I keep working on a smaller and smaller scale in my watercolors on yupo paper. I am continually surprised how much color and texture I can play with on a small surface. This new series is called “Trees” and the strips of yupo are 2” x 4”. So much texture! I keep looking at the pieces and discovering new places that draw my attention ☺️ Follow my artworks at @martinasestakovaart!
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Look at this lovely display of my colorful RADOST scarves! Thank you, Brentwood Arts Exchange (BAE), for such a cute set-up. It is all about a basket that keeps on giving goodness and joy. My scarves all have names and come with short stories - meaningful moments from a variety of life experiences - and thus I appreciate this display as BAE's clients can clearly see these stories. Hop over to their art gallery and gift shop and rummage through a story or two!
What a colorful evening at today’s class at @visartscenter! Isn’t it amazing what one can create with shapes and colors? A line here, a dot over there ... and here we go with vibrant and full of positive energy mandalas! We chatted and laughed while learning about the history of mandalas 🎨 Check out VisArts’ online schedule for a variety of fun classes and hop over to my website to learn more about my approach to sharing and exploring art.
Ooh, it's all about hearts in my newest collection of textile designs! This scarf collection is called "Hearts Full of Love" and I have a bunch of color options for you to choose from: pinks, blues ... Hop over to the shop and enjoy these lovely reminds of care in our lives!
Here is the story behind these ... “Aunt Martina, turn this painting into a scarf,” I was told by my 6-year-old niece. And here we go! This textile pattern honors the beauty of creativity: I painted these lovely hearts in watercolor on yupo paper (what a cool artistic medium!). And it celebrates love: the caring support that our family and friends bring into our lives. When this scarf rests around your neck, may it be a reminder of warmth and kindness.
Such a nice afternoon today. While the rain started, I was cozy and having fun with a group of amazing women. They come to my watercolor classes and we chat the afternoon away; you should hear the great stories. Today we painted colorful houses inspired by the town of Telc. It was lovely to talk about this town that I just recently visited during my trip to the Czech Republic. Nobody held back: the more colors the better!
Warm Embrace” ... You know what I love? When I can linger in a welcomed hug for just a second longer that needed ☺️ The warmth. The safety. The vulnerability. This painting cherishes the hugs in our lives that feel like a warm blanket. The ones that wake up our skin to the sensation of caring touch 🎨 Original abstract watercolor on yupo paper. Signed 4” x 6”. Available at @plazaart_bethesda. $36. Contact me to purchase.
It’s been such a pleasure working with Whitney, the owner of @musefrederick. I enjoy her fun displays of all kinds of cool handcrafted items she features in her gift shop in Frederick, MD. Look at this fun combo of my @radostbymartinasestakova #fuckit sound wave scarf and cool necklaces by @morningstarmud! I design my textiles with the intention of telling stories and connecting with others. @musefrederickdoes that too by bringing local artists into one creative space. Stop by soon!
Stop by "One House Project" at BlackRock Center for the Arts to see 298 amazing artworks telling stories of immigrants to the US. The exhibition is on view until December 15, 2018. I am humbled to be part of this unique project by Art Watch DC. Thank you, Ellyn Weiss and Jackie Hoysted for bringing us all together and building a supportive community.
What a fun vernissage at @adah_rose_gallery in Kensington, MD! Artist @bdpnt talked about his artworks full of interplay between words and colors. My friend Mary stopped by and looked wonderful in my @radostbymartinasestakova “Ceiling” scarf 📷 It’s always so lovely to be surrounded by art (and to wear it 😉). Stop by the gallery and enjoy these wonderful paintings!
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"Radost by Martina Sestakova" at French Winter Market at Rochambeau, the French International School in Bethesda, MD. Stop by for a day of fun and holiday shopping!
I am excited to share my "RADOST by Martina Sestakova" colorful handcrafted scarves and pillows as Lycee Rochambeau's French Winter Market on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 10am to 4pm. Stop by to enjoy local arts and warm wine!
I love colors, shapes, and textures. It’s so fun to paint and to play and see a blank page turn into a page overflowing with brightness and vibrant energy. These paintings are watercolors on yupo paper, a wonderfully fascinating medium. I can’t wait to to paint more.
