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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Identify Your Paintings, Sketch for 456, Photos

I was reading a blog post by Jason Horejs on his RedDotBlog.  Of course I can't find it among the many he has there.  He gives such good advice so you will find something interesting.   He had posted about telling a story about your paintings and how that engages the viewer or purchaser.  It is hard to do at a gallery or an exhibit where you are not present.   I like to identify my paintings.

At a gallery, you may not get to even have a name of who purchased your art so no way to send a personal thank you and talk about the painting/artwork.  My solution is to put the information on the back of the painting.  I print a certificate of authenticity and anything special instructions about the frame or glass.  Most often, I use museum glass and want them to know not to use glass cleaners on it.

I include a sentence or two (depending on the size of the painting, how much fits!) about why I painted it or a story of why I was inspired.  I have a short bio.  I sign my name on my paintings like this:

The story includes why I sign my name like that.  It is Castillo with a "no" inside a block.  My maiden name was Knoblock - no block and my father signed things that way.  Gene suggested I put it on my paintings to honor my dad.

When a person buys my painting they will get the story about my work, info about me,  my contact info, the gallery's info and that the artwork is an original. 

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I sketched in the huge sketchbook this morning.  I was packing but needed a break and that was a good way to take one.

For Scavenger Hunt 456 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1407784
Number 1, nose
Number 2, mouth
Number 3, summer shoes - Gene's I wear walking shoes/sneakers all year round
Number 4, chair - my studio chair, I have sketched most of our other chairs
Number 5, thumb - it looks like a distorted photo, eh?  Sketched too quickly.  Excuse.

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The century plant down the street  just bloomed yellow, never turned white.  Hmmm. I miss-remembered.  You can see the blooms are dropping.  They also trimmed the bottom, don't know why in this hot summer time.  Hmmm.

And, my new studio chair talked about in a previous post. Our friend, "T" Stewart-Young painted it.  Very cool!


Bag Blog said...

I like the idea of the certificate. Since I did not sell any paintings, I have time to make certificates for them now :)

Joan Tavolott said...

I like your way of honoring your father on the back of all your paintings...and also including a line about why you painted that particular piece. I know you are off traveling soon...have a safe trip.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, bummer that you didn't sell. I do think it is a way to identify your work when you can't be there to talk about it. :-)

Jo Castillo said...

Joan, thank you. My signature has brought on comments. Although I had it on my gallery window on a large sign and someone asked me why I had a "No" sign up, like not to enter, something like "No smoking". Ha.

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

that a really good idea having all that info with the work when its sold
taking a break is a good think when packing, often remember something you might have missed

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, you are right. Hopefully we will think of things before we leave. One year I packed all my paperwork and receipts, cards, etc. in a briefcase that I was packing to take to NM and didn't put the briefcase on the list since I was filling it with things from the list. Had to reprint many things, cards, brochures, etc. Luckily I took my computer. Thanks.

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