Oh, what a lovely evening spent sketching and painting. My students and I embarked on a lovely project: to paint an owl in watercolors. Play and fun were are our goals. We chatted and laughed and talked anything and everything creativity. Here is what they said about their experience: "Thanks for a fantastic class!" and "Wonderful class tonight. Thank you" and "Thank you for another fantastic class!". I am so grateful we are all able to come together through Zoom and create and feel connected. Sign up for my monthly newsletter (on the Home page of this website) to receive updates about classes and other creative adventures.
I am excited to contribute to "Art From the Heart" campaign by Art Watch DC. To date, they have gifted more than 1,600 artworks to three hospitals in the DM, one of the being Holy Cross in Silver Spring, MD.
Today, I brought a new artwork to the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD. I am excited to have two pieces included in the collection of contemporary art at this cool gallery in the heart of town. This abstract watercolor on yupo is called "Share the Light" and the title is inspired by words in the book, The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eger. It is available for purchase through the gallery ($96, 10" x 8", matted and framed to 16" x 12").
Here is a quick view of several of my RADOST textiles. Every fabric has a name and come with a short story of inspiration. I have designed each pattern and captured a variety of interesting life moments to remind you of the beauty of the world.
Wow, what a fun day taking over the Instagram account of the Capital Hill Art League today. I joined this organization recently and have had a wonderful experience with this friend art group. Today, I got to share insights into my textile design and painting process on their account at @caphillartleague. Hop over there and see my nine posts. Enjoy!
Hi there! What a fun Zoom art workshops through Outschool today! My students and I learned about Claude Monet's trip to the Netherlands and recreated one of his oil paintings in watercolors. A lovely study of art history turned into a great morning at home. And here is what one of my students had to say about her experience, "My 15 year old really enjoyed the class. The instructor was very nice. She learned some information about Monet and made a wonderful painting. We would definitely sign up for another class from this instructor in the future."
The best way to spend one's evening: enjoy a variety of freshly cut flowers and to paint them! I guided my students through a series of watercolor paintings exploring the technique through composition, scale, and a variety of color combinations. Sign up for my newsletter (on the HOME tab) and get a listing of my class offerings. Join in on the fun!
Here is what one of my students says about her experience, "Wonderful class! Clear instruction with many different techniques covered. Excellent pace. Good opportunities for questions. Loved it!".
Peak in! The doors to OAK in Kensington, MD, are open (masks required, hand sanitizer and gloves available). Gayle - the shop's owner - carries my abstract watercolors on yupo and has a delightful selection of fashions, gifts, and accessories!
Come See the New Summer Show - Carte Blanche - at the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD ... I Got to Co-Curate it!
Welcome to Adah Rose Gallery's summer art exhibition, "Carte blanche." I have one of my sculpted paintings on show at this lovely gallery and today - to my heart's pleasure - I got to curate two walls (four sections). I would call what came together rather intuitively as "They Are Looking."
The curation's starting point was a large painting by Kensington-based artist Sarah Renzi Sanders. Sarah's introspective piece is intense, moving, and vulnerable. It's powerful and I thought of expanding on its message of self-discovery with other artworks through colors, shapes, and textures. And how amazingly does it reflect in the Tim Vermeulen artwork next to it?! This section centers on ideas, such as putting on or taking off 'psychological' masks, spaces in which our self-discovery happens (e.g., homes and nature), and how the outer world interacts with our inner experience in the process of peeling and covering up who we are.
The first display is completed with an abstracted bird wood sculpture and a delightful cloud honoring moving through space and time and being linked to nature as shown in Sarah's painting (e.g., the birch trees).
The second section of the gallery looks at "textures" of our becoming, of self-care and self-revelation. I mixed abstract pieces with highly textural artworks. There is a lovely Manuela Holban portrait and Brian Dupont's piece that highlights the words volume and void. This wall celebrates the depths of our human experience.
Shelving on the second section allowed me to display the work of Bethesda-based artist, Akemi Maegawa. Akemi creates amazing daruma and house sculptures. This display continues to expand on the ideas in Sarah's artwork: who we are, how we change, and where we change. Can we be a home ourselves? What's home?
The third section delves deeper into the concept of home and spaces we inhabit. The artworks depict a chair by Virginia artist Mary Welch Higgins, a tea cup, flowers, a 3D book ... Pausing, writing, introspection in a safe space may lead to more self-discovery.
