After a lifetime of "dabbling" in art... I have finally found a practical way to utilize my artistic talents, have fun with it, and share it with my Fellow First Day Cover Collectors!
Over the years I have created paintings in oils for a few friends and family. I have played with cartooning and caricatures... mostly for fellow workers and friends who wanted funny birthday cards, anniversary cards, newsletter illustrations and the such... almost always of someone else... not THEMSELVES! (Seems like it never failed that everyone except the "victim" thought the drawings looked "Just Like 'em"!
There have been a few occasions where in my Commercial Printing Career my work was called on for publication in various magazines or programs. Two times my work was used in the Dallas Cowboy Home Game Program.
Start SLOW 'N EASY...
I thought that I would produce cachets in much the same manner that most others do. I quickly found out that by using the hand drawn/hand painted methods my production pace was not going to keep up with the demand.
Ever Growing List of Covers Waiting for Paint...
Without intending to I developed what has grown into a very long "Waiting List". I have found that my customers are very patient folks. By the end of my second year the list had grown to average over fifty covers waiting for paint. As I write this in late October of 2012 the list now stands at 200. *(As of today - August 31, 2014 the list has never been worked down below 200... just as I am about to break that mark another order comes in! :0)
Retired from Commercial Printing Career...
Now that I have retired from the full time Commercial Printing Career I have been able to paint an average of two or three covers per week. I firmly believe that quality is much more important than quantity. I will continue to strive to improve the production numbers but without sacrifice of any quality.
2013 American First Day Cover Society Award Winner
Example of my new "EmSketch" Graphite Pencil Drawing Covers