|'Sanibel Island Breezes' 11x14 oil on canvas ©Karen Margulis sold|
I have heard arguments for both. You probably have heard something similar. A potential buyer asks me about a beach painting. "What beach is this?" Now I have a dilemma. What does the buyer want to hear? What if I say it is Sanibel Island and the buyer wants a painting of Marco Island? It could be enough to cause the buyer to move on. What if I have given the beach painting a generic title but the buyer wants a Sanibel painting. Using the place name in the title could be enough to sell the painting. It's hard to know what to do.
|'Down to the Beach We Go' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis sold|
- If the scene I am painting is an obvious recognizable place such as the Teton Mountains, I will include a place name in the title. Collectors might be searching for art of specific and special places so a place name will be helpful
- If the scene in my painting is more generic then I will usually avoid place names or I will give it an 'umbrella' title that could cover several possible locations. For example a Florida beach painting could have the words 'Gulf' or 'Coast' or 'Atlantic' in the title. This allows the beach to be any beach along these coasts.
- If I am asked directly where the location of the painting is I will reply that the painting was inspired by a visit to 'X' but that it reminds me of many similar places. This leaves the door open for the painting to be where the potential buyer wants it to be!
- If I am at a plein air event then I will often use the name of the place in the title because it will help remind me of that specific place.
You may be interested in my previous post about painting titles HERE