I was never a fan of realistic painting. I felt it limits me too much and considered it to be good only for practice. If every smart phone can make a photo these days, what would you need realistic painting for? I admired artists that painted realistically, but only for their skills, I didn't see much of the artistic expression there.
Well, maybe I was wrong a little.
I wanted to try myself with how I felt while drawing and painting more realistically. And when my mom brought me this year's first cherries, nicely put in a cup, that was a sign I need to start.
And... yes, as a creative self-care, realistic painting is as good as any other technique. Sketching is fun, painting in is restful and all together experience is really nice. So why not... I might even fall in love with it.
Or maybe I already have... blueberries were also inviting.