There seems to be a criteria that I follow to assign a title to a painting. Through my eyes and mind I decide:
1. What is the painting about?
2. What did I set out to do when I decided to paint the canvas?
3. What did I want to say in the painting?
4. What was my mind set when I started the painting?
5. When did the idea of the title come to me- before, during or after the painting?
A BLEND OF WORLDS
In the above painting, A BLEND OF WORLDS, I set out to make a fantasy world combined with the real world. The woman in the room is standing in front of a painting in her room that contains a Sprite in her own world. The plants in the real world work themselves up into the painting to become part of the painting. I have several paintings in the Mystical World with Sprites (see "mystical" on my web site: )http://www.PaintingsbyLinda.net.
Titles are important for the viewer, so they can understand what they are looking at, but let's face it: the viewer is going to be led to look at the painting a different way, than if they did not know what the title was.
Ttitles are most important for the artist.
I had a blog posting a while ago on your personality going into a title- and it certainly goes into the subject matter you choose. Ultimately then, the title is for the artist to express what they want to say.