There are no guidelines for titling your art. You can select any title you choose. But remember that your work will have to live with the title for the rest of its life. For. Evah.
Here are 5 reasons to spend a little time titling your work.
5 Reasons to Title Your Art
1. Titles help you distinguish among numerous works.
Titled works are easier to find and to file in organizing systems. They’re also easier for you to talk about and refer people to.
The more unique each title is, the better. If you have a series of numbers, you might forget how Green Mountain #1 is different from Green Mountain #5.
2. Titles make it easier for art reviewers and critics to write about your art.
It’s difficult to write about untitled art because readers have to be clear about which artwork is being discussed.
When faced with untitled art, the writer must spend hunks of text describing which untitled work she’s referring to.
3. Intriguing titles are cause for contemplation.
Untitled or loosely titled works allow the viewer more freedom to interpret, but most people need and want guidance.
An interesting title might be enough for a viewer to stop, think, and look back at the art.
4. Titles look great in books.
Imagine all of the titled artwork in the index of a book about your art. No imagine a page of titles with the word Untitled appearing next to every page number.
5. Search engines find titles.
If you Google “dumb campers,” the second item that used to come up (after video results) was my About page.
Did I have anything on this site about people who aren’t so savvy in the wilderness? Nope.
But I do own a painting with that title, which appeared in my online bio. Google found it.
A Philosophy for Titling Your Art (Should they be descriptive or open for interpretation?)