Choose a job you love, and you won't have to work for a single day in your life.” - Confucius
We dream to wake up full of energy and enthusiasm for work, get up briskly, get to the company without traffic jams and smile at every colleague we meet. However, what we really want to do is smash the alarm clock against the wall. And even more eagerly smash an alarm clock against of all those light-hearted people who go jogging before their morning coffee and find time for lunch in a nearby cafe. We are waiting for the days when the boss is not nagging, the accountant does not ask, customers do not change their mind, and the internet rushes at the pace of light.
Ideals do not exist, no matter how much we want to believe in them. Even the most dream job (e.g. a chocolate tester) has its dark side. Thus, I want to say that despite all my love for what I do, it is still WORK.
Apart from the process of creating oil paintings, installations, and graphic works, there are many things that aren't creative, but are included in the daily schedule and you just have to do it. Also, the path to a finished painting is very long, sometimes frustrating if it doesn't go according to the plan.