While chatting with friends about the enjoyment of painting, some thoughts occurred to me. It's not like we just wave our brushes and something pretty appears. We do have to "work" at it-even though we usually "enjoy" that work.
You know I have to tell you that with every painted project--there is an "ugly" stage. It's where you've only put the main colors on and it just looks sort of "rough" and "blah" and you often think "this looks awful". But then you persevere and maybe go over an area with one more coat of paint, and you start to add some shading and then some "details", and suddenly it looks lots, lots better. It just dawned on me that this truly is a "life lesson" too. Sort of like "Hang in there, keep working at it, fluff it up a bit, and it will turn out fine."
So see, painting is not just for pleasure--it's therapy too!