Let’s start the week off with a few tips on how to look and feel fabulous in my RADOST scarves. What’s you favorite way of styling? Let me know!
I am always so humbled by the power of art classes to bring us together and build a sense of community. Such a lovely afternoon yesterday. One class at Kensington Park Retirement. My students laughed and laughed and just had such a fun time. Later a class at CREATE Arts Center, where we learned about Mark Rothko and used ideas behind his abstract pieces to create our own. And thank you the every-smiling Rosana for coming to the workshop! So lovely to have you.
I hope you can join me and my dear friend Jennifer Beaudet at The Daily Dish art exhibition. Our join show is called "Into the World" and will run at this cool restaurant April and May 2019. Our opening reception is on April 7 (5-7pm) with a happy hour! Yay! We hope you can join us. I am showcasing my macrophotos and a set of 10 abstract watercolors (take a look below) on yupo (my favorite medium). Jennifer will share her oil paintings and giclee prints. Come see our artworks!
The most colorful selection of my RADOST scarves is available at @artsonthegreen 🎨 Just in time for Spring. Stop by their gift shop filled with wonderful creations by local Maryland artists and crafters. And ... stop by in May when I will teach two classes there: one about the beauty of flowers and one about using photos to create meaningful mandalas. See you soon!
Hi! Do you know what RADOST stands for? I just made my first video about the origin of my textile design brand. I will be doing a series of videos telling the stories behind my colorful scarves. Check back often as not to miss any of them. Take a look and enjoy!
I think being alive is one of the coolest things. And being alive on Earth is just the best. I often ponder my good fortunes - family and friends, health, prosperity - and in this week's blog I am introducing you to a textile that honors all of that but most of all, our great Mother Earth.
I paint pretty much every day and find great joy in the activity. I enjoy painting within circles - there is something rather meditative and calming about them. So, it's no surprise that when thinking about Earth as a planet and a home, I drew in a circle. I filled up the sections (as you can see below) with colors I see around me daily: in sunrises, in bright sunshine, in a cloudy sky, in land, in water, in stunning sunsets ...
The painting is really an ode to connectedness to togetherness between people and Mother Earth. I photographed my painting and used a section as basis for the lovely textile pattern below. There are browns, oranges, greens, pinks, whites, blacks, purples ... So many colors! Just like Earth has intended.
All of my textiles have names and come with short stories of inspiration. Here is the story for "Back to Mother Earth": This abstract watercolor pattern honors my fascination with Earth and its exquisite marriage of land and sky and everything in between. It’s so lovely to be alive and to soak up the beauty of the world around us. Enjoy these colors filled with power of renewal and connectedness. Mother Earth indeed paints the best picture. Enjoy!
Like what you see? Hop over to the shop and treat yourself to this earthy goodness.
I taught a really fun class on March 17 at GALA Artisan Jewelery & Gifts in Kensington, MD. During "Colorful Watercolor Pendants" we painting circles - a lot of them - learning about techniques of watercolor painting on yupo (what a cool medium!). We explore the concepts of inspiration, creativity, symbolism and meaning. My students painted delightfully colorful pieces and then chose one to frame as a pendant. What a fun morning! Join in on the fun by checking out my class listing (no experience needed) on Facebook.
Two classes today. Long yet so incredibly fulfilling day. One at a retirement community where two friends kept complimenting on each other’s watercolor painting. Such moments of kindness and warmth. Another class at VisArts. Room full of curiosity and discovery as we explored abstract collage. I am so grateful to be able to create spaces where people of all ages can connect and learn about each other.
I am enjoying learning about Kensington, MD, where are moved not too long ago. And as you all know, I always explore everything in colors. Two new scarves with a sketch of the local train station are now available at @galaartisans for you to enjoy. Hop over to this fun shop that supports local artisans.
