Yay! This colorful abstract watercolor on yupo titled "First Fragrances of Spring" found a new home today. It's on display at the Oasis Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD. My painting is inspired by a line out of a poem by Mary Oliver. I love words and let them be my inspiration for visual explorations in colors, shapes, and textures. If you are interested, I am happy to share other artworks in my poetry series. Thank you all for your kind support!
Yay, my productivity has paid off and now the online shop is updated with several new colorful RADOST scarves. They are all made in the United States and can be washed. Each has a name and comes with a short story of inspiration. Hop over to the shop and grab one for yourself or a loved one.
Painting Inspired By a Mary Oliver Poem Found a New Home (Stop by Java Nation in Kensington and See More Art)
Please join me for the opening reception of "Colorful Explorations" on March 1 (1:30-3:30pm) at Glenview Mansion. I am excited to show my large watercolor "Chesapeake Bay Waters" at this Montgomery Art Association exhibition with many of my fellow members. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. See you at 603 Edmonston Dr, Rockville, MD 20851.
Thanks to all who came to ArtRave DC on Sunday, February 16. I enjoyed this fun event at such a cool venue! Formed trolley station turned into an artist/craft market! My RADOST scarves and abstract paintings found new homes. I had lovely conversations with my customers and I enjoyed the colorful art on the walls.
A nice afternoon! So fun to select a new collection of my RADOST scarves for Brentwood Arts Exchange gift shop and see the latest art shows. Stop by to see Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter’s artworks and “Cold Hands/Warm Heart: Myths of Black Womanhood” exhibition (through end of February).
A wonderful time was had by all in today's art workshop at Oasis in Bethesda, MD. Great group. We learned about abstract art with focus on portraits and then created unique once through the exploration of our five senses. Medium? Watercolor on paper. Everyone is unique.
Posting on Instagram by @musefrederick: "Valentine's Day is front & center in the shop! We have you covered on cards, jewelry and small tokens of affection!" And look at my RADOST scarves right there. So many pretty beauties!
I hope you can join in on the art fun! Excited to have a show at the Simon Says Yoga Studio in Bethesda, MD. Stop by the opening on January 31, 2020 (6:30-8:30pm). Refreshments and art; the perfect combo awaits you!
Such a fun day today filled with two art classes. In the morning, I taught a workshop at VisArts called "Abstract Watercolor: Sisterhood & Community" and in the afternoon I taught a class at Kensington Park Retirement Living. Scroll through to see what a lovely experience everybody had. At VisArts in Rockville, I had a nice group of people eager to explore collage through the concepts of community capturing important relationship in their lives. Here is what one of my students said about the class, "I enjoyed the class. Martina was engaging, helped when needed, and encouraged us to put our words and thoughts on paper through watercolor. I would definitely take another of her classes."
In the afternoon, we used watercolor to create a colorful still life inspired by a painting by Paul Cezanne. Delightful mixing of colors, shapes, and textures. Each attendee ended up with a completely unique interpretation of the inspiration. Already looking forward to the next workshop!
What a pleasure to be invited to give a talk about my creative process at the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD! Adah Rose welcomed me, Elzbieta Sikorska, and Maremi Andreozzi to share insights on inspiration and process. Great turnout! Great questions from the attendees. I am honored.
Thanks to all who came to today's Art Market at Dupont Underground. What a fun event right under Dupont Circle! About 40 vendors from all walks of arts and crafts. Tons of visitors all having a nice time. I showcased my RADOST scarves and abstract watercolors on yupo. So many interesting conversations; people recognizing my work ... I am humbled and already looking forward to new experiences this year may bring.
I often reread Thich Nhat Hanh's book 'How to Love'. A little but powerful book. As with my Mary Oliver series of abstract watercolors, I dove into exploring the words of Hahn. I pulled a word or two here and there and created these three paintings: May I Be Peaceful, The Capacity to Transform, Understanding is the Best Gift. It seems these words apply to any and all of our days. Oh my, I do love words so much. If you are interested in purchasing these, send me a message (they are $32 each, 4 x 6). And follow me on Instagram at @martinasestakovaart for more colorful insights into life's beauty.
Another day, another art workshop. So much fun today in a class during which we played with watercolors and were inspired to create unique pieces of art. Claude Monet's landscape paintings were are starting point; from there all my students went their own fun ways in terms of colors, shapes, and textures. Such good times!
Come see my abstract watercolors on yupo at Java Nation in Kensington, MD. I am sharing artworks inspired by literature, e.g., poems by Mary Oliver. Words and snippets of text are the starting point in my visual explorations of the association meaning of words through colors, shapes, and textures. All artworks are originals and available for purchase through Java Nation.
I love the sight of hands working and creating art. Lovely collage class at the Kensington Row Bookshop with wonderfully meaningful sharing of life stories. We talked about archetypes in literature and in our lives and created our own imagery: a new positive and encouraging archetype. Want to join in? Register for the February class 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!