Friday, February 25, 2011

How do I title my paintings?

One of my collectors just commissioned me to create a painting. In an email he asked me:

"You're amazing. This should be fun.

How do you name them?
Thank you Jesse :)"

Below is the answer. I thought it might be interesting to post my little essay for other viewers and buyers of my paintings.


Well usually the names come to me as I'm painting them. As you're painting, part of the mind is really focused and other parts of the mind just wander freely around like in meditation. Thoughts and associations float in and out. Then you see something in the painting that is very evocative of a memory, or something you've learned about life or something that is going on in your life and relationships. It runs the whole spectrum of emotions. For instance "the Next Chapter" was about my Mom in the nursing home and the transitions that she is experiencing. That is very personal for me, but for the viewers and buyers of the paintings, a title like that can also mean something very personal for them. And I hope it does. So I don't usually explain the title unless it's something overt like scientific and cosmic phenomena.

Or in the case of "A Thousand Beautiful Things", I just was so immersed in that song as I painted that there just was no other title that would do.

And then others are almost purely visual like "Fugue in Plaid". I just love the humor and the mind-bending aspect in the juxtaposition of those 2 seemingly disparate elements of music and visual pattern.

And then sometimes no name comes so I have to gaze at it for awhile and look for an association. My husband Chet has helped...he named one for me "Rose Meridian" which I think is an excellent name. Often the titles are about juxtaposition like that.

Now that I wrote all of this, I think I will put it in the blog. Thanks for inspiring me to explain the process.

XO Sally

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Spiral Galaxy, original painting by Sally Trace

Title: "Spiral Galaxy"

Medium: Acrylic on canvas.

Dimensions: 30" high, 40" wide, ¾" deep.
Four 30x10" canvases. The sides are painted black.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"In Bloom", original floral abstract painting by Sally Trace

In Bloom, Original Painting by Sally Trace

Title: "In Bloom"

Medium: Acrylic on canvas.

Dimensions: 324" high, 36" wide, ¾" deep.
The sides are painted black.