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Welcome “you, who so well know the nature of my soul,” as Edgar Allen Poe once wrote - you cannot imagine how honoured and humbled I am to receive you here [no need to worry, I don't serve Amontillado...

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Why Being Creative is A Lot Like Swimming in Ireland // Blog

Being Creative is like swimming in ireland_Blog Post Image Cat De Pillar

[This topic came to me as I started thinking about my artist residency starting next week *eek. If you haven’t heard of it yet, I’m going home to Ireland for the entire month auf August – and because I know how many of you love Ireland and either miss it, or would really like to see it….I’ve decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help me turn a vacation into an artist residency – dedicated to bringing Ireland home to YOU! In exchange for your support, I will take you on my month-long adventure and make you feel like you are there with me – except you won’t feel as damp as you would in real life! 🙂 Click here and have a look at the perks that my sponsors get, maybe there is something you’d like me to bring you from Ireland!]


Being Creative is like swimming in ireland_Blog Post Image Cat De Pillarf you’ve ever been to an Irish beach, you know that there are roughly two types of people you will encounter there: Those who are wearing three layers of clothing, wrapped in a blanket, hugging a hot cuppa of something [+ sand] – and those who are running into the ocean in their bathing suits, screaming all the way.

The people I want to talk about today are those in bathing suits, or possibly underwear, running into the water with crazy eyes and a fierce war cry. Because there is a lot that Creatives can learn from these people.

The truth is, and I talk from experience here, nobody just goes swimming in Ireland. With water temperatures below 16° on most days, and some weird algae floating around, you have to be really sure you want to do it, and even then, it’s never easy.

However, if you really want to go swimming, there is a way of doing it that makes it easier and that I think can be very valuable for Creatives who struggle with consistently showing up to do their creative work.

The Good Enough Creative

A lot of us have internalised beliefs that keep us miserable + secretly thinking that our emotional suffering is a necessary [and even romantic] part of the creative process.

It took me too long to realise how wrong this is, and it's why I've created this video series for you:

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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...

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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...

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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...

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SPRING REMINDER: BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF | #TAKEMEHOMETHURSDAY // ART

s you might have gathered from my recent update, I’m very much aware of spring erupting all around me right now and the changes it naturally brings with it. There is an excitement in everything and everyone; spring is abuzz with barely restrained energy. It’s like a horse impatiently pawing the ground in anticipation of a race. And that’s where my newest piece of artwork ties in. May I present to you my newest piece:  “Earrach (Spring)” (2017). [caption id="attachment_10083" align="aligncenter" width="656"] "Earrach (Spring)" (2017), by Cat De Pillar. If this piece and her message resonate with you, why not buy a print and taker her home? [/caption] All in all, I am astonished by how peaceful this illustration turned out, considering the amount of BBC...

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Focusing On Art & Finding My Own Path // Full Moon Update

Hey there party people, I hope you're ready for an update! I know it's been a while, but I am back + I've made this fancy-schmancy video, where I tell you a little about what has been going on in my world. I know that it says "Full Moon Update" while the full moon has been gone for so long that it's almost the full moon again - BUT - I explain why in the video. Before I bore you, let me tell you who might find this update interesting: Creatives who struggle with "being productive" and who feel pressured to create under a schedule and according to "best practice" systems. Artists who secretly believe that art is not "real" work (oh, the...

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