Grass 30, watercolor, 30x22, 1993
And the old bug-a-boo of titles raises it's ugly head again. I'm finishing up four more of the ricepaper/collage/bokusho paintings and am strongly tempted to continue numbering them rather than trying to come up with novel one or two word titles. I've numbered series work before, sometimes numbering into the 50's and 60's and I swore I wouldn't do that again. But geeze! Naming a work that is descriptive of some element or references it in some way without being cliche is darned hard to do on a continuing basis. Man, I've dipped into Shakespeare, Greek Mythology, foreign words including Latin botanicals and Japanese numbers... I've researched Tartans and named a whole season's worth of paintings after them... I've combed the dictionary and made notations whenever I come across anything title worthy, made a file of intellegent words and included definitions and pronunciations just so I wouldn't embarass myself. But how easy it would be to let them go forth without that crowning glory. Why not let the date be the title? Except that I tend to finish a bunch on the same day (okay, who would know if I spread out the dates?) Sighhhhhhh..... okay, I think I'll do this: I'll continue the Bokusho numbers for awhile longer and add a one word title to it... like "Bokusho 9 - Reversi". Then if I can't think of a title it will just be a number. Until a better idea comes along. BTW, and FYI, a gallery director once told me that the title she was most tired of seeing was "Reflections."
Remember my T-shirt project with names? G-kid had a 'meet the teacher and classmates' morning in preparation for school starting soon, and she choose to wear her name shirt "so everyone would know how to spell my name correctly!" Libi, by the way, means 'Beautiful Blue Jade' in Chinese... but you probably already knew that.