Ah, it is January 2013, time to start gathering all your tax information in preparation for filing. But, of course you were getting all this information together throughout the year so that you didn’t have to do it all at once, and to help ensure it is accurate! Cause artists are known for being super organized and harbor a deep love of doing all things paper-work related. (Cue sarcasm)

Below is a list of ten items that you should be aware of when going through those receipts in drawers and boxes you have stashed over the past year.

  1. Magazines – That’s right, any magazine that you purchase to read more about your chosen profession, or submit your art to is allowed.
  2. Entry Fees – Time to dig out the information you filed away back in March of 2012 to enter your work in that competition.
  3. Art Supplies – Must have to make art. Anything and everything required to make your chosen art is deductable.
  4. A portion of your rent/mortgage – You will find the necessary information on your Schedule C form, if you work out of your home and can take the Home Office Deduction.
  5. Internet – Percentage of cost you use for business. Related to the Home Office Deduction.
  6. Hardware – Computer Hardware that is. Did get a new Printer last year? A Camera?
  7. Maintenance – Upkeep of studio/office space, such as necessary floor covering, or wall paint.
  8. Office Supplies – Paper used in printer, ink, envelopes etc… that are a all part of business.
  9. Postage – Cost of postage for work sold, or for shipping to shows.
  10. Travel Cost – Did you need to make a run somewhere to participate in a business activity?

*Note- I am not a tax attorney, so be sure to contact a legal professional if necessary

I have waited for a while now to say these words, “I am now accepting commissions!” For more information go to information on lining up a painting commission.

So what other interesting things will this year bring?

  • For starters, I will present a series of posts on oil painting. The method that I use, and that I find now works for me. These will be posting those every other Monday, beginning on Jan 7th.
  • There will be a weekly post showing current projects and challenges faced in my studio. The first will be Jan 10th.
  • Ever other Sunday will be a sale or special of some sort associated with Artist-How-To/Barton Studio. Starting on Jan 13th.
  • Each month there will be an interview with an artist. This is tentatively scheduled to post Jan 20th. So if you know of someone YOU would like to see interviewed, let us know.
  • Giveaways and contests of course!
  • This blog and website are all new, and will continue to change and grow as we do. So be sure to look around and let us know what you think.
A corner work area.

A corner work area.

studio2

A side area with designated piles.

studio1

Painting spot ready to go!

You're probably wondering why I chose to include this shot? I am considering doing some quick still life studies and my silver items were in dire need of cleaning. What can I say? I love shiny things!

You’re probably wondering why I chose to include this shot? I am considering doing some quick still life studies and my silver items were in dire need of cleaning. What can I say? I love shiny things!

 

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