When I finish a painting I sign my name in the bottom right corner. It is at that moment of writing my name that I feel closure. The instant I apply my name to my work I officially declare it finished. My signature is an integral part of my creative process. My signature connects me as the creator of my work and it also is a symbol that to me says, “I made this…I’m proud of what I made…I will sign it to let everyone know that I am its creator.”
Confession time; I did something bad! Yes, your teacher did something bad. I signed my name on the wall in this little apartment…shhh, just a little signature (in a corner). Don’t tell anyone, I want to get my security deposit back. But I just had to do it. It was a horribly strong compulsion. I had no will power to resist the urge to do it.
I would not sign something that I am not proud of so today when I signed my name on the wall in this place, to me it symbolized this: “I did this…I’m proud of what I created here in New York, I’m not ashamed or regretful of whether or not it was a mistake. It is what it is…I will own this…I am its creator, it will always be a part of me…lesson learned, it is now finished, it is complete.”
I will put this canvas away knowing that I will look at it again someday differently than I look at it today. That’s the great thing about art/life; it means different things to us at different times. I will get out a fresh new canvas and I will begin a new painting. Painted with love from my heart!
"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life"