-bach. It’s how I’ve sign my paintings since High school. The other day I was asked, “Why”. And I had to really think about it because I didn’t remember at first. Hey, I’m getting old and my memory ain’t what it never was.
I think I did it because I thought it was cool. Or maybe because I had run out of room in the corner of one of my first paintings and it was the only thing that fit. But alas, that isn’t the case. The simple truth was that I was trying to not take up a lot of space on my painting. My last name, to me, was a long one. And to get a paint brush to spell it out was overly complicated to me. So I hyphenated it and I’ve been doing it every since.
Along the way I’ve given up on using a paint brush to spell my name because that never seems to work for me. Now I have one of those eraser type tips in my paint brush bag and I use it to scrape off the paint much like a pencil.
What I like about this method (instead of painting over the top) is that the signature is a whole lot less intrusive. Just a nice subtle signature in the corner. If you want more information, that’s on the back. I sign, date and name my paintings with a sharpie. If you don’t see a “v” in the lower right corner, you know I have forgotten to varnish it. Oops.
Just thought I’d share a little behind the scenes of how I do what I do. Enjoy your week.