That could be just my experience.
I have some scrap wood hanging around after a Halloween project that I'll show you all this weekend... and what shall I do with this wood, I ask myself out loud. So, I broke out the stencils and the acrylic paints and made a Halloween masterpiece. OK, it's just a little painting, but sometimes I still do that strut.
For the background, I painted it all black and then gray right over the wet paint... it gave it a chalk-boardy look. Chalkboardy is now a word, you heard it here first.
I think you should make some art, if only to strut. Enjoy it.