I am still muddling through my taxes but after cataloging various categories of being an artist here are some interesting facts. In 2009, I entered 22 shows and spent $435.00 in entry fees. A open studio weekend cost $200.00 and resulted in no sales. Several paintings were donated to worthy causes and sold but I can deduct a pittance. Still, I would not trade last year for a 9-5 and a steady paycheck. I may not have had the huge sales but the feedback I received over the course of the year from a viewing public at many venues is worth every brushstroke.