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Happy Birthday Charlotte Bronte & Thank You For Jane Eyre | #TakeMeHomeThursday // Illustration

ay before the Kindle even existed and e-books were generally unheard of, my Mam had given me a game for my Nintendo DS that deepened my love affair with 19th century storytelling.

The name of the game was “100 Classical Books”, and I spent my daily commute to Munich for school with Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. And, while I love Jane Austen and Charles Dickens – it was particularly the Bronte sisters that stuck with me.

Reading The Professor, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre [amongst others] deeply resonated with me back then – and today. Where Austen is often ladylike in her subtlety, humorously ironic and pleasurably romantic, the Bronte’s are angry, shockingly passionate, and demanding.

My sixteen year-old self, was particularly drawn to Charlotte Bronte and her “poor, plain, overlooked governess” (Harman 2015, 227), who makes for a very unconventional heroine.  After reading Claire Harman’s book “Charlotte Bronte: A Life” recently, my love for Jane and compassion for Charlotte has only deepened.

May I present to you my piece “Jane Eyre” (2017) 

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“Jane Eyre” (2017) by Cat De Pillar | Click Here To See Print

I am a firm believer that every creator leaves parts of themselves in their creations that transforms their work into little time capsules. Their emotions, their thoughts, their experiences, their favourite colours and smells – through their work we are able to experience little moments of life, even after the creators have long passed.

What has always appealed to me in the character of Jane Eyre, was her strength as a woman to stand for her own opinions and decisions, but also her willingness to believe that she was worthy of love – even if she could not boast of beauty.

Like her heroine, Charlotte and her sisters believed that no matter how horrible and humiliating the outside world was, “it was preferable to the state of feminine inertia” (ibid., 87).  I think many women can appreciate that point of view even today.

That’s why, for Charlotte’s birthday today on the 21st of April, I wanted to do something in not only her honour, but in appreciation of the woman she created: Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre was the first fictitious woman I consciously was aware of who expressed her rage and who’s anger was allowed to “rush through the narrative of her life like the storm winds […]” (ibid., 226). As a woman who was unable to honestly express her anger and true emotions for a very long time – she is a great inspiration to me.

However, after reading Charlotte’s biography, I also know that she carries the ghost of Charlotte within her: The suffering, the misery, the defiant anger at the world and the role of women in it – the hope for a life lived in alignment with her vocation.

It’s all of this – and so much more that I cannot express – that I want to acknowledge and appreciate today, and with this illustration.

Happy Birthday Charlotte, and thank you for the heroine that has accompanied me ever since I tapped on your book on my Nintendo DS.

If you are a Jane Eyre lover as much as I am and want to take home a print, then have a look in my Etsy Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/526292623/charlotte-brontes-jane-eyre-illustration?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Let’s Draw // “Earrach (Spring) 2017) Speed Painting // Art Blog

ey there lovely!

I’m really proud that I managed to create this Let’s Draw video for you BEFORE spring is over, and show you the making of of my latest piece “Earrach (Spring)” (2017).

 I truly love making these (Let’s Draw) videos for you, so if you like them, let me know in the comments below + share with me any video/post ideas you’d like to see me do in the future. [*singing Britney Spears “’cause I’m a….SLAAAAVE for you”]

I have written about the meaning behind this piece and invite you to have a look, if you are interested in some more details about it. You can read about it in this blog post. 

Also, if you want to snatch a print for yourself – I love you! – you can get spring as a “take-away order” in my Etsy shop!

For those of you reading this before Easter, I want to wish you a wonderful time with your family and friends [+ some quality alone time with all the chocolate]. If you are reading this at another time, then I hope you have a fantastic day 🙂

Lots of love,

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3 Ways To Channel Your Inner Fangirl & Why You Should // Video

Hey awesome you!

How are you? Let me tell you, it’s so great to have you here and I really hope that you enjoy this video I made for the Fangirl in you and me. However, this is not only a video on a topic that is important to me, but also a little teaser for my upcoming gift to you: A 5 day video series for creatives struggling with doubt and low self-esteem.

If you sign up for my newsletter until the 11th of April 2017, you can snag my current gift – a guided meditation + free illustration – before I remove it to make space for my new gift. 

When we look at the OED definition of the term “Fangirl”, we come up with something that isn’t all to flattering. In fact, I am pretty sure that the word “obsessive” is a red flag for most of us [am I the only one thinking of the girls who fainted when they saw Justin Bieber their favourite youtuber?].

Thus, while many of us might not consider ourselves Fangirls [or Fanboys], at least not in public, I’m pretty sure you could come up with a couple of situations in which you are – if not obsessively, then at least passionately – already channeling your inner Fangirl. Think The Walking Dead, Mass Effect, Cookie-Dough Ice Cream…

It’s for this reason that I decided it was time to create this video, as I believe that the Fangirl is not appreciated enough and that this aspect of our personalities needs to be encouraged. That’s why I not only offer you my take on why it’s important to channel her, but 3 ways you can incorporate her into your life that you might not have considered, and that will take your fangirling to the next level.

I’m ready to redefine the meaning of Fangirl from someone who is “obsessive” to someone who cares deeply about not only enriching her own life, but supporting those who are creating the things she loves. You with me?

Of course, this list is by no means extensive [particularly because I wanted to keep the video short], which is why I would love to know

  • How you channel your inner Fangirl, and
  • What you would add to the list

Thank you, as always, for taking the time to look at my videos and work, and sending me so many emails with your thoughts and suggestions.

I very much appreciate your presence in my life,

bear hug and lots of love,

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