Just wanted to say hello and to encourage you to continue your path. As you can see through my photo I no longer go through my younger years. But reading your article I found out that we both took a very similar path and search for similar things : meaningful activities leading to a meaningful life. Most people are not really aware of the lack of meaningfulness in their life. It took me 50 years and a very serious health issue to get there.
I am surprised by the amount of similarities in our search : I paint, I am a mindful meditation instructor, I take live drawing lessons and I quit my job in order to look for something to do more close to my real values AND I love Hermann Hesse (Steppenwolf being the question and Siddharta part of the answer !).
Just like you I am sort of disappointed by the art communities I found in social medias. There’s just no real communication.
Maybe we could start a new community …
Kindest greeting from France