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In the studio today
THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 2. 7:30 AM
A BEVIL ASTROS WORLD SERIES COVER?
I'm presently checking with Celia at the Kansas Philatelic Division to see if Houston is producing a pictorial for the Astros winning the World Series. Being a Texas resident and growing up in the heart of Houston, I'm considering producing a Bevil issue for the Astros win. If so, I'll jump on it, releasing it as soon as possible. I've learned annual event championships like this and the Super Bowl, they become stale quickly. Interests in these events has a very short shelf life. It will be a smaller issue, probably 125 hand-painted covers.
I just painted a few Arnold Palmers and it needs a little polishing up before I proceed with painting the set. I'll post one this weekend. After the Palmer issue is complete, I'll paint another Greetings issue and release them together. As discussed earlier, I'm not waiting until I have five issues in the Bull Pen. When I get as few as two, they go out to collectors.
I'm in the middle of scanning and posting the Early TV Memories set, after which I'll send out a Bevil e-card, inviting collectors to view them. It will take some time, as I'm building a web page for each of the 20 issues. This is an amazing set.
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 30. 7:45 PM
WHERE'S THE EARLY TV MEMORIES SET?
I"m back from my long weekend, building a fence. I have about 30 feet to go. A 7 foot tall privacy picket fence, about 125 feet in length. It's been perfect
fence-building weather lately.
Robert, an avid Bevil collector, was inquiring of a Howdy Doody issue, which I then mentioned the issue from the Early TV Memories set. Shown above is the Honeymooners issue. I went to my site to provide him the link, and the set isn't listed on my site. At least not on the SETS page. Whaaaaat? Surely I posted the set to be collected on my site. I don't think so. I can't believe that. My bad. The Early TV Memories set of 20 is a beautiful set, well received by my subscsribers. I think I'll post it in the next few weeks, then send out a studio invite to Bevil collectors, inviting them to drop in and view the set.
Tonight I might produce a painted Arnold Palmer cover. If so, I'll post it.
THURSDAY. OCTOBER 26. 11:30 PM
CHAPTER 56 WATERCOLOR 1-OF-1
While my cachet line is painted utilizing color-fast inks applied with the airbrush, every so often I'll go back to my most enjoyable medium; watercolors. Here's a simple color study generated in watercolor. After applying the Chapter 56 auction logo, this will be bundled up with a few other oddities from the Bevil studio and sent off to the good people in the Dallas area. Don't panic, as this issue hasn't been released to collectors. You're good. The Palmer issue is next in line to be sent to collectors.
WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 25. 10:30 PM
JUST UNCOVERED FOR THE CHAPTER 56 AUCTION
Each year I pilfer through my Texas-themed treasures here in the studio to send a few items to Chapter 56 for their annual auction. I'll say, it's getting harder each year to uncover anything really nice. Well, here's a gem. This is the original ink drawing produced for the Texas Statehood issue. It measures about 12" X 8". This was before I begin generating my drawings on the computer. It's old, beginning to yellow, and patched up here and there. I can see some patch work around the cowboy's head area. This piece has some good character, something that gets lost when going digital. To boot, I located an unsigned, unnumbered, painted Texas Statehood issue, shown below. I added the blue and red rays in the sky, signed it, and numbered it 1/1.
TUESDAY. OCTOBER 24. 9:15
AMERICOVER 2018 COMING TO ATLANTA, GEORGIA!
I just got word from Foster Miller that Americover 2018 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. That's great news for me, as I can see making that drive. Some years back we had a fantastic time at the Atlanta Stamp show, meeting some great collectors, along with the wonderful people in ESPER and the ATA. Will Bevil Cachets be there, in the main dealer's bourse? It's too early to say, but it's being discussed around my dinner table. I'm taking the next two weeks painting So Long Arnold Palmer. Maybe you do not know this; many of my topical event "last living day" issues are titled with "So Long" preceeding the name of the person. Many. Not all.
Here's the "So Long" Andy Griffith issue. In laying this cover face down to scan it a moment ago, I immediately took note of the artwork on the back flap. Wow, that is a rarity. On maybe another issue or two, out of hundreds, have I placed artwork on the back flap. And it can go unnoticed by the collector if they don't slide it from the sleeve and flip it over, as it's hidden from the certificate.
Okay, I'm going to pull together a few covers and maybe some old ink drawings for the Chapter 56 auction, then I'm calling it a night. have a pleasant late evening.
MONDAY. OCTOBER 23. 6:30 PM
I CALL THIS THE BRITISH COLOR SCHEME
Tomorrow Janice mails this to the Chapter 56 in the Dallas area for their auction coming up just around the corner. I chose the color scheme from one of the favored color studies. The flag stamp is unique to this Chapter 56 cover. I still like that hidden cancel. I'll be looking for an opportunity to produce the hidden cancel on an upcoming Bevil issue.
