|Jane Spencer with Dorothy Howe Brooks|
By way of introduction to her subject, Dorothy talked about the difference between titles of poems/other forms of literature and titles of artwork. In literature, the titles are front and center. They are cues that give the reader a sense of what is coming up and influence whether you want to forge ahead into the writing.
In art, titles tend to be secondary. When you walk into a gallery, it is the artwork that beckons. When a work grabs your attention, you go closer to get a better look. Then you might look at the wall card to find out who painted the work and what it's called. A good title will enhance your appreciation of the work. A bad title runs the risk of turning you off.
|O'Keeffe's "Red Hill and White Shell"|
|Patricia Anderson Turner's "Mud cookies"|
Dorothy categorized other ways to title works for us. A title can focus attention on a particular aspect of a painting. Monet’s “Impression Sunrise” draws our attention to the glimmering light as the sun rises on the day. A name like “Harbor at LeHavre” (the original title of the work) is informative, but doesn’t share with the viewer what really struck the artist about the scene.
|"Study in Blue and White" by Dana Cooper|
|Carol Fogelsong's work|
|Becky Donatucci's work|