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There is no decision to make. The Bud horses belong in St. Louis Missouri where the large Bud plant is. Was the home of Budweiser beer until sold.
Well good Ron. You saved me the time of delving into the history and roles of the two states, and having to choose which state would be best for the Clydesdales. Thanks.
I was originally going to guess that you had the wrong eye squinting (opposite of the Cinderella). I saw someone else guessed something similar - not to mention that I don't think that would be an easy fix. I'm going to go with the Boutonniere hole on the wrong side. Thanks for the chance, Curt
That's it Curt! The boutonniere is on the wrong side.
One color study of your choice for you!
The way you have his hair flowing over the right ear seems a little strange.
Well, I might need to revisit his hair. Although if I portray Trump's hair exactly the way it really is, I think it's still going to be a little strange. Not the answer I'm looking for. Thanks for dropping in Frank.
Trump's hair is too dark.
Again, not the answer I'm looking for. You're correct in noticing his hair's too dark. It'd look a bit more like him if it was light. When I paint the covers individually, I'll be lightening it up.
Problem w/Trump,s left eye almost closed??????
No. That's not the answer I'm looking for. It does look a bit odd though. Maybe I'll open in up just a tad. Good to hear from you Carter.
That's correct Clarence. Congrats on winning the cover. I'll sign it over to you as a studio proof and drop it in the mail in the next few days.
Its so great to see you back in the saddle again. I've been checking your "In the Studio Today" at least twice a week looking for updates. I know you have been dedicated to your youth ministry. I've been receiving some positive comments about the ESPER website. Everyone loves the banner you created. Your banner design gave me insight and ideas on designing our webpages. Thanks again for your creative design. I did a special page for the 75th Anniversary for Pearl Harbor. It included a couple of Pearl Harbor stamps and one of Pearl Harbor heros stamp of Doris Miller. Are you planning on creating cachets for any stamps issued in 2016? Or will you continue catching up on other pass issuers? Will you have a booth at the Southeasten Stamp Expo in Atlanta, Ga at the end of this month? ESPER, will have a booth again at this event. Welcome back Kendal!
The Atlanta Expo show might rank as my favorite show I' ve attended. It was because of all the new friends we met.
Can't attend this year. My loss. Still reviewing what stamps to focus on. So many great issues out there right now. Your website is looking great!
Yeah! Welcome back. As a snow storm approaches tonight, I was organizing some of my FDC albums. I was contemplating whether I needed to save a space for some Bevil cachets. Consider space saved! Looking forward to your production starting back up. Bet there are some great issues in the queue just waiting for your magic touch! 2017 is going to be great!
Thanks for saving me a spot in your albums Mark! Hope your winter won't be too rough on you up there. Be careful in all that snow. I'm also looking forward to some exciting issues in this upcoming new year.
I agree with Janice, whatever it takes for you to get in there and paint. Don't let all these great issues get passed you. Everytime I see a stamp I like, I'm thinking what a good looking Bevil cover it'd make.
Yes, there's some great stamp issues out there just waiting to be put on a Bevil cover. I'm ready. Let's paint!
Get in the studio, pick up the brush, airbrush, or whatever it is you use, and start painting cachets. We miss the best envelope painter in the country.
I'm on it Bart! Excited to be back!
For my long-time friend Hank Mezzack, who's passed on, I painted this issue documenting the 65th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor some years back. While the number totals shows 33 covers painted, this is just one of several varieties, with at least 150 covers making up this hand-painted issue. Janice and I, along with her brothers and sisters, visited the Arizona Memorial this past month. This week we're rearranging the studio for a productive year. Honolulu is offering a pictorial cancel for the 75th Anniversary, and I'm attempting to discover the dimensions of the cancel. I have one more day to find out, otherwise my options are to choose a pictorial from Florida, or go with the regular oversized slug like most of my topicals. We'll see.
THURSDAY. JANUARY 5. 10:15 PM
H&M PEARL HARBOR ISSUE
SUNDAY. JANUARY 22. 9 PM
PRESIDENT TRUMP INAUGURATION ISSUE
Here's some cinderellas I've created for the Bevil President Trump inauguration topical event issue. This is what the stamp sheet looks like before it's run through my antique Rosback perforator, one line of dots at a time. The crop marks serve as a guide when perforating. I'm sending a few of these sheets to a young up-and-coming cover dealer, Trevor, whom I met at the Houston Stamp Show a few years back. So the Bevil Trump cinderellas may not be affixed exclusively to my issue. I'm okay with that. I belive he's 14 years old. Celia of the USPS cancellation unit is excited about his future involvement in the FDC hobby, as am I. If any of you are producing Trump inauguration covers, let me know and I'll I'll send you some Trump cinderellas. Presently I'm inking the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary issue, as well as beginning to consider what Trump portrait
MONDAY. JANUARY 23. 7:15 PM
PEARL HARBOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY PICTORIAL
As soon as my Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary covers arrive from being cancelled, I'll begin painting. This is the pictorial the Bevil cinderellas will be struck with. The Honolulu pictorial has a bit of a retro,1950s feel. I like it. In December we visited Janice's sister in Hawaii, and now, next month we're returning for a wedding. I'll be officiating the ceremony, joining Janice's sister in marriage to a colonel.
