I am enjoying the cute town of m Kensington, MD, where I moved last year. And as you know, I love to explore in colors. So ... a new scarf with a sketch of the local train station is available at @galaartisans for you to enjoy. Hop over to this fun shop and support local artisans.
What a delightful way to spend the day! I got to teach two art classes. I am always energized by meeting new people and introducing them to fun ways to create art. My first class was at a retirement community in Rockville. A group of 10 residents - in their 80s and 90s - learning about figure painting. Some of them came in saying, "I have never done this!" and ended up leaving with, "This was fun!". We worked in watercolor on yupo paper - what a cool medium - and each students ended up with a unique piece of art.
My second class took place at VisArts. Again, working in watercolor but this time in an abstract manner. Teaching "Abstract Art: Watercolor Collage" is one of my favorite as I love abstraction and colors. This class has a unique approach to collaging and I invite you to check out VisArt's July calendar for more.
My customer, Joan, recently received her new pillow cover. I designed this fabric based on my love for water: it celebrates the ongoing flow of waves on the Chesapeake Bay. Joan had this to say about it ... "Got to see the pillow cover you made! Wow! I love it! I didn’t realize how the fabric was going to be and I am so happy with it! It is so soft! Your designs are beautiful."
Oh, delightful poetry. I lead an abstract watercolor workshop at @visartscenter that just warmed up my heart. We read poems by Mary Oliver: how powerful! We shared stories, explored ideas behind abstract art, had a good time Flip through the pix: sharing is at the core of these. I tell you: art making is pretty cool.
Happy Monday! Here we go with #11 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's story is an ode to the beauty of nature. Enjoy!
Guess what?! I won 3rd place in abstracts at Creative Expressions 2019! Woohoo. Yay. You can see this @maaartists show until June 30 at the Friendship Heights Village Center in Chevy Chase, MD. I am honored Gaby Mizes, registrar of @glenstonemuseum, choose my painting for this award. For a full listing of winners, click here.
Ooh, I got to curate a wall at the Adah Rose Gallery! Yeah, a delightful new experience. See a note from the wonderful Adah Rose ...
"The lovely and talented @martinasestakovaart just finished curating a gallery wall for “Charmed, I’m Sure” our ever rotating summer show. Swipe for a second image of the delightful curator. Please stop by to see this beautiful and exciting group of paintings and the wonderful connections Martina made.
@annepundyk @gabebrownstudio @rashalison @edward.holland @patgoslee @helodali
For more information ...
Founded in 2011, Adah Rose Gallery shows Contemporary Art in rotating exhibitions.
Air conditioning has you shivering? Grab a scarf at Red Orchard in Bethesda. I recently stopped by with a lovely selection of my lightweight @radostbymartinasestakova scarves. They will add color to your day (you know they each have a story, right?) and stop your neck from getting stiff from the cold at the office ... Do you own this scarf? Let me know how you like it in the comments. Would love to hear from you.
Do you like small pieces of original art? 🎨 I am always impressed with large pieces but continually find myself drawn to small formats, such as 4 x 6 inches. There is something about painting small and being drawn to the intricate details one can achieve with watercolors on yupo. I just delivered a new collection of my paintings to @oaktheshop in Kensington, MD. They totally match the lovely colors Gayle is carrying in her shop! Stop by to see for yourself.
Happy Monday! Here we go with #10 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's story is full of personal discoveries! Enjoy!
Who knew?! My original textiles fit right in with robotic arms, computer programming, STEM efforts ... I had a great time at the Maker Faire NOVA in Fairfax, VA, on June 2. So many curious people. Great conversations about process and creativity.
And ... drumroll! Stop by the Davis Library in Bethesda, MD, and check out a colorful exhibition about my RADOST scarves, abstract watercolors, and get info about the art classes I teach in the area. The show is up in June. Snap a pic of your favorite scarf and post it to the comments. I am loving this lime green in the display cabinets. Could be an idea for another scarf!
June is pretty much here and so are new classes at VisArts in Rockville, MD. Take a look below at four different workshops (no experience needed for any of them!). I am really looking forward to teaching them. Abstract art is a wonderful way to explore colors, shapes, and textures, and to learn interesting creative techniques. I promise you will have fun! Hop over to VisArts website and sign up (bring a friend along!).
June 11 at 7pm: Abstract Watercolor (Inspired by Poetry)
June 13 at 7pm: From Photograph to Abstract Watercolor
June 14 at 7pm: Abstract Art (Watercolor Collage)
June 17 at 7pm: 3D Floral Collage in Watercolors
VisArts is at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850. Parking is easy and free for 2 hours with validation.
