The business side of art is something I have had to learn on the fly. I would say after 3 years of doing this full time I have most things under control- business license, liability insurance, website, online store, newsletter, blog, social media, applying for grants and shows, other advertising, following up on leads for commissions, keeping records of all deductions for taxes..... but ask me tomorrow and I will say I have fallen behind on one or many of these because, crazy me- I took a day to- paint.
" It is still strange sometimes, waking up and realizing I am a full time artist. If you told me 5 years ago that this would be my life- I would have laughed and said I can't draw a stick figure- so how's that going to work? And now, here I am. Two Masters degrees hanging on the wall- and a house stacked wall to wall with canvases and frames and paintings in progress. I realized after I took the leap that I had many, many things to learn...."