My name is Joanie and my website is http://www.ARTfortheSOULofit.com. I started painting in 2007, and hardly a day has passed that I haven't painted. It's my life! But yes, I am busy with many other endeavors, too, such as making my own line of natural gemstone jewelry (http://www.BalsamicMoon.com) and selling tumbled stones at another of my online stores, http://www.Tumbled-Stones.com.
I've been incorporating my paintings at times into my home pages for these sites, another way to justify the art supplies!
I started out my art journey entirely online, through the Every Day Matters yahoo group. I learned SO MUCH about drawing, and art supplies, an amazing crowd of great and generous folks over there.
I eventually met up with artists in my own neck of the woods, and that has been a tremendous blessing...we gather almost every weekend for coffee, sketching, plein air, classes, and even traveling to workshops together. An inspiration and blessing indeed.
So happy to have found your forum, as I am exclusively painting in water soluble oils. In fact I just posted an "art tip" of all my supplies, and pictures of my studio and stuff. Here's the link, though i will post it in another place on the forum too.