Tomorrow I will show you what I have been up to for the last two days, but tonight I wanted to speak a bit about the tiny thing I do to encourage participation of viewers/clients. One of the things which is important to me is to encourage those who purchase any of my paintings to participate a little beyond viewing. No, I am not talking about handing them a canvas to make their own paint mark on top of mine or anything as drastic as that. It is far easier to take, at least for me.
As you have probably gathered, once my paintings have been painted, I have less of an attachment to them than I do while I am working on them. I suppose there are probably others who do this as well, but I thought it was a good way to encourage what is also important to me. I sign my canvases on the edge rather than the front. In doing that, they can be hung in the way the client wants to view them. Several of the people who own my work have commented on how they appreciate that. One client moves quite a bit and has said that in some of their homes it looks good one way and in other homes it looks good hanging another way. She really appreciated not being dictated by the signature. I am sure this is probably not the greatest thing to do if I want people to recognize my signature, but what I really want is for owners to enjoy what they have of mine.
Do you do anything to encourage participation in your art?
It is good to be back talking with you again.