Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Making Titles for New Art

Trace in the Sky 30 x 40" oil on linen
© 2010 Katherine Kean

As mentioned in a recent post, I've begun to think about titling artwork. Unfortunately this thinking too often occurs to me just as I've uploaded an image and realize I need to call it something and at the very least something that's different than what I've named the last 3 or 4 paintings.

There are a lot of different opinions on what titles should be. I tend to like titles that add something to the meaning and I appreciate if it can be descriptive. I found a few interesting articles representing various viewpoints and methods of titling that I'll share with you here:

From "Subjective: The Artful Life": Titling Artwork:
Part 1 Part 2 and Part 3 . I found this three part series of articles to be among the most thoughtful and in depth on the subject.

How to Title Your Work: Seven Steps
A wikiHow article that guides you through a titling process.

Robert Genn discusses painting titles in one of The Painter's Keys articles.

Title generator
This abstract art title generator is fun and who knows, it might spark an idea.

The painting above is making a return appearance on this blog as it is having it's final retouches complete. The title came from a little searching I did into weather sayings and their meanings.

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Gary Keimig said...

Nice cloud work. Titles are terrible to come up with. In our gallery I do quite a few Teton paintings as they are so close and popular to buyers. My Pardners wife and our Gallery Secretary always asks "What is the title to this piece?" "oh, Teton 368" or some such. At times a title jumps out at you and is perfect but....

Kathryn Hansen said...

i keep a small notebook of titles...sometimes words in a song catch my ear or lines in a poem. but i'm going to go look at those articles you posted for more inspiration!! thanks!

Diane Hoeptner said...

Great post! Will have to follow the links. Maybe one will take some of the pain out of making up titles. Thanks, Katherine!

Anonymous said...

Katherine: Thanks for posting this! I certainly will follow up on the links. I tend to title from the very get-go. It helps me stay focused on why I am even painting the painting. I admire how you titled this one, something that relates to the natural phenomenon but also the naive meteorologist can understand its meaning. Beautifully done!

Dianne Poinski said...

Great information! Thanks. People often make fun of my titles. Oak Tree I.........Oak tree II.....

Anonymous said...

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If we can recollect a previous news when US blamed Russia for the earthquake in Georgio. What do you guys think? Is it really possible to create an earthquake by humans?
I came across this [url=http://universalages.com/hot-news/what-happened-in-haiti-is-it-related-to-haarp/]article about Haiti Earthquake[/url] in some blog it seems very interesting, but conspiracy theories have always been there.

Katherine Kean said...

Hi Gary, I so agree. Sometimes I think I'll just give them numbers.

Kathryn, the notebook is a great idea!

Marianne, it does help to have a title early on. Maybe I'll start incorporating titles earlier in the whole process.

Dianne, that's funny!

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