Some profound thoughts, here, Harley. I have no idea who is reading this thread either, but if you look at the number of hits at the beginning of the thread on the right side, I'd say quite a few. They are listening, but not talking or asking questions. I do not know why, other than it is human nature to think a famous artist would not have a nickel for someone grasping at straws in the cosmos of art. It's more comfortable to be in awe and listen. I was that way once.
I am now paying more attention to my "inner mind" and am finding it knows a bad composition before the conscious mind can figure out what's wrong with the painting. Not there yet, but working on it--trying to get the two together. Right now it seems to be either/or.
What holds me back, and I think others as well, is that we hang on --almost for dear life-- to concepts we've formed because we feel they are safe. AKA "preconceived ideas" which the conscious mind seems to nourish. Worse, we try to force them to work for us. Just getting over that hump would be a gift of giant proportion.
Keep on talking....