SUNDAY. OCTOBER 22. 7 PM
CAUGHT ME BY SURPRISE
The newly released Certificate-Plus was more labor intensive than I imagined. When I produced the newsletter, for five issues released, I would print, cut and fold maybe 175 newsletters. Now when I release just two issues, I'm producing that many full-color certs for each issue. Still, it frees me up from waiting to store up four or five issue to produce the newsletter, and send them out. Now I can release one or two issues together. As I expected, you may see the design altered until I'm satisfied with the look and feel. It's off to a good start. At the time I'm pleased with both how it functions and the appearance.
SATURDAY. OCTOBER 21. 10:45 AM
MY BLUNDER TURNS INTO A GREAT AFDCS AUCTION COVER!
When I affixed the stamps on the Trump issue, I mistakingly chose the American Flag stamp, Scott# 5158, which had a first day of issue date of January 27, 2017, 7 days after the inauguration date, January 20, 2017. I then had to carefully peel off each stamp on every cover, and affix the correct stamps. One did not get corrected, and it was accidentally cancelled. Here it is, and I've made it the coveted AFDCS variety, a 1-of-1. This cover will be a real gem in a Bevil collector's collection. I'll be passing it on to the AFDCS auction team shortly. Keep a watch for it to appear in an upcoming auction. I utilized a mini-stamp for the AFDCS auction logo, something I haven't done in a long time.
FRIDAY. OCTOBER 20. 8:30 PM
TRUMP AND GREETINGS FROM NEW JERSEY
HEADED TO MAILBOXES
"This is Monday night, and what's left of Harvey is headed our way. His only threat is a bit more rain. Not much though, I hear."
Well, I think my arm-chair career as a weatherman is pretty much over. I had no idea what was coming. That was my last blog, just prior to what was left of Hurricane Harvey as it u-turned back into The gulf and slowly headed along the Texas coastline towards Galveston, Houston and us in the Beaumont area. Winds were minimal, but with Harvey moving along at about 5 miles per hour, it dumped record amounts of rainfall on Houston, then came across us. My town received 48 inches of rain in two days. That's almost what we get in a year. While our home was high and dry, our town and area were devestated. Friends received up to 12 feet of water in their homes. Presently we have city residents living in a local tent city. Blackhawk helicopters were rescuing people from their homes. We've never been hit so hard by such a quiet hurricane.
So we held off on sending out any covers with the postal service under such duress. The Trump Inauguration and Greetings From New Jersey are now on their way to collectors. If you've reserved a Trump and want to check on the status of your order, email me. I'm presently painting So Long Arnold Palmer and just might send it out by itself. I can do that now with the new certificate/article format, which was utilized on the Trump and NJ cover. I'm curious how you as a collector feel about the new certificate. Email me and share your thoughts. If you have any ideas on how I can improve on it,
let me know.
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WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.
Kendal, Just received the NJ and Trump covers! Both are awesome. I prefer the final flag stamp you had to use on the Trump cover, sorry you had to do the slow peel and replace to make it so! I really like the new certificate/newsletter. Great information and now that knowledge will be with the cover wherever it is displayed! Yeah, you may want to hold off on a weather forecasting career! That is what I did for the first half of my career and I am proud to say I never pulled off a public forecast as far off as your armchair comment! Guess I was lucky. Glad you are back in the fold
After going through a 500-year flood, I think I'm convinced my home is flood proof. I'kd like to have seen you in your weatherman days.
I know you're doing very important work, but I am so glad you are back. I look forward to the new material. WELCOME BACK!!!
I appreciate it Ricky.
I'd sure like to see you and the ESPER crew in Atlanta next summer. We'll see.
Welcome --- Welcome --- Welcome Back. I think I speak for all collectors when I say that your talent was sorely missed, but now we can look forward to your enriching our Hobby once again.
Thanks for the big welcome back, Ray. Janice and I have greatly missed the friendships. Along with the absence of issues being painted, there defenitely was a social void.
Welcome back! You were missed by all. I’m looking forward to purchasing Chamberlain. What other back stamp issued will be coming out after Chamberlain?
Thanks Clarence. It's
good to be missed. And it feels good to be among collector friends again. I'm presently painting Palmer, then Budweiser Greetings issue. (I forgot what state it's for). Then I'd like to release the 2-cover Chamberlain set, and start knocking out the Greetings set while slipping in a few other issues here and there.
I just received my packet of covers and really like how the new certificate functions. I will miss the big newsletter though. It was great. If this will work better for you, that's good.
I know how you feel about the newsletter. It will be missed. Let's see how the new certificate format woks out.
I'm glad you chose Palmer in his younger days. I kind of forgot what he looked like. Put me down for one, and an artist's proof if available. Please keep painting, and don't let up.
I never remembered Palmer at that age. I only can recall him much older. And I'm determined to not let up. Thanks
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