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Katie Miller
02-18-2003, 04:08 PM
Hello everyone, I read the boards a lot but don't post much. I need lots of creativity here....I'm a bit stuck. I need some help naming a painting. It is a portrait of someone I knew many years ago and re-met within the past year. In the background is my old sketchbook on the table, with two drawings I did of him long ago. And in the foreground is a portrait of him now. I wanted to express in the title how we have both changed much in between. Sorry I can't provide a photo, my prints aren't developed yet to scan in. I was just wondering if anyone could think of some good words to explore or something. Thanks


just dave
02-19-2003, 07:18 AM
Now...and then

Now and then

Back Twogether Again

02-19-2003, 07:19 PM
How about, " Revisited" or, " Revisiting".

Rose Queen
02-19-2003, 10:45 PM
...or "Deja Vu"

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02-20-2003, 05:22 AM
some words to try out: sketches; time; pages; passage; friends; life; lifetime; reframed

get a bunch more that you like and put them in a bowl, pull two out.

good luck!

02-20-2003, 11:33 AM
This is a technique I used for naming the works in my first show.

I would allot a specific amount of time to devote to each piece, say 2 minutes. I would then, in that period of time, jot down a list of words that came to mind while I looked at the painting - without overthinking - just anything that came to mind. (Sometimes things pop into your head that you don't expect.) After the time was up, I would evaluate the list, looking for trends in the ideas, also looking for anything that stood out from the rest. Then, working with the evaluations, I would use a dictionary or thesaurus to fine tune the ideas into a sort of language that flowed in the same style as the painting.

That may seem like a complicated way of doing things, but the way I look at it, you want the title to be a part of the painting, and as much a work of art as what it represents.

(Just as an example, one title I came up with was "Feraferia," which is a word taken from Latin roots meaning 'wilderness celebration.' I used it for a very colorful, somewhat expressionist-styled sunset/landscape painting. It has a fun feeling to it, don't you think?)

Hope that helps you out some!