I am excited for my trunk show at @artisansmclean 🙏🏻 What a cool gift store in McLean, VA. Stop by on February 10 between 11am and 3pm and let’s chat anything and evening creativity. And what perfect time to pick up your Valentine’s Day gifts! I have a wonderful selection of @radostbymartinasestakova scarves with beautiful floral and heart patterns. These will last forever.
Just like in my abstract watercolors, I am drawn to exploration of colors, shapes, and textures, in my photography. I have a series of photos that focus on rust: rust as a way nature alters a human-made surface. These are available in a variety of sizes. I took these at a marina on a sailing trip on the Chesapeake Bay. Amazing memories, wonderful art created by nature. Contact me for details about these photographs.
All of my @radostbymartinasestakova textile designs are based on paintings and photographs. I capture a variety of life experiences in art and then transform them into #storiesinfabrics where every pattern has a name and comes with a short story. And you are welcome to stop by my studio and learn about the stories and their meanings. My scarves celebrate the vibrancy of life and are meant to be reminders of good things 💕 #radostbyms #storiesinfabrics#handcrafted #scarf ✅ All rights reserved: RADOST by Martina Sestakova 2019. Handcrafted with much joy in the United States.
Today, in our watercolor class, we painted an abstract composition full of colorful circles. It’s so fun when my students change the project so we got circles linked with lines, circles turned into squares, circles filled with a wonderful variety of shapes... And we had cookies too! I am so grateful to be able to meet so many interesting people 🎨 #radostbyms #teacher #artteacher #paint#retirement #retirementgoals #teachingartist
Who knew circles could be this much fun? So grateful for today’s class at CREATE Arts Center. Lovely group, tons of colors, and play in watercolors on yupo. Check schedule for upcoming class during which we will explore florals and their beauty.🌺
This textile design was a lot of fun to create. I went to Staples and while waiting in the line, I grabbed a bottle of glue. You know how are you just stare at something and then you have to buy it ... Well, I went home and painted with the glue. Random shapes all over white sheet of paper. Not really exciting. But then I thought, how about I spray paint what I have just painted? And here we go! The glue repels the paint so these wonderful geometric shapes come to surface. Discovering something new is always quite delightful.
What a fun journey for my student in “From Photograph to Abstract Watercolor” art workshop at VisArts in Rockville, MD. We chatted about inspiration and letting go and exploration and turned a blank canvas into a wonderful piece of art overflowing with colors and energy (painting is to be completed later so stay tuned!). Next class is on February 19; check online for details and to register.
Feedback from my student ... "I took the class because I had taken one before from Martina. She always comes up with a unique perspective to the projects. I am an artist and am completely challenged in her classes to explore something new. But, what I most enjoyed was the instructor's ability to calmly guide the direction. She was encouraging and influencing. But, she did not force her process. Just a very peaceful and calming experience for something I consider out of my comfort zone as and artist- abstraction!"
These five abstract watercolors on yupo now have a new home. Yay! My client picked a lovely color scheme of blues and greens and then we added pieces to compliment these colors. Touch of yellow. Pop of orange. I hope these will bring much joy to my client 🎨 Original abstract watercolor painting on yupo. 4” x 6”.
I could write a book about every class I teach at a retirement community. It’s such a wonderful experience. Interesting people talking about amazing life moments. Today we talked about colors and abstract art. And knitting, sewing, the Supreme Court, teaching physics at a university, local art exhibitions, books ... and much more. One could be surprised how much can be packed into an art class.
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You are invited! Montgomery Art Association has an art exhibition at OASIS Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD, and as a member of this artist organization, I have two abstract paintings on show. Yay! One is watercolor on canvas; the other is watercolor on yupo. The exhibition has a lovely selection of artworks by about 40 members with 78 artworks on display. Stop by the opening reception on January 26. The show is on view January 14-April 26, 2019.
