When I have handed over pictures for a gallery they always want a title for the piece understandably, to put on a tag along with the price.
I see that some artists displaying a mount and backboard/mat and frame picture sometimes write at the bottom on the mount/frame in pencil what it is meant to depict, a landmark, description etc. A strange question but I was wondering about your views on this, do you think it enhances it to call it (something like) Lost in tranquillity, or would you prefer your purchase without pencil writing on it?
It just got me thinking when I saw a mount and backboard felted picture for sale recently. The artist had written a title at the bottom of the mount in pencil. This piece was priced at £450, and it probably caught my eye for the wrong reason, a spelling mistake.
I know we are not perfect but I wish my handwriting was better. If I have a long piece of text to send someone, I would type it rather than inflict my messy handwriting on them, and that is impersonal unfortunately.
So.....printed greeting on the Christmas card exchange this year anyone?!
Here's where Ruth admits she is still trying to decipher what I wrote on last years card!
I do sign & date (year) pictures, small and in pencil on the mount (bottom right), then I print a large label which is on the back. It includes title, year, a brief description and my name & contact details. Here’s an example.
Hope I’m not over-sharing! I’ve given it quite a lot of thought and have decided some people want the info and if they don’t, as it’s on the back, it’s easy to ignore. I just write with a sharpie on the back frame of the photo canvases: title, signature, year, ‘limited edition print’ and the edition number, Facebook and Instagram details.