Yay! I am excited to be part of the artist community at @brentwoodarts! What a cool place filled with arts and interesting events. Be sure to hop over to their gift shop that features my @radostbymartinasestakova scarves. You will also find prints by @ledablackartist and jewelry by @carollynnswoljewelrydesign 🎨 I am so grateful to be able to share my artwork. Stop by soon!
I am excited to be part of "One House Project" - an effort to highlight immigrant stories. Over 300 artists created a 12” panel dedicated to an ancestor of theirs who came to the US and the panels are now presented as a house at the BlackRock Center for the Arts. You are invited to the opening on Sunday, November 11, at 2pm.
I start my day off with a gratitude meditation and today I am thinking about all of the women I have met who have changed my life. I so cherish the support and kindness I receive through my creative adventures at @radostbymartinasestakova 🎨 There have been so many interesting conversations, so many smiles, and much connection over life experiences. Thank you all who have treated yourself to my scarves and now have a touch of joy in your outfit and day.
Yay for colors! Yay for abstract art! Join me on December 13 for a fun - no experience needed - class at @createartscenter in Silver Spring, MD, during which we will experiment with watercolor on yupo paper! This cool medium lends itself beautifully to abstract art and playing with colors, shapes, and textures. Sign up here.
Lovely visit with my kind friend @anglwhite in her fabulous studio at Artists & Makers in Rockville, MD. Angela creates wonderful oil paintings and the coolest encaustic patterns. And she always smile and shares her positive energy. I always have a fun time with her. Come see her art! And since it was a chilly day, I am wearing my “Falling for Fall” scarf.
I just got this email from a customer of mine. Fabulous. All on fronts.
"FYI I wanted to tell you I had a DREAM last night about your SCARVES! You would have liked it - it was a very artistic dream, lol. In the dream, there was a big room, like an empty ballroom, and from a balcony above, people were dropping your scarves down to the floor where they all swirled around (I don't know how... it made sense in the dream....) - it was like "spin-art" - (do you know the thing I mean, like they have at kids' fairs, where kids can pour paint onto a piece of paper that's spinning in a drum?) Anyway, it was lovely :)"
New hearts have arrived at @musefrederick. I paint these lovely series in watercolor on yupo - what a cool artistic medium! - and they are only available at this cute store in Frederick, MD. They are filled with kindness and wishes for well-being and indeed make for meaningful gifts for your loved ones. Stop by soon!
I am so glad to be part of Georgetown Visitation's "Esprit de Noel"! What a fun festival celebrating the start of the holiday season. The visitors enjoyed my work and I just had a blast chatting the day away. What's better yet? There is day 2 to this event! Stop by today, November 3, from 10am to 4pm! I will be there!
The kindest of words from my customer who recently received her new RADOST scarves.
"Hi Martina --- just received the scarves and they all are so beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to wear your gorgeous art work."
The November issue of "Monthly Dose of RADOST" just went out. I invite you to sign up so the latest about textile design, art classes, and events goes directly into your email box on the 1st of each month. Go to About and add your email address to receive the newsletter. #radostbyms#textildesigner #teachingartist #newsletter #joy
Today's private class was a lot of fun. I had this idea in mind ... my student and I would cover the basic techniques in watercolor painting and then apply them to a classic scene of Dutch tulips inspired by a painting by Claude Monet. Well ... it's Halloween ... so, it didn't go the classic way! My student took the painting and turned it all scary. Bright tulip field become a dried out meadow. A bright windmill was deserted. What a cool interpretation! And we played some more and instead of bright bouquet of tulips, we ended up with an Addams Family still life ... Dark background, blue tulips ... Morticia Addams would be proud! Let's see what happens during our next class!
Woohoo! I will be at "Esprit de Noel" at Georgetown Visitation this Friday and Saturday. Hop over to this cool festival and chat with me about creativity and handcrafted "RADOST by Martina Sestakova" fashion accessories!
Shipping day in my studio! One of the scarves going out today is a lovely peony in bloom print. I am wrapping it in this lush pink wrapping paper, which is the color of the flower before I turned it black-and-white for high contrast. I hope my lovely client is excited about it as I am about having designed this textile. Yay for florals!
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