If you visited my studio in Autumn 2018, you may recall my larger-than-life-sized self portrait, I Believe in Ghosts. It's a recent addition to my new body of work, Portraits of Self and Society, in which I juxtapose vulnerability with challenging social constructs. This self-portrait examines how the conflicted messages women receive about ourselves, our bodies, and our roles impacts our lives and shapes our experiences, expectations, and choices.
I'm eager to share that I recently received word from the National Portrait Gallery in London that I Believe in Ghosts, was selected for the final round of the 2019 BP Portrait Award!
Those who know say this is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world, representing the very best in contemporary portrait painting. Roughly 200 portraits are selected from thousands of submissions from all around the world for the final round of judging. These 200 portraits are then whittled down to about 50 portraits that will go on to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in June.
Elation from the good news delivered via email in the middle of the night morphed into adrenaline as I realized I had a little over two weeks to coordinate having a frame made, having a shipping crate made compliant with UK customs regulations, correctly filling out paperwork that will make or break my journey through UK customs, and actually shipping my portrait from Healdsburg to London, clearing customs and arriving at the venue before March 1. Easy peasy, right?
Frankly a lot of hard work and support by many local treasures went into readying I Believe in Ghosts for departure to London. My piece is currently in transit with FedEx Air Freight and I’ll be holding my breath until it lands in the UK and clears customs! Regardless of the final decision, It's a huge honor to have my work considered for the second year in a row, and very I'm grateful to be included.
To be continued...
Thank you to Glenn and Charly at Hammerfriar for an absolutely perfect frame made under absurd conditions! Thank you to Chris at John Annesley for a beautifully constructed, lightweight shipping crate. Thank you Skylark Images for the exceptional documentation of my work. Thank you Sally for your endless enthusiasm and support, and help wrapping “IBIG.” and lastly, thank you Byron for around the clock all inclusive love and support.
I Believe in Ghosts didn't continue on to exhibit in the 2019 BP Portrait Award show. However, I am really very happy to have had my work selected and considered two consecutive years for the final round of judging by the National Portrait Gallery in London ... not too shabby! Well done to all and a big congratulations to this years exhibitors.
When I went to switch the laundry I noticed what I thought looked like tiny mouse droppings, and as that thought formed, out ran a mouse from under the dryer leaving me shrieking "Mouse, mouse!"while I did the heebie jeebies dance. Being an unprepared city to country transplant, I gathered my three indoor cats and left them to deal with the mouse. The cats were interested because they have only ever seen toy mice, but they were lacking a certain predatory instinct [left picture]. At one point Roux and Simone just looked at the mouse, who sat in front of the two cats as though it were no big deal[center picture]. Seeing that my cats didn't know what to do either made me realize that I needed to come up with a solution so I could get on with my day. City girl + city cats + no mouse trap = organic peanut butter in a mason jar. I put a dab of peanut butter towards the bottom of a mason jar, tipped it on its side in the laundry room and held back the cats while the mouse ran in. I tipped the jar up and put a lid on it. Problem solved [right picture]. I put the mouse back outside far, far away from our house. I know that there will be more mice, but I also know that I am more prepared and a little bit more country.
It's official, we've left the big, beautiful and busy city of San Francisco for a more relaxed and rural life up north. We're all settled in to our new maison which is buried deep in the country, outside of Healdsburg, California.
We're loving every moment of everyday and I'm looking forward to sharing about our adventures and wildlife encounters!
Pictured left: Roux has his first sighting of a bird (house finch) that really, really wanted to fly though our window late at night! This is the closest that Roux has ever been to a bird! We (humans) are not the only ones excited about all of the wildlife surrounding us!
While meeting a cat who is so well put together may surprise you, be certain that the surprise doesn't end there. This cats collection of miniature vintage ties would both impress and astound you. Play your cards right and you may get an invite to see the private collection. Prints available for purchase on etsy.
Isn't this cat house the greatest! I really love simple, tasteful cat toys and this playhouse takes the cake! MarthaStewart.com has incredibly easy directions. As soon as I can get my hands on two large boxes, I am going to build this amazing cat house for my three cats. I can't wait to see how they play house!
For those of you out there who are not great with an x-acto knife, you must check out this affordable, handsome toy called the Peek-a-Prize for sale on Amazon. I bought this wooden toy for my kitties and they all love it to pieces. I love that it stores their toys, challenges them when they want toys and looks nice sitting out.
♥ Miss Bojambo
My bf and I decided to expand our family and adopt one more kitten. Her name is Coco and she makes three ... do you love her or what?!
We were a little worried about making the jump from two cats to three. Our main concern was making sure that all three cats got along. It took a few weeks for everyone to adjust, but Coco has settled into out family life. We love having all three kitties, even if we seem nuts!
If you are entertaining the idea of adding a third kitten to your home you must be dying to know what changes we've experienced with the addition of a third kitty.
All in all, three cats is wonderful ... if you think you can handle it, I say go for it!
♥ Miss Bojambo
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