Thursday, July 9, 2009

Box, Cube, Square

"Hallways, Always"
20 x 20 x 1.5 inches, Oil on Canvas
While a too descriptive title might detract from a painting, I think a title of some sort is necessary to give a little kernel of information. Gets one thinking, why did the artist name this painting such. I think abstracts are really hard to title. Well I think a lot of my painting are...I mean, I've got "pink flowers", "pink flowers in vase", "pink flowers in blue vase", "blue vase"...we can see that - it doesn't make for a conversational topic...And sometimes the title is too descriptive that it takes away the imagination and shrinks the audience. Place names do that for me. I had a seascape on exhibit once and was amazed at how many people guessed the wrong beach. The title did not say "blankety blank beach" so it was really up to the imagination of the viewer.
Sometimes I get an idea for a painting after I've come up with a neat title, or sometimes the painting just has that particular feeling for a title - like my last painting - I really was going to call it "Deep Funk"!
This title, "Hallways, Always" has been rattling in my thoughts for a couple of weeks now when I first started to paint the cubes. It doesn't make much sense, I know. So sometimes the title is just so weird it's as though an artist has titled their work of art, "Untitled"...
Please let me know it you like "Untitled" for a title of a painting in my comments section.


Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Judy, I know what you mean about titles. I once did a series of beach paintings, and resorted to Beach 1 and etc. I love your cube, square paintings, untitled works. The paintings speak for themselves,they're excellent.

Sheila said...

Love your titles... it is a starting point for interpretation. It still allows me to take from the image what I will. Love the jewel tones you've used here.

gianlucio said...

Hello Judi, the blog "Art in the World" is emerging, and I hope to have you as one of the collaborators with your wonderful works.