Monday, October 11, 2010
The Name Game
The painting above is named Summer Jobs, done by yours truly. Now, I'll be the first to admit, I am not perfect. (As a matter of fact in a recent NBC news/Gallup Poll of the mathematically impaired, 68% said I was not perfect, 43% said me and perfect weren't even in the same zip-code, and the remaining 52.5% were undecided) So I admit it, I'm horrible at naming paintings. I never know if I should be obvious or "artistic". Sometimes I try to be cute. I've named paintings for the date I painted them, like September 29th, or Ground Hog Day (real names!) I've tried to be poetic, like the painting I named Thunder In The Gloaming. The painting I've shown above was another of those where I thought the title told it all, but in reality only I knew what was going on.
So, what does all this mean? Are names important or not? I'll answer with another question. What is a painting, an image or a name? A painting can have a thousand titles, but it's image remains the same. So, I guess I can name my next painting Barn in a field of hay that has been partially mowed with some trees over on the right on a nice July day. You'll certainly know what it's about, and it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?