- Sign on a dried canvas, so you can wipe it out and do it until it is right
- Use a rigger or small sable brush.
- Sign legibly, I can't imagine why an artist would have an unreadable signature. If people like the picture you want them to know who you are.
- Sign the thing neatly, many parts of a painting may not receive close scrutiny, but the signature will.
- The signature should be level. It will be next to the rabbet of the frame. If it is crooked that will show and look sloppy.
- I think a signature should be large enough and clear enough to be easily read, even in reduction.
- I date my larger paintings. When they come up for auction and they are old, I am glad they are dated.
- Always sign in the lower left hand corner unless there is a good design reason not to.
- Don't try to develop too stylish a signature. Your signature will develop in paint, just the way your handwriting did.
- I often sign in red. Many of the historic painters did this and I like the way it looks.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Above is the signature from the Ewing Farm painting I posted last night. One of the commenters asked me if there was a story behind my signature. I don't really think there is, other than that I have done a whole lot of them. Here though, are some pointers on signatures.