This evening I'm inking the So Long BB King issue, a topical event documenting the King of the Blue's last living day.
MONDAY. JANUARY 23. 8:45 PM
PRESIDENT TRUMP INAUGURATION ISSUE
I've settled on this as the final design. In this rough layout you may notice I'm bringing back an element we haven't seen in several years. It's quiet a feat actually, one I've never seen accomplished by another cover painter or producer. My collectors have come to refer to it as the hidden, or disappearing cancel. Note how the pictorial disappears behind the capitol dome. This is made possible by placing a loose flap of paper on top of the dome, cut out to the exact shape of the dome, as the cover is being cancelled, then gently removed. I think the real feat is the team at the USPS cancellation unit allowing it to take place. It requires from their cancellers a great amount of patience and focus. I'll show some past disappearing cancel issues in the next day or two. This is a really tight fit, with everything having to line up perfectly. Notice how the dome top carefully divides the two stamps, with the cancel clipping the bottom edge of both stamp. My collectors are going to like this cover, or totally despise it.
Presidents will come and go. Let's stay friends through it all.
TUESDAY. JANUARY 24. 6:15 PM
THE DISAPPEARING CANCEL
Reaching 20 years back in my FDC painting career, here's a beautiful example of the disappearing cancel. And this one is flawless in it's execution. There's something else very unique about this issue; something I've maybe done one other time. Maybe. If you can be the first to email me and state what it is, I'll sign this cover over to you as a studio proof, being the issue is sold out.
Use the "Email me here & share your thoughts" link to the upper right.
TUESDAY. JANUARY 24. 7:45 PM
MEN, LET'S STOP OUR WHINING (LOL)
Clarence McKnight quickly pointed out the oddity of the cover below. So how did I get away with using one cent on the cover of an envelope and got it cancelled? The cancellation unit in Kansas City graciously allowed me to affix the proper rate amount on the reverse side of the envelope, making it possible for the first day of issue stamp to have the front of the cover all to itself. Not sure how my subscribers felt about this. It does make for a peculiar site to see a cover with a total of 1 cent in stamp value. This required the USPS to cancel the front stamp, and then flip the envelope over and cancel the second stamp, costing me double in cancellation fees. Clearly worth it. Not complaining here. I heard a man once say,
"Real men don't complain about the price of a cup of coffee."
Ever since then, I think twice before I complain about the price of something.
Guys, do you think our wives want to hear their men whining about how expensive things are? I know mine doesn't.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 27. NOON
A DIFFICULT FACE TO CAPTURE
I produced at least three Obama inauguration issues, and when I decided on the portrait references I was fully condident I would accurately portray his facial features and personality. As I've reviewed the numerous Trump portraits available, I've been deeply concerned he'd be tough to portray. I was correct in my assumption. We'll see how this turns out, and if I'm not happy with the final rendering, I abandon ship and begin with a new portrait reference.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 27. 2 PM
Now it's on to tackling Trump's hairdo. The challenge will not so much be in drawing of the hair. While it's interestingly strong as part of his facial visual personality, it'll be easy to render. What I'll need to be careful about is the hair color, which is a blonde hue, with some hints of auburns and grays. Regarding the portrait overall, at this stage I'm feeling a little more hopeful than I was earlier.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 27. 4 PM
A PRESIDENTIAL TRUMP
This is the President Trump rendering I'll be going with. A note to consider- we're not used yet to seeing Trump portrayed in the media in a presidential light.
And that's what I want to portray-a president. He'll soon leave behind the social over-reactive drama, replacing it with a steady presidential demeanor.
Now I'll begin the Capitol building drawing.
There's one thing wrong with the Trump rendering. Just the ink drawing of Trump. It's something that just doesn't happen in life. It'll be an easy fix. The first collector to point it out to me gets a complimentary color study from the President Trump Inauguration Bevil issue. Clarence is sitting this one out.
Use the "Email me here" link in the upper right corner.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 27. 4:30 PM
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS TRUMP DRAWING?
FRIDAY. JANUARY 27. 9:45 PM
FINAL TRUMP INAUGURATION DESIGN
Completed the Capitol line drawing, and made a few changes in the Make America Great Again design and the name verbage.
