Inspiration for Art Titles
Since my last post about art titles, I’ve been amusing myself by making a new list of anything and everything that could possibly be a title for a painting or inspiration for a new piece.
I’m always on the lookout for anything funny, ironic, or thought-provoking — just not too serious or deep. It could be a snippet of a song, quote from a movie, line or title of a poem, or phrase from a book. When something grabs me I will add it to my running list for future use. I don’t normally start with a piece of text as inspiration for the art. But many times if I have a good list, it can improve my titles.
So today I went to Amazon.com and started searching through novels for words and phrases that might jump out. I looked for actual book page excerpts. Since not all books have individual excerpts available, I also scrolled down and read some of the literary reviews and even customer reviews. I also looked through song lyrics for more inspiration.
Here’s the Fun Part
I now have a beginning list that I will continue to build on, and I’m matching up some of the “titles” with existing art of mine to see whether or not I could have improved on the original titles. However, I could use these to think of ideas for new paintings if I chose to do that. I have already discovered that I’m more drawn to the non-serious titles and things with possible double meanings.
“Just Passing Through” – Collage, 5 x 7″
Original title was “Time.” Boring! Definitely changing this one.
Your turn to play: The Rules (there really are none!)
If you’d like to play this game with me then create a blog post with jpegs of some of your existing images matched with new titles you’ve found using this method. I’m sure you can come up with more ways to find random phrases that happen to be great art titles. (Mad Libs, anyone?) And don’t forget to try this Art Title Generator. Then comment with the link to your post. Have some fun! I would love to see what you come up with.