Photos from 2nd Annual "Local Woman Explore Creativity, Identity and Resilience" at Silver Spring Town Center
On March 13, 2019, I had the privilege to participate as a panelist in the 2nd annual "Local Women Explore Creativity, Identity and Resilience" panel at the Silver Spring Civic Building. This panel discussion featured local women from across the creative spectrum including singer-songwriter, poet, multi-media artist, & teaching artist Greta Ehrig, Blues artist Carly Harvey, folk artist, poet & social entrepreneur Neha Misra, artist Marily Mojica, textile designer & storyteller Martina Sestakova, and producer & artistic director of Live Garra Theatre Wanda Whiteside. This panel was hosted by musician, professor & healing artist Deletta Gillespie.
A truly delightful workshop at the Kensington Row Bookshop today. My student brought a poem she wrote and we selected six words and then painted these words in watercolors. A great visual insight into the power of words in our lives. Look at the wonderful pieces paired with my student’s writing. Next class is on April 16. Sign up soon!
And I got this lovely note from my student after the class. She used the words (in bold) we selected and painted in the note ... How clever! "I trumpet a full spectrum of thanks for a powdery, shifting, strange, and womanly experience! I look forward to the next class." (Rhonda)
Two of my students today teamed up, tested colors, and chatted away. It was so fun watching them look for the right hue of blue ... I love creating safe spaces for my students to play, test new ideas, and leave the class telling me how much fun they have had.
Such kind words about my work ... "Thank you, Martina, for your beautiful artwork. Everything you create is so colorful and beautiful! I need more color in my life. I Love my new scarf!" (Debra)
Pillows are such a fun way to brighten up your home. I have a line of pillows on my website. Hop over and take a look. These two beauties at available at @galaartisans in Kensington, MD. I love anything and everything floral and these two designs are interpretations of a flower drawing I have done. It was inspired by my grandmother’s garden in Prague, Czech Republic, where I grew up.
A new business is coming to Kensington, MD, where I live and with. A soft opening for @knowlesstationwine was wonderful. And even better, I got to celebrate with fellow friends and local businesses. Here I am with Anne of @galaartisans and @2catsonastone and Phillip of @servproofmaryland and president of @kensington_can. It’s so great to enjoy each other’s company and support our businesses. Come visit us all!
Mark your calendars! I am excited for a pop-up at The Muse in Frederick, MD! On April 13 (1-4pm), I will help you get ready for Spring with my easy to wear lightweight RADOST scarves! They all feature my original art and photography including some Frederick-inspired designs. See you there!
A great group of students at my watercolor pendant class at The Muse in Frederick, MD. Look at these beauties! We played with colors, tested a texture or two, and thought about how we can capture words visually to create colorful and meaningful pendants for ourselves or our loved ones. These two pieces are by friends who comes in together. It makes me happy when friends share fun creative moments. The Muse has a lovely blog about this class. Check it out! Thank you for having me!
When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to read stories upon stories and tell new ones. I love reading and am fascinated by the power of words in our lives. All of my textiles-no surprises here-have names and come with short stories and snippets of thoughts. You are welcome to read these stories on my website. I promise you will find yourself in them.
It’s always a pleasure when my paintings find a new home. And it’s especially lovely when the home is one of a friend and fellow artist. This painting, called “Tender Hearts”, resides with @jennifer.beaudet. And guess what? Jennifer and I are having a joint exhibition of our art in April/May at @thedailydishdc in Silver Spring, MD! Come see our show and pop over for the opening reception on April 7 (5-7pm). Jen will exhibit her oil paintings and prints and I will have my macro photography and abstract watercolors.
Are you on my mailing list? The March 1 "Monthly Dose of RADOST" just went out with the latest in unique textile design and art classes and events. You can read the newsletter here.
It’s fun for me to see a textile design in a variety of color combinations. I find that the colors change the energy of the pattern so much. What do you think? Which one is your favorite? These patterns are used in a line of scarves called “Look in Deeper” and you can find them in my shop.
New scarf alert! This green beauty is called “Cut It Out” and here is the story behind the design: "I am fascinated by the French artist Henri Matisse and his paper cutouts. This scarf’s pattern is based on a few cutouts of mine. I like to think of the textile as a pointed reminder of “cutting out” of life what no longer fits so there is space for the new. Matisse’s artworks are indeed all about testing of new ideas and quest to discover something new."
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