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.



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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