Creating Titles for My New Paintings

Last Friday night I had the pleasure of entertaining some of my long-time collectors in my home. Other than drinking Champagne, I asked them to help me create titles for some of my new paintings as well as for the series. Since I do not title my paintings before I start them, I was interested to see what they saw in the paintings and if they understood what I was trying to convey. I think that they did.

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Ann Hart Marquis Salon, before guests arrived.

All of the paintings were numbered and each guest was given a corresponding paper to write suggestions for as many titles as they wished. They came up with some very lovely and clever ideas and I think that they enjoyed the process. I know that I did.

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Ann Hart Marquis, (Patches of Paradise, not on website)

Later in the evening I was asked to describe what each painting meant to me and the feeling I had as I painted each piece. It was a good exercise for me. I then read all the suggestions to the group. I privately chose the titles later that I thought best described each painting and the series.

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Ann Hart Marquis Salon, before guests arrived.

You can now see all the titles including the series title on my website.

3 thoughts on “Creating Titles for My New Paintings

  1. Sylvia

    What a great title for your new series! I experience that tension in many of your paintings.That’s what makes your paintings so compelling – the tension, the opposites, the harmony. All those elements working/playing together. I love that you invited people to share ideas for titles. What could be better than people coming together to think about and celebrate art and the artist!

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    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Thank you Sylvia. The title of the series came partly form a Jungian concept regarding the psyche. I had a wonderful time with such creative people and I used their suggestions for the painting titles. It was a great evening and one that I would like to repeat.

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