My advice to you is keep creating art! You said "I do not care about fame and fortune". If that statement is true, then creating art should be about having a hobby that you are good at! Some people have hobbies as playing an instrument, sewing, jewelry making, wood carving, etc., the list goes on and on. Your hobby is creating art. A hobby will bring you joy when life/times get hard, plus if you are good at your hobby, it will bring admirers along the way, whether it is a few admirers or alot of admirers. Keep creating art because it is never to late to have a hobby - something that brings you joy!
In order to progess as an artist, you need to study composition, design, color theory, perspective, light & shade. These subjects are taught in art schools. If you study the information in the following books and put it to practice your artwork will really POP and can stand up with the professional artists! Also, every subject has been painted over and over by many artists, so the only way to stand out as unique and the best is to learn GOOD design/composition and color theory! Arrange your elements in a pleasing composition with a beautiful color scheme. Buy books at Amazon website.
For BEGINNERS, buy these books:
1. Pictorial Composition by Henry Rankin Poore
2. Exploring Color: How To Use And Control Color In Your Painting by Nita Leland
3. Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out Of Color Theory by Stephen Quiller
4. Perspective by William F. Powell
5. Light, Shade, & Shadow by E.L. Koller
Explains how the subject is lighted: Side Lighting, Three Quarter/Conventional Lighting, Frontal/Front Lighting, Top/Overhead Lighting, Back/Rear/Rim Lighting, Diffused Lighting.
6. All the drawing/painting books by Lee Hammond explains light & shade, the 5 values on an object: Cast Shadow, Shadow Edge, Halftone, Reflected Light, Full Light.
For ADVANCED studies, buy these books:
1. Design Basics by David A. Lauer & Stephen Pentak
The 8th edition (published 2011) is expensive but you can buy a USED copy of the 7th edition (published 2007/2008) for alot cheaper.
2. Color Workbook by Becky Koenig
The 3rd edition (published 2009) is expensive but you can buy a USED copy of the 2nd edition (published 2006) for alot cheaper.
3. Interaction Of Color: New Complete Edition by Josef Albers (published 2010)
4. Creative Color by Faber Birren
Buy the book, 2011 Artist's And Graphic Designer's Market by Mary Burzlaff Bostic at Amazon website or check out this book's official website called ArtistsMarketOnline. This book has been in print since 1975 and is considered a complete resource for artists. This book is updated every year to include the current contact and submission information for tons of places, such as greeting card companies, publishers, art fairs, art galleries, and more. It will tell you how and where to sell your artwork.
Buy the book, Legal Guide For The Visual Artist by Tad Crawford at Amazon website (fifth edition, published 2010). This book gives in-depth information on legal issues facing artists such as copyright, artist-gallery relationships, legal forms, contracts, leases, licensing, sales, taxes, how to find professional advisers/attorneys, how to negotiate, and much more!
Open an account on photo sharing or video sharing websites (YouTube, Flickr, etc.) that gets HIGH volumes of traffic everyday! Post a FEW of your BEST artworks on these sites. The goal is to remain active by posting comments to get more exposure! If you post comments on other people's pictures or videos, they will more than likely check out your account as well. After each comment, type your name, Example: John Doe, Watercolor Artist. Also, use as MANY tags as possible so your photos/videos can be found by alot of people! Use a picture of your BEST ARTWORK as your AVATAR. You can't state that you sell artwork on these sites because they generally don't allow commercialism, so simply type your email or website address under your profile, so people can contact you directly about your artwork.
Do your research and make sure the company is reputable before giving out your personal information!
Upload a high resolution image of your artwork and the company will reproduce the artwork as prints and other items. They will create and ship the items to your customers and pay you when someone buys your items. Some of these websites allow you to sell your original handmade artwork or photographs also.
1. ArtSlant (sell original art also)
2. Artist Rising (sell original art also)
3. Artspan (sell original art also)
4. ArtWanted (sell original art also)
8. DPC Prints
9. Fine Art America (sell original art also)
11. ImageKind (sell original art also)
13. Pixpa (sell original art also)
15. Red Bubble
16. Saatchi Online (sell original art also)