Saturday, December 3, 2016

Russell Vignettes from the Past

This is a piece of mail art for a couple that were subscribers to my First Day Covers in the 90's. They also purchased a number of Russell related covers from me. I have no idea how many of these I did, nor the number of Russell images I produced in miniature. The Reinke's are more than generous patrons. They are friends. They hung my "art mail" on the wall and made me feel like family. They still do.

The envelopes were produced in 1989 with two runs through the press: The first run was the frame, and the second run was a colorized (by me) version of the stamp in the upper right corner, which was from a C. M. Russell painting entitled "Jerked Down". Some of the envelopes from the first run were reserved, and the one above is an example of an image that I did twice - hence the number 2 behind the title in the lower corner.

This one includes a little extra line treatment on the basic frame by way of the crown, and the color of the frame is different. One of these days perhaps some more of these will see the light of day.

Memories are made of this.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Willys Knight Land Yacht

1930 Model 66b Plaid Side Great Six

Although the Hendricks Auto Company letter, signed by Mr. J. A. Hendricks himself is dated the 8th of November, 1917, this beautiful high end automobile came out of the factory in 1929. This is the first piece of old paper that I've done since March, and the first art I've done since early June.

It's going to the folks who commissioned it very shortly. I'm back in the saddle.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shelby High School Class of 1966 Reunion

This is the cover for the 1966 Shelby High School yearbook. Our 50th Class Reunion is this coming weekend, July 15th and 16th. I may have to ask your name, but I have never forgotten a face.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Trumpeter Swan #26 in Series

This is the first time in twenty-six years that the subject for the Federal Waterfowl stamp has been a swan. I have a thing for the duck stamp... All twenty-six have been portraits just like this one. I may be a bit slower getting them to subscribers this year, since I have a puppy in the studio. He's a water dog (Golden Retriever) and already knows how to fetch. He will, however, be fetching no Trumpeter Swans.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Birthday Cards

Birthdays only come around once a year. No problem. Penny's is the same day as mine...

Friday, April 1, 2016

Two More for the Flyway

This makes an even dozen. I have one more to do and then I can start doing commissioned work that I garnered at the Footprints on the Trail Show.