Working with seniors and learning from them during watercolor classes at Kensington Park in Kensington, MD
Check out a blog I wrote about my watercolor classes at Kensington Park in Kensington, MD. I love my time there working with a lovely group of residents. Read my blog here.
Yes, this is a lovely display of cool items created by women entrepreneurs at the fabulous Femme Fatale DC pop up in Tenleytown in Washington, DC. But you know what it also is? A sign of collaboration, a moment when women support other women, when it all just works together. I am happy to be part of this space and to showcase my colorful scarves.
Happy customers make me happy 😉 Thank you @distinctstudios for this lovely shoutout of my RADOST scarf. It’s called “Good Vibrations” and is all about the good things in life. Here is to kindness and friendships and supporting each other in our creative adventures 💕🙏🏻 #radostbyms#textiledesigner #teachingartist #abstract#watercolor #painter #artforsale #homedecor#originalart #gifts #ideas #abstractart#womeninbiz #patterndesign #photo#portrait #happycustomer #red #pink #scarf#summerfashion #pattern #textiles#infinityscarf
My studio is coming along! I am excited to open it up in September and welcome my friends and current customers. I will feature my textile designs, macro photography, and abstract watercolors. Looking forward to chatting about creativity and arts! Contact me to make an appointment.
A little Friday throwback to a lovely display of my colorful RADOST scarves and blouses at The Muse in Frederick, MD. Indeed, since then I have chopped my hair off and designed many more textiles. Stop by this fun store and discover artists local to the area. Plus, Frederick is a great town for arts, culture, and yummy food!
Lovely chat with @petworthartsdc at Femme Fatale DC about gifts and their meaning. She ended up picking my "Strength Lives Within Me" sound wave scarf for her cousin's birthday. Lovely way to give a present that will bring joy and will last for years to come.
Yes, indeed, this is a pizza pillow. More precisely, this is a photo of the most fabulous pesto pizza at Frankly Pizza in Kensington, MD. My favorite pizza. I snapped a photo of the yummy beauty and turned in into a comfy throw pillow for the home of Frankly Pizza owner's: Frank and Kate. Enjoy!
Ooh, look! My “Tender Heart” watercolor on yupo painting found a new lovely home. I so appreciate my client's support. May this piece be a reminder of good things and joy in our our lives. I paint daily and my abstracts are on Instagram at @martinasestakovaart.
I teach abstract watercolor classes and love to work alongside my students. Here I am with a piece I created during one of the classes. And as a textile designer, of course, I could not not create something out of my artwork ... I often take close-up photos of my paintings and then play around with textile patterns. Hence, here we are with to colorful interpretations: I enjoy that there is a color scheme they share. But I enjoy that they are indeed different.
“Strong” ... I often think about what it means to be strong. I’m finding that, interestingly, it means being vulnerable. It means being flexible. But at the same time there needs to be a place somewhere inside of us that’s entirely sure of our worth and beauty. That’s what I am combining in this painting: the fluidity and the security (represented by the rectangular shape within the top color section).
Original abstract watercolor on paper. Signed 4” x 6”. Framed in white to 5” x 7”. $34. Contact to purchase, for collaborations and queries.
I just got to see this fun pillow I designed for a girl’s bat mitzvah a few months ago. Her family and friends wrote messages all over it and she now gets to have a cool memory of her special day. I am happy to make one for your special occasion (e.g., bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, birthday).
NEW SCARF ALERT! Today’s story behind a textile design of mine. A new day, a new RADOST scarf. This one is called “She Is On Fire” ... I went on a camping trip and at night, we had a fire. The night was dark and the fire warmed us up. I took photos of the flames and of the burning wood. This scarf has a pattern that celebrates the warmth of the fire and the energy it has. It reminds me of the warmth within my heart and the kindness I can bring to the world when I use it consciously in my life ... Get regular updates on my textile design work on Instagram (@radostbymartinasestakova).
