Sunday, 23 August 2015

Blog Banner Commission

Dear Readers, 

I was given the honour of creating a new blog banner for "When the Wild Hunt Rides" at, the blogsite of writer Dan Nyne, who is a Shamanic Practitioner and Western Mystery Tradition student… and the banner has just gone live on his site today. 

He asked to put together something in my style around the imagery of the Wild Hunt in mythic folklore traditions. I think it looks suitably mysterious and evocative. 

Dan's articles are thought-provoking and go into the deeper aspects of magical and shamanic practice, group work, ethics, mythology, wheel of the year celebrations and also ancient paganism (and how it relates to modern paganism) and covers reviews of books that may be of interest to seekers on the path.

Please stop over and take a look, and you can see the image in the full black banner >

Blessings of beauty,
Catherine Athena xo

Monday, 17 August 2015

New Studio Space

There have been some big and very necessary changes going over here to my work space….

I ended up moving my studio room to another part of the house completely, when neighbour noise was preventing me from getting anything much done at all... We are talking neighbours who are complete TV addicts and have their TV set on for up to 14 - 16 hours a day through sub-woofer speakers. This was going on right underneath my work room / art making space. I just couldn't think straight. It's not so good for maintaining a creative head space in any way or any how.

After trying to negotiate with them, reason with them, talking to the landlord to try find ways to make it workable, it just wasn't working out.  I even found myself retreating to the bedroom in the evenings and using our King size bed as a painting surface to have some much needed respite from the constant pumping bass and have a quiet space to paint! You really do have to do whatever you have to….
On Instagram at the time : 

Me at work last night. When the need to create becomes stronger than the "not having the appropriate space to work" And i bring the 39"x 39" canvas to my bedroom. #crimsonphoenix #ipaintwhereverican #gottapaint #yangenergy #bornyearoftherooster  

So our self-initiated Moving Day came around.  I shifted the entire flat right around -- like a complete 180 degree flip over,  so that what had previously been our storage room become my studio and vice versa.. and this complete move around happened via the kitchen and our bedroom. It was all-out chaos. Basically just like moving house all over again!   

But it was so worth it… finally I was settled in a quiet room and could actually get something done…a wave of instant productivity descended rather suddenly upon me, as I realised you can't take anything for granted -- least of all a space to paint in -- and THREE days later my new website was launched! {}

And so here I am now in a small space that feels almost like a quirky little dorm room with bookcases lining most of the walls…and my desk, and the painting table Viking shields, and more. 

I love it. This feels good. 

It all comes back to this little mantra…. 
……whatever that may be, and however that might look for you. 

Till next time, 
Blessings of beauty, 
Catherine Athena xo

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Knock Knock… It's Time to Launch!

Dear Readers, 

It's Harvest time and everyone is talking about the '888' energy that is pervading the Astrosphere today. The Mystic Mama & Elephant Journal blogs both had a features talking about it too… and it really does feel like a wonderfully dynamic and powerful time to be alive! 

It's a good day for the launch of my new website also…I'm giving it a Leo birthday (I've always loved that expansive, exuberant energy those Leonine people embody… so here we go. 

Knock Knock... has landed at last on a glorious golden early Autumn day! Please click on the link above to call over and visit… You'll find photography of elemental sites from my travels that have inspired me and stream of consciousness poetry to match, my paintings, articles…lots of new things to explore. I hope you enjoy it.  Let me know what you think.

Blessings of Light and beauty,
Catherine Athena xo