By WR Jones
When the R&D department secretary came into my office a few days ago – Ok, it’s not an office, it is a cubicle; not a big cubicle, but I can fit both feet within the lines if I scrunch up, she took one look at this painting and, “IS SHE NAKED?” Imagine this in a shrill screech. I told her it was a clay statue to keep her from fainting. She carefully backed out keeping her dubious looking eyes on me every step.
I lead the real life of Dilbert the engineer.
What should I name this painting in order to increase the odds of a sale? As it normally stands there are two chances for me to make money from a painting; slim and none.
The title of a painting is important. You can argue that it should not be, the image should stand on its own. However, a title can help set the mood the work is viewed in. On a painting trip to Macinaw Island I was staying at a hotel owned by a painter. He was showing me his work that hung on one wall, and told the story of a prospective buyer of one painting. He said she told him she wanted to buy the painting and asked what the title was. He had some smart aleck name for the piece and when he told her she said she could never own a painting with such a name and walked away.