This work to the left on my blog is an image from an earlier work and self portrait. It is a skeleton of an abstract dog. The trick was to make a simple welded sculpture out of copper. Eventually I will make it from clay.
This is the only work of mine that isn't signed. The original is, and since this was fashioned from that I did not sign it. This may create a problems later in the works life time.
There are tricks too, to signing and photographing signature. My signature as with many artists' follows a simple evolution. I am altering the first three letters in some. Photographing the signature helps compare it with other is the past. Just like u can never use the same materials over again, the change of a signature can create problems for an art dealer. This is because the only way to find out a paintings potential worth is knowing who painted it. This way u can look up auction records.
I have sold the bulk of painting's my father's estate. I kept the ones that are worth the most in my opinions. There have been many hundreds that were sold at auction, including, sculptures and thirteen violins. I wish I would have kept the violins. I could have hung them on the wall.
Finally, not only should paintings be signed, there has to be some history of how a family acquired them and documented sales receipts, or auction records. U can now have journal entries from the WWII, because a lot of work during the war was pilfered and the records destroyed.
Thus spoke the alien,