A great 3D paint mandala class at VisArts on July 24. Students ranging from 12-17. A lovely mixture of focus and quiet and lively chatter about life experiences. Art classes go so far beyond learning about an artistic skill or medium. They are a place to meet new people and to connect. I am already looking to the next class. Check VisArts calendar for my September workshops.
I just finished a set of two sports pillows created out of an old t-shirt and a journey Dylan, a little boy, used to wear. Here is what his mom had to say about his new bedroom decor ... "Dylan absolutely loved his sports bed! Especially the pillows. To me, it's a bit messy but has everything he wanted. He couldn't wait to sleep in it last night."
My client got five colorful RADOST scarves as gifts for nurses who took care of her husband. This is what makes my job so meaningful. I love creating scarves with inspirational stories that can be given as kind gifts of appreciation. This is what I would call good Christmas shopping in July!
This is what I would call a happy place: Femme Fatale DC is a popup featuring female entrepreneurs. We are open until September 30, 2018, so hop over to check out a wonderful selection of vegan, environmentally friendly, and unique items created by interesting DMV-based businesses. I am here with my @radostbymartinasestakova scarves and bags and you can also find a selection of my abstract photography.
I work with people affected by cognitive/memory decline. One of my students had a lot of fun in a watercolor class a few weeks ago and yesterday, when I saw her again, she came in with her own set of watercolors, pencils, and paper! She painted in every color in the palette and smiled the whole time. Seriously, art is so good for our souls.
A quick thanks to Gayle at OAK who kindly supports my creative adventures by featuring my abstract watercolors on yupo in her adorable shop in Kensington, MD. It’s so fun to share my love for colors. I find much joy in painting and am so grateful for any opportunity to showcase my paintings. They make for meaningful gifts as they all have names that reflect the beauty in our lives.
I am honored to be an instructor at VisArts in Rockville, MD. This is a really cool non-profit that has an amazing array of art classes open to the public. I teach several classes there and on July 17, I lead "From Photograph to Modern Art". This class explored inspiration and how to overcome artistic block through a fun process. We used black and white photos to study lines, shapes, and textures, and then created a large scale abstract watercolor inspired by our findings. No experience necessary - I guide you through the whole process. Be on the look out for classes coming up in September!
This is what my students had to say about this class ... "Thank YOU for the class! We had a great time, as always. We love your sense of humor, your energy, and the friendly and casual vibe during the classes. Clearly we're big fans since we can't seem to stop signing up for them. I'm sure we'll see you again for more fun, new, interesting projects and techniques!"
"Rain in the Garden" (Green) handcrafted RADOST scarf is available here.
I taught a fun class - "Let's Zentangle" - in Poolesville, MD, on July 17. A lovely group eager to learn this meditative art technique. We used just a few tools: white paper tiles and pens. And ... we created amazingly intricate artworks!
The lovely Mary of Distinct Studios is looking so wonderful in my “Rivers of Our Lives” scarf. Surrounded by art and wearing cool earrings, she surely can strike a pose for this selfie. This scarf celebrates the twists and turns of our lives and with its golden hues warms up any outfit. I am so grateful to Mary for supporting my textile design work.
I popped over to OAK in Kensington, MD, where the lovely Gayle kindly features my abstract watercolors in her shop. I am loving the display. My art adds a touch of color throughout the store and will do the same in your home. All of my pieces have names and a strong intention to bring joy to your day.
I love making my oversized pillows out of t-shirts that have been of meaning to my customers. Look at this cool pillow! It's huge and it's full of memories and great moments. This particular one is a gift for a guy going off to college. It will be a perfect addition to his dorm room. Interested in getting a pillow made just for you? Contact me.
I moved to Kensington, MD, and one of my favorite places to teach art classes is five minutes away from my new home. Today's class was wonderful. We painted an interior scene in watercolors and my students had such a fun time. I truly enjoy working with seniors. It brings me much joy to see how they blossom in my classes and discover a variety of artistic mediums they have not tried before. I am already looking forward to my new class!
Updates on Textile Design, Art workshops, and Studio work
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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!