Last week I mentioned how I am inclined to give my paintings funny titles, but I’ve been resisting that lately. If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ve seem my painting of Elizabeth II with a part corgi face. Of course, I wanted that to have a funny title, but I did some research and gave it a ridiculously long title, because she has ridiculously long titles! Click here to see the painting and the title. Which I think is just—well—kinda funny!
After doing the painting of good ‘ol Liz, I did a one of Danaerus Targaryan. George RR Martin, no doubt using real life as inspiration, gave the Khaleesi a ridiculously long title! Once again I had the title for my painting: Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, First of her name, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First men, Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Unburnt, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, Queen of Mereen. In context with the Queen painting, I think that is also, at least kinda funny.
So what’s the problem. Well, back then I had a RedBubble page to sell t-shirts and stuff (it’s still there, but I haven’t added to it in ages, nor have I promoted it) and I put that image on it, only to have it taken down due to copyright infringement! What happened to fair use? This is neo-pop art, no? I think it should fall under fair use laws in the US (Canada doesn’t have them, by the way, but RedBubble is not a Canadian company.) Anyway, I never did put the image back up, but I have been selling prints of it occasionally in person, under the title Mother of Dragons, which I think would be harder to flag on a website like RedBubble, were I to start using it again.
So nowadays, with my neo-pop art paintings, I try not to use character names, so the so-called copyright infringement is not as obvious. I guess that’s also made me kind of forget about making the titles funny. So, for example, if I do paintings of Star Trek characters, I give them innocuous titles, like First Officer, or Captain. So now you know a little about my titles!
By the way, update on the spring vs. winter situation in Winnipeg. Winter came back. The snow was almost gone! Ugh! That pretty much guarantees flooding on this flood-plain…