I'll just say it - to me, painting is therapeutic. I get to paint models that I get to keep, and it's my time to try new techniques that I wouldn't dare risk on a commission piece. Plus I get to have podcasts and shows playing in the background, so I get to stay caught up with all my media entertainment (as long as no one asks me to describe what the actors look like!)
Being a work-from-home dad with a two-year-old boy and four-year-old girl, both with a healthy set of lungs and and endless amount of energy, I rarely get quiet time during the day. I'm allowed some respite for my commission work, but I will always choose to be a dad and husband first. So after a day of painting, keeping kids alive, and then hanging out with my wife, I'm ready for the house to quiet down and let me enjoy the silence.