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New Stretch Goal: $12,000!
 I am painting portraits of women who struggle with terminal illness as a gift for them and their families.
New Stretch Goal: $12,000! I am painting portraits of women who struggle with terminal illness as a gift for them and their families.
101 backers pledged $12,108 to help bring this project to life.

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  “Illuminating Essence 2014” - will be a gallery show of legacy-quality portraits of women who have struggled with terminal illness; a personal gift of healing, through realizing the beauty that remains within them. Being ultra-sensitive, I have the ability to see people to a depth that I don’t think they see in themselves. I’m asking you to support this upcoming event!

Many women think that the love and beauty that will save them is at least an arm’s length away. They feel pressure to look and live like celebrities. I have felt deeply and understand the inner suffering that many women carry, and when you add illness to that; a broken body, for some of us, it’s an incomprehensible despair.

When I decided to become an artist and really look at people, I started to see beauty and dignity in every single person. It has been my journey to see people the way God, or the Infinite, sees them.

Tara Hardy is one of many women who has struggled with terminal illness. “Every time I pass by the painting [Melinda] did of me, I feel better and more beautiful; I’m not used to thinking of myself this way. If I had known I was going to be this beautiful, growing up would have been easier.” In response seeing their own beauty, I notice a breathing that is more whole and a “light in their eye”… 

This is my aim—to show people in a true light. A real painting is a living document. I will give these individual portraits to each woman, for them and their families long after they’re gone. I want for anyone who knew that woman, to walk by her portrait and remember her exactly as beautiful as she always was. 

 I know “Illuminating Essence 2014” will inspire more healing, more joy. For me, I hope to feel the satisfaction of using my talent and my life to its highest expression. 

 The links below will show a range of my portrait art.

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www.melindahannah.com

$10.00 reward. postcard, to read "Illuminating Essence 2014" Signature with metal-leaf heart on back.
$10.00 reward. postcard, to read "Illuminating Essence 2014" Signature with metal-leaf heart on back.
$25 reward, hand-tipped holiday cards
$25 reward, hand-tipped holiday cards
$35 Reward! "e" necklace or charm made with real SILVER. Necklace "e" approximately 1.5" square. Charm "e" approximately .5" x .75"
$35 Reward! "e" necklace or charm made with real SILVER. Necklace "e" approximately 1.5" square. Charm "e" approximately .5" x .75"
$50.00 reward! Matted print, ready to hang.
$50.00 reward! Matted print, ready to hang.
                   
T-SHIRT!!!!! $60.00 reward: t-shirt with this image and logo, "Illuminating Essence 2014"
T-SHIRT!!!!! $60.00 reward: t-shirt with this image and logo, "Illuminating Essence 2014"
$70.00 reward! your pet portrait in black and white
$70.00 reward! your pet portrait in black and white
$85 Reward! VIP Party, a full-sensory event!
$85 Reward! VIP Party, a full-sensory event!
$100 Reward! Essence Painting 8"x10" on gallery wrap canvas, ready to hang
$100 Reward! Essence Painting 8"x10" on gallery wrap canvas, ready to hang
$100.00 reward: one small watercolor of your eyes on french watercolor paper with torn edges.
$100.00 reward: one small watercolor of your eyes on french watercolor paper with torn edges.
$150 reward! your pet portrait in color, matted or painted on ornament.
$150 reward! your pet portrait in color, matted or painted on ornament.
$150 reward! your pet portrait in color, matted or painted on ornament.
$150 reward! your pet portrait in color, matted or painted on ornament.
$250.00 reward! large portrait of your eyes, matted with sleeve, ready to hang
$250.00 reward! large portrait of your eyes, matted with sleeve, ready to hang
$400 Reward! Rendering of your home!
$400 Reward! Rendering of your home!
$500.00 reward!
$500.00 reward!
$1,500 Reward! PARTY IDEA!!!!!!! LIVE PERFORMANCE PORTRAIT! Fran Varian says,"One of the most amazing experiences of my life was being painted by Melinda Hannah this past summer. Another life changer was seeing myself painted. Please take a look at this c
$1,500 Reward! PARTY IDEA!!!!!!! LIVE PERFORMANCE PORTRAIT! Fran Varian says,"One of the most amazing experiences of my life was being painted by Melinda Hannah this past summer. Another life changer was seeing myself painted. Please take a look at this c
Finished portrait from Live Performance, in 3 hours!
Finished portrait from Live Performance, in 3 hours!
$1,700 Reward! silver, bronze or copper-leaf door!
$1,700 Reward! silver, bronze or copper-leaf door!
$2,500 - $4,000 Reward! Illuminated Mandala Painting or Painting Party!
$2,500 - $4,000 Reward! Illuminated Mandala Painting or Painting Party!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!
$6,000 reward! example of heirloom-quality portrait, you get TWO!

