Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bonnie Hodges' Portraiture: Review by Parisian Art Collector

"The Cheerleader"
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Reminiscent of
Thomas Lawrence

Before I tell of my impressions about Bonnie Hodges' artistry, I must first qualify my statements by explaining how I first met one whom I modestly qualify as the finest living portrait painter of the day. For many years I have collected portraits by renowned artists from the 17th to the 20th century and have offered on loan portraits to major museums. The sitters represented in these portraits, whether famous poets or composers, Kings or Queens brushed by court painters or more intimate renderings by artists of their close friends, portraits have become my companions with whom I hold imaginary conversations and let my life unfold before their understanding eyes. In the following lines, I evoke the portraiture of Bonnie Hodges, not as an art collector, but as an amateur who loves the essence of art and finds it beautifully expressed by her significant talent.

"Woman with Turban"
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Shows mastery of muted and
contrasting colors 
Life has mysterious ways which defy coincidence, and it is by chance that I had the honor of meeting Bonnie Hodges and discovering her work. This brought me the great privilege of visiting her archives with countless works which had never yet been exposed to public viewing. Her "fond d'atelier" is one which merits the detour for any genuine amateur of sensitive portraiture, with many of her works not yet given the honorary place they deserve. From her sketches and preparatory drawings one can measure the mastery that a life of portraiture has brought to her craft, and beyond the academic excellence of her technique she has the unmistakeable genius of giving life to her subject.

"Native American"
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Bonnie Hodges is of the rare breed of portrait artists to have the gift of transposing to a painting much of the nature of the soul of the individual she portrays. While in these materialist times her portraits might be called psychological renditions, they would be referred to by art historians as belonging to the tradition of "humanist portraits," a rare achievement which precious few painters ever reached. For there is a great deal of humanity which is revealed of the figures in her representations, their very being or its quintessential presence given more permanent residence, transfixed onto canvas by a mysterious alchemy of pigments.


"Reclining Woman"
When her portraits include other elements in the sitter's vicinity, one cannot help but observe her sense of composition and a natural intuitive ability to create dramatic tension combining line with color. Beyond her quick pencilling in incisive and rapid strokes of motion-bound shapes and intention-filled expressions, she has a rare gift for color which reminds of Delacroix's teachings, and is able to bring light into her portraits in her own way, different from the quick gleam of Franz Hals portraits or the sheer vibrancy of those by John Singer Sargent. Highlighted by small areas of light, there is something of the soft presence of Regency period portraits by Thomas Lawrence. And her confident lines remind us of those of Degas where I find her greatest connection to an earlier artist, both marrying classical academic influences with a crisp personal style and both on their own distinct path regardless of contemporary currents. Beyond references to other artists who inhabit museums and our collective consciousness, Bonnie Hodges is her own artist and is destined to become a reference unto herself.



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"The Gypsy"
Reminiscent of 
Gustave
Courbet's realist movement 
As any art aficionado with an attachment to talent, I find myself wishing that one day I might commission a portrait to proudly display at the Valorism Institute founded in Paris earlier this year. For, beyond the vanity of having one's portrait painted by a gifted artist and the obvious legacy and patrimonial investment it constitutes, it has always been a sure way to link one's own destiny to that of one bound to compel admiration for time to come. I have met people who, from time to time, say "Renoir painted my grandmother" or "my father was friends with Picasso who painted his portrait." In the case of our own offspring, we can proudly grant them the privilege of declaring "my parent was portrayed by Bonnie Hodges."
"Day Dreaming"
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Richard Oren
Art Collector
Paris, France
November 27, 2011




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Artist (at) bonniehodges.com

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Northwest Landscape Artist Featured in Edmonds Art Studio Tour


Landscapes by award-winning Edmonds’ artist, Bonnie Hodges, will be on display at the Edmonds Art Studio Tour (EAST) on the weekend of September 17-18, 2011. The tour features more than 40 Edmonds’ artists in 20 local studios.


"Red Tulip Fields"
Bonnie Hodges
Oil on Board
24 x 36
$2,800 Framed


Edmonds, Washington, March 2, 2011 - The Edmonds Art Studio Tour (EAST) will be hosting its annual art studio tour on the weekend of September 17-18, 2011. The tour features more than 40 Edmonds artists in 20 studios, including landscape artist, Bonnie Hodges. The tour is funded in part by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC), which seeks to establish Edmonds as a destination for the arts.
Hodges is a relatively new Edmonds’ resident, but she is already very active on the local art scene. Inspired by the natural beauty of her new Pacific Northwest home, Hodges has captured such scenes as the Edmonds’ ferry, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and Cannon Beach on canvas. Her paintings have been featured in local shows, such as the Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery, the 2010 Edmonds Art Studio Tour, the Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show, Emerald Downs Equine Art Show, Lowell Art Works in Everett, Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, and at library exhibits in Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. Hodges teaches oil painting classes at Edmonds Community College, and has donated paintings to support local charities, such as the Edmonds Mural Society and the Louis Braille School.

For more information about the exhibit and a map of the studios, please visit the EAST website at http://www.edmondsartstudiotour.com.



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About Bonnie Hodges:
Hodges is an award-winning artist in Edmonds, Washington. She holds a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Maryland, and worked as an illustrator for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Her paintings have been featured in national and international art shows, competitions, on book and magazine covers, and are on display in collections in the USA and Europe.

