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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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Let’s start our relationship on the basis of truth and be honest with each other: You probably think you don’t have a clue about the nature of my soul [and couldn’t care less, for that matter], and you are sly enough to know that when I say “you”, I cannot possibly mean you.

Wrong.

Deep down, beyond all that divides us, we know each other – because we are so much alike.

You and I, we

  • seek to tap into the wild, the raw, and the beautiful within us, even when it scares us
  • long to fully step onto the path that we are constantly being called to
  • are tired of our guilt, our doubt, our excuses, and are ready to allow transformation [sort of].
  • want to overcome resistance and bring forth the gift that only we can give to the world – tackling one day at a time
  • know that getting out of bed and doing what is meaningful to us is harder on some days, but we try to get up anyway
  • want to feel alive, turned on, sparking & radiating with passion a personal mission that is so important to us that it is stronger than our tiredness, our facebook feed, our desire to binge watch an entire series of Once Upon a Time…

You and I, we want to feel good enough. Because when we do, we start living the lives we crave! Because when we do, we make the world a better + happier place!

And we know: The only person, who can make us feel that way, is ourselves.

You are reading this because our paths have crossed and we are given this precious time to walk together and share what we have learnt along the way with each other.

This is the place where I share my journey and do everything I can to be a fantastic assistant-passenger on yours! (Click here if you agree, but don’t know where to start)

 

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

Finding Your Tribe & Connecting With The People Who Matter // Interview, Artists in Business Podcast, Alexis Fedor, Cat De Pillar 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 to gynecologists [ ~ minute 7]
  • How I came up with my pitch to prospective clients [8:15]
  • The importance of storytelling [~ minute 9]
  • How your pricing is often tied to your self-worth [~ minute 14]
  • The importance of the “why” behind your work and who you are as an artist, and how that connects you with your tribe  [~ minute 18]
  • Being a creative, when your environment has no clue how to support you constructively [ ~ minute 23]
  • What I wish someone had told me earlier about the creative process [~ minute 25]
  • My most favourite, kick-in-the-cucu, book recommendation. [~ minute 27 ]

And finally: My best experience as an artist in business so far [28:35]

If you’re an artist or person who worries about not being able to find your tribe, or that you won’t be able to find enough clients to keep your revenue consistent and predictable, this episode is for you.

Also: If you really want to take your enjoyment of this podcast episode to the next level, turn it into a drinking game à la “How I Met Your Mother” for the word combo “and so”…. even if you only drink water, I’m pretty sure you’ll end up with some sort of poisoning.

Kidding aside, in this episode with Alexis I spill a lot of emotional beans on my life as an artist, where I started and where I am right now, and I hope that you find it helpful on your personal journey!

Let me know what you think!

I send you lots of love and hugs, and another thank you to the wonderful Alexis for having me and holding space for me and my journey,

Finding Your Tribe & Connecting With The People Who Matter // Interview, Artists in Business Podcast, Alexis Fedor, Cat De Pillar

How I Organise Myself On A Weekly Basis & What Self-Sabotage Has To Do With It

How I Organise Myselfticky hands down,  stalking other people’s bullet journal spreads and organisation/planning routines has to be one of my most favourite things to do on the internet.

I guess it’s the equivalent to watching Jamie Oliver’s healthy cooking on TV, while stuffing your face with pizza….not that any of us have ever done that, right?

Even though the idea of achieving a Monica Geller level of organisation is one of my biggest ambitions, getting and staying organised is a big deal for me. Like, a really big deal. Most people would be astonished if they knew how much mental effort it takes me to not only get organised, but to stay organised. That’s why, even though I love purge-clicking through beautiful spreads on pinterest, my system had to be simple and efficient + designed to keep my brain on track for more than five minutes at a time.

Because “How I organise myself” is such a big topic, I decided to break it down into smaller chunks (yearly, quarterly, monthly, weekly) and this video focuses on my weekly routine.

This video is for you,

  • If you are a “planner-fetish” kind of person [let’s hang out sometime] and would like to know how I get my sh*t together and organise myself during the week
  • If you find yourself buying planners and binging on other people’s planning routines, while never actually sticking to a system yourself….I talk about what it means when we DON’T plan and commit to self-organisation at the end of the video, and what that has to do with love self-sabotage.

Before you go, I would love to know 1) Your favourite planner video/tutorial and 2) How you organise yourself on a weekly basis. Do you have any tricks and tips you could share? 

Until the next time, take care and have a great day!

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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.

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

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[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.

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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