The show is on! Join me at Montgomery Art Association's biggest show of the year at the Kensington Town Hall (today through Sept 2). I have three sculpted paintings on display, one of which celebrates the beauty of the town of Kensington, where I also live and create. Reception and award ceremony is today (6-8). Open and free to the public. Stop by!
Loving these pix from Shop Made in DC of my colorful RADOST scarves. Indeed, they are available at the new Georgetown location! Infinity ones; open ones. Tons of options. They all have patterns made out of sound waves and are filled with positive energy and intention. Hope over to this cool shop and enjoy!
I am so honored to be able to teach art workshops in retirement communities in the area. I love chatting with my students who are curious and creative and always full of interesting questions. Our classes are truly colorful as we explore a variety of topics and techniques.
Happy Monday! Here we go with #17 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's video is celebrates the beauty of flowers and growing up in a blooming garden. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Shop Made in DC! They are opening their new (3rd!) Georgetown location on August 1! I am so excited for my colorful RADOST scarves to be alongside other local creators. Grand opening is on August 3 at 1242 Wisconsin Ave New. Stop by and support small businesses.
A little sneak peak into new paintings I have been creating ... “Friendship:" I am so drawn to pinks and blues. I find them calming yet energetic. What do you think? This abstract watercolor on yupo celebrates the subtlety and clarity of friendships. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by kind friends. We have shared so much and the interconnection is life assuring to me. Get more details on Instagram at @martinasestakovaart.
Oh my, such a delightful class last night at @visartscenter 💕 What fabulous students in Abstract Watercolor: The Colors of You. We painted abstract self portraits after we studied up on the art by Sonia Delaunay, Paul Klee, and Karel Appel. What incredible opportunities for sharing and connections through this creative exercise. I am always fascinated by how much art can change us in a short period of time. I will be back to teaching in September so be sure to follow along.
Today's storm brought in lower temperatures and the perfect opportunity for art! As soon as I walked into the door of a local retirement community, it started raining and my students gathered for a watercolor workshop inspired by the art of Henri Matisse. We focused on his study of a cat in a room. My students enjoyed combining colors, creating large colorful areas, and then adding intricate patterns to liven up the space. What a fun class!
Happy Monday! Here we go with #16 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's video is celebrates taking the time to process everything that's happening in our lives. Enjoy!
You are invited! On July 25 at 3pm, my dear friend and fellow artist Alexandra N Sherman and I will give a talk about our artworks at the Oasis Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD. Alexandra will share insights about her silhouettes (two of which adorn my home) and I will talk about my sculpted paintings. We hope to see you there!
As you stroll through Wildwood Shopping Center, stop by @redorchardshop. An adorable shop with cool gifts. I recently delivered a new set of my colorful RADOST scarves that you can check out while shopping for items Caroline and John, the owners, personally curate.
Another great day filled with art. I taught two classes. In the first one, we explored landscape painting through the study of New York City skyline. In the second one, we looked into the paintings by Vincent van Gogh and learned how simple lines can create a landscape overflowing with trees, shrubs, meadows, stormy clouds ...
Such a fun class at VisArts! 3D Floral Collage in Watercolors ... Everyone had a great time: we created imagined flowers and painted them in vibrant colors. I find flowers to be such a joyous inspiration for art. Check online calendar for unique art workshops.
I am so fortunate to lead a variety of art workshops in the Kensington area. Teaching is just so fun; I get to meet people from all over with the most interesting life stories. Art can be such a vehicle for connection. Well, let's take a quick look at three classes I taught in the past two days ...
First, let's hop over to an independent living community in Rockville where we explored florals in watercolors on yupo. Yupo is just such a cool medium! My students sketched their own floral compositions and then played around in colorful watercolors.
Second, moving onto a watercolor class at an assisted living community. My students chatted the workshop away. Oh my, they laughed and had a blast. Each student worked on their own piece: some reached out for a city, others enjoyed a sailing scene.
Third, let's take a peak at artworks created at VisArts in Rockville, MD, during "Abstract Art: Inspired by Poetry" where we studied up on Mary Oliver and used her poems as inspiration for abstract watercolors. Let's see what the next several days bring ... A lot of art, I promise!
Happy Monday! Here we go with #15 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's video is celebrates the beauty of words, positive mantras, and surrounding yourself with good vibes.
Thanks to The Artisans in McLean, VA, for having me today! What a lovely time at the RADOST scarf trunk show. Great conversations with the customers of this cool gift shop in the heart of town. A lot of laughter, good stories, and of course, lovely fashion accessories!
You can barely see me behind these paintings! A huge thank you to Gayle(who has been so supportive of my artworks at Oak and who made this commission possible) and Jennifer (who helped me truly enjoy this experience). My clients love these colorful additions (called "Harmony and Energy") to their new home in Kensington. Interested in owning a unique piece of abstract art? Contact me.
The Villages of Friendship Heights presents an open juried exhibition "It's a Wonderful World" (July 7 through August 4, 2019). Juror: Llewellyn Betty, art instructor at Friendship Gallery. Stop by to see my sculpted painting "Midnight Dream" (watercolor on manipulated crepe de chine). Opening reception is on Sunday, July 14 (11:30am to 1pm), at 4433 S Park Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
Happy Monday! Here we go with #14 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's video is celebrates the beauty of one of my favorite flowers: peonies.
A fellow artist recently commented on what a pleasure it is to make art and then see people use it, wear it, live with it ... I taught two art classes today at local retirement communities. And what a pleasant surprise, in the first class, a student of mine wore her RADOST scarf! She looked lovely and had a wonderful time painting. In the second class, we explore birds and painted the afternoon away. I am so grateful.
You won't regret it! The Summer show is on and it's filled with so so so much wonderful art. Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD, features contemporary US artists. Abstraction, figure, a variety of mediums. This show - ""Charmed, I'm Sure" - is on through the end of August. My piece "Serenity" is on display. Enjoy!
Congratulations to a new business in Sperryville, VA! ☀️ I am pleased to announce that a new cool shop just opened and a lovely collection of my RADOST scarves is at @otgsperryville! Take a trip to to this eco-conscious, zero-waste market and cafe with a selection of local crafts.
Vincent van Gogh share a birthday. Yes, we were both born on March 30. But beyond that ... he is a fascinating painter. In today's watercolor class at Kensington Park Retirement Community in Kensington, MD, my students and I worked on a landscape inspired by one of his works. We chatted about his creativity, read up about his life, and had tons of fun spending the afternoon together. I am already looking forward to next workshop!
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!