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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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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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