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.
I so enjoy leading watercolor workshops at retirement and rehabilitation facilities. So many opportunities for connection and lovely chats. In this class, inspired by a painting by George Braque, we painted a cubist portrait of a young man. The residents interpreted the sample artwork in their own ways and created really interesting pieces.
More than a 100 businesses! How cool is that? Indeed, when you walk into Shop Made in DC, you will find products by more than 100 local businesses. I am one of them! Yay, so fun to showcase my RADOST scarves at their Dupont and Georgetown locations. Stop by and get yourself something handmade from a small business.
Montgomery Art Association Show at the Oasis Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD (January 13 - April 10, 2020)
It's always nice to see my abstract artwork next to more realistic interpretations ✨ How wonderful is this watercolor by Lily Kak? Her piece is called "Friends" and is next to my "First Fragrances of Spring". Our paintings are part of the Montgomery Art Association Show at the Oasis Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD. Stop by to see artworks of more than @maaartists 65 members! It will be fun to see a lovely variety of themes and mediums in one place. My piece is a watercolor on yupo and is inspired by a poem by Mary Oliver. All artworks are for sale. January 13 through April 10, 2020.
What a fun morning at the Adah Rose Gallery where I got to guest curate a show of amazing abstract watercolors by Wesley Berg! We played around with colors and shapes and pulled together a really lovely collection. Wesley's show - "The Infinite in the Intimate" is on January 8 through February 15, 2020 at 3766 Howard Ave in Kensington. Opening reception is noon-3pm on January 12. For more information, visit Adah Rose Gallery.
What a pretty sight. Thank you @susan.stockdale for this lovely photo of my @radostbymartinasestakova scarves at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. I am honored to have my colorful designs at their fun gift shop! All of the scarves have names and come with short stories. I bet there is a story you would love. Stop by soon!
Sneak peek ... Come see this piece - the whole of it - at @visartscenter Faculty Show! As one of the instructors, I am excited to show this abstract watercolor on yupo alongside my fellow art educators. VisArts Faculty Show 2020 takes place in the Concourse Gallery on January 10 – February 9, 2020 with an opening reception on January 24 at 7-9 pm. This show will have painting, drawing, and 2D work. I have my abstract watercolor - "Steps that Follow the Sea" (inspired by Mary Oliver poems) - on display. All artwork is available for purchase. Stop by!
My studio is getting a recharge. I was fortunate to spend the end of 2019 traveling and replenishing my creative juices. Now, it’s my studio’s turn. I designed several new RADOST scarves and ordered tons of fabrics! It will be a truly colorful 2020. Stop by my studio to get a dose of joy (that’s what RADOST means in Czech). The walls are covered in new abstract watercolors too. Let’s be in touch.
Happy New Year! But let's start with a quick look back ... My RADOST scarves turned out to be lovely gifts for so many! Here is a kind note from a customer of mine. Thank you!
Looking for a meaningful gift? Let me paint a series of artworks just for you and your loved ones. Here is a recent examples. Three sisters with three different favorite colors: purple, blue, and red. I connected the abstract watercolors by adding each sister's color to the other two pieces. Each piece is unique and also appreciates the special sibling connect.
Thank you Columbia Flier for a lovely write up about “True Blue Bliss” art exhibition at The Meeting House Gallery in Columbia, MD. I am showing abstract watercolors on yupo and my sculpted paintings. Read the full article here and stop by to see the artworks. The show is there until mid January 2020.
It’s a world filled with colors ... @radostbymartinasestakova walked over - speaking of our local artists - and brought in a lovely new collection of her RADOST scarves. They all have names and come with short stories. Washable too. Stop by and fill your day with colors.
Ooh, fun times! A lovely new collection of my RADOST scarves is now available at Red Orchard. Just in time for the holidays. Give a little color, give a lot of joy! I mean ... Give a LOT of color, and EVEN MORE joy 😉
I am excited to give a talk at the monthly Montgomery Art Association meeting at the Kensington Park Library. Hope MAA members can join for a chat and light refreshments. See you there!
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!