Risks and challenges

Money is the biggest challenge. Spreading awareness is also vital; we just aren't bombarded with advertisements about how good art can rearrange a person or add to our quality of life. Now, if I could offer to save you 14% or more on car insurance, you wouldn't be reading this and we wouldn't be asking for your help.

-We will design and produce this show on every level!
-Currently we are looking at painting approximately 8 large (4'x5') portraits and 14 medium (18"x24") portraits!
-Select the women to be painted and choose the most appropriate medium to tell her story.
-Purchase custom-sized canvases and sub-straights to paint on
-Purchase appropriate painting supplies
-Create custom framing to honor each portrait (this alone can easily run $20,000.00)
, paint, frame and produce a formal gallery show in the honor of these women. I Currently we are looking at painting approximately 8 large (4'x5') portraits and 14 medium (18"x24") portraits! framed, heirloom-quality paintings. I have several locations/venues to choose from. Your donation will go toward promotion, supplies, materials and the actually paintings. Retail value of creating, framing and promoting is easily $60,000.00 I am to give the paintings to the women and their families.

Given the trust issues that plague many women about the possibility of being in a picture or portrait along with the stress of illness, I want to remove money as an obstacle.

I can't wait to share this work with you!

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    3 hand-tipped holiday or greeting cards.
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    A real silver or copper-leaf CHARM or NECKLACE ready to hang.

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    You get to choose your favorite print from a collection of my best fine-art shown on my website (www.melindahannah.com see "Great for Prints.")
    I will matte your print with sleeve so it's ready to hang! (Delivery dates for holidays will be accommodated!)
    You will also receive an"Illuminating Essence 2014" postcard with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist. Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project!

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    Your pet's portrait, in an ink, line-drawing from photo, 8"x10" with mat and sleeve, ready to hang! You will also receive an "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcard with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist. Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project!

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    A PRIVATE VIP PARTY!!! You get a handmade entry ticket accented with gold metal-leaf. Your name will go into a drawing and one very lucky party-goer will be painted, live on-the-spot, with a portrait they get to keep! This must be seen to be believed!!!
    Of course, we also promise a full-sensory experience. Your favorite beverages, desserts and music within a beautiful venue, created by color, lighting and texture!!!

    You will also receive TWO "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcards with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist - give one to a friend, or courageous woman you know! Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project!

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    A real painting by the artist! An original essence painting with gold or illuminum accents painted in!
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    Small watercolor "EYES" portrait, from your photo, on Arches cold-press watercolor paper with deckled edges.
    You will also receive TWO "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcards with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist - give one to a friend, or courageous woman you know! Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project!
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    Your favorite pet portrait in color!!!
    Matted with sleeve OR on a holiday ornament!!! You will also receive TWO "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcards with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist - give one to a friend, or courageous woman you know! Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project!
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    Full size watercolor "EYES" portrait!!! 11"X14". Arrives with mat and sleeve, ready to hang, signed by the artist!!!

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    A portrait of your home! You and your family will love forever!!! Architectural rendering of your home in B/W. (Add color for an extra $125.) Arrives matted with sleeve, ready to hang, 11x14, plus a digital file - to create stationary for your peeps!

    You will also receive an "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcard with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist. Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project!
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    Full head-shot portrait, from your photo in acrylic, watercolor and/or ink!!! arrives with mat and sleeve, ready to hang. Approximately, 11"x14", sign by the artist!!!

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    Live performance portrait! You've NEVER been to a party like this: a portrait of your guest-of-honor will be painted BIG!!! 4'x5' in color, at your venue, in 3-5 hours. An event and gift that will always be cherished!!!!!! - Fran Varian says, "One of the most amazing experiences of my life was being painted by Melinda Hannah this past summer. Another life changer was seeing myself painted. Please take a look at this campaign and consider donating and spreading the word.... What disease would render invisible art insists on making known. It is a truly powerful body of work. xoxoxo"

    Of course,you also receive TWO "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcards with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist - give one to a friend, or courageous woman you know! Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project! PLUS ADMISSION TO VIP PARTY!!!

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    Illuminate your home's entry!!! An Illuminated door in copper, gold or silver! How much will you love being greeted by your own front door?!
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    Illuminated Mandala painting, 36"x36" (approximate size)!
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    MANDALA PARTY!!! this is so fun and easy!
    You and up to 9 of your closest friends will spend a day with the artist, painting your own Illuminated Mandala, at your venue. Includes supplies and travel! You will make memories with your favorite people!!!

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    2 for 1 legacy-quality portrait! Artist will contact you with the important details!
    (Delivery date is negotiable)

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    1 year private coaching. Become the artist you've always dreamt of being. Learn the master craft of expressing essence, your unique gift, seen and unseen, in the physical world. Set up your life as an ARTIST and MAKE YOUR VISION REAL!!

    Of course, you will also receive an "Illuminating Essence 2014" postcard with a beautiful metal-leaf heart burnished onto it, signed by the artist. Plus, a big heartfelt THANK YOU! and inclusion in our online group for updates on the project! PLUS ADMISSION TO VIP PARTY!!!

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