Still haven't given away that Inauguration color study to the collector who can tell me what I need to change in the Trump ink drawing. Something is happening that doesn't ever happen.
Bevil collector Curt Vincent correctly pointed out the boutenniere slot on the lapel is on the wrong side. They're traditionally are on the left side of a jacket. My photo reference had Trump facing to our left. You can barely see the slit in the lapel in the bottom right hand corner of the photo. I wanted him facing towards the stamp and cancel, so I flipped the photo reference. I then proceeded to inking the rendering. Now I'll need to to place it on the other lapel. Curt will receive his pick from the color studies. He's an avid color study collector already, so this turns out good for him.
SATURDAY. JANUARY 28. 5:15 PM
MYSTERY OF THE COVER ERROR SOLVED
Two changes have been made to the most recent design. I removed the Bevil logo from inside the banner, placing it in the bottom right corner. It didn't seem to belong in a prominent element like the banner. And second, I designed and produced a new Trump cinderella for the main lot. I'm still going forward with the disappearing cancel for the main lot. That means I'll be cutting out one-at-a-time a capitol dome paper flap for each cachet, about 200 total, then taping them on top of the dome. The flap protects the dome artwork during the hand cancelling process, thus achieving a unique effect of the cancel going behind the dome.
SUNDAY. JANUARY 29. 9:30 PM
FINAL TRUMP INAUGURATION DESIGN SETTLED
Budweiser has I believe at least two stables to care for the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, which they show around the country in parades and events. The two stables are located in Missouri and New Hampshire, so I'll soon be deciding on one of those two states to highlight this interesting pack of horses. I personally have not had the opportunity to view up close or in person a clydesdale horse. I can predict when I do, the word "big" will come to mind.
On another note, I'm about to begin painting the Trump inauguration issue.
Expect a red, white, and blue color theme. When I'm happy with a color version, I'll post it here. Let's go. It's time to paint!
MONDAY. JANUARY 30. 6 PM
THE CLYDESDALE HORSES ON A GFA ISSUE
These are the two cinderellas I designed and produced here in the studio, perfing them on my antique Rosback stamp perforator. They turned out really nice. Utilizing a strong black border on top of a gray background, I wanted them to display a feeling of respect and honor. The December 7th stamp is affixed to the main lot, and the 75 Years stamp affixed to the artist's proofs. I produced a Pearl Harbor issue for H&M Covers several years back, which made use of this same flag image in the cover artwork. I'll locate one and post it here in the next few days. And did I not paint a Pearl Harbor issue for the WWll 50-cover set?
TUESDAY. JANUARY 3. 9:15 PM
PEARL HARBOR ANNIVERSARY BEVIL CINDERELLAS
TUESDAY. JANUARY 3. 7:15 PM
ISSUES IN THE MAKING
I'm now working on a few new issues, both of which are topical events.
One, the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which took place
December 7, 1941, and two, the passing of an American Hero, John Glenn.
Neither have I put the pencil to, choosing a layout. I have thought a bit about the Pearl Harbor issue, as Janice and I were in Hawaii a few weeks back, just a week or so after the anniversary date. While browsing the gift shop, as I glanced through books and magazines, I was mindful I'd soon be inkink the issue. I did return from the Pearl Harbor gift shop with some pretty good reference. And John Glenn's life shouldn't be difficult to portray on a cover, as his accomplishments and exploits were too numerous to count. I'll also be documenting the greatest political upset in American history, producing an issue for the inauguration of Donald Trump as president. Thus far I've painted presidential inauguration issues for Clinton, Bush (W.), and Obama.
This will be my fourth president's inauguration to document in my 26 years of painting covers. Obama was a great face to ink and paint. I was very pleased with the issues I painted for that event. I've reviewed the available photos of Trump and this might be a tough one. We'll see.
SUNDAY. JANUARY 1. 10 PM
GETTING READY FOR SOME COVER-PAINTING!
Happy New Year to all you cover collectors! I'm presently putting a fresh coat of paint in my painting booth, along with some serious organizing here in the Bevil Cachets studio. I painted my ceiling black. Yes, black. And the window trim burnt orange. Yes, burnt orange. Then,...prepare yourself- I covered a good sized portion of a wall with dozens of Bevil hand-painted blemished covers. These are covers which have a speck of paint on them, creased, bad cancels, etc. Covers that for whatever reason don't meet the quality standard to be released to collectors. They add up over the years, and I decided to put them to good use. I'll send a pic later. I spend some grueling hours in the painting booth. It's a seperate room, only about 8 by 8 feet, and I wanted to cheer it up. I asked Janice how she liked it, and she said, "Whatever will get you in there painting covers."
I don't think she was fond of my color choices.
It's good to be back.
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