For a few days I thought "cj" was the route I'd go - and I signed all my paintings "cj." It's simple, and it's what I use in my everyday life.
But then I reconsidered, painted over all the "cj's" and wrote "mc" again.
I reconsidered yet again, repainted over the mc's and wrote "cj" again. I was making this MUCH more complicated than it needed to be. Perhaps I had such a difficult time making the decision because it would be something that would identify all my art from this point forward - whether I end up with ten paintings or ten hundred paintings. Once I made a firm decision, that would be it - no more changes.
In the end, I decided that "mc" would be my signature. It's the constant in my life. I've had several different last names - but the Mary Carol has remained the same. Although I've given my mother a hard time about calling me by my middle name (which causes issues with drivers licenses and school roll calls, etc.), I've always liked my name. I think it's pretty.
So, once again, I need to paint over a couple of cj's on and put mc instead. Since I have only a few paintings so far, that should be fairly easy. It's matching the colors that makes it somewhat of a challenge.