I've been using Gimp for a number of years now for painting and image manipulation and I stumbled upon this forum about six months ago. I tend to monitor forums for a while before joining as I've noticed a lot of petty arguments in many. This one seems friendly enough. It was good to see the work of Photocomix over at Fractal Forums - I have two fractal galleries there.
(http://www.fractalforums.com/index.php? ... ser;u=3900
I've grown fond of GPS and Gimp painter and they've motivated me to get "painting" again so I hope to share some of my work here soon. I've noticed there are a lot of Linux users over here so I hope to start some arguments with them too!
By the way, it was Jolie's videos on Youtube that pointed me in this direction. She's got a beautiful accent! Anyway - have fun.