Yea, I find Paint easier for backgrounds actually, and I don't think I should be praised for not being able to make those backgrounds in GIMP. I wish I could do better backgrounds in other programs too, and it irks me how something is good just because I use a program that is "hard to use" according to some. Because when I show those drawings to people out of dA, they don't think it's that special.
I kind of feel like people like it just because of the medium it was made in, and not because of the art itself? Same with Muro stuff, a lot of people comment things like "WOW this is good for Muro!" and it kind of makes me wonder, is it actually any good in general, or do you just admire it because you can't use the tool yourself?