Thanks for replying so thoughtfully, Mayarefugee...it's interesting that you brought up this topic, because only this week I was intensily thinking about similar things, and about making some Buddhist art, and ended up making 2 Buddhist bookmarks, but I'm not done yet. They are very simple though. I plan on posting them once they're done.
You may have noticed by now that I am also quite -interested in art, also since my early childhood, and like you I was always encouraged to continue. I even have a BA in art history.
In the last years I have become a lot more creative, and have finally started selling things, which was always my hope.
I'm also very happy when I give pieces I made to others, for Christmas or birthdays, to see the joy I can give with something handcrafted is very special.
I think people feel 'loved' when they see that you don't just go and buy something, but sit down and work with your 2 hands for quite a while.
(Of course for the money you spend on gifts you have also spent time and work.)
I used to write a lot of poetry too, perhaps like you write lyrics, but have now arrived at wordless art...
It's interesting what you wrote about the manipulative element in words...it's true.
Never thought about that, funny.
So thank you.
Perhaps I thought that you overthink matters, because I probably think less than you about such things, and am measuring you with my standards.
Could be...and would be unwise.