Worpress is quite good for free hosting. They've got quite a selection of free templates to use, so you don't have to start from scratch.
I registered at Wordpress, only to find that I couldn't make head or tails of their interface. I decided to just make a small blog and see what happens. Probably not much. But I'll put ads in Gumtree etc.
The good news is that I am negotiating with a guy who wants animal paintings. Whether anything will come of it is a good question, because he has a hugely ambitious thing in mind, and it may well be far more than he can afford. I'm of course willing to work fairly cheaply, but there are limits, especially since he's a good 100 km from me (if not actually a bit more) and all transport I have at the moment is a small motorcycle, which will make for a difficult commute.