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Old 06-16-2019, 03:11 AM
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Titles for paintings

I paint somewhat abstract landscapes in oil and have always given my work fairly general titles on the basis that people can see what they want in the painting. Recently someone suggested that it is better to indicate in the title that they are of specific places.

What do you do about naming your work? Are people drawn more to work that names known places or is it better to be more general?
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Old 06-16-2019, 10:17 AM
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Re: Titles for paintings

There are many options and tactics. I generally go for what the work evokes or invokes. Since it takes me months to do the work, I usually have a long time to work on the name. The naming convention you take usually is an off-shoot of you as an artist, philosopher, thinker, reader, and inspired person-- so there is really no "better" way.
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Old 06-16-2019, 11:01 AM
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Re: Titles for paintings

"The Soda Jerk" by Edward Hopper



"A Bridge Too Far" by Edvard Munch


"Twelve Men and a Lady" by Leonardo Da Vinci


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Old 06-16-2019, 01:28 PM
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Re: Titles for paintings

Most of my plein air work is just titled after the place.

Studio pieces usually get more poetic names. Something the reflects the image and subject in the painting, but not always directly describing it.

I did a portrait of a blue jay I titled "Neighborhood Watch" after the way the jays always sound the arm at intruders in the woods.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:44 AM
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Re: Titles for paintings

Much of my work comes from my imagination
but could be broadly linked to a place. I think I'll continue giving the paintings non specific titles.
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Re: Titles for paintings

In the past, for my titles I have mined Grateful Dead lyrics. Not sure if that helps.
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