I take art classes through our local community college. Most of the classes I take are taught by Kate Kiesler, whose work I admire a lot. The above image is hers, not mine. I am getting better, but not that fast! This is titled Western Landscape, and is north of where we both live.
I go to Kate's website frequently to see what she has been doing, and now I find that she has a blog. In it, she talks about her process of painting and the challenges and rewards she finds in using art to make a living. I found it very beneficial and think that you might too. She puts a lot of thought into it and has a really good art history background that comes through as she writes.
She also filled me in on how to get directly to my blog from my Fine Art Studio Online website, which I hadn't known how to do. I had just posted the link and people had to click twice instead of once to find it from the website. So if you need to know how to do that, let me know and I will forward the instructions to you. It is easy to do!