Signing a piece is a gesture of approval and an acknowledgement of finishing. It’s important. A good signature can enhance a painting and a bad one, really, really detract. So it’s something to give some thought to. My signature has evolved over time. When I started painting, I signed my whole name and signed pretty much like I signed my checks. Over time, I’ve dropped my first name and sign with only my last. This is not because I’m trying to disguise the fact that I’m a women, but because it’s more pleasing to me.
|How I sign pastels|
Here are a few things to consider when signing your pieces
- Design – Give thought to what your signature is made up of. My signature now is more of a “mark” a logotype than my legal signature. The letters are always canted to the left and simple strokes stand in for the letters. This has really evolved over time.
- Size – I give some consideration to the size of the signature. It of course depends on the size of the piece. I make the scale of the signature appropriate to the size of the painting.
- Media – I usually sign my pastels with a Nupastel, but will sometimes use a regular pencil or a Carb Othello pastel pencil. I sign my paintings in whatever medium I’m using and try to do it before they are varnished so the signature doesn’t have a mat finish that is different from the rest of the piece.
- Color and Value – I want my signature to be visible, but I don’t want it to stick out like a sore thumb. I usually avoid black and pick something middle value. Lately, I’ve found a middle red to be satisfying.
- Placement – Again, I want the signature to be visible, but not first read, so I’m not hiding it and I’m not letting it scream either. I usually place it in either the lower left or right corner. I place mine on a horizontal, I don’t place it on an angle. This is personal preference.
I also don’t put all the letters I’ve earned after my name, like PSA, MC etc. I really don’t think most buyers really care and it messes up the look of my signature. Again, this is just my personal preference!