I've never heard of an artist reflective statement until it showed up as part of the #sktchy30 challenge I did in April.
The challenge included daily prompts that were sometimes literal (e.g. color) but often was more process based (e.g. community, goals etc...). The emails include inspiration photos, a more detailed description of the prompt and related articles. The prompt for one day was reflection and included a link to this article on artist reflective statements. The article from Empty Easel includes 10 questions you could ask yourself when preparing a reflective statement.
1. What did you start with?
2. What did you do next?
3. Why did you choose that (brush/colour/pencil)?
4. Why didn’t you choose a different (brush/colour/pencil)?
5. What problems did you encounter?
6. How did you solve them?
7. Were their issues you couldn’t solve?
8. What is working well and why?
9. What isn’t working well and why?
10. What did you learn in this piece that you can apply in the next?
I think this is quite unique from an artist statement, or a critique, and could be an interesting alternative to keeping a sketchbook of inspiration. Instead of looking in your sketchbook for ideas, look in it to see where you've been....looking back to move forward.
Maybe this is why I enjoy blogging so much. I think it's important to share "successful" and "unsuccessful" artwork because every single piece teaches me something. I think it's important for people to understand the artistic journey. Attaching the artwork to a blog post allows me to say a few things about it in an open way. A perfect opportunity to be reflective.
I think I'm going to keep this definition and idea of a reflective statement in mind as I write about my future works here on Dartily.