Contacts:
Nancy Thompson
Co-Chair, 2011 Edmonds Art Studio Tour
Poohfuff (at) aol.com

Bonnie Hodges Fine Art
Artist (at) bonniehodges.com
www.bonniehodges.com

More information:
What: Edmonds Art Studio Tour

When: Saturday, September 17 - Sunday, September 18, 2011, 10 - 5 pm

Where: Various studios in Edmonds (see EAST map for details)

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Edmonds, Washington
Artist (at) bonniehodges.com
Orders: Etsy


Bonnie Hodges Exhibit Opens February 1



Bonnie Hodges Exhibit Opens February 1

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The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Bonnie Hodges Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West. The exhibit is entitled “Scenes from the Northwest” and will feature paintings by local artist, Bonnie Hodges, and will include scenes of the Edmonds Ferry and Skagit Valley. She works mainly with oil, pastel, watercolor, and digital media. Her realistic style brings spirit and energy to her paintings.




Hodges may be relatively new to the area, but she is already very active on the local art scene. Her paintings have been featured in local shows, such as the Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show, Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery, Edmonds Art Studio Tour, Emerald Downs Equine Art Show, Lowell Art Works in Everett, and more. Hodges teaches oil painting classes at Edmonds Community College.

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Hodges is an award-winning artist in Edmonds, Washington. She holds a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Maryland, and worked as an illustrator for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Her paintings have been featured in national and international art shows, competitions, on book and magazine covers, and are on display in collections in the USA and Europe.
The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission oversees the library exhibits as part of its mission to promote cultural events in the community.
The show runs through February 28 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.
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Bonnie Hodges Fine Art
Edmonds, Washington
artist (at) bonniehodges.com
Orders: Etsy


Northwest scenes at MLT Library


Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Northwest scenes at MLT Library

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"Edmonds Ferry Docking at Sunset"
Bonnie Hodges
Oil on Board
24 x 36

Winner of People's Choice Award
Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show 2011
Orders: Etsy


Paintings by Edmonds artist Bonnie Hodges are on display at the Mountlake Terrace Library through the end of the month.

The exhibit, titled “Scenes from the Northwest” and presented by the Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission, includes views of the Edmonds Ferry and Skagit Valley. The
realistic style brings spirit and energy to her paintings.
Hodges may be relatively new to the area, but she is already very active on the local art scene. Her paintings have been featured in local shows, such as the Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show, Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Gallery, Edmonds Art Studio Tour, Emerald Downs Equine Art Show, Lowell Art Works in Everett and more.

The award-winning artists works mainly with oil, pastel, watercolor and digital media. She teaches oil painting classes at Edmonds Community College.


Law Office of Cynthia Hodges



Hodges holds a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of Maryland and worked as an illustrator for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Her paintings have been featured in national and international art shows, competitions, on book and magazine covers, and are on display in collections in the USA and Europe.

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Edmonds, Washington
artist (at) bonniehodges.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bothell's LiveARTS Festival 2011


Bonnie Hodges will have three oil paintings on display in the juried art exhibit at the Bothell's LiveARTS Festival this weekend. In addition to the juried show, the Festival features live entertainment, a variety of food, and art booths. Come enjoy the sunshine, art, music, and food. This is a free event with free parking.

The hours are:


Saturday, June 25th: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 26th: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


"Edmonds Ferry at Sunset"
Bonnie Hodges
Oil on Canvas
16 x 12


"Cannon Beach"
Bonnie Hodges
Oil on Board
12 x 18



"Roadside Daffodils in Mt. Vernon"
Bonnie Hodges

Oil on Board
16 x 20

The Festival is located at the campus shared by Cascadia Community College and U.W. Bothell at 18345 Campus Way N.E., Bothell, one mile east of downtown Bothell. Link to address and directions.



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Edmonds, Washington
Artist (at) bonniehodges.com
Orders: Etsy

All artwork © Bonnie Hodges

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Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Show


The Edmonds Arts Festival is this Father's Day weekend, June 17, 18 & 19, 2011 at Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds, Washington 98020 [directions].

Over 75,000 art-lovers attend the popular free three-day Edmonds Arts Festival. One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest arts festivals, it offers a rich array of visual and performing arts and art events in a stunning natural setting. The Juried Gallery offers a sweeping showcase of art by more than 450 top local and national artists.

Bonnie Hodges has 5 paintings in this year's juried show. Two oil landscapes and three digital paintings. Bonnie swept the Cyber Art category this year, winning 1st, 3rd, and an honorable mention for her digital paintings that she created using Painter 10.

The Arts Festival hours are:

Friday, June 17 from 11am to 9 pm
Saturday, June 18 from 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday, June 19 from 10 am to 6 pm



"Swan Valley Flowers"
Bonnie Hodges
Digital Painting
24 x 18


1st Place Winner Cyber Art: Edmonds Arts Festival 2011 Juried Gallery




"Raven Dance"
Bonnie Hodges
Digital Painting
20 x 15
3rd Place Winner Cyber Art: 2011 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Show

"Mesa Verde"
Bonnie Hodges
Digital Painting
14 x 10
Honorable Mention Cyber Art: 2011 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Show



"Skagit Valley Daffodils"
Bonnie Hodges
Oil on Canvas
18 x 24


Awarded 3rd place in paintings & drawings category
in
Arts of the Terrace 2010 Juried Art Show




"Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach"
Bonnie Hodges
Oil on Board
18 x 36




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Edmonds, Washington
Artist (at) bonniehodges.com
Orders: Etsy

All artwork © Bonnie Hodges

Animal Portraits by Bonnie Hodges