This painting is going to a new home! My client says it’s perfect for her: the colors and the meaning. I am so excited for her to enjoy it. You can find my abstract watercolors on yupo on Instagram at @martinasestakovaart. 🎨
Are you charmed by anything and everything Francophone? I recall a trip to Paris - several years ago - like it was yesterday. Up for a new project, here are little paintings of Eiffel Towers and the word Bonjour for @bonjourbooksdc in Kensington, MD! Colors and loveliness. They are all original watercolors on yupo. Stop by and say hi to @bonjourbooksdc owner, Jennifer, who will introduce you to the wonderful world of French literature.
I live in such a wonderful world of color! Yay for my lovely studio where I design my @radostbymartinasestakova scarves, teach my students, and paint my @martinasestakovaart watercolors on yupo. The walls are covered in joy and fun and exploration. You are welcome to come over for a cup of tea to chat anything and everything creativity!
I had an art lesson planned for my private student. She came over and had an idea of her own. Her great aunt was recovering and she wanted to create a card for her. So, that's what we worked on! My student played with pens, pencils, watercolors, acrylics ... And here we go with a cute little portrait of her great aunt's dog! Such a lovely and kind thought turned into a unique piece of art.
“Hi. It’s snowing. The kids are playing. I am looking at your painting. I see cracked tree bark. But inside of it, there is life and space to grow. Beautiful.” These are the words of my sister-in-law when she saw this painting. It has warmed up my heart. I always find art is such a lovely way to connect.
Hi there! I just finished a series of new abstract watercolors on yupo and am about to spray them to seal the paint. I paint words - they are such a powerful inspiration to me - so all of my work explores how words can be expressed in colors, shapes, and textures. You are welcome to stop by my studio and chat about anything and everything creative. Contact me for collaborations and commissions.
Painting and textiles go so well together. I am mesmerized by how a 2D art turns into a 3D fabric that drapes differently on each and every client of mine. My RADOST scarves are unique with names and stories and you can shop by your favorite colors or stories that matter to you.
I stopped at @oaktheshop yesterday where the lovely Gayle features my watercolors on yupo. A young couple came in; it was their time at the shop. The woman leaned closer to one of my paintings and said, “how come this are so vibrant?”. We ended up chatting about my technique of painting in watercolors on yupo paper. Yupo is a cool medium that allows for much experimentation and creative play. And the paintings are indeed vibrant!
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When you go to Brentwood Arts Exchange to see their lovely art shows, check out their gift shop, too! They feature local artists and I am excited to have my RADOST scarves on display. Each scarf has a name and a story. You can use my textiles as reminders of good things in life. My artworks are all about self care and kindness.
“I didn’t know I could do this!” ... What a wonderful way to kick off my art classes in 2019. I am expanding my offerings to assisted living and here we go with a workshop filled with learning and joy. A resident’s daughter joined in and created a watercolor with her mom! Art is so so so good for our hearts.
First new scarf design in 2019! I just finished sewing this black-and-white pattern inspired by the intricate carvings I saw on a trip to Morocco a few years ago. Do you only New Year’s resolution I ever set is to travel, travel, and travel some more. I find that through traveling, big or small, I learn about the world around me and about the world inside of me. Morocco is a gorgeous country filled with much art and architecture. This textile pattern celebrates it.
Here is to 2019 being filled with colors and curiosity and kindness! Here is to discovery and hugs and warmth. And good coffee. #martinasestakovaart #radostbyms #happy2019
Creating a new class! I am in love with watercolor on yupo paper - as you know from @martinasestakovaart - and this little exploration of floral on yupo is coming to @createartscenter in Silver Spring, MD, in February 2019. Stay tuned! Flowers are delightful with their colors and shapes and it’s lovely to paint them in unique mediums.
Working with individuals in retirement communities is my passion. I have designed a watercolor painting course, during which we explore a variety of techniques and topics. We chat and laugh. You know what? It seems to me that often I learn more from my students than they may from me ... You should hear the stories. The amazing life stories! I cherish their sharing with me about their families, travels, lows and highs. Just yesterday, during my last class of 2018, I discovered so many new things about my students. I mean - learning never ends, right? I got to work with people from different backgrounds, of different mental and physical capabilities, and have learned to adjust my classes to my students with stroke and Parkinson's. It's been an incredible journey. Words cannot capture my gratitude. I can't wait to see what 2019 will bring!
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