Friday, May 21, 2010

Edmonds Arts Festival

The Edmonds Arts Festival is coming up this Father's Day weekend. From the Festival website:
[O]ver 75,000 art-lovers from the greater King and Snohomish counties and beyond will attend the popular free three-day Edmonds Arts Festival. One of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest and largest arts festivals, we offer 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. Cash awards are presented in seven categories: paintings, prints, drawings, photography, artisans’ works, sculpture, and miniatures. All art is for sale...
I will have two paintings on exhibit in the juried gallery.

"Skagit Valley Tulips"
Oil on Canvas
18 x 24
$1,496 framed


Pen & Wash
10 x 12
$550 framed

The Edmonds Arts Festival location:

Frances Anderson Cultural Center
700 Main Street
Edmonds, Washington 98026

June 18 - 20, 2010
Friday: 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

See directions & information about parking here.

Please join us in beautiful Edmonds for the fun & festivities!


Edmonds, Washington
Art (at)
Artwork © Bonnie M Hodges 2023

All artwork © Bonnie Hodges 2023

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Edmonds Mural Society Charity Fundraiser

The Edmonds Mural Society is having a benefit auction on Saturday, May 22, 2010. I have offered to do a pet portrait to help raise funds for the Society. Here is some information about what the Society is trying to do:

The Edmonds Mural Society began in the summer of 2009 with the vision to enhance our Edmonds Community through large scale art installations. The first meeting, made up of local artists, professionals and merchants set out to create a group focused on enhancing community beauty through creative expression.

Our mission is to celebrate the beauty, history and people of Edmonds with artscapes throughout the city...

For our 2010 Mural Season, we are looking to add 5 new murals to our Edmonds community...

[Source: About Us]

I have donated a painting to the auction. I will paint the winning bidder's animal of choice in oil on canvas, size 9 x 12. Here are some examples of my animal portraits in oil:

Please see more examples of animal portraits on my website.

Here is information about the event:

Edmonds Mural Society
Unveiling Event and Auction
Saturday, May 22, 2010
6:30 pm at the Edmonds Senior Center

We hope you will come to the auction and bid on a pet portrait to raise funds for charity. Please also consider donating to the Edmonds Mural Society.


Edmonds, Washington
Art (at)
Artwork © Bonnie M Hodges 2023

Animal Portraits by Bonnie Hodges

All artwork © Bonnie Hodges 2022

Friday, May 7, 2010

"Monsieur Baucher and His Arts" and "System of Horsemanship" by Louis Seeger (art on covers)

My daughter, Cynthia Hodges, has recently published her translation of an important treatise on dressage (horse training) from German to English. The book is entitled Monsieur Baucher and His Art: a Serious Word with Germany's Riders by Louis Seeger. Karl Mikolka, former Oberbereiter of the Spanish Riding School and Brazil Olympic team coach, wrote the foreword. I did the artwork for it.

"Lipizzaner Stallion"
24 x 20
Private Collection

Louis Seeger was a dressage master in Berlin who trained with Max Ritter von Weyrother of the Spanish Riding School. He was also the instructor of Gustav Steinbrecht, author of Gymnasium of the Horse. Incidentally, Seeger invented the dropped-noseband, which is very popular in dressage training.

Seeger wrote this book in 1852 after witnessing what he considered to be incorrect training techniques used by Francois Baucher. He tried to warn riders that these metho
ds would be very destructive to horses' training, soundness, and well-being. He advocated a return to the Classical dressage principles. Seeger predicted some of the problems that can now be seen in high levels of competitive dressage. An excerpt will be published in an upcoming issue of Topline Ink Equestrian Journal. Cynthia also did an interview with Horses for Life, which should appear in a future issue.

The cover was designed using a red conte drawing I did as a teenager of a Lipizzaner stallion (see above). Lipizzaners are the breed of horse ridden at the Spanish Riding School.

Here is the front and back cover of the book:

Order Monsieur Baucher and His Art

On the inside of the book, there is an image of an oil painting of a Trakehner horse I did. Trabour was one of Cynthia's dressage instructor's horses. He had been in training with Hilda Gurney, former Olympian, but the story goes that he threw Hilda and ended up on the market. Christy Garland (now Raisbeck) trained and showed him to Grand Prix dressage in Texas.

"Trakehner Stallion"
Oil on Canvas
18 x 24
Private Collection

"System of Horsemanship" by Louis Seeger

Cynthia is uniquely qualified to translate technical dressage theory books. She has a BA and an MA in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and about 20 years riding, training, and showing dressage. She also translated Anatomy of Dressage by Schusdziarra. In addition, she has a JD (South Texas College of Law) and an LLM in Environmental and Natural Resources Law (Lewis & Clark Law School). She is in the process of becoming licensed to the Washington State Bar.

If you would like to order the translation, please see more information here or contact Cynthia at cyn (at)


Edmonds, Washington
Art (at)
Artwork © Bonnie M Hodges 2023
All artwork © Bonnie Hodges 2023