were pretty much a tie, I painted 2 versions. I changed the small racing scene colors from purple to blue on one, and green on the other. Also changed up the box's colors at the bottom. Some of the covers I went a little crazy on the dirt flying up. Couldn't help it. It was fun.
I've changed direction on what I'm painting next. I was going to paint 4 Greetings From America issues. Why the change of direction? Janice is leaving town in a few days to see our daughter in San Antonio and she does the research for the GFA topics for each state. Without her feeding me the topics, I'm at a standstill. So, I'm now going to jump into the set of 4... I'll show the layout of the first issue Monday morning. It's been long waited for. You'll be seeing stars.
Is that a hint? Maaaaaaaaybe.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 23. 9:30 PM
Here are my choices for the main lot and the artist's proofs for the issue celebrating American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown. You, the collector, collectively, gets to decide which one will be the main lot and which will be the artist's proofs. Email me your first choice for the main lot and the second pick for the artist's proofs. Tomorrow at noon I'll stop the voting, and will post the results.
Thanks for your input.
WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 23. 1 PM
Here's one color study, and I'm working on a few others. I'm considering a brown-orange background.
I'll be painting all day today, and tomorrow.
Thanks for dropping in.
WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 23. 9:30 AM
Ron Aljoe commented that it'd been nice to have the 3 races represented in the artwork. With that thought, I went back to the original design and inserted the names of the 3 races American Pharoah won. This I believe adds a needed factual element to the piece. While the Triple Crown is always awarded at The Belmont Stakes, the feat is winning all three races. Belmont Stakes happens to be the final race.
Belmont Stakes calls itself Home of The Triple Crown. Thanks Ron.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 22. 4:30 PM
APPARENTLY NOT "ALWAYS"
I must have stated I always sign in pencil. Well, almost always. Here's a cover copy sent in by collector Ken Holmes pointing out an unusual occurence, being my signature is signed in something other than graphite, or pencil. I recognize the tool utilized- a rapidograph. It's a very fine-point mechanical ink pen used in the technical drafting field. They come in different point sizes. I used them to ink my drawings, until I went to a digital technique. I sign in pencil for mainly two reasons. 1, the collector knows I did not reproduce the signature, that it's originally signed, and 2, I often write down the wrong number, and am able to erase and correct my mistakes. The rapidograph does make a nice signature though. A good heads-up from Ken.
If any of you have a Bevil signed in something other than pencil, send a copy and I'll post it.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 22. NOON
MADE A FEW ADDITIONS
It's risky, for me anyway, to complete a rendering, then jump into painting them. I inked this yesterday, and came in this morning, refreshed and clear-headed, and was able to spot some needed additions, or changes. I added the "WHEELS UP" logo in his pants, the circles on his sleeves, and the "Z" on his helmet, which I initially thought was a number 2. The jockey is Victor Espinoza, so maybe the Z is an icon for his last name. I begin painting today. Might have time
to post a painted version by the end of the day.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 22. 9:15 AM
AMERICAN PHAROAH READY TO PAINT!
That is how you spell pharoah correct? I'm kidding, as we've already discussed that topic.
And now I'm going to hear from some of you. I'm short on some painting supplies, so today I'll focus on a Greetings From America issue, as soon as Janice passes to me a topic for a state. How do you like the long American Pharoah horizontal cinderella? I first used that format on the Leonard Nimoy
topical event, soon to be painted. A recently self-imposed guideline is to paint the topical event issues as soon as possible following the event, not to allow them to sit on the shelf too long. A few other issues to come is Leonard Nimoy, Jordan Spieth, and BB King.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 21. NOON
HAD A FUN TIME AT THE GREATER HOUSTON STAMP SHOW!
Here's some really nice collectors lining up to add a few Bevils to their prized cover collection.
Even you Bevil subscribers would get a slight thrill of standing in front of the grand Bevil Hand-painted Bevil Cachets display. Though you have them in your collection, there's just something about being able to stand there and see it spread out in front of you, 8 feet tall and 24 feet wide!
A special shout-out goes to Jay and Denise Stotts of the Greater Houston Stamp Show for making a place for us, and providing a grand space on the floor.
Today I'm inking American Pharoah, his win of the Triple Crown. It's looking good.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 17. 10:00 PM
AT THE BIG SHOW!
We're in Houston today through Sunday evening, participating in the Greater Houston Stamp Show in Humble, just north of Houston. Jay Stotts, show chairman, gave us great booth placement, allowing us to venture out of our 8 X 10 square booth, and, well, I'll take more pictures of the booth in operation tomorrow. I shouldn't call it a booth, with it being more of an exhibit, or display. the show opens tomorrow morning and we're excited to be a part. Big day tomorrow.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 15. 8:00 PM
COLLECT THE UNIQUE COLOR STUDIES!
