I wanted to imply meaning through the titles, but I didn't want it to come off as depressing or weird. I have always loved movies and quoting movies. There's something intimate about quoting movies, you have to have shared an experience to be able to understand it. So I have taken names of characters or actors from movies that express the right idea, mood, or feeling that I want to convey in the work of art.
This one I wanted to name "SCARS" because of the texture under the painting. Instead I called it "AUGUST" referencing the movie Wonder. Auggie is a sweet boy who has great aspirations and a big heart, his life is hard, and unfair. His face bares scars that he did not cause. Still he perseveres.
Alternatively, I could have called it "MAUI" to reference the movie Moana because he has tattoos which are scars that he gets from his life. Some are good, and he's proud of them (see the lines I've drawn on the top?) and others make him sad (like the textures under the painting). This might even be a better title, but Arizona summers peak in August. It just seemed to fit better.
This one references the movie Garden State. A movie about a young man who has struggled with depression. The subdued colors of this dusk sunset combined with the empty space below may represent a depressing time in my own life. Yet its beauty suggests hope, much like when Andrew stands at the side of the abyss with his friends and yells.
This painting of a desert path makes me think of what the Cheshire Cat says to Alice in Alice in Wonderland, “If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take.” I have felt lost recently, although I know where I want to end up, I just don't always know how to get there. This is called WAY because Sterling Holloway voiced the Cheshire Cat in the 1951 version of Alice in Wonderland.
This painting references the Movie Bright Star. I watched this movie after break ups to let myself cry and cry. It's a beautiful movie with a tragic love story. The title Whish comes from the the lead actor, Ben Whishaw, who plays John Keats. I also think this painting is beautiful, and there's something magical about it. Like you could make a wish and it might just come true.