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.
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!
My scarves are featured on Voice of America! Here I am in my studio doing a Zoom interview about my designs. Thanks Mary Welch Higgins for your kind support. The cool earrings I am wearing are by my friend Ruth Beer Bletzinger. See the full report here.
A fun art class over Zoom took place today. We explored Vincent van Gogh's artworks, focusing on his famous landscapes. We choose a beautiful one and then created our own unique interpretations in watercolors. My students (ages 10-15) enjoyed the exercise!
And ... they go to their new home and this is what their new owner said, "I love, love, love everything! Thanks again for delivering the art. I enjoyed our chat. Enjoy the summer!"
This Saturday! Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD, is doing a fundraiser for World Central Kitchen (June 20, 10am-5pm). Artists - I am one of them - created a postcard-size work of art with six... six anything. Each piece is $20 and all the money goes to WCK. Stop by the gallery (masks required), support this cool cause, and go home with original art!
A lovely group of people gathered - through Zoom - to explore patterns and mark making in watercolors. We studied up on the artworks of Alma Thomas and Dorothy Liebes and created five paintings exploring words and their meanings and how we can relate through language to ourselves. Here is what my students had to say about their experience ... "Hey Martina, that was fun and deep. You're a wonderful teacher." ... " Thanks so much, Martina! I loved your class, and your approach to abstract art really spoke to me." Yay! Sign up for my newsletter to get completely listings of my art workshops (no experience needed!).
Coming up on Monday, June 15: Patterns and Mark Making in Watercolor (Art Workshop via Zoom). Intrigued with abstract art? Drawn to watercolor? Join art educator Martina Sestakova for a workshop, during which you create a series of abstract patterns inspired by the artworks of Dorothy Liebes (textiles) and Alma Thomas (painting). We will play in colors, shapes, and textures and delve into basic watercolor techniques. No experience is needed: just your curious self! Grab your ticket here.
Looking to spruce up a simple Summer tank top? Here are two quick and ways ... Make a knot! Or let the scarf drape freely around your neck. Now your Zoom meetings will be filled with colors!
Ooh, self-portraits that capture joy! That's what we did today via Zoom in my art workshop called "Colors of You". We looked at examples of artworks through history, got to write about ourselves, chatted, and of course, painted. Using watercolors we captured our five senses and what brings us joy in the world around us. Here is what one of my students says about her experience: "I loved the class - it was something I never would have done on my own and was an opportunity to reflect on who I am right now while having fun with watercolors (a painting technique I have been afraid of using in the past due to it's ephemeral nature)." To see upcoming art classes, hop over here.
Lift your spirits ✨It's easy with unique jewelry and original artwork. Style and color for your outfits, home, and soul. I am excited to team up with @oaktheshop in creating these cool sets! Just look at how lovely. Gayle expertly paired up contemporary earrings with my watercolors on yupo. As small businesses, we come together to bring you unique products and appreciate all your support. Each set includes a set of earrings with original artwork (either an abstract or a set of three hearts). Looking for gifts for Mother's Day? Here you go. Gifts for any other occasion? Here you go. A treat for yourself. Go for it. Read on for details on pricing and delivery. Again, thank you for all of your support of our work.
SHOP: Contact Gayle at email@example.com and indicate which # set you wish to purchase. No swaps; sets sold as presented. Scroll all the way to set #30 to see what is available.
PRICING (Add tax; free local delivery/curb side pick-up or $3 shipping)
Sets #1-5: $58
Sets #6-10: $52
Sets #11-15: $56
Sets #16-20: $42
Sets #21-25: $58
Sets #26-30: $52
Our businesses are located in Kensington, MD. Earrings and artwork crafted/created with much joy in the United States. Enjoy!
Montgomery Art Association's "Creative Expressions" competition and show is an enduring tradition in the annual show calendar, and we're pleased to present it to you in this online gallery. The artwork in this show is available for purchase, and prices are shown (not including 6% Maryland sales tax). If you are interested in making a purchase, please email MAAartists@gmail.com. I have a piece in this show in the Abstract category. Enjoy!
How lovely is Elizabeth of Mid-Atlantic Modern wearing her new RADOST scarf? Dressed up for a Zoom class she was leading, Elizabeth mentioned how confident and colorful she felt. Indeed, this scarf is called "I Radiate Confidence."
Have you taken one of my Zoom art classes yet? Join in! Here is what my student has to say about her experience in "Collage: Choosing New Archetypes" ... "This class made me to do a lot of thinking about what an archetype means. It was rewarding to put together a piece of art using found pictures that represent and tell a story of what’s important to us! Martina gave great examples and words things so well that gives us inspiration for our art work!" See more art classes on my website.
I just updated my website with online art classes for June (two classes are for kids!) No experience needed: just a curious mind. Sign up at my SHOP (=> Art Workshops).
In today's class - "Sisterhood & Community" - my students learned about artworks that depict female relationships and create unique collages recalling a friend or a sister (though an actual sister is not needed for this workshop!) and why it has mattered to them. Such lovely visual explorations of meaningful relationships. Check my Shop => Art Workshops section of my website to sign up for upcoming Zoom classes.
I am excited that my floral watercolor "Love" is being featured by Art Works Richmond in an online exhibition called "Mother May I?." This show can be viewed through June 25 (https://artworksrva.com/blog/events/all-media-show-5-2020/). Enjoy insightful artworks.
I recently shipped off a lovely variety of my RADOST scarves to a dear customer. She emailed me a few times telling me how much fun she was having styling the scarves, layering a few at a time. Love it. I am so grateful for moments like these. Evidence that color brings joy to our lives. Hop over to the SHOP and see which scarf may be calling your name.
Flowers are a never-ending source of inspiration for a lot of us. In today's workshop - "3D Floral Collage in Watercolors" - my students explored flowers (actual and imagined) in 3D. We created our collages and then painted them in lovely watercolors. So beautiful!
Here is what one of my students had to say about her experience: "Thank you for a very enjoyable class. You are a wonderful teacher and it was easy to follow along."
Today's "Watercolor: Claude Monet's Field of Tulips" was a lot of fun. 10 kids coming together through Zoom and learning about Monet's love for the fields of tulips in the Netherlands. We went back to 1886 and got inspired by one of Monet's paintings and created our own. From scratch! My students' ages ranged from 10-13 and they had a fun time learning how to create a painting and how to use watercolors. New classes are coming up and you can register here!
I love to learn about history and cultures around the world and studying up on the concept of 'archetypes' lead me to create a collage workshop, "Creating New Archetypes". My students learned about archetypes in art/paintings and we then created our own imagery. Words that kept coming up - free, wild, open, hope - made into into our collages. Want to join in on the creative fun? Check out my June workshop lineup.
Here is what one of my students had to say about the class: "I loved your class so much! Here is my piece. I want to write something about it." My other student said, "Another marvelous class! Thank you so much!!"
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!