I don’t find it easy to pick names for my art pieces — it’s just not something that comes naturally. I think it’s probably because I’m a visual person and not a verbal one.
But sometimes you just have to listen to the universe for your answer.
Recently I completed three acrylic paintings of pelicans, which are among my favorite North American coastal birds.
As I worked on them, I shared images on my Instagram account (@thetextileartisan) so everyone could see how they came together. Commenting on the bird that looks directly at the viewer, my friend Chris called the pelican’s gaze “intense”.
I told the story to my husband, a Bond movie fan, who instantly quipped “Pelican, James Pelican…”.
I thought that was funny and, even though he thought it was just a joke, I decided that would be a great name for the piece.
We extended the theme for Bond-like names to the two other pieces in the triptych: Miss MoneyPelican (for Miss Moneypenny, M’s exec assistant), and Goldbeak (from the villainous Goldfinger). Goldbeak sold pretty quickly and I created a fourth pelican we called Goldbeak II. The names all stuck… and they seem to bring a smile to everyone’s face. 🙂
Sometimes the names are just presented to you — if only they were all that easy!