I so enjoy chatting with my customers. Turns our going to all kinds of art and craft events is all about connection and community. Last week a lady picked seven of my RADOST scarves, one for each employee in her small business. She took her time carefully selecting each design and story. It was so nice. Are you looking for unique and meaningful gifts? Stop by THE POP UP at @angie_kilcullen_art in Kensington, MD. I will be there with 20 local female artists on November 15 (10am to 8pm). There will be so much to choose from!
I participated in three wonderful art/craft events between November 8 and November 10. Many of my RADOST scarves and abstract watercolors on yupo found new homes and I am so thankful and humbled by your support of my work. Thank you to the organizers of these events: St. John Parish Bazaar, FriendsFest 2019, and Ezt Hayim Art Expo!
I had the pleasure of teaching two art workshop at retirement communities on November 8. The first workshop focused on Pablo Picasso's blue period and his figures. The second one highlighted the beauty of Paul Cezanne's painting of Mount Victoire. My students did such amazing work!
Captured in passing by @marilymojica. Fall fun continues with an array of art and craft events. Mark your calendars! I would love to see you.
ST JOHN PARISH BAZAAR (Nov 8)
6m-9pm, Silver Spring, MD
FRIENDSFEST 2019 (Nov 9)
10am-4pm, Sandy Spring, MD
ETZ HAYIM ARLINGTON (Nov 10)
11am-4pm, Arlington, VA
POP-UP SHOP @angie_kilcullen_art (Nov 15)
10am-8pm, Kensington, MD
ARTS BARN BAZAAR (Nov 30)
10am-7pm, Gaithersburg, MD
I had the pleasure of teaching "Abstract Art: Inspired by Poetry" at VisArts. This workshop focuses on abstraction in watercolor painting. We read poems by Mary Oliver and let them guide us in a fun creative process. Here is what my students had to say about their experience ...
"Martina is a gem. The class gave me a new way of looking at my art, and also changed my life. It exceeded my expectations in every way. It was nice to take some time for myself doing art. My thanks from the depths of my heart."
"This was a lovely experience for all of us in the class, largely as a result of Martina creating such a welcoming environment where I think we all felt free to experiment with the materials without judgement."
I love the poems of Mary Oliver. I read them over and over and I take lines or words out of them and let them be my inspiration for abstract watercolors on yupo. The piece on the left is called "In the Dust, In the Flowerbeds" and the one on the right is "And the Tree is a Sister to Me." I had so much fun creating these studies and am so happy they found a new home.
Another day, another art class, same topic. New interpretations of Paul Cezanne's paintings of Mount Victoire ... Such colorful beauties!
A day at the museum, anyone? ✨ The lovely MakeHER Mart at @womeninthearts is back and I am here with my RADOST scarves and watercolors. Stop by and support local women artists and crafters. 10am - 4pm.
Update ... What an amazing day! Thank you all for stopping by and supporting us. I had so many wonderful conversations and my scarves and paintings found lovely new homes.
Come see me and many other local artists at Garrett Park town hall for the MCC Annual Gift Show. Today 4-7pm; Saturday 10am - 7pm. I am showcasing my abstract watercolors, original heart paintings, and new larger pieces inspired by Mary Oliver’s paintings (which all sold!).
A delightful time at an art workshop at a retirement community in Rockville, MD. We studied Paul Cezanne's passion for landscape painting in his beloved Provence with focus on Mount Victoire. And then ... we painted our own mountains. Such wonderful interpretations!
A huge thank you to KTown Ladies Guild for bringing the Kensington business community together for a fun night! I had a lovely time showcasing my RADOST scarves and watercolor paintings at @oaktheshop (thanks for all of your support, Gayle!). Our guests enjoyed the wonderful art world at @chesapeakeframing and food from @bunsnricemd 🙏🏻 As small business owners, we all appreciate your support.
I am so grateful to teach a variety of art workshops at retirement communities in the Rockville/Bethesda area. I have met so many interesting people; it's been a humbling and energizing experience. Today's class took place at an assisted living with my students having all kinds of skills levels during our painting project. An individual couldn't talk anymore but enjoyed the process. Another individual couldn't walk and had limited arm mobility. And yet another student needed detailed guidance on colors and where and how to paint. Lesson learned? All people can make art no matter where they are in their life.
One thing leads to another and good things happen. I am so grateful for my dear friend @alexandransherman for introducing me to @simonsaysyoga where you can now enjoy a lovely selection of my RADOST scarves. And ... I will be showcasing my abstract watercolors at this cool yoga studio in February 2020 so mark your calendars. In the meantime, pull out your yoga mat, stretch your body, and enjoy a selection of arts and crafts made by local artisans ✨ Thank you for having me, @simonsaysyoga!
Woohoo! @shopmadeindc #2 at Dupont is now open. Such a great shop that celebrates locally made arts and crafts. Stop by 1710 Connecticut Ave and check out great products by local makers. I am so grateful to have my @radostbymartinasestakova scarves included. They make for colorful gifts as each scarf has a name and comes with a short story of inspiration. Congratulations @shopmadeindc!
I am so moved by Mary Oliver's poetry. Here is a painting inspired by a line in her poem called "Green, Green is My Sister's House." The line reads, "And the tree is a sister to me." I imagine Oliver (and myself) looking up the trunks of trees, taking in their majestic crowns, and getting lost in the greenery while her heart swells in awe. I will be doing a whole series of these poetry-inspired paintings. Already looking forward to the experience! Follow along and get in touch if you are interested in purchasing my art.
Original abstract watercolor painting on yupo paper. Series: “Inspired by Poetry” (8" x 12")
Lovely morning. Up at six, meditation in. I like a quiet ritual to start the day. You? ✨ I am working on a bunch of new pieces, exploring colors and shapes, and going larger in sizes. If you are signed up for my newsletter, you know I have a bunch of fun events coming up where I will showcase my abstract watercolors on yupo. Check full schedule on Facebook. Hope to see you soon!
Thanks to all who stopped by the Takoma Park Street Festival! What a lovely day of interesting conversations and meeting new customers. I got wonderful feedback to my RADOST scarves and my watercolors were so well received. Off to the next adventure ... Stay turned by following my Facebook page.
A fun outing today. I got to tour the wonderful gardens of the American Horticultural Society in Alexandria and ... their gift shop now carries a colorful selection of my RADOST by Martina Sestakova scarves. Pretty floral prints only add to the beauty of this place.
The ceiling that started it all … Yeah, you look up and then you find yourself inspired. I mean I did. Some time ago I looked up at the ceiling at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I got inspired … to design a black-and-white textile pattern now known as Ceiling … and the scarf and blouse (in this print) are now available at the museum’s gift shop! It’s the little things that sometimes change our lives, isn’t it?
The October issue of the RADOST newsletter is out! Take a peek in this link.
Happy Monday! Here we go with #21 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's video celebrates the beauty of travel and connections we can make while discovering the world.
The town of Kensington loves to celebrate its history and landmarks. Over the Labor Day weekend, I participated in Paint the Town art exhibition organized by @maaartists. The show is over but don’t worry … You can see a lovely selection of Kensington-inspired artworks at the city town hall! I created a sculpted painting of the Flinn Fountain, a landmark I often walk by on my strolls through town. Stop by soon!
Well, this was fun! I taught a watercolor class at a retirement community in Rockville, MD, during which we painted and played with colors on yupo (what a cool medium!) and ended up creating delightful pendants and bracelets. Each one as unique as their creator.
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!