March 21, 2022 – Rearranging My “Art Room” at Home for a New Endeavor : Polyptychs, ie, Art on 2 or More Panels, Part 5 – Signing the Backs of Each of 4 Panels

Preparing to sign the back of Mountains Clouds and Waves March 2022 ©Felipe Adan Lerma
Preparing to sign the back of 1o4 of Mountains Clouds and Waves March 2022 ©Felipe Adan Lerma

A reader recently commented they looked forward to seeing how I’d sign this new work, there being 4 panels 😊

This part of my signing, and the post about it, is the easier for me to do 1st because this is how I’ve signed the back of each of the 4 polyptych pieces. Signing the front of each one ( yes, lol! each one! ) will be much more involved and less straightforward, at least how I’m currently contemplating signing each panel, within the full polyptych.

Yeah, more than a little nervous ’bout it, even though I have signed both my art work and my photography with the image. A good example of the latter is Time at the Musee d’Orsay ( 26K views at this time ), where I signed along the rim of the large clock in the converted-now-museum train station.

To me, signing digitally is “much” easier than signing in pigment. In contrast, I feel there’s much less room for error signing a painting. Might just be me, but definitely feel the pressure difference!

Still, I Googled how to sign multiple panels ( polyptychs ) and felt these suggestions ( among many ), via an Art Business Info site article, would work best for me —

  • Number each panel
  • Sign each panel
  • Date the work
  • Include the Title

In this case, signing the back, I included both my “written” name I go by – Adan – and my full printed name, Felipe Adan Lerma.

I don’t have any super special reason for doing this, but felt good doing it this way 😊

Also important, to prevent-bleed through to the front of the canvas, I spread a thin but nice coat of matte gel onto the part of the back of the canvas I intend to write.

Preferably I should also put another clear coat on my sig & other info to prevent it wearing away etc. We won’t go into the “etc” here 😊

Oh, and might be able to tell, by my handwriting, how difficult writing / painting my signature might be for me, lol! And I do prefer signing vs a stamp or such. Just my preference, no judgment intended. Though you might get an indication as to why / how my brush work might “appear” so creative, lol! Just the jiggle and wiggle of my hands 🙏 😊 ❤️

Stay well everyone! Stay curious! 💕


ps – oops, special kudos and thanks to the now-9 year old for his help ☺️

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  1. […] the need for each panel to be signed, preferably front and back; possibly to prevent an exceptional or simply preferred pairing of panels being separated from the whole as a whole… […]

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  2. Your “helper” has a terrific smile! Re the signing – wow – never occurred to me how to approach the multi-panel works. Looks like you’ve got it under control. Gosh, yes, digital signatures are less pressure. We can easily undo, no harm done. It’s been years since I painted on a stretched canvas, forgot how tricky the signing can be. 👏👏👏

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    • Glad to hear I’m not the only one who’s sig-challenged, lol! Re multi-panel works, I gotta tell ya, I didn’t “any” idea their unique challenges! I feel I’m only scratching the surface! Or is that surfaces? 😄 I couldn’t resist 😊 Thanks so much, Robin! 🙏

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    • Occasionally I come across one of my older works where I signed or wrote something on the back; but doing these panels has made me aware how important this is to do for all my work, regardless of size etc. Coating the canvas before hand helps prevent bleed-through, and coating what’s written, seals in. It can be covered later, yes, but it’s there for X-rays ( or such ) to find. I heard you got accepted to another show, Tiffany! I “have” to go read about it and quit doing so many chores, lol! ❤️ 😊

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