The Art of The Method
INSPIRED BY THE BEAUT Y OF MOVEMENT, MELANIE BERMUDEZ, A BASI-TRAINED PILATES INSTRUCTOR , HAS CREATED A SERIES OF PAINTINGS BASED ON PILATES EXERCISES
“I’ve been making art ever since I was a little girl, and I have a BFA and an MFA,” says Bermudez, who has a home studio in Oceanside, CA, and also teaches at Pilates V in Oceanside and Align Pilates and Yoga Center in San Juan Capistrano. “Up until last year, I had been focusing my efforts on abstract paintings inspired by microbiology.
The Art of The Pilates and Yoga Method Photo Gallery
Last year I decided to make a few sketches of some Pilates poses and draw in anatomical elements based on what I was thinking about when practicing Pilates.” That led to a beautiful series of watercolors-and- ink works inspired by the method. Her Pilates artwork also deepens her practice, she says. “Painting or drawing Pilates helps me understand what I’m doing with my body or trying to teach someone else from a different viewpoint.
I try to carefully pick the color that goes with the Pilates exercise to give it a mood or feeling.” Bermudez is quick to point out, however, that the watercolor-and-ink works are “an artistic expression of each exercise, not diagrams of how to do them.” Still, “these paintings have given me a new way to connect with my Pilates community as well as with myself.” You can view Bermudez’ work on Instagram or purchase it at her Etsy shop, etsy.com/shop/MBPilatesArt.
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