|One of two displays|
The main reason I came back to painting after hiatuses of from one to several years has invariably been that it was a calming, relaxing activity that helped get me away from the daily stresses prevalent at the time.
|My current colouring in project|
I'd say it's a matter of perspective and neither side is wrong.
What I've moved away from personally is production at an enforced pace. Many of the blogs in my feed presently are involved in a Painting Challenge, you may well know it, or be involved yourself. It's a great motivation to productivity, and I myself ran to the pledge - to paint more than I bought - for a few years; but eventually self imposed minimum targets and output monitoring took some of the pleasure away from the activity of painting for me. When I was churning product to hit my own quota, it meant my choices of output were less varied and more mechanical (how many WW2 Germans did I paint purely for sale and as they were easy production points I wonder). There was little time for side projects or fun exercises.
Nowadays whilst I still have long term goals, such as my 15mm Austrian army last year (completed and then some as it happened) I am much happier to allow them to be interrupted by whatever takes my fancy at the time, including breaks if I so wish. Painting should never be allowed to become work.
As another blogger observed from the outset; painting is therapy. That's why those without a draughtsman's skill, or a painters eye (or our particular set of talents for making dull lumps of metal and plastic vibrant reflections of life in miniature) can enjoy the simple childhood pleasure of filling space with colour. And maybe creating a humble piece of art in some way.
It works for me.