As a science-y type person, I have also wondered,
I've had people comment things such as, "well as least you have your mother's talent." It's worth noting that actually, I received very little instruction from my mother. In fact, she discouraged me from a career in art, for practical reasons.
And thus begins the experiment.
So here is: day 1. I don't know if I'll be able to do this every day, but the challenge is to take some ordinary thing and paint it onto a 6x6 panel. I expect Mondays and Tuesdays are off the table, because I go to my office all day. Sundays I either play golf or go to a plein air meetup. But the rest of the time is up for grabs.
Of course, I can never leave something alone - it's one of my failings, the ability to walk away, so I poked at the painting for a while.