Painting is something that I really love to do, but find little time to do it because of work deadlines. It's something that I do for myself without the worry of revisions or the dark shadow of a deadline creeping up behind me. There's also something about not having the UNDO option when painting that I find exciting.
funny story: I had a crazy teacher at SVA that taught painting and color theory to freshmen. He would talk for hours about painting being a fistfight in a dark alley. "There's not a lot of room to move around and if you give up, there's nothing but a big mess left behind."
He also said alot of other things that were crazy at the time, but make total sense now.