Like many artists, naming my artwork can sometimes feel like a daunting task. There is so much to consider. Names should illuminate a defining element of the piece while also being original. They should assist the viewer to make a connection, but also embrace diverse interpretations. A title could mean the difference between a buyer connecting with the work or being turned off by it. No wonder the task feels like one of the hardest things to do as an artist!
Over the years I have approached naming in a variety of ways. Often, and especially with my musical body of work, I relate my titles back to my life with my father. During my childhood we often would lay on the rug together and listened to music. Words from those days come to my mind as I view my work. For example, my most recent encaustic piece, “Allegro” was named in this manner. “Allegro” is a lively, cheerful musical tempo and an element I see in this piece.
Another recent piece I named using this convention is called, “Overture.” Like an orchestral overture, for me, the motion in this encaustic painting evokes the feeling of something about to begin.
I use other approaches to naming too. Sometimes an element jumps out at me like in my encaustic monotype titled “Silverlining.”
Other times I may use bits and pieces from songs or phrases to title my work like in this piece, “Into the Woods.”
My varied naming techniques ultimately assist me, yet I find myself wanting to find an easier approach to coming up with good titles. What is your approach? How is it working for you?