Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 20 of the 30 Day Challenge

September 20, 2013

Coming up with titles for paintings is always a challenge. 

6 x 6 - No, you cannot have a cell phone

Recently I listened to one of the radio shows on "Artists Helping Artist".  It's on every Thursday, but you can listen to any of the shows any time and there is a huge selection of topics.  The interview of Kevin Auster, a wonderful painter, had so many pearls of wisdom, including some good advice about titles for paintings.  The bottom line was don't use the obvious.  I've gotten better at titles with the help of friends, but using the obvious is my tendency.  His comments were liberating. 

This  little painting had so many obvious choices and I'm not sure if this is a good title, but at least it is not obvious, right?

Balanced Diet

I like this title and there was one called "Parmagiana Wanna Be" named by Nancy Bradley that I really liked, too.   (I can't find that photo, but the painting included some eggplant)

(found the photo - SOLD) 


  1. The title is perfect, I laughed when I read it. I will listen to the show with Auster. I'm stuck on obvious. Dunes, More dunes, dunes in sulight, sunlit dunes. Love the painting too

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. When I named one "Red #2", I knew I was in trouble and needed to think like Ken Auster.

  3. I immediately liked your title even before I read your Ken Auster comment. Good info and also appreciate your tips on the condiment painting below--very good. The piggy bank painting is adorable.

  4. I love the stacked mugs and sugar bowl. I think they are telling secrets.

    1. Thank you, today I thought of a better name for that painting. Wouldn't "Sugar Daddy" be a good name?
      I'll have to do another painting just to call it that.

  5. Thanks for the tip about the titles...mine are so obvious, and so the color of the pigs, so cute!