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Curbsides, 12x9"

Curbsides, 12x9", Pastel on sanded paper
© 2011, Brenda Boylan

Don't you just hate it when artists title their work "Untitled" or #4? A title is everything if you are going to be serious, so why not give your work some credibility? I read a great post by fellow pastelist Marla Baggetta on titling her work...read it here. She made me think more about my naming. Sometimes a title will pop out in my head even before I put pastel to paper. Other times things just don't click. I might find them in a discussion, a walk in the neighborhood, or in a song or poetry. This one has not come to me yet, but will come soon once the egg has hatched. Until then, happy painting!

Update: I finally came up with a title this morning..."Curbsides". Seems fitting.

9 comments:

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful painting, i particularly like how you capture the sunlight against the cars.

on giving paintings titles, i used to find it fairly easy to do but then the titles became too personal and i have opted for the generic numbering system under a title which means everything to me;)

Celeste Bergin said...

hey Brenda, Thanks for the link to the valuable link...I like the painting and the title!

Casey Klahn said...

Very inspiring!

B Boylan said...

Hi rahina, Thanks for your comment. I can sympathize about the "personal" titles you give your work.
It's kind of like naming a child. It's very personal because I am trying to pull memory from the subject through words...and I'm not great at words otherwise I'd be an author. Hee hee.

Celeste, Thanks, and glad I could share that meaningful post.

Casey, thanks too!

loriann said...

Beeeeautiful. LOVE the whole feel of this one. I also enjoyed Marla's post.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Thanks for the link about titles. Great info.

SUSAN RODEN said...

Fitting title and love the angled composition in the vertical format. Nicely rendered!.

B Boylan said...

Loriann, Kimberly, thanks! Yeah, Marla has a good thing going.
Susan, glad you like the composition and rendering. Love hearing what others see in my work. Smiles back at 'cha!

B Boylan said...

Loriann, Kimberly, thanks! Yeah, Marla has a good thing going.
Susan, glad you like the composition and rendering. Love hearing what others see in my work. Smiles back at 'cha!