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I taught a class today in which we focused on the artworks of Tarsila do Amaral, an influential 20th century Brazilian painter. Her work inspired us to create landscapes filled with joy and memories of cherished life moments. Interested in working with me, contact me.
Oh, how fun! Gayle, the owner of OAK in Kensington, MD, selected a nice array of new artworks (by me!) for her store. They will be available starting February 22 so be sure to stop by and check them out.
I did my first Instagram Live and talked about my artworks! I hope you can virtually stop by my studio. Check out this link on Instagram to watch IGTV.
I may be known for my scarves but I also use my original artwork in a collection of decorative pillow covers. Stop by my website and check out a lovely variety of designs for your home. Colors. Black and white. Florals. Abstracts. It’s all there! Shop here: https://www.radostbymartinasestakova.com/store/c2/Pillow_Covers
New work titled "All the Bridges We've Made"... Like many of you, I have been deeply moved by Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb". I spent a lot of time listening to Ms Gorman's performances of her work, watched her interviews, and kept coming back to the poem. As with my other artworks, this painting too is inspired by words that move me. In this case, Ms Gorman's line "all the bridges we've made' caught my attention and I decided to explore it in colors, shapes, and textures. What a wonderful experience. It took me a few days to complete. Bridges have always interested me so I looked up bridges around the world - actual architectural wonders - and throughout the painting you will find lines and dots representing the wood, the steel, the bolts ... Anything and everything we use to build actual bridges, in addition to the bridges of human connection and love. Bridges connect lands over rivers and under the skies, hence blues and greens. And to honor Ms Gorman's powerful delivery of her words, you will find a little red and yellow referencing her inaugural outfit. Soft lines running through painting - like the movements of her arms - remind us of the vulnerability of our connection and the essential need to continue building bridges with gentleness and care.
My heart is warmed by the words of my customer: "Just a very quick note to say that I received and could not love “Shore in the Morning” more! It’s even more beautiful in person and it simultaneously brings joy and calm! I can’t thank you enough and will be continuing to follow you and add to my collection! I hope you have a wonderful day and I feel very grateful to be surrounded by your beautiful works and spirit!"
Oh, how lovely! My client is loving her new painting and RADOST scarf. And I love that she is happy and what a cute combo in terms of colors to bring joy to her home and outfit.
The time has come to present the work in our next online project: WTF?! This week we'll start posting the amazing work artists created based on random stuff they received in the mail. I'm really amazed with what people came up with and there's some really creative solutions to a really challenging project. Be on the look out!
The participating artists are: Sondra N Arkin Melissa Burley Mei Mei Chang Anne Cherubim Erica Jo Clarke Rose O’Donnell Sarah J Hull Rula J B AnaMarie King P D Klein Jonathan Ottke Scott Pennington Renee Regan Kristy Saunders Martina Sestakova Krista Steinke Ira Tattlman Britten Traughber Aliza Tucker Tom Wendt Angela White.
I am so excited to have my art workshops listed on the Town of Kensington website and promoted through @explorekensington on Instagram. Interested in no-experience-needed art workshops? Sign up here.
Thanks to all supporting my work! It's always so nice to stroll to the post office and drop off packages with my artworks and scarves. For each shipment, I make sure to protect my products and to add good info: my flyers! You get to learn more about my work and learn a few tips and tricks on how to best style my RADOST scarves.
Going through customer reviews of my work and this one is just so nice... "After nearly a year of buying fleece jackets, flannel shirts and face masks, I was overdue for some fashion. I got that and more from Martina's perfect infinity scarf. The fabric is fabulous, the colors are cool, the design delightful. Even if you don't need cheering up (and who doesn't?), this or any of Martina's scarves will brighten your day." I am so fortunate.
Isn’t this the nicest compliment? My client’s commissioned watercolor on yupo (a wedding gift to her husband) is now in its new home Contact me to bring original art to your life. My commissions range from $60 to $350. You will have fun!
Such a nice customer review of my scarf "Thriving"... "This is a beautiful scarf with a unique design. I love the details of natural wood forms with subtle color variations. The material is soft and luminous." Thank you!
It's always nice to deliver a completed commission on a sunny day. Yay! "A Good Wander" is now in its new home and I am so grateful for the experience. Thank you, The Chesapeake Framing Company, for cutting the mat to fit perfectly for my artwork!
I am so grateful for notes like these... "Hi Martina, My scarf just arrived and it’s even more gorgeous than I thought. I have a couple of Zoom group meetings tomorrow and I will show it off then!" Thank you all so much for your kind support of my work.
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