Wednesday, 23 March 2011

How to describe your artwork - mnemonic

Alyson Stanfield reminded all artists the proper way to describe their art: “Don’t forget that artwork is always listed as height by width by depth in inches or centimeters.” In other words: “Always H x W x D”. Read the whole article Crediting your artwork for the fine details or refer to Alyson’s excellent book I'd Rather Be in the Studio! (Affiliate link).

The trouble is that I can never remember the correct order when I need it (typically if I write an article for the blog or post a new painting on the website). So, I created a very simple mnemonic to help me to remember: How We Describe art.


Cindy Michaud said...

So clever! and such a good student, I don't think I will ever enter hxwxd that I don't think of you! THX

Mark David Jordan said...

Thanks for the reminder. I do tend to forget!

Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Oh, love it! I'm totally stealing (um, "appropriating") this.

Heather Freeman said...

The thing I've never understood about HxWxD is that standard paper sizes aren't described that way. Letter-size paper is 8.5x11, WxH. So why is art different? (A rhetorical question, but it irks me!)

Benoit Philippe said...


Of course you can use it in your class (or blog or book). Really enjoyed your Cultivating Collectors class... and still working on it.