It is always good to sell. When one of my museum clients contacted me recently to purchase four small science paintings based on the periodic table, I was over the moon. Then I started scrutinizing each painting looking for some imperfection. Before I send my work to a collector I want to make sure it is in the best possible condition.
So I touched up any scratches and any passages of color, design, or paint film application that had bothered me over the years. Then, I coated each painting with two coats of a Golden Artist Colors product called GAC 500. I love, love, love this stuff. It serves as a very strong top coat and gives a hard finish. Really, after the second coat the paintings looked really spectacular. No kidding!
It amazes me that when I first created the pieces back in 2007, I thought they were complete and I went on to exhibit them all over the country in various shows. But as I have matured as an artist, my standards of presentation have also matured. That is why, I went to such lengths to prepare these paintings for their new home.
When I first exhibited these paintings, I had signed them in pencil on the front. At the time ( five years ago), I was having trouble coming up with a "signature" in paint that I liked. There was even a question of whether I should sign the small abstract paintings at all on the front. In some of the more academic circles, that is a no-no. But I felt the signature was important and if I could do it right and non-obtrusively, it would be overall enhance the painting. So , I erred on the side of caution and signed in pencil.
Followed with a coat of medium to protect the signature from being erased. It worked with the overall design of the paintings but it always bugged me a little over the years. So now using a no. 5/0 Simply Simmons synthetic brush with an excellent little point, I was able to get the signature "P.Rashid" just right.
Signing the back
I also added a signature and pertinent information on the back of the canvases written in permanent marker. Why? The information include the title and medium of the work as well as my name. I think adding the signature on the front and/or back adds a final endorsement and legitimacy to the the work. It let's the world know that the work is "Aproved by the Artist".
Stay tuned for a future post about what can wrong when an artist doesn't do this.
Unfortunately, time had not been kind to my frames. Moving cross country a few times and sending the paintings to various exhibits took it's toll on the floater frames. I had to have several of the paintings re-framed by a local framer.
Packing them up
I used cardboard backing for protection and wrapped them all in brown paper. I believe this process protects during the packing process at the UPS as well requires the painting to be unwrapped by the recipient. This makes for a special feeling and anticipation on the part of the client.
I am all about helping my clients feel special because they are!