I love getting to know other people over the internet, and have made some good friends that way. However, long-distance friendships where the people never meet in person can be deceptive. Even real life relationships are based on what the other person lets you know about their life and interests, online relationships are much harder and involve a lot of assumptions on both sides.
I would doubt most of the people on this forum (just assuming a normal percentage of strangeness exists here as in the rest of the world) would want to make you feel uncomfortable in any way. If you present yourself as a visual artist, a normal assumption would be that you draw or paint. For a lot of us that has made the transition to being a reborn artist a little easier. Assuming the above, the next step would be to think you would find painting reborns a little easier than someone who has never drawn or painted at all. But no one here would know how much it would hurt you if they said you would have an easier time than other newbies since you are already an artist unless you let them know why. The more we know about someone, the more we can truly relate!
I’m glad you told us about the injury your had and the effects it had on your ability to paint. I’m sure not glad it happened to you, and it sounds like you’ve been through a lot of pain on a lot of levels. I can’t imagine being a painter and then having that ability ripped away from me. Having something happen to my hands, or my ability to take what is in my head and let it out using my hands, is one of my greatest fears. I would want to get that skill back too, but relearning how to live your life was probably a higher priority until now. It sounds like you’ve come a long way and I, for one, am glad you are trying to find your painting skills again by making reborns. I hope it works!
If someone has made you feel uncomfortable, I hope it wasn’t intentional. You don’t deserve that, and you have every right to go through the learning process of becoming a reborn artist at your own pace. We all are finding our way along similar paths, some are just a bit more twisty than others!
Not sure what I must have missed today, but based on your post it sounds like it must have been a bit rowdy. Keep your eye on the prize and if you want to learn to paint and create reborns, there are lots of us here to support you. Keep asking if you need help, and don’t let whatever happened today dampen your enthusiasm. This forum is full of very good and helpful people!