Classes Available – Cultivating Mindfulness for Creativity: Getting Unstuck

Dansa Designs is now offering Mindfulness Classes for Artists

By cultivating creativity and mindfulness practice through awareness we are able to enhance our overall quality of life.

Here’s an Overview for a series of three classes:

Class  I – Introduction to mindfulness – describe mindfulness and discuss simple ways to enhance awareness; Tapping into your creativity by developing your own intentions, thereby starting a ‘toolkit’ to enhance your awareness. An introduction to Seeing/Sketching will be included. Approx. 10 min. of daily homework.

Class II – Introducing simple methods to get unstuck in your own creative process including expanding intention to create personal affirmations; Discuss how to make choices to increase awareness, and explore mindfulness techniques to develop your own creative process. Approx. 20 min. of daily homework.

Class III – Explore the power of visualization to enhance your quality of life by reflecting; Review your personal toolkit developed in this series and explore ideas to find creative activities in everyday life. Option: create a personal pattern with watercolor and pencils.   

Inquire for details here. These classes may be held onsite or online.

 

Why work with Pamela on Mindfulness?

Pamela is a lifelong educator and artist. Having completed the MBSR 8-week Mindfulness Foundations and found practical applications for mindfulness while working and traveling for a major corporation, Pamela continually discovers the value of balance and problem solving through mindfulness strategies that can be applied to life situations throughout the course of each day.

Honoring the Design

Dansa Designs’ Art Walk

Continued from last month…Art Walks at Towles Court are a monthly event October thru May at the historic artists’ colony in Sarasota, FL.

Our February Art Walk was wildly successful! 160 – 200 people attended during our 5-9  PM stint with lots of discussions about Robert’s large and beautiful photos, mainly florals (but that’s not all), and the abstract dancers on my 5′ scrolls that can be used over doors, as room dividers and especially indoors or on the lanai. An article was also written by Carolyn Edlund (ArtsyShark.com) about our studio and another in Sarasota and you can read it here. It’s about how artists can open their own studio/gallery and be successful entrepreneurs.  Check out the Art Institutes offered by Carolyn and the Clark Hulings Fund.

While ‘season’ is at a fever pitch here on the Gulf coast, we’re looking forward to March 15 and the creative days in between!

Besides, 20% of scroll sales through March 21 goes to Sarasota Contemporary Dance! Come and dance to your music and find a decorative dancer scroll that will make your office, yoga studio or home all the more joyful!

Dali’s Hometown – Photographed by Clyde Butcher

Clyde Butcher’s photography show at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL which ended in late November was brilliant!  The rugged coastline of the Costa Brava and Dali’s hometown was captured by Mr. Butcher in his classic black and white format, harnessing the dramatic light of the shoreline with carved rocky shores shaped by the winds that sweep down from the mountains to create geologic sculptures. In contrast, Dali’s smooth white home and studio perched nearby. I have to think this installation will (hopefully) be made a permanent one, adding place and context to Dali’s life and world of art.

Check out the Dali Museum and  Clyde Butcher

Inspired by Minimalist Design

I’m inspired by the simplicity and minimalism of both Japanese and Swedish design. The design elements in these cultures are more similar than you may think. Bold and simple lines bring calm to the viewer. Clean lines, sometimes with a design element like placement, or a pop of color, coaxes the imagination of the viewer (activating the right brain) to see what they may need to see – dancer or…flower?

I’ve had the good fortune to travel in both Japan and Sweden and I felt very much at home in both cultures. My grandfather hailed from southern Sweden, Småland  (the same area of Ikea’s birthplace), from a family of lumbermen and farmers.

Throughout my travels in China and Japan, I was inspired by the brushwork in art, on scrolls and in the traditional characters of  language.

My designs often start very small with lines of brush-like quality, and perhaps a wash of watercolor to tease out the imagination of the viewer. My dancers are drawn in mere seconds and indeed, they must be, or the lines would be hesitant, not bold. Sometimes I’ll draw 50 or so figures  to find one or two that really speaks to me, and hopefully to you as well.

I find value in negative space and imperfect lines. Negative space is the space around the object or within a clay pot for example. I remember as a young girl watching a gardener create a traditional Japanese garden across the street in my suburban neighborhood. It seemed magical to me. I remember the big take away was that one leaf would be cut before the garden was completed, to remind us that nothing in life is perfect.

My decorative scrolls of dancers are intended for indoor or outdoor use. I’ve had one hanging on my patio for months, even in the humidity here in Florida, and I smile every morning when I see that spritely figure on a 5’ scroll welcoming the day, still dancing. Scrolls also have the advantage of being easily stored to change out with mood, event or season.

Leading a full life means that we are able to listen to our own music and find our own dance in this complicated and sometimes heartbreaking world. I believe that through harmonizing design, through creating beauty, taking time in nature, and developing an appreciation of each other’s cultural history, we are connected. In that connection, we can find our serenity and ignite clarity and calmness to breathe in and explore our higher calling.

 

From the Tao Te Ching:  “Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful.” -Lao Tsu, Chinese philosopher, 6th c. BCE

Sarasota Contemporary Dance Has A New Home and Dansa Is There!

For over ten years Sarasota Contemporary Dance has created amazing performances without a true studio space or home office. Now, in the Rosemary District of the city, SCD (formerly Fuzion) has a new space for practice, dancers’ spaces and meeting room. Dansa Designs scrolls is there!  Check out what is happening at SCD!

Artistic Director and Founder, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and the sincere and creative talent and strength of the company dancers will welcome a new season at the Jane B Cook Theatre , FSU Center for the Performing Arts for their 13th season. It’s bound to be amazing.

“We have enjoyed having Pamela’s work living and breathing on the walls of our new studio home. Its been a perfect addition with its clean lines and amusing personality, it brings joy to our home.”   –Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Artistic Director  Sarasota Contemporary Dance

 

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Sarasota Contemporary Dance Has a New Home Studio in Sarasota!

Show at Sarasota Contempory Dance

Dansa is there!

Art and the Viewer: Art Invites Your Response

 

An artist! That is what you become when you interact with  visual expression, an empowered design, a work of art. Dansa Designs’ tag line is ‘Cultivating Art in Everyday Living’. Viewers of art become artists themselves when they have an emotional reaction to a work.  Think of  Degas’  sculpture – the iconic  young ballerina for example, the willful dancer with her jutting chin, the position of her feet. Every time I view her, I feel her sincerity, her poise, her sense of youthful discipline.

Drawn in, we naturally respond.

Pausing long enough to visually connect with a a design in your home – pausing and pondering and letting the work sync  with you is connection.  Art enlivens experience and invites your response.