Busy in the studio last night and today in the morning. I am preparing for a show in May where I want to introduce a new set of artworks: paintings in fabrics. Won’t reveal too much about the process but it’s fun. An exploratory journey about abstract art and our life experiences. A bunch of steps, each different, yet so intriguing to me. Stay tuned! #radostbyms #storiesinfabrics #handcrafted #textileart
A lovely sunny day. And even a lovelier afternoon at a watercolor workshop at Kensington Park Retirement Community in Kensington, MD. My students painted delightfully colorful blooms and chatted the afternoon way. We talked gardening, trees around the neighborhood, the warm Spring air ... So grateful to work with such wonderful people.
I stopped by OAK in Kensington, MD, and really enjoyed the way Gayle, the shop's owner, displayed my colorful abstract watercolors with the latest arrivals to the store: Spring jewelry, candles, and other lovely items. Stop by and see what this cool shop has to offer!
Tuesday art workshop at @kensingtonrowbookshop was such a wonderful experience. In these series of classes, we explore the role of words in our lives and transform them into visual stories. Our word for this workshop was “landscape”. One student processed the recent Notre Dame fire through an abstract piece: aerial view of the tower with flames coming up as sun set on Paris. Another student recalled her love for the Ganges river in India and captured it through long lines of colored watercolor paper. The next workshop is on May 21. Sign up here.
I may be known for my love of colors and more colors but today's story behind a RADOST scarf is actually all about the beauty of a black-and-white textile pattern. Enjoy!
Thank you, The Muse, for having me on April 13 for a pop-up of my RADOST scarves. What a lovely afternoon. I got to me kind customers. And Lara, a student from my pendant class, came over wearing her own creation and adoring herself with her new "Flower Power" scarf. Stop by this cool gift shop in Frederick, MD, and check out a fresh new selection of my unique scarves.
I don’t post photos from all of my classes but I have to share these. A workshop at a retirement community in Rockville, MD. We painted abstract pieces inspired by Mark Rothko. Primary colors, simple geometric shapes. What really moved me is how my students treated each other and how grateful they were to be in the class. So thoughtful appreciating each other’s paintings. The nicest of compliments. Art is good for us because it gives us an opportunity to share, to connect, to build a loving community.
Want to know more about the stories behind my scarves? So excited for a trunk show at @musefrederick on Saturday, April 13! Stop by 1-4pm and check out a colorful collection of @radostbymartinasestakova spring scarves. Lightweight, perfect to spruce up an outfit and bring joy to your heart.
From GALA Artisans on Instagram ... "All of the colors around us have us thinking about these colorful scarves and pillows by @radostbymartinasestakova 🎨 Martina lives in Kensington, MD, just a few steps from our little shop. Her textiles, lightweight and great for any season, all have names and come with short stories of inspiration. They are meant to be reminders of good things in life. As you stroll through our lovely town, pop in to @galaartisans and see Martina’s designs."
Art and ideas. A good way to start the day. Guess who come over for a studio visit? The lovely @rosanaazar. Nice chat. Bouncing of creative ideas. Rosana brought over her watercolor explorations and picked up one of my @radostbymartinasestakova scarves. It’s called “She is on fire.” Definitely works for Rosana! Follow @rosanaazar and visit this wonderful artist at her studio at @artistsandmakersstudios in Rockville, MD.
Fresh New Collection of RADOST Scarves at The Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift Shop in Washington, DC
Woohoo! I just delivered 10 new RADOST scarf designs to the American Art Museum gift shop where they will be featured as part of an effort to highlight local DMV artists. So grateful to be in this cool store and be able to share my textile designs with its visitors. Stop by soon!
So, this was a great project. I got to design custom scarves for Kensington Park Retirement where I lead watercolor workshops. I have spent time getting to know the residents and the staff and designed a scarf that captures nicely the warmth of this community. The pattern lights up with yellow and includes the K branding in blue. Interested in custom scarves for your organization? They make for wonderful gifts for new employees, farewell and appreciation gifts. I am happy to help!
Delightful and insightful art workshop at VisArts in Rockville, MD. Abstract watercolors turned into collages. We wrote a little bit. Then, we explored colors, shapes, and textures in abstract compositions. I love teaching this class. Always learn so much from my students.
It's my pleasure to lead watercolor workshops at Kensington Park Retirement in Kensington, MD. Today's exercise was a fun one: we painted a tree reflecting in water. We spent the class chatting about all kinds of interesting topics and played with colors. While the students have a sample they can reference, it's wonderful to see them go in their own direction, e.g., one of our trees was full of Fall colors. Looking forward to the next class!
Happy Monday! What a lovely sunny morning. Enjoy video #4 in my online series. Today, you get a little view into who I am through the eyes of my niece and nephew ... Enjoy!
Thank you, dear friends, for coming to the opening reception of “Into the World” exhibition at The Daily Dish in Silver Spring, MD. Jen and I truly appreciate your support. What a fun evening!
As a member of Montgomery Art Association, I am excited to share a blog I wrote about my experience teaching art classes to individuals in retirement communities. Art is indeed good for us. Check out the article and let me know what you think!
Today, I taught two classes at two different retirement communities. Just a totally delightful experience. Could you tell these watercolor landscapes and flowers were painted by people in their 90s? I bet you would not. The human brain is just so curious no matter what age. And the conversation is always so fun!
I stopped by @plazaart_bethesda a few days ago to grab art supplies and to check on my exhibition of abstract watercolors. I like to paint in a small format so when you lean close to the piece, you can enjoy the details and always find something new to enjoy. These watercolors are inspired by words that move me and come with short stories about the meaning of these words and the creative process. I hope you can stop by. Let me know what you think. I would love your feedback.
Original abstract watercolor painting on yupo paper. Series: “Visual Insights into Life’s Beauty”. Signed by Martina Sestakova. Unframed 4” x 6”. DM me to purchase original artwork.For more of my story and creative exploration, follow me at @martinasestakovaart.
Let’s start the week off with a story full of love! Check out my latest video about a collection of scarves I designed with my 6-year-old niece. Let me know what you think about these designs. I would love to hear from you!
Our show is up! So fun to exhibit with my friend Jennifer. What a lovely experience. See our paintings April through May at The Daily Dish in Silver Spring, MD. And ... join us for the opening reception on April 7 (5-7pm).
"Into the World" (April through May 2019)
Art by Jennifer Beaudet and Martina Sestakova
8301 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
A lovely Friday night at VisArts. We spent the evening creating colorful mandalas out of photographs. What a great creative process! We learned about the history behind mandalas and then created our own unique ones. Check VisArts online calendar for upcoming classes!
Caroline, owner of Red Orchard in Bethesda, MD, has been a kind supporter of my RADOST scarves. I just stopped by the shop and we picked a lovely new selection of the scarves for the Spring! I hope you can stop by and take a look at the vibrant colors and meaningful stories behind these unique textile designs. Let me know what you think!
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.
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