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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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Finding Your Tribe & Connecting With The People Who Matter // Interview

 had the pleasure and honour of being interviewed by Alexis Fedor [who, fyi,  has the most soothing voice in the world] for the Artists in Business podcast this summer, and I'm really happy that I can share our conversation with you! During our 30ish minutes together, we talk about how I was able to discover my tribe and how important it is to deepen your relationship with those few who resonate with your work the most.   In this episode we also touch on  How to think outside of the "marketing box", and find new ways to connect with the environment you live in, to sell your creative work/spread your meaningful message  [ ~ minute 3] Why I started pitching my art...

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When Others Are #WinningAtCreativeLife & You….Not So Much // Video

When Others Are #WinningAtCreativeLife & You....Not So Much // Video Cat De Pillar_Art_Creativity’m pretty sure you’re familiar with the phrase “everything’s always greener on the other side.” Of course you are, it’s a cliché! But the thing about clichés is that there can be a lot of truth to them…

And right now, you might be feeling like the grass of other creative people actually does look more stylish than your own. 

Everyone else seems to have the time to work out, grow vegetables, have a real job, spend quality time with the family AND Netflix, while also having pristine lawns and flawless bullet journals.

Also, their dogs don’t dig up the entire length of the garden, and their wild flowers actually look like flowers and not like weeds that have given up their will to live.

Because, even your weeds aren’t doing as well as those of others…obviously.

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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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:

Enter your email address to receive my 5-Day video series via e-mail, and save yourself the grief of learning these lessons the hard way.

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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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