What happens when breeze blows?
There are many advantages to painting while interacting with other artists rather than painting alone. It broadens the field of vision I have been trapped in, and also gives me new ideas. For example, I took the pictures below to a meeting of watercolor painters and asked their opinions.
Especially, an artist gave me good advice when I showed the painting titled Two Candles below. "Anna, how about a title for the picture like this?"
"What happens when breeze blows? This title is more attractive than two candles. Buyers sometimes choose a picture based on the title."
She is right. In the past, I have had the experience of exhibiting and selling the pictures below under different titles. Before that, the title was Night Scenery, and one day a singer told me that when he saw this painting in an exhibition, the title "The Queen of the Night" came to his mind. After hearing that story, I changed the title of the painting to Queen of the Night.
And when I changed the name and exhibited, the painting was sold. It was an experience that surprised me and the gallery owner alike.
Names are so important. Depending on how it is called, the image and feeling that comes to mind will change. That's why business man or company are obsessed with naming.
It is from the late 17th century to the early 18th century that I started giving titles to paintings. This is because, as the art market was formed, a name was needed to refer to a painting in order to display it or put it in a catalog to promote it.
Titles that were created with this intention gradually changed in the direction of being made intentionally by the artist, interesting to picture lovers, or paradoxically named as untitled titles.
Personally, I like to name my paintings. When I came to America and held my first exhibition, the gallery owner's wife was very fond of painting and had a good memory. She remembered the titles of my paintings one by one and called them out like a child's name. Still, her actions like this remain a moving memory.
As the artist who gave me good advice said, I'm going to put these two pictures in one frame and change the title.
And I plan to participate in a group exhibition with the new title and see the reaction.
Myungja Anna Koh