So I may be a day late and a dollar short, but here is the post that was supposed to go up yesterday! Chris and I were playing around in Photoshop to get the final image I imagined in my head, so it took a little longer than expected. But it was worth the wait, because we are both so happy with the end result! We were so inspired by our artist, and came up with many more ideas- there just wasn't enough time to do them all, SO do not be surprised when we visit this artist again!
This weeks inspiration is artist Rene Magritte. He is considered to be a surrealist artist and one of my favorites. Surrealism is my favorite art movement because it plays with the mind, making your eyes transcend between reality and a dream, challenging any preconceived perceptions. Our artist, Rene Magritte- was a master at playing 'tricks' on your eyes/mind, causing you to look more closely at what your actually seeing.
Rene Magritte was a Belgian artist, best know for being a leader in surrealism. BUT he was also very influential in the transformation into the pop art movement. As he often would use ordinary objects + figures that he would re-arrange, and multiply in strange ways to cause his viewer to take a deeper look at his work. A lot of Magritte's work was similar, in the sense that they depicted similar scenes and had reoccurring themes. I once read that he would sit down and paint a new painting every day! If you are a painter, you know how AMAZING that is. His style of painting is not easy to do, by any means!
Above is a silly photograph of our serious artist and below are a couple of his other paintings that I really love.
I love his rich use of color and the playful- yet very serious, thought provoking content of his art work. You can't help but let your mind wander while viewing his art work, searching for understanding/meaning in what you are seeing. OR just trying to figure out what the heck he was thinking about when he was creating the work.
Every year I do a lesson with my students about Rene Magritte. He is an iconic artist, that I still very relevant in todays world. If you really think about it, you have probably seen some type of appropriation of his work before.Here is where artist Jeff Koons teamed up with Harper Bazaar to create some Rene Magritte inspired work. Below is the book that I read to my kids to introduce Rene Magritte to the kids. This is one of the coolest chrilderns books I've read. Its great for teaching the kids about Magritte + surrealism because it also has clear pages that plays 'tricks' on your eyes, and allows Magrittes hat to hop around from page to page.
OH and I used watercolor paints to create the sky background and then scanned it into Photoshop for Chris to help me create the photo college. Like I said, were both super inspired + happy about our end results and will probably be revisiting Rene Magritte again! BUT let us know what you think- about him, his work + our take on Rene Magritte!
So I am still exhausted as I write this post now- but on Sunday was my Friendsgiving soirée! It was alot of work and I had A LOT of fun planning + making it all happen! AND the actual event was the best!
I have a tendency to over think things, and friendsgiving was one of those things I started to over think. I was way worried about what the gals were going to do, if it was going to be awkward, if I needed to be the 'entertainment'. Chris kept reassuring me there would be so many ladies present, that the event would just run its course. AND it did. I suppose I'm just used to being an elementary school teacher and having 20+ kids look at me like 'now what?!' every 2 seconds. Luckily though, being that most of the gals are bloggers/entrepreneurs of some sort, everyone was super out going and ready to get their craft on!
Below are some of the pictures from the event that Chris snapped for me. I will be honest and say that I am a little sad that I didn't take more pictures- I took like 2 pictures the whole time, and they were blurry. : ( I was too busy talking my head off with everyone! I wasn't able to set up a little photo booth area or anything either, as we had Friendsgiving in my super tiny loft and it was already a tight fit. Thankfully, it wasn't too cold and we were able to prop the back door open and use the fire pit out back to make s'mores!
I really couldn't be more happy with how Friendsgiving turned out, and DEFINITELY think I will be doing this again next year! Here are some pictures from the event, and later this week I will be sharing with you the swag bags + vendors + how many blankets/boxes of toys we were able to donate, as this event was really about [new] FRIENDS gathering together to GIVE back this holiday season! AND I am SOOO proud of how much we were able to give this year!
The set up : view from my lofted bedroom [See we weren't working with alot of space- it was cozy though!]
Swag bags + area for toys & blankets!
We basically just moved our living room outside [as we just use beach chairs typically, b/c we only have my lemon table out there currently- until we buy patio furniture.]
I just love love love my Tiny Prints pillow- so fun! [You can customize them to say anything you want!]
