Reflection feeds into our process of making and sharing art. Reflection helps us investigate. Reflection via art journaling is a big deal to us at Lean Into Art. So much so, we started Art Soundoff.
Interested in taking the challenge with us?
1) Record a 5-10 minute audio journal reflecting on your workday (optionally: use one of the 30 daily prompts listed below to help get you going).
2) Post your recording.
3) Share a link to your recording via Twitter with the #artsoundoff hashtag so we can follow along.
Frequency is up to you--you can post them daily, weekly, or whenever you find the time. The big idea is to get in the habit of turning on that analytic eye and foster more intentionality into your work the following day.
Creative challenges don’t all have to be one size fits all. In the latest iteration of Art Soundoff we’re recommending a more flexible approach. Choose your adventure, choose your challenge.
Any amount of reflection about what you make, how you make it: it’s welcome in this art soundoff community.
Consider what you hope to get out of this kind of practice and have an idea of which prompts will help you get there.
THE ONE-OFF: Record one reflection, publish and share.
THE SMALL SET: Record a small set of self interviews (3–5)
A WEEK OF REFLECTION: Record whole week of interviews with one being the kickoff sharing your intentions and the final being what you learned as a reflection on the process of interviewing yourself for a week.
WHOLE MONTH: There’s always the big option. The whole enchilada. The big cheese. Whole pie. Record a podcast every day for the month of November, publish and share it as you go.
Interview a buddy and have a buddy interview you!
What is something you’re practicing in your art right now. Make that a focus for self interviewing.
Share something you’ve learned in your art process, why you find it useful, and how others can give it a try too.
Dig into an art goal you have and consider different scenarios toward getting there. What are some trade offs, options, which option seems like it will help you learn and adapt sooner? Give it a try and share an update with how it’s going.
Any of these could be one or more recording sessions. Mix and match with your challenge option and the day today prompts below to craft your own Art Soundoff.
Give yourself a short time limit. It’s all to easy to record for a long time and make something that takes too much time to revisit and listen to later.
Try to avoid upgrade distraction. The equipment you have already is the right equipment. Your phone or laptop have what you need.
Give your podcast a helpful name and description. It’s far more likely to be a resource in the future if you can find it and recall what it’s about.
Mix and match these self interview topic prompts to jump start your art journaling.
DAY 1: What do you hope for, what do you fear?
DAY 2: Write down three words that come to mind as you consider your day - pick one to talk about.
DAY 3: You’ll never believe what happened to me today… Tell a story about your day.
DAY 4: Critical moments - what are you critiquing of late in your work?
DAY 5: When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
DAY 6: What are the most useful constraints on your project?
DAY 7: Talk about an artist you have a lot of respect for. Them and their work.
DAY 8: What have you seen or heard recently that caught your excited full attention?
DAY 9: Tell a story about a time when you were 9 years old.
DAY 10: What did you make today? What did you learn, how did that happen?
DAY 11: How do you go about getting fresh perspective?
DAY 12: How have reward systems helped or got in the way of your art goals?
DAY 13: What are two things you see resulting out of finishing your current project?
DAY 14: What expectations have changed since you began making your art?
DAY 15: How is reflection on your art day affecting you? How do you feel about reflecting on your art day now as compared to the beginning?
DAY 16: Stress management, when is stress helping your work or seem to hurt?
DAY 17: Work schedule: how do you think about/manage it?
DAY 18: What tool are you considering changing and why?
DAY 19: Have you found any side effects of studying your latest skill?
DAY 20: Talk about a place you used to live. What were its distinguishing cultural and visual characteristics? How did you feel about the place?
DAY 21: Art as a service, anything about making a living via art.
DAY 22: The public you vs private you: what do you reveal?
DAY 23: Quiet vs Noisy Environments.
DAY 24: Talk about an image that has arrested you at some point. What’s so great about it?
DAY 25: 3 objects or moments you noticed today.
DAY 26: Food. Anything food related.
DAY 27: Fitness.
DAY 28: Why should others care about your art?
DAY 29: Talk about one of your favorite characters of all time. What makes them tick, and why does that work on you?
DAY 30: How is reflection on your art day affecting you? How do you feel about reflecting on your art day now as compared to the beginning?
Here are some examples from Jerzy Drozd and Rob Stenzinger's (hosts of the Lean Into Art Cast) microcasts:
Thunder Punch Daily 134 - in which Jerzy reflects on time constraints and hypothesizes a solution.
Thunder Punch Daily 146 - in which Jerzy responds to a conversation begun on Twitter about "cheating" at art.
Thunder Punch Daily 133 - inspired by a silly discussion he had with friends about Transformers, Jerzy constructs a mini-essay on real-world logic, story logic, and idea logic.
Polytechnicast - Calm Commitment - in which Rob reflects on some life events and projects and, through talking things out, discovers a theme behind his recent endeavors.
Polytechnicast - Creative Endeavor Code of Arms - in which Rob explores a more refined version of his creative manifesto.
Polytechnicast - Practice Off and On - in which Rob shares the tensions and trade-offs in putting one's focus in one skill arena while tabling another.
How do you record and what equipment do you use? It doesn't have to be anything fancy. Many of the TPD and Polytechnicast episodes were recorded on smartphones. Your laptop or desktop computer's internal microphone is sufficient to record a microcast. Audio quality is fine--but it's the content that really matters, here.
Audacity is a free recording application for Mac/Windows/Linux.
Soundcloud is a service that enables you to record and share your audio from within a web browser.
AudioBoom (formerly Audioboo) is a free service that enables you to record and share 5-minute recordings from the desktop or your phone.
There are also tons of free (and premium) recording apps in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.