Descanso Gardens is in La Canada, California. The grounds boast 34,000 camellia shrubs, 25 acres of California Oak trees, 3000 roses and paved pathways throughout the 160 acre property. (If you listen to audiobooks, you might consider listening to a book like this one while walking through a public garden or hiking a trail.) There is a lovely orange moon bridge leading to the tea house, and this was one of a handful of watercolors that pleasantly sprouted from my time exhibiting in the gardens a decade ago. At the time, I loathed coming up with titles for my art. I usually settled for a subject title, like this one above – Tea House. I got into a wrestling match with titles when I painted different views of the same scene. If you’ve worked in a series, you know what I mean.
I used to let art stack up in my studio without a title, just to avoid the angst of naming paintings and prints. But I also knew if I didn’t title the art, I couldn’t really scan it with a “save-as” title & store it alphabetically on my hard drive for easy access later, or make prints to sell from the scans, or post it on social media, or frame & show it at an exhibit, etc. It seemed titling the art was the first crucial step towards sharing the work after finishing: just name the darned thing!
I finally did some research, read a few books, and poured through some essays to tackle the bothersome subject. All that studying produced a works-every-time system that’s actually fun. It bridges the right and left brain to generate tons of naming options for a painting, print, photo or sculpture, and now I love adding fun titles to my art. I know there are many artists and art-dabblers who could benefit from some tips and tricks in this arena, so I’m putting a video course together.
If you’re interested in a video tutorial about three different methods for naming your art, sign up on this list and you’ll be notified when the course becomes available. I’m shooting video, building downloadable help-sheets and designing the content now. I’m excited to share the course with you to get your expert feedback. 🙂
On Wednesday, a friend showed me a shoebox filled with beautiful hand made cards. She let me pick some to take home, and I was swooning at each and every one of them. Such generosity! How to choose? Look at them all! She also shared a beautiful needle point she made, just because. The room we sat in was adorned with her paintings and her pottery, and evidence of the other creative projects she’s working on. All of them with the same goal; to simple make something. The making was not to sell, or show, or compete… it was just to create a thing of beauty. (Read this is you need a little encouragement to do the same.) How do you prioritize your make-something time? (Don’t have the room to create? Read this.) I’m inviting you to reserve an hour or two this week (pick an evening – any evening that’s got a one hour window), and get your hands on whatever suits your fancy to be creative and make a thing – any little thing – just for the simple pleasure of creating.
I’ll see you in the next post –
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The optimist lives on the peninsula of infinite possibilities; the pessimist is stranded on the island of perpetual indecision.
~William Arthur Ward