"I also find solace in painting because it's an alternative to writing. It doesn't involve words, and while it requires concentration that makes the time you are doing it disappear, it does not involve the mind the same way, or require logic in the same way. Painting allows me to convey something not from my head, but from my hand, through images."
I have taken up painting late in life but like Susan I find it a great alternative outlet for my creativity. I can paint for 2 to 3 hours and be totally lost in what I am doing. Here is video of Susan Minot talking about both her writing and her art.