I usually like to name my pieces with simple, one or two word titles. Sometimes the titles are somewhat obvious, such as "Red" - a painting of mine which is predominantly red, or "Goldfishy" - a small acrylic of - what else - a bright orange fish. Others are symbolic, representative of the "movement" of the subject or colors, such as "Wind" - with its swirls of color depicting swirling wind. Sometimes it takes a while before I come up with that one "perfect" name for a piece.
My latest painting, shown above, spent nearly a week without a title. I at first focused on the colors - the deep purple, the contrasting yellow and pale lavender-white, or the bright aqua blue. I considered the subject: the island with trees, or the moonlight and stars shining around them, or the vast sea surrounding the little island.
I finally put all obvious clues aside, and just thought of what the elements altogether brought to mind. An island - an isolated island - most likely quiet, secluded. It's surrounded by water, which is a beautiful deep aqua. Trees provide shelter and shade. The moon and stars shine brightly, bathing everything in a soft glowing light. I decided a place like this would be quite an escape - a sanctuary. So, I had finally come up with a title: Sanctuary No. 1.