And finally, in the fourth section, we come back to the interaction of our outer and inner worlds. A fabulously intense piece by Gregory Ferrand (top right) looks right back at Sarah's piece on the opposite wall. These piece reveal the universes of memories and experiences within us. Maremi Andreozzi's portrait (bottom right) makes me think of 'jewels' in terms of our internal discoveries, our journey through spaces (as if depicted in the two artworks on the left) and how our human experiences overflow in highs and lows only to always regain a balance of love and fear.
I am truly grateful to Adah Rose for trusting me with this task. I hope you stop by the gallery and go on a visual journey through the space taking in all of the amazing artworks. Thank you!
To purchase the artworks you see here, visit the Adah Rose Gallery on Artsy.
How fun to see my RADOST scarf on Mary Welch Higgins of the Fisher Art Gallery during an Instagram Live! Mary is wearing a design called "Thriving" combined with a lovely blue top from OAK. Thanks for your support, Mary! Looking great.
A life moment turns into art, which then turns into a unique textile pattern. All of my RADOST scarves have names and come with short stories of inspiration. This one is called “Show Off like a Peacock” and started with a single glimpse of a peacock in a park in Prague, Czech Republic. And just so happens that I visited the park with my mom and it is her birthday today! A moment of pause that has lead to a meaningful fashion accessory.
I am excited to have a sculpted painting as part of "Carte blanche" - art show at the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD. The gallery is open all week by appointment (call 301-922-0162) and then Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-5. The gallery is at 3766 Howard Ave. Stop by to see a lovely variety of contemporary artworks!
A lovely new display of my watercolors on yupo is now at OAK in Kensington, MD. Come out for a stroll through town and stop by this lovely shop. Gayle has a wonderful selection of fashions and jewelry complemented by my artworks that makes for unique gifts. The prices range from $21 to $46 and there is much to choose from!
The color purple is often associated with imagination and spirituality. I am always energized when I see purple or when I wear one of my RADOST scarves in this color. And there are just so many beautiful hues of purple to enjoy! Do you like purple? Leave a comment. Would love to hear from you.
Notes from my customers warm my heart up ... "I want to say that I love the scarf, and I wore it the next day when I went for a walk. It really put a smile on my face!!!! I might consider getting another one within the next few weeks, one where I can make a statement with blue and pink." Thank you!
What a fun project! I became familiar with the work of Washington DC-based photographer Elizabeth B Sullivan on Instagram and asked her whether I could use a photo of hers - called "Downpour" - as inspiration for a painting. I so enjoyed the textures of her photo and spent a bit of time creating a visually textural abstract watercolor on yupo. My artwork is 4" x 6" (and has sold) and is also part of a blog on the Montgomery Art Association's website. Enjoy and be sure to visit Elizabeth's website.
I miss going to art galleries but luckily there are online shows! Montgomery Art Association is hosting “Natural Landscapes” and I have a 3D fabric painting called "A Long Quiet Walk in the Woods" in this exhibition. Don't you just feel like you are surrounded by trees and fresh air when you look at this artwork? The show goes through August 20 so enjoy checking it out (there are a total of 72 creations by local artists) here.
My customer Kelly is so happy in this picture! She shared it a few days ago talking about the importance of play and joy in our lives. The scarf she is wearing is indeed a RADOST one! Check out its story here.
Lovely experience teaching "Mini Flower Paintings" on June 29. We explored flowers and how to capture their beauty in a series of 4" x 4" pieces. One of my students said, "Thanks, Martina, the class was really fun!" Check out my July workshops here and sign up for the next creative exploration.
Or, the same black t-shirt! If you know me, you know I am pretty minimal when it comes to clothing but excessive when it comes to scarves! Well ... I design them so I better like them. Here we go with a few ideas on how to style my RADOST scarves. Same black top; four different ways - each takes about 1-2 seconds - to dress them up for whatever occasion in your life. I always feel energized when I put color close to my face and heart. Do you? I hope my scarves do just that for you. Which style appeals to you most? Let me know!
Oak and RADOST have been collaborating for some time now. Gayle and I came up with wonderful gift sets: earrings and my original abstract watercolors. The collab has been a fun experience. So, I am excited to share that OAK now has an online shop for you to enjoy from wherever you live. Hop over to Gayle's website and shop away!
I am an admirer of anything floral. Thousands of flower photos on my computer are the evidence. So, I committed to a watercolor drawing of a bloom, added a few computer-generated magical touches, and now you may have fresh flowers (well, almost) in your home at all times. Shop it here.
Don’t just take it from me. Check out what my customers have to say about their experiences with my RADOST designs.
I teach art classes in the DMV area so enjoy workshop updates and testimonials from my students.
And since it's been proven that color is good for us, check back often for news about my abstract watercolor paintings. They will brighten up your day!