When I view a painting that’s “Untitled” I feel cheated. How about you? Is this a lazy artist? By giving a work a title, does the artist feel he or she is leading the viewer? Again, what do you think?
For me, a title is part of the story of a piece of artwork. And each piece should develop from a a story. As an artist, what are you thinking while creating? Can you develop a title from your thoughts?
Giving a piece is definitely a challenge. I have developed some techniques I employ however.
- I keep a list of potential titles
- I keep a list of words I like
- I translate words/potential titles into a foreign language (I use Google Translator), e.g. “Shiro” is Japanese for white
- I employ ambiguous titles as I too do not want to lead the viewer, “Sorpresa” is Spanish for surprise
- I like titles from one word to many , “The Devil’s in the Details Playing Tenor Sax”
“The Devil’s in the Details Playing Tenor Sax”
Seriously consider a title rather than “untitled.” It might help with sales.