How to Title Your Artwork

I am often asked how to title your artwork. I respond, “A title ideally is a bridge between the artist and the viewer. How did it make you feeling, or what memory drove you to create it? Sometimes it is as simple as labeling it with the main color, place, or its subject matter.” As a textile designer we labeled artwork prints based on themes such as U.S. states, boys, girls names and more.

Today, I enjoy adding titles based on my memories for my snowscapes. As for my cityscapes themes they are based on color subject and sometimes location. These below pieces are titled after memories of Groundhog Day, which seemed like a serious event growing up in western New York. I’m sure my parents were rooting for more winter sun, while my siblings and I cheered for six more weeks. Regardless, this charming holiday still holds a special place in my heart.

“Winter Sun” (Ellendale, Minnesotta) by Sandra Mucha | 10″ x 8″ / 25cm x 20cm | Acrylic

Also, creating new memories can help when trying to title your artwork. This Groundhog Day my son and I watched the live feed at 6:25am of the furry meteorologist on YouTube. It looks like we will see an early spring according to Punxsutawney Phil. Afterwards, my husband said, “Early spring or six more weeks really does not matter for Minnesota!” I’m glad we can relate to the same snow line of Northern America. Meanwhile, here in the south today it is foggy (next series) and our daffodils are blooming. It always seems reversed how the winter sun shinning means less winter.

“Six more weeks” (Ellendale. Minnesotta) by Sandra Mucha 8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25cm | Acrylic

Good luck brainstorming themes and titles for your artwork.

2019 Groundhog Day: LIVE FEED

-Sandra

Inspiring Stories of North Dallas: Meet Sandra Mucha

While it is an honor to be listed as one of the newest rising stars among other area artist and entrepreneurs in a recent interview with the VoyagerDallas Magazine, life goes on here as I balance family life and travel to different places on canvas in my Richardson,TX art studio.

Meet Sandra Mucha

On that note.. Time to continue working on my San Francisco series before taking our son to swim practice.

Thank you for all the support from my wonderful friends and family.

-Sandra

2019 Student Art Contest List

This week I will be a visiting artist at my son’s elementary school for their fine arts day.
At that time I will be sharing how artwork is not complete until it has a viewer. I will also discus how to pick a contest, and the joy of putting your art out into the community.
I will be providing tips for entering an art contest, based on learnings from my past art student’s winning five consecutive years.
I have a variety of pointers to help them be the most successful contestants they can be.
Also, see I have updated the Richardson Wildflower link for their 2019 student contest info.
Here are a few favorite Local, State, and National Art Contests: 2019 Art Contest List
Good luck!!

Sandra Mucha in the art studio

How to Winterize Your Camera.

Capturing outdoor winter inspiration can be tricky. I have learned to pack a hand warmer and a large self-sealing bag before heading out into brutal temps.
Years ago in Minnesota my camera stopped working. I was shooting in 10 degree temps for just a few minutes when my camera stopped working. The frigid temps were very hard on the battery reducing my shooting speed.

“Six more weeks”  (Ellendale,Minnesota) 8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25cm Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha
“Six more weeks” (Ellendale,Minnesota) 8″ x 10″ / 20cm x 25cm Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha

Luckily my Nikon D90 SLR was fine. I managed to photographed a variety of scenes featured now in my playful snowscape paintings.

So, my three biggest tips to winterize your camera are as followed:

1. Be sure to pack a small hand warmer to wrap around the section of the camera that contains the battery. This will help, but I still try to limit my photo shoot based on what I can physically handle as well.

2. Avoid condensation occurring on the camera, and let it accumulate on the outer side of a self sealing bag instead. Place camera inside bag before returning indoors, but not after entering. Moisture will start to accumulate on the camera if place in the bag after entering a warm building.

3. Check your owner’s manual to see the recommended ideal temps for your camera. As a last resort, shoot scenes indoors if you lack the above winterizing gear.

I was lucky and now know how to protect my camera properly the next time.

Happy Holidays!!

-Sandra

www.sandramucha.com

Art Exploring Tip # 17: Winterize your Camera.

 

Time to Celebrate!

After taking time to review all the great things that happened with your art this year it is time to celebrate!

Did you land in an new place or subject matter after trying a different technique? Did you play? Explore? Learn something unexpected?

In 2018 my art exploring took me to great heights. The first half of the year, my water tower series illustrated the bird’s eye views and then lead to creating the bird’s themselves. The larks ability to swoop and twirl was a delightful progression. We will see where they will take me next year.

©Sandra Mucha 2019

Become a better artist when you reflect on what was worthy of your signature, and what was pushed to the back of your art studio, ..and then Celebrate and enjoy friends and family that much more.

My Art Exploring Tips where started on my socials, but plan to expand on them here and on my website this year.

Thanks for following

-Sandra

www.sandramucha.com