Name My First Painting

The deadline for name submissions is over, and the contest is closed. I’ll announce the winner over the weekend. A big thank you to everyone who participated!

My first painting

This is the first painting I’ve ever made. I’ll suffix that with “in my adult life”, because I probably did something with my hands when I was a kid.

Julie, who’s very familiar with the medium, got me to sit down and paint with her. I was able to play around with different techniques of strokes and the like. It was interesting to discover the way the colours bleed, the consistency of the paint, and the texture of the canvas.

It’s definitely abstract. I agree with Dan’s astrology reading, in which he said that I see colours differently, but that doesn’t mean I can create them. Frédéric once told me that it’s easier for him to paint than photograph, because if he needs a certain colour, he can just add it to the painting by hand, whereas you can’t do this with a scene in photography. My forté seems to be in capturing instead.

Painting doesn’t come naturally to me. In elementary and high school, I went direction of music (guitar, voice, flute, and piano) instead of visual art. In university, when I wasn’t playing in bands anymore, I stuck with the written word, and eventually moved to photography and video when that wasn’t enough.

So the painting currently remains untitled. Partially because I can’t put a name to it, and partially because I haven’t decided what it is. Which seems a little silly to me, as my need to create has always come from the need to express. Even though Jackson Pollock once said, “When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing”, his paintings still had a direction, a life of their own, much like an improvised jazz solo.

What do you see, and what would you name it?

Leave your suggestions in the comments, and I’ll choose a winner next Friday. The winner will win the painting! Yes, I’ll even ship it to you. The dimensions are roughly 8.5″×11″ (or 21.6cm×28cm).


  1. One ballot per comment? I could stuff the box ;)

    I saw roadside daisies immediately

  2. rocket full of posies and bilities.

    lush brush rush.

    stroke of pluck.

    empower enflower.

  3. I think you should either call it “genesis” or “let there be light”

  4. “Black-eyed daisies”

    Seriously, I should enroll myself into a creative school, LOL.

  5. This is a very interesting piece of work Jeff!

    At first glance, the colors reminded me of sunny side up eggs. Then when I looked closer at the brush strokes and the painting as a whole, they looked like ballet dancers dancing on a dark hardwood floor. Apparently Robin had the same thoughts!

    I don’t have a title, I like Robin’s.

  6. An Aerial View of Sufi Spinners Bringing Spring

  7. There is balance to the images, and a harmony to the colors -sometimes two unsung heros in paintings.
    Since the bursting images reminds me of the big stars in Starry Night, I’d call this painting van Gogh’s Brain Child.
    And, no, I don’t want the painting thank you. I have more paintings than wall space back at home.

  8. To me, it looks like there are tihngs falling and making a splash.

    I would call it “Impact”

  9. Mondrian Chickens without Wheelbarrow. Hold the Rain.

  10. These are all awesome names! It’s going to be REALLY hard picking just one. I never mentioned anything about multiple entries per person, so I’m going to allow it. The official deadline will be midnight EST on February 27th. I find it amazing that I can see the painting in so many different ways now.

  11. “Groupies”

  12. got any favorites yet ????

    • Yeah, a lot of favourites actually, but I’m going to do a write-up about them when I announce the winner. Sit tight!

  13. daisies on jazz
    I know your deadline is waaaay over but I love your painting – you should pursue painting seriously.

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