How do you feel about titling your work? We've been talking about that in the year of creative habits Facebook group. It seems you either love it or hate it. It's easy or it's hard.
My first experience with titling my art was my senior show in college. That was 1998 and there was this thing that was popular then called magnetic poetry. That's how I titled the pieces. I pulled 2-3 words out of the box, put them together, and voila! Sometimes I put a word back and I usually reached for the longer strips because they were more interesting. I had some great titles though like "transparent corduroy" and "no melon rhythm."
“With my paintings, I was trying to make them and then name them. And it doesn’t work like that. I started thinking of it like no one would name their 13 year-old son when he’s thirteen years old. He’s going to name him probably before he’s born, right? So that son grows up to mean what his name is intended. … You don’t name your kids mid-life. I was like, man, that works the same way with art. ../ If I can name my piece something meaningful, that I want it to mean something, then I can build around that everything else, the subject matter, the colors to tell the name of it. Then I’m making art.” –Baron Batch
If I'm truly finding meaning in my process, that has to include the title. It can't be randomly selected from a box of magnets or based on what I happened to eat for lunch that day.
I noticed that those in our group that found titling their work easy were deciding on the title early in the process. Later, decisions can then be based on the title and your intentions for the piece. I'm now making an effort to decide on my title while painting. I've even added that to my checklist.
Today's painting is titled Isle of Enchantment.