Click on the covers above to have an opportunity to collect the color studies from the four latest issues. Color studies are priced the same as the main lot, except they're painted differently.
These are created at the beginning of the issues as I'm searching for the color scheme I will paint the main lot. I'll usually paint 2 to 5 of these per issue.
Tomorrow Janice and I will be packing for the Greater Houston Stamp Show.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 14. 11:45 AM
NEW ISSUES POSTED!
The four "freshly painted" issues are now available for viewing and collecting. For those of you who subscribe to the Civil War set, yours will be shipped from the studio tomorrow. Now it's on to the next five issues. What shall they be? I'm strongly considering five Greetings From America issues.
I have about 24 hours to decide. I'm also considering the Major League Baseball All Stars.
What a great set of four that will be- Joe Di Maggio, Ted Williams, Willie Stargell and Larry Doby.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 8. 7:45 PM
UPCOMING AFDCS JOURNAL AD
I have a 1/4 page ad in every issue of the AFDCS Journal, and this will be appearing in the next issue.
Mark Thompson runs that department for the AFDCS and does a great job, always admonishing the dealers and suppliers to advertise and support the effort, as well as keeping his composure while we drag our feet and turn our ads in at the last minute. I'm hoping to build a full-scale, life-sized foam display of Batman for the Greater Houston Stamp Show we'll be attending next weekend. From what I hear, this is one of the strongest shows in the South, with about 40 dealers. I've been on a waiting list and they've made a special spot for me, similar to my Americover space.
Hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend. A few packets of covers are still going out to subscribers, after which I'll update the website then send out the e-cards and offering cards.
FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 4. 6:15 PM
1863 BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
I just realized I hadn't posted the fourth cover to be painted in this group going out to collectors, the Battle of Gettysburg. Collector Frank Scalzi tells me General Meade's nickname was the
"Google-Eyed Snapping Turtle". The spirited fighting force of the Confederates wasn't enough to stop the mighty Union Army, in this huge battle. As packets are first going to Bevil subscribers, when I return Tuesday we'll be releasing these latest four issues, Charleton Heston, The Lincoln Furneral Train, and the 2-cover 1863 Civil War set to Bevil Collectors.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. See you Tuesday.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 3. 3:45 PM
AFDCS BIRTHDAY STAMPS FOR ALL
I produced these cinderellas here in the Bevil Studio on my antique Rosback perforator for collectors at Americover '15. With so many of you requesting them, Janice says she placing one in every packet of those who collect Bevil covers this month. Thank you Janice!
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 3. 11 AM
WHITE SPACE AND
It's not that white space, an empty spot on the cover, is a negative element.
More often than not though, I will
use it to give the cover an extra
push towards being "filled up."
The cabin takes the cover from having artwork on the left "end," to a cover with an overall design. As I stated earlier,
the effect I am often pleased with,
is the appearance of the stamp and cancel
safely nestled in a friendly, safe place.
While the artwork may set a cover apart,
a cover painter can't forget what this is all
for, and that being the stamp and cancel.
My role is to honor, enhance, and embelish the cancelled USPS stamp.
I cannot lose the respect for the
philatelic elements in my product. This begins when I approach the cover, with stamp affixed and cancelled, and I am provided the opportunity to add to the cover. Once cancelled, a cover has
"philatelic history," and that commands respect and a sort of humility from the cachet painter.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 3. 1 PM
ANOTHER DAY IN THE STUDIO
Here is a screen shot of my monitor as I was putting the finishing touches on the General Meade
rendering. With a 32" monitor, you can get a bit of an idea of how large the details are in front of me.
I believe I had just put the sparkle in his eyes. I still ink by hand, putting down each stroke and dot, except I utilize a digital ink pad and graphics monitor. I now have complete control of line thicknesses, and I can zoom in and get extremely detailed, all of this not being possible the first 10 years of my cover painting.
WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 2. NOON
FOUR ISSUES ABOUT TO BE RELEASED
Today I should wrap up the fourth and final issue for this group of covers to be released to collectors.
As I'm painting the Gettysburg issue, Janice is completing articles and putting together packets for subscribers. Based on the topics, this will be a well-received batch of issues;
Charleton Heston, The Lincoln Train, and the 1863 Civil War pair.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 1. 8:30 PM
Just as I was to begin painting the main lot, I abandoned my original color study choice and chose a more subdued background for the Battle of Vicksburg issue. I'm finishing these tomorrow morning and will begin painting The Battle of Gettysburg.
Have a good evening.
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.
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