There is something special about handwritten notes, isn’t there? I have a notebook that I got when I first started my company- RADOST- in 2016. It’s filled with notes, pictures, and every card I have received from a customer. Indeed, there are online reviews and ratings but these are just precious. I am grateful to be able to share my ideas through textiles, art classes, and paintings, and make kind and supportive connections that can be captured in notes like these. Do you have any cards or letters you cherish? Let me know in the comments.
I had the pleasure of teaching two classes today (at two different retirement communities). Lovely afternoon spent creating and chatting the day away. In my first class - a watercolor painting class - we enjoyed the colors of a succulent plant. And it must be a thing: my students often end up painting their paintings in the colors reflected in their clothing ... I guess we all indeed have a set of colors we love. In my second class, we created a collage out of small strips of watercolor paper, painted these, and ended up with delightful floral artworks. My students are in their 80s and 90s and are unstoppable: their curiosity inspires me. So grateful for these opportunities.
I just recently posted about a t-shirt pillow project I completed. And here we go with another one! And another one is in the works ... This pillow cover was a challenge (a good one at that). It consists of a lot of (and I mean a lot) small logos. I spent time arranging them so visually the cover would be balanced in terms of colors and shapes. So fun!
I recall being nervous driving up to Frederick to introduce myself to Whitney who owns @musefrederick. I heard of this gift shop, applied online, and found myself in the car heading north. And what a great experience it has been! Whitney is so supportive of her fellow artists and crafters. She features my RADOST scarves at her cool store and we have also designed scarves that celebrate the cuteness of this town. Can you see the spires and the city skyline? Yeah, I found a good spot on the top of a parking garage to snap a few photos... We have done pop-ups and craft parties... Another art workshop is scheduled for September so mark your calendar and join in on the fun. We will look into turning meaningful messages into abstract watercolor collages. Details are on my Facebook page under Events.
It made me really happy when this piece, called “Uncovering Love”, found a new home. I submitted it to a show and it never made it in since it was claimed fast. If you follow me, you know how much I love words. I read and read and jot down words or phrases that catch my attention and then I paint these expressions. Painting “uncovering love” was a pleasure. Thinking about the role of love in my life – through my family, friendships, and relationships – made me think of circles of support and overlapping life experiences and of course, pink (which just so happens to be my favorite color). Words are powerful and I hope the intention behind “uncovering love” will bring much joy to this painting’s new owner. What do these words evoke in you?
Yay, so much fun! I taught a basic watercolor techniques class at the Poolesville Area Senior Center in Poolesville, MD. A great group of students who enjoyed learning and engaged in a lively conversation about art. We practiced on boating scene and explored how to paint water, sailboats, and the sky. Thank you for having me!
I am from the Czech Republic and recently saw an art exhibition featuring the Czech artist Jiri Kolar. I was so incredibly moved by his works at the Katzen Center at the American University in Washington, DC. His works inspired a class I just taught at the Kensington Row Bookshop as part of the series called "Let's Get Artsy with Words" (art workshops inspired by the power of words in our lives). My students had a blast! We flipped through magazines, cut out images, and created 'visual poems' using Kolar's techniques. Delightful!
Happy Monday! Here we go with #9 in the series of videos in which I introduce you to my RADOST scarves and the stories behind them. Today's story is full of fire! Enjoy!
Thanks to all you came out on April 18 to enjoy the artists in the Spring/Summer 2019 Exhibition at Oasis in Bethesda, MD. A lovely reception filled with friendly conversations. Susan of Oasis gave a little introductory speech; my friend Mary - sporting her black-and-white RADOST scarf - came to say hi. My new line of artwork (fabric paintings) are on display for the first time in this show! I also had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Montgomery Art Association member, Carol Starr, whose oil and watercolor paintings are delighful. And of course, you all know about my love for the artwork of my dear friend Alexandra N. Sherman. Her silhouettes are so wonderful; two of them are hanging in my home. Our exhibition runs through August so be sure to stop by and let us know what you think!
My students - in their 80s and 90s - love to make practical art! Today's class was all about exploration of abstract art (we worked in watercolors on yupo) and then creating a pendant out of one of our abstract pieces. Wow! What a fun class. I tell you: every students lit up as soon as she had her art framed and her pendant around her neck. Such a pleasure!
I have the privilege to teach watercolor workshops at retirement communities in the Rockville area. Today's class was packed and so so much fun! We painted a simple path through the woods. My students - in their 80s and 90s - recalled many favorite spots of their. We talked hiking, exploring, traveling around the world. So much fun!
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