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In the studio today
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 27. MIDNIGHT
With the rendering complete, I'll now turn my attention to the Bevil cinderella
to be affixed to this topical event issue. Well, not now, being it's getting a bit late. Thursday evening I'll design the cinderellas. There will be two versions;
the main lot cinderella and the artist's proof cinderella.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 27. 9:15 PM
INKING THE PALMER ACTION SCENE
This is what I see when I'm inking on my 32" monitor. Left is my reference, and to the right is a close-up of the hands I'm presently inking. Doesn't look
impressive at this point in the process, but it soon will come together.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 27. 7:45 PM
ARNOLD PALMER, THE KING
I'm documenting the passing of the great golf
legend, Arnold Palmer. I've produced a few Palmer
issues in the past, each illustrating the older
Palmer, so with this "last living day" issue,
I'll be focusing on the younger Palmer,
shown here, and as well with the action
shot, which I'm inking tonight and
tomorrow. Because I'm not able to
spend as much time in the studio as
in the past, I'll be bringing my issue
size down, maybe to 125 covers.
I have a choice; spend less time
painting each cover, or paint
fewer covers per issue. I refuse
to produce a cover of lesser
quality, so my only option is to
paint fewer covers per issue.
This will have a positive effect on the aftermarket and overall value of your covers, with fewer being out there to collect. The only negative being the issue will sell out
sooner. This issue will be 125, and no larger than 150.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 19. 11:30 PM
If you compare the final main lot version to last Monday's cover, you'll notice a few color changes. I had settled on the cover below. Sometimes though, once I begin the painting process, I'll sometimes abandon my initial choice. Such was the case here. You can see the color studies here, IN THE BULL PEN.
Now it's on to the next Greetings From America issue. Give me about a day to seek out and find a topic for one of the states not yet painted.
SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 17. 10:45 PM
WHAT'S A COLOR STUDY?
Before I begin painting the 175+- covers in an issue, I first settle on a color scheme, after which all the covers will be painted. To search for that perfect colored version, I place 4 to 5 covers on easel, painting each cover in a different color scheme. I then choose which will be the master for the issue, and then set the couple of other painted covers aside. The ones I set aside end up unique, not at all resembling the main lot. These we call "color studies". Collectors like them because they're different than the rest. They sell for the same price, and are always numbered at the tail-end of the issue. Monday evening I'll post the Greetings From New Jersey color studies. Some of you, and you know who you are, have become avid Bevil color study collectors.
You can view and collect past color studies, GOING HERE.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 12. 7:45 PM
GREETINGS FROM NEW JERSEY
Here's the version I'm going with. I painted four or five color studies, and this one made it all the way to the top. I'll display the other color studies another day. Bob gets first pick, then the others are open for collecting. Remember, the color studies are always unique from the main lot. I chose this one in part because of the peachish sky, matching the sky in the stamp. I'll be painting all this week on this issue,
droppin in a few times, catching you up on what's happening here in the Bevil Studio. Enjoy your week.
TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 7. 6:45 PM
1963 CORVETTE STINGRAY SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE
You had seemingly one telling clue, the round tail lights.
This alone seemed to point to the T-Bird. It's the bar in the center of the rear window which is the defining mark, pointing to the only year, I believe, Chevrolet utilized the split window in the Corvette during that time period. I'll cut you slack, as in my small silhouette the center bar might appear as a rearview mirror. Thanks for playing, and the signed unpainted GFA goes to our friend and collector, Joe.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 5. 7:45 PM
IDENTIFY THE CAR
Tell the make and model of the car in the Greetings From New Jersey below and you'll take home a signed unpainted New Jersey cover.
NEW GAME RULE: Instead of getting one guess, one chance, now you can guess every 24 hours.
MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 5. 1:15 PM
ANOTHER CHAPTER 56 COVER
This Greetings From New Jersey Chapter 56 1-of-1 auction cover brings the total to 4 covers for their upcoming auction. I know it's a New Jersey cover for the collectors in Texas, but maybe someone will want it. Actually, l hope two collectors will go for it. That makes for fun bidding. I'd best get this painted asap.
SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 4. 10 PM
A FEW GEMS
Each year I have the opportunity and privilege of donating a few Bevil covers for the annual Chapter 56 Auction. While this year's lot isn't big by any means, being three covers, I believe they'll generate some excitement among Bevil collectors residing here in the Lone State State. All are cancelled in Texas, and are branded with the unique Chapter 56 logos. And 1/1s as well. I'm having to search deeper and deeper here in the studio to come up with gems. I think though, these will do well.
FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 2. 8:45 PM
ENJOY YOUR SATURDAY?
Reading the final sentence on Thursday, yesterday's post, I said,
"Enjoy your Saturday." In my head I thought it was Friday. And I know why. I had such a good productive day working and completing a project, and "completing" is the key here, that it felt like a Friday, with that "end of the week" feeling. Even though I began the post typing out, "Thursday, August...", in my signing-off moment, I wished you a happy Saturday.
I never made it in the studio to paint today. I'm dropping in at the end of my day, replying to your emails, filling a few orders, and getting ready for a productive day in the studio tomorrow.
Okay, again- enjoy your Saturday.
THURSDAY. SEPTEMBER 1. 11:00 PM
A SLOW START
First, if you've heard I'm back in the studio, and are catching up, click on the AUG link above to see what we've been discussing. I knew I would be facing this once I reached for my paints. I paint with Higgins Fade Proof inks. Like the label promises, it does appear these inks are not prone to fading over time. I've used these inks beginning with my first issue 26 years ago. My personal collection hasn't faded at all, and I assume yours neither. One annoying trait of this particular ink line though, is that if they sit in my little airbrush bottles for more than a month or so, they coagulate., turning into a useless, messy colored jell, which I have to clean out and discard. Boy, I must have about 15 bottles to clean out and replace with fresh new ink. I knew this was coming. Still, these Higgins inks are truly an old friend. I use the basic colors, about 7 in all. You know them- red, blue, green, yellow, etc. From these colors I make at least 20 custom colors, being, several greens, blues, browns, usually 3 flesh tones, and many more. Let's see if I can produce a few color studies this weekend for you to view and pick your favorite.
Enjoy your Saturday.
HAVE SOMETHING TO ADD?
WE'D ALL LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS AND THOUGHTS.
Thanks Carter. Serving as children's pastors on staff at Golden Triangle Church on the Rock, we're privileged to be used to introduce kids to a God who loves them and has a plan for their lives. It is our hope that when they start with God, they'll stay with God.
Kendal...Even though I have missed receiving periodic shipments of your cachets I want to tell you how much I admire you for sacrificing time away from your income producing job for the Childrens ministry.The Lord will surely reward you with many blessings. My best wishes to you and your family.
Kendal, what is a color study?
That's correct Joe!
a 1963 Corvette Stingray. Mark states the defining element in the silhouette:
"...the metal splitting the back window..."
Hi Kendal, Looks like a Chevy Corvette. 1963?
The most common guess is clearly the T-Bird. Incorrect Ken.
How about a '59 Ford T-Bird?
CORRECT Mark! However, this is Mark's second guess, which means his answer becomes active 24 hours after his first guess. That would be 7:06PM this evening. We'll see.
It is a ___________!
That's the third
T-Bird guess. It is not a T-Bird.
Is it a T-Bird?
Car in the New Jersey cover is a 1955 Ford Thunderbird
Incorrect. Though very close. Very.
chevy corvette 1968
That's a pretty clear miss, Mark. Hope to hear from you in 24 hours. It's a 60s vehicle. If you could have any car from the 1960s, any car, this is it! You guys don't think I'd pick just any run-of-the-mill car for our cover, do you?
Kendal, I believe it is a 1959 Ford Edsel. Few cars had tail lights side by
Jay, good eye!
I inserted the car in this morning in the main lot, and all the covers. So it will be in every cover painted. For a signed & unpainted Greetings From New Jersey cover, can anyone tell me what year and model the car is?
You get one guess.
You've added the car in this cover. Is it going to be in all the covers are just this Chapter 56 cover?
Kendal, if I lived anywhere close to Dallas I'd drive in and grab them up. I have the regular
Rose issue, and you're correct, that the rose is red on mine.
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