My sister + my bestfriend helping me put the Operation Christmas Child boxes together!
Getting our craft on! For the few weeks leading up to the event- I collected sticks while walking the dogs. I used/painted some as table decor + saved the rest for the gals to use to make their own wall hangings/dream catcher thingy-ma'bobs! I wasn't sure how everyone was going to feel out stick decorating- BUT it was a hit! Usually the simplest of things are.
I literally used sticks + leaves as my main decorations and then threw some candles + twinkle lights + a few feathers into the mix as well. I once had a professor that told us that a good artist can make great art work- with the best of materials. BUT that a GREAT artist can make GREAT art work with even the worst of materials. AKA be resourceful, everything doesn't have to cost a lot of money to be great!
Making my speech, which- much to my surprise didn't go awful and I didn't black out [hehe- really though]. I don't like talking in front of grown folks typically [actually hate it]. I even hate having to speak in front of everyone at staff meetings. Its so different than teaching. Maybe it was adrenaline from everything, but I really wasn't that nervous. I wasn't sure what I was going to say so I may have stumbled a bit & I did drop the swag bag [awkward] but it was all okay- and will make next time that much easier!
New friends helping each other craft! I LOVE it : )
We each wrote a letter to include in our Operation Christmas Child box using the pens that Sakura of America sent us + our Tiny Prints 'But First, Glitter!' note pads!
Sparklers + s'mores : ) Always a huge hit at parties! [BTW- this is a GAS fire pit. All I have to do is push a button to turn it on/off- HOW great?!]
Group shot- well about half the group. This was at the very end and many girls had already left. Something we will remember to do next year before everyone leaves!
We naturally ended the party by making it rain confetti!!! This literally was so fun/funny. I have never seen soooo much confetti all over the place in my life. I am still finding it e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e! All I can say is, God love Chris for being such a good man and hanging with all us gals all day- with all of our sparkles, confetti and silliness! #Girlsjustwanttohavefun
I had to make a salad bowl full of confetti for this moment!
The next few pictures after all the confetti fell were the best. Every ones faces were so shocked! I LOVE it :)
Happy Wednesday! My favorite day of the [work week- well other than Friday ;P] because #OnWednesdayWeWearArt ! This weeks outfit was super last minute, like 10pm at night- 'ahhh what am I going to wear/when am I going to have time to take pictures and where at?!'
So I had this brilliant idea to use two of my favorite materials and just keep it simple. Less is more. I busted out the shrinky dinks, made this necklace + grabbed some construction paper and started cutting out paper pieces for the wall, as a back drop! Simple + beautiful + colorful...I honestly think this maybe my favorite #OnWednesdayWeWearArt post yet. I am sure it could have been done a bit better, as it was extremely rushed- but I am so happy with the necklace/post!
Now lets talk about our artist, Henri Matisse! He was a french artist- drawer, painter, print-maker and sculptor. But just like a few other artist we have talked about, he got his beginnings elsewhere. After college, Matisse got a job at a law office and shortly after passed the bar.
Not long there after that, he fell ill of appendicitis and was bed ridden for TWO years. This is when he took up painting. His mother encouraged him to 'not listen to the art rules' - but rather respond to his emotions when painting.
In response to the paints + encouragement his mother gave him while sick :
"From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that plunges towards something it loves.'"
Henri Matisse mastered the expressive language of color, and was a leader in modern art. As you can see from the samples of his work that I have shown you here, he had a variety of ways of working- which I think, is what I love most about him. AND he was really good at all the medias he chose to work in. You can see in the flower painting above how complex + rich his work can be, as well as with the lithograph + paper cut outs how simple + powerful his other ways of working can be.
Get the look : [ White button up : Target // Checkered pants : Urban Outfitters // Orange flats : Oldnavy // Matisse Necklace : D.I.Y. ]
Next week's inspiration : Surrealist, Rene Magritte!
Psst! : Don't forget to check out my blogging buddy Liv, as we have now teamed up for the #OnWednesdayWeWearArt post . She seriously is such a billantly, colorful soul who has a way with words, that I'm not sure that she realizes. See what she has to say this week about Henri Matisse + How she let his art inspire her outfit this week!
