1. I can be big! powerful! sexy! And also small, scared and constrained. Sometimes in the same painting. And it is all OK.
2. I feel more integrated. About half my paintings had contrasting elements - light/dark, safe/dangerous, They didn't start out that way but as they unfolded over time, the mood changed and new layers came into the picture. One big painting (3 feet wide by 6 feet high), done late in the week, had a wild mix of color and textures from hand prints and foot prints to angular geometrics to curvy vines with primary, fluorescent and glitter colors that all come together in a way that felt very satisfying to me - contrasting elements creating a integrated whole.
4. I get to practice taking risks when it really, truly doesn't matter. I hate painting people because I just know they won't turn out right. Guess what? I did it anyway and it was OK. It's making me braver since I'm learning that just because it feels scary doesn't mean that it is really dangerous.
5. I feel better when I am done. In process painting, we try to follow the energy, good or bad. Even painting the difficult or uncomfortable parts is a release of energy that makes feel great when I'm done.