The name game

How do I come up with names for my pieces, my paintings?

Sometimes I might have a name long before I conceptualize a painting, or it might come to me a while after I sign a painting.

Sometimes I might name it something, only to change it some times later.

Sometimes it’s literal. A place name. A person’s name. The subject.

Sometimes it’s from a literary reference. The Macbeth Series uses lines from the Shakespearean play. Sometimes I’ve already named it while the canvas was blank; sometimes it comes to me in progress.

Most of the pieces in this series in progress already has a literary or musical reference, but not necessarily an actual title just yet.

Most of the time, it comes to me while I’m painting.

This painting, still in progress, has a name already. It has a musical reference, but it evolved over the course of painting. I don’t know if I should say what it’s called yet, or keep it to myself until I’ve signed the painting and call it done.

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CCFA

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Published March 22, 2016

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