Exciting times, I made a pie chart on Illustrator!

Thanks Coursera for another great course:  https://www.coursera.org/learn/infographic-design/home/welcome Design and Make Infographics.

Much harder than I thought.

It took me what felt like forever using Adobe Illustrator to make a  blinking pie chart. What’s probably more shocking is that I enjoyed figuring out my monthly income and what percent goes to what. 63% towards rent and council tax. Am I doomed? What would that American financial guru say?– what’s her name? Suzy Orman. Wouldn’t be good, but then again, I could never stand her advice.

I was proud of my GCSE maths skills as I was able to figure out the percentages.

Here it is, warts and all.

Thanks for reading.


Thanks to my Hometown Friends

Last week I was lamenting the fact that I had no sales on Etsy and my childhood friends (they are sisters) from Brooksville, Florida stepped in and bought four of my little robot landscape paintings. Thank you ladies– paintings should reach you soon and I hope you love them as much as I love you!

I am pouring this extra money back into the business, listing more items and buying small canvas boards, shipping envelopes and business cards featuring my Etsy shop.

I listed 4 mini paintings ‘Death Out and About’ along with my Medusa mobile, and some more bookmarks and postcards. Here is the link: Robot Lady Power Art Etsy Shop

My day job as learning support assistant breaks up soon for summer and while most of my co-workers will be going away on holiday travel adventures, I will be working on my art making and production.

I want to make some more mobiles– I’m almost finished with a robot themed one.

Other projects are: a commissioned (bartered for camera) painting with the theme ‘Love and Transcendence’.

I am working on a series of portraits based on dead heroes (artists, writers, politicians and more). I’ve started one of Edmonia Lewis (1844-1907, American Sculptor) and want to paint Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951, artist, illustrator). Other ideas are to do a portrait of Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005, first African-American woman elected to Congress and to run for president in 1972) and Manly Hall (1901-1990, philosopher and writer).

I am still working on a large painting of Peg Powler, the hag from English folklore with green skin that inhabits the River Tees.

It’s not all about robots.

Thanks for tuning in.


Fear & Loathing in Etsy Land

I’ve been working on my Etsy shop Robot Lady Power Art the last couple of days. Who knew how much time it would take?

Every time I look at my Etsy site I find a mistake– like the 4 paintings I had titled Lanscape instead of Landscape! Still, I think it is looking good and regardless of the fact that I still have 0 sales, years of failing to sell art has made me resilient.

I also realised that I wasn’t using tags properly and this has prevented me from popping up on the search engine. My students that I work with are teaching me and their encouragement makes my heart glow.

I am using a kitchen scale and Royal Mail ‘Our Prices’ print out. This helps with the shipping estimates.

I downloaded an Etsy seller App to my phone. It annoyingly reminds me when I open it up that I haven’t had any activity (sales) and to click here for tips on how to make my shop better. And I do click and I will read them because I obviously need the help.

I’m in it for the long haul, so sales or no sales. I admit that I googled ‘I haven’t sold anything on my Etsy’ and read the many forum responses to this issue. Many of the people who said in 2014 that they never sold anything still haven’t sold much today.

Maybe I should not expect my art to sell.  But I am going to get out in that marketplace and I know that as a smart creative, something will come of it, even if I learn from failure.

On a different note, I went to see the degree show at Cleveland College of Art & Design and Hartlepool and was blown away by the talent and things I saw. Well done!!!!!

See you on the flip side, ML

P.S. Here are some photos that I’ve been taking for Etsy– I laugh at trying to include ‘lifestyle’ shots that reflect my ‘brand’ and my ‘story’. Today, we are all just little corporations, though I still have to pay taxes.