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paintings - signing, dating & titling? what's normal?

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btwo1 Wed 27-Feb-13 16:05:32

sorry there was supposed to be a level of irony in the tone of my last post and i've certainly not ignored what the other people have said.

rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 15:53:18

Sorry, but you sound like a bit of a pretentious prat - apart from over thinking it, you are ignoring lots if good advice already given by several well meaning people people who IME, - which I suspect from your arrogance is far greater than your own - actually DO know what they are talking abouthmm

Good luck

I suspect you are going to need itgrin

btwo1 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:28:24

allowing for artistic flair and temperament, i nevertheless wouldn't want to ruin things by sticking the info bits on there wrong.

rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 14:13:02

I did go to Arts School as I'm sure many did here hmm

btwo1 Wed 27-Feb-13 14:06:49

i guess maybe i can have a look at some different galleries and see what other painters do. perhaps some of the people using these boards went to artschool and no about these things - maybe its class one at art college.

rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 13:04:53

Bottom right & year only here too, initials only in my case though - I do think it's down to preference & style of work though.

I'm looking at a picture by a successful professional artist friend right now & I notice he doesn't sign the picture, but uses a symbol he's known for & his surname shows up at the top right of the picture, but as part of the artwork - he's signed the card mounting at the bottom centre - another successful pop art type artist friend does it in a similar way - I've seen a lot if floral art where the signature is along stems too, so where as bottom right is common, I don't think there are any hard fast rules, traditionally bottom right, but depends really on what you do.


SeashellHoarder Wed 27-Feb-13 07:34:37

I do just year. Not surname, bizarrely I just use my first name. I think initial and surname is more normal tho.

KurriKurri Wed 27-Feb-13 00:13:30

I do bottom right, initials and surname (although that's just my preference), title on the back and a description of the medium, just year not month and year.
Occasionally I sign something within the context of the painting - so if i did a small study of some flowers or something I might sign parallel to one of the stems (sounds a bit odd I know but sometimes it just looks less obtrusive that way).

btwo1 Tue 26-Feb-13 21:49:28

month and year - or just year...

just initials or full name?

SeashellHoarder Tue 26-Feb-13 19:28:25

Hi! Not sure about others, but I sign bottom right year as well, title on the back. My dad did the same (probably why I do that then!)

btwo1 Tue 26-Feb-13 18:02:53

Obviously artists do their own thing and "there are no rules", but I just wondered what's normal with a painting. To sign in the bottom left or right hand corner? What about putting the date there? To just scribble a title on the back?

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