05 April 2011

work and creativity

Did you ever have a job that is such a sinecure that it actually bothered you? Sometimes I like having such a stress-free job. Other times it gets incredibly tedious. I know everybody has elements of tedium in their work, I mean even creative acts have their boring parts. I mean, painting a painting has it's active parts - when you are composing the painting and making decisions. But I think people that do not make art sometimes fail to realize that a lot of the actual work that goes into making something creative can be quite boring. Filling in an area of a large canvas with one color can be about as boring as repainting your house. Taking photographs can be fun, developing the prints in a darkroom is often slow hard work.

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