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Three Little Words: Breathe, Nurture and Dream

Three Little Words: Breathe, Nurture and Dream

Last month the London Professional Artists group of which I am a member asked me to share the 'Three Little Words' which inspire me on Instagram. My words are Breathe, Nurture and Dream. These words are how I remind myself to focus on the important things in my life as I balance my health (mental and physical), family caring responsibilities and creative practice. It's a juggling act we all struggle with from time to time, sometimes in a downward spiral of stress and anxiety. My words then are my battle cry to the challenges that might otherwise overwhelm me -...

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Artist Q&A for The Big Heart Charity Auction

Artist Q&A for The Big Heart Charity Auction

To help publicise the Big Heart Charity Auction 2016 I was asked to complete an Artist Q&A. As it may not be published in its complete form anywhere else, I am offering my answers here in one nice and tidy post. I don't promise my answers will be the same tomorrow or next year, but for now, here's an inside look at what I do, why I do it, how I do it and what inspires me when the skies are grey. How/why did you become an artist? I love making something out of nothing, especially works that invite wonder...

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Q & A with a Commissioning Client

Q & A with a Commissioning Client

At New Year 2015 I made a resolution to give Social Media a try and within three months I had received my first Twitter commission. Once the commission was finished, shipped and given I wanted to know a bit more about why someone on the far side of the world might decide to spend more than their usual budget on an artist they had never met and on an artwork that was essential sight-unseen apart from the photos I sent every few weeks. So with very many thanks to my Commissioning Client for answering my questions.   I live and...

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"An Old Mistress"

"An Old Mistress"

"It's not an Old Master. Looks more like an Old Mistress to me." Me, through one of my paintings. Photo and quote by A.Hodge, aged 12.   Keeping me grounded ;) 

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Review: "Paintings in Watercolour and Oil on Glass," 2010

Review: "Paintings in Watercolour and Oil on Glass," 2010

Originally from December 2010 The catalog for my first exhibition to feature paintings on glass included the following review by Sanda Stanaćev Bajzek, an art historian and critic specialising in the Croatian naïve tradition. The catalog cover and her Croatian text are pictured below with the English translation following after.   "Melanie Hodge's paintings are a pleasant surprise, undoubtedly the discovery of an artistic talent. Imaginative, creatively playful and freed from the need to follow other avant-garde trends which ignore the aesthetics of beauty and do not believe in the spiritual and healing power of pictures. At first glance her...

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