Sooo I can not believe that I am just now geting around to telling you guys about the Friendsgiving soiree that I have been working oh so very hard to plan these past few weeks! But this week is THE week, so let me spill the beans and share what I've been up to.
A couple of months ago Tiny Prints reached out to me about collaborating on some projects together. Already, [in my head] I had been throwing around the idea of hosting a painting party/workshop event around the holidays- for local blogger, pr/marketting/creative/entrepreneur gals. [Just a reason to get together with other like minded ladies!] Because of the timing, my last name [Pilgrim] and the name of my blog- it only made sense for me to host a Friendsgiving. Once I checked out Tiny Prints' invites, and other goodies [like note pads/books + coffee mugs + home decor] I knew that a Friendsgiving party would make for the perfect collaboration!
I also knew that if I was going to get to throw this awesome party + give away a SWEET swag bag, that I could use this as an opprotunity to pour back into our community. All the while having fun + networking with other ladies in Atlanta! I did my research and pretty quickly found two organizations that I wanted us to lean into this holiday season.
At many Friendsgivings each guest bring a dish to share with everyone, however thanks to our friends at Greenbox Worldwide our catering will be taken care of. So instead, we are asking our guest to support A Touch of Warmth + Operation Christmas Child, by bringing blankets and [small] toys to donate.
A Touch Of Warmth is a nonprofit corporation ran by an eleven year old young lady! I found her on [go figure] Instagram and was completely blown away! For years [yes, years!] now, she has been collecting blankets to pass on to those in rough times. I am just amazed how, at such a young age she has already touched and improved the lives of many! What a sweet girl. Lets help her meet her goal this holiday season and spread the warmth + cheer to those in need this winter, right here in Atlanta. If your attending Friendsgiving be sure to bring a blanket [or 2 - 3!] to donate, and if you will be celebrating with us virutally then please email me at Courtney@myfriendcourt.com and I can get you the information you need to help support the cause!
Growing up, I was apart of an organization called 'Girls in Action' [a Girls Scout//club of sorts- but for church] and every Christmas [or actually, around Halloween] we would start to pack + decorate shoe boxes full of goodies to send over seas with Operation Christmas Child. Lo and behold, Operation Christmas Child is very much so still in operation and growing! I thought it would be a fun activity for us gals to pack + decorate boxes at Friendsgiving. We will be getting our boxes from Passion City Church. Each box needs to be pack full of toys/crafts + include a letter & label [and maybe some art!] + $7 dollars to send the box over seas. [Now and days] You can track your box to find out where it ends up!
I am also SO excited to annouce that Gelly Roll , the creator of the best gel pens ever- are supporting us and sending gels pens for each guests swag bags, as well as their Cray-Pas oil astels to include in the boxes for the kids! How awesome, right?! I am soo pumped!
I have also got to tell you about my amazing h u s t l e r of a friend Melanie + her one WOman show- Golda Kombucha Tea, as she will be supporting Friendsgiving and providing us ladies with some refreshing + healthy tea! She will also be attending the event, so if you will too- pick her brain! We met years ago in a printmaking class in college, and through her being a PR guru + us being savy business gals we have reconnected again. She has REALLY encouraged me in my blogging endeavors! AND Melanie REALLY REALLY knows what she's doing. Check out her most recent feature [about a week ago] on 11 Alive News!
I will be doing a post after Friendsgiving that will be highlighting all the different vendors that have contributed to our swag bag [which I hand screen printed btw- D.I.Y. to come]- I just can't believe how awesome this bag is!
Here are a few pictures I have shared so far on Instagram. Follow along with the fun the day of [THIS SUNDAY!] using th hastag #MFCfriendsgiving! [I was trying to think of another hashtag we could use. If you have an idea, leave it in the comments!]
Wheeeww! That was a big post! Check out this Pinterest board to see where I am pulling my inspiration from for this party.
Oh and here is the Spotify playlist I started for Friendsgiving! I left it opened- so add some fun tunes to it for us to jam to!
Psst! : tomorrow is Wednesday and on Wednesday we wear art!!! This weeks inspiration : Henri Matisse!
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Let's be Friends!
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