The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates

To me this is a call to reflect on why we create art in the first place. Who are we as artists and what is our work saying to others? 

So take a moment and reflect upon an individual image that you have created or maybe a series. This could be old work or new image. If you can have it in front of you that would be ideal so you can easily reflect upon the image. Then write the answers to the following statements. 

Remember the answers do not have long. You might use only one word or a phrase but despite if it long or short be honest. This is for you and not the world to see. 

1]  Describe the image in words.

2]  How do you feel when you see this image or this series?

3]  Write a history of the work. When, where and why was it taken. 

4]  Is this the best format or technique for the image or series and if so Why?

5]  What are the strengths of this work?

6} What are the weaknesses?

7]  Finally if you could do it over again what would you change?

It is important to note that even through art history has crowned masters in each field all artists strive for more. We create work in the moment. It is important to look back and know in the next moment we could have created something even better.

There are no right or wrong answers here - only failure is not asking more of yourself or your work.