One of the main benefits to my art practice of being a student at the University of Wolverhampton is the view. My studio is on the seventh floor. From my little corner of studio space, I have quite an amazing view of Wolverhampton and beyond. I have seen Wolverhampton in the sunshine, at sunset, in the rain, in the snow, in fog and in nothingness. In fact, I don’t just have one view. I have many views. Each view is different. No two views have so far been the same.
As a consequence, I often find myself just sitting and staring out of the window and thinking.
If I’m not staring out of the window and thinking, I’m staring at my desk, my coffee, my phone battery and my balloons and thinking. Or I’m staring at that painting in the left-hand corner of the picture below (it’s been there for a few weeks now and I can’t stop staring at it) and thinking.
I think a lot when I am sat at my desk. I think about art. I think about my balloons. I think about what to do next. I think about life. I come up with things to write about here or in my other blog. I think about the future. I think about things (I like things). I think about coffee and how much I like coffee.
Last week when I was sitting in my chair, in my corner as usual, just thinking, I had a big thought: is thinking just a big fat waste of time? And then I checked Facebook. Then I checked my email. Then I stood up and looked at the view out of the window. Then I sat down again. And then I started to think again: am I just procrastinating? What am I not doing? What’s the point of thinking? Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
I told myself off for not ‘making’ anything or writing anything that day. I asked myself: what have I spend my £13.20 train travel on? I can think at home for free!
But after thinking about this for a while, I concluded that thinking is not a waste of time (or money). I wouldn’t think at home because I’d be distracted by work and children. I need to sit in my corner without distractions and think. If I didn’t, then I wouldn’t come up with any new ideas and have any interesting thoughts that I can blog about (such as this one).
Was my day spent thinking worth it? Discuss.