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Finding Titles for Artwork

"The Brothel" by John Andro AvendañoI used to name my paintings if I had an emotional connection to them. While making a painting or drawing, the name would just come to me. Those are the best types of titles – when they just come out of the air. Now I call a piece ‘Untitled’ until I find a name, or it becomes an untitled series. For me, it’s much more about the process and doing the work than trying to figure out titles. I’d rather move on to the next creation. There are certain types of collectors who want to know titles of pieces. It helps to draw them into a painting, or helps them relate to it more. It may also help people investigate a painting on a deeper level. A name says something about a piece to the viewer, and they get specific ideas about the work.

Don’t make excuses. Make art. Every day.

a-work-in-progressMaking art comes down to routine and habit. And that gets formed over many years. You have to get in the habit of getting up in the morning and starting. After you take care of  your emails or phone calls that you have to do, you have a cup of coffee, and then stand in front of your easel or sit at your table and start creating something. It doesn’t really matter what. Once you begin the process it takes off on its own. I get up around 7:00 a.m., have coffee, respond to emails, and start work about 9:00 a.m. I’ll stop at 1:00 p.m. and have lunch, then take care of more business. I’m back working in my studio by 4:00 p.m. And I’ll work until 3:00 a.m. There’s a dinner in there somewhere, but it’s not necessarily at the same time. There’s no mystery to it. If you want to create art, you have to work; you develop the habit. It’s about creating every day. Persistence matters. Not giving up matters. If you’re sick, you grab a piece of paper and do some drawing in bed. If you’re sick and throwing up, you grab some paper and draw in between times of being sick. If your leg is going to be amputated, get it amputated and then go back and make good art. There is no excuse, if you’re healthy and want to make art. There have been artists who were going blind and kept making art. Artists with no hands who painted with their feet. If they could do it, you can do it. Stop making excuses and make art.