Naming artwork

Baby blue flowers watercolor

A little flower practice using a 1/2 inch Flat angle brush.

Happy little petals your way today. πŸ™‚

Baby blue flowers

I’ve been trying to come up with more thoughtful names for my artwork. I am finding that naming artwork is challenging. This small 6 x 9 inch piece I named, Baby Blues.

I wonder what the best approach is when naming artwork.

Maybe asking a few questions would be helpful before selecting a name…

  • What do I see?Β  (this is my usual method, somewhat descriptive)
  • What do I feel when I look at this piece?
  • What did I feel when I created this piece?
  • Does this piece bring back a special memory?
  • Does this piece have a special meaning?

Then again, am I just overthinking the process?Β  Is it best to just go with your gut (or what comes to mind right away)?

Do you have a method that works well for you? I would love to hear how you choose a name.

Thank you for stopping by and following along. I hope you are inspired to create art and do what you love.

Until next time, be the light and shine on! ❀

Happy Painting!

Patty Anne

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Author: pattyanneart

An artist in love with watercolor painting and photography. On a journey to share art and happiness.

20 thoughts on “Naming artwork”

  1. Pretty little blue flowers Patty Anne. I nearly always give my art work a name but I’m not sure I can offer any practical advice on how I do it… ! When I’ve finished a piece of art a name usually comes to mind straight away or sometimes while I’m painting. When I do think of a good name, I find it best to write it down straight away before I forget it! Ultimately I think you should trust your instincts as to what sounds and feel right for each piece of art…

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  2. I love this beautiful painting. I’m amazed with how you’ve struck just the right balance between simplicity and complexity. The shades of blue are just wonderful. A thought about naming… your art is a very personal expression of how you view the world so listen to that inner self where your art is coming from. If you can encapsulate that feeling in a few words in your title then you’ll help the viewer to understand just a little of the heart behind the hand. I’m not an artist but I’m a passionate viewer and appreciator πŸ˜‰

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  3. All of my art pieces receive a name and a number. Like one of your other commenters I keep a running list of my pieces. When choosing a name I rely on my first instinct. Your work is always amazing!


  4. A very good question, Patty Anne! 😍
    I sometimes struggle in this area too, I try to think about what it means to me personally and what I want it to convey to others. I think blogging helps because you can practice with your titles for your blog posts to see what interests people and catches their attention. Also, what is the purpose for naming your artwork… for your own system or to attach meaning to your piece? πŸ’—

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