Choosing a title for your work can be difficult. It's tempting to just call each one Untitled and let the work speak for itself. Don't give in!! I know what you're thinking - but so many famous artists have done it. Yes, they have, but they also have had highly acclaimed art critics to analyze their work and then publish their analysis. (Did that sound rude?? I didn't mean it to!)
Ok, my point is, choose a title that will support your work. That will bring your idea, your concept, across to the viewer. This is extremely useful as your audience may not know you; they may not know that those hands are not just a pair of hands but a symbol for relationships (for example).
Easier said than done, right? I had a lot of trouble with this as well. Let's take a look at some examples (cue shameless plugging of my own art).
I titled this piece Variation as the concept behind it was to display the variation one emotion can have through shades of gray. The title immediately directs you to the shades of gray if not the emotion. The title of the exhibition (Displaying Emotion) would lead to the emotion behind the painting. Variation would also lead into the blurb for the piece.
As part of the same exhibition, this piece was titled Struggle and Strife. I choose this title to highlight the struggle between not only the two contrasting colors but two contrasting emotions within one. The title leads the viewer to the conflict expressed by this painting. This then leads into the blurb:
I hope that helped you name your paintings! Please try to! It really brings across the idea behind your work.