i'm overhauling my portfolio (feedback welcome - it's a drastically different layout/design)
and i'm wondering: am i pigeonholing myself in art and illustration??

i used to take on weird assignments like these below, and i don't think there's a place for them in my portfolio -- they're just so damn old. it would be like a college graduate showing work they made in the 5th grade, yes - that's how much time has passed. but i'd still like to take this kind of work. so what's the solution?
does someone own these paintings?
have i forgotten how to make work that is truly weird?

i suppose i could pretend like i was assigned those types of jobs and start illustrating that kind of thing i guess.


on one hand, i think my work is a lot better now. more refined, more purposeful, more professional. on the other hand, i don't know that i can see it objectively! is there a sameness to it? have i become boring?

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getting coffee

i saw a video passed around this week about all the reasons you should not "get coffee" with anybody because basically all it means is that someone wants to waste your time asking for free advice.

what is happening in this world that coffee has become a euphemism for free advice and time wasting?

or is it me?
have i been blind, thinking that every time someone invited me to coffee, rather than level up our friendship, they're just looking to get something?

am i so naive?


how willing I am to respond to your call, text or email is probably directly related to whether or not you acknowledged my mom having cancer, my husband (maybe also your friend) being immobile for nearly 4 months, and the hell that was commuting from Rhode Island. If you didn't acknowledge any of the above, it's possible we'll never talk again. I'm just saying, it's been a filter of who has a heart and who doesn't, and where my love and energy and friendship has been wasted.

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too busy to tell you

i took some time out tonight to write + record this demo:


and i uploaded a few others that had been lying around.



50 + 50 + 50 + 50 = here we go

as if i needed to fracture my blogging any further as i endeavor to become a total oversharer (of thoughts), i've started a tumblr: http://susieghahremani.tumblr.com

there, i post artwork and projects i'm working on, kind of keeping a running visual commentary about the work i'm doing.

meanwhile, i'm embarking on another year of 50/50 (the commitment to read 50 books and see 50 movies in 2014) - a commitment i've followed through with for the past two years. apparently it's the only resolution i can really keep! so far i'm working hard + reading a lot + am temporarily ahead of the curve.

this year i'm adding to my challenge and encouraging myself to also create 50 non-commissioned/finished paintings (personal works) and to learn 50 new, tangible skills. that last one is the hardest one, and the one i'm so far doing the worst at. but i want to pull it off somehow! whether it's learning a new art-making technique, learning how to play a new game, learning how to do a new physical activity, learning something practical and everyday…i want to learn and put that learning to use. and i'd like to learn from my friends, too, so if you are open to having me as your student – in anything – let me know & let's talk! (happy to return the favor)

what's the best new skill you've recently acquired?
how did you come to develop it?

here's my first uncommissioned painting of the year, inspired by the migration of snowy owls to new england:
snowy owl migration by susie ghahremani / boygirlparty

my first book of the year was "just kids" by patti smith
my first movie was the book thief, which lilly loved, but i thought was just ok.
my first technique of the year was learned from ivan brunetti's wonderful book Cartooning

i'm at 15/11/6/4 movies/books/paintings/skills respectively.


why do eyes get all meaty and swollen with tears? it can't be the salt content, right? I mean, that stuff came from within, why the sudden decision to react?

another year, another 50/50!

so, 2013 is almost over and i squeaked in with the fifty fifty challenge by reading 50 books and seeing 53 movies (so far) that were new to me for 2013.

here's my list of books and movies. bold = favorites for the year, green = very good

a hologram for the king, the corrections, asleep, love is a mixtape, i am the messenger, the bridge of san luis rey, my lives by roseanne arnold, unknown pleasures: inside joy division, the lone surfer of montana kansas, let's explore diabetes with owls, the key, the art of fielding, the sense of an ending, the graveyard book, beat the reaper, is everyone hanging out without me?, orientation and other stories, true grit, the lover's dictionary, no one belongs here more than you, the sailor who fell from grace with the sea, armageddon in retrospect, the street of crocodiles, asterios polyp, i drink for a reason, moranthology, love lucy, high fidelity, the night circus, life of pi, breakfast at tiffany's, gone girl, little bee, both ways is the only way i want it, you can heal your life, pink moon, the ocean at the end of the lane, will grayson will grayson, stargirl, beyond blue, this is where i leave you, created in darkness by troubled americans, the guernsey literary and potato peel society, i remember nothing, ready player one, what your mother should've told you, we are all weird, into the classroom, born standing up, the art of teaching

metropolitan, spring summer fall winter and spring again, the future, beauty is embarrassing, the purple rose of cairo, exit through the gift shop, between the folds, joan rivers: a piece of work, snow white and the huntsmen, gatsby, the hobbit, quartet, money for nothing, the internship, silver linings playbook, behind the candelabra, tupac: resurrection, despicable me, 56 up, mr and mrs smith, control, ray, victor victoria, 21 jump street, the heat, joy division, slumdog millionaire, i want someone to eat cheese with, the grifters, beasts of the southern wild, wanderlust, clear history, connie and carla, true grit, anna karenina, ratatouille, the girl, seven psychopaths, the shape of things, phil spector, gold diggers of 1937, marina abramovic: the artist is present, trouble with the curve, extremely loud and incredibly close, the perks of being a wallflower, little manhattan, the way way back, ruby sparks, life of pi, cloud atlas, this is the end, this is 40, blackfish

if i had to give out awards, it would be:

book that kept me up at night: gone girl
most unexpectedly fun read: ready player one
book i couldn't shut up about: the art of fielding
author i'm glad i read for the first time: yukio mishima (the sailor who fell from grace)
book i only stuck with because i already invested a lot of time and was worried i wasn't going to make it to 50/50: little bee

movie that kept me up at night: blackfish
most unexpectedly fun movie: the heat
movie i couldn't shut up about: beasts of the southern wild
movies adaptations of books i read for fifty fifty: true grit, cloud atlas, the hobbit, control
movie i would unwatch if i could: the trouble with the curve

i pulled off 50/50 last year, too. so i'm thinking i'm going to try to make 2014 a three-peat.
when you leave anything less than a 5-star feedback for an Etsy artist, it makes them 100% feel like shit, promise.

so don't, unless that is the intended effect.

because it is a person on the receiving end of that feedback, and she is working her ass off and doing her best. (well, i am anyway.)

if you want to delight in rating products, just try your comedy act out over here and get it out of your system.

if you have a problem that is solvable or obviously accidental (NOT "i wish this were blue and not red" type of complaints) contact the artist privately, and for god's sake, be pleasant, we're exhausted.

if she's worth her salt, that artist will work with you. and if you're worth your salt, you'll let her.



i haven't posted too much about her, but occasionally someone will ask me about how she is, or how i am with a new cat, or even if i have a new cat. so here she is. little miss violet.

sometimes she stands upright like a person.
she has that white dot on the end of her tail which my friend emma calls her "charm point"

i'm still perfecting my painted rendition of a black cat, but you can see both her and peechee in this illustration (minus the charm point). i still miss peechee every day. i am remembering less about him as time goes on, which is its own kind of heartbreaking. but i am so happy to have the little black cat above in my life. she's so wonderful in her own way.


busy week!

it's been a busy week with all the holiday orders from my shop but i'm giving myself a moment to breathe here namely because i'm completely out of bubble mailers and am waiting for fed ex ground to show up at my house with the next batch. it is so meta to be waiting for mailers to be delivered so i can mail things! anyway, whatever the reason, i appreciate the moment of quiet.

About Me

Hey, I'm Susie. I'm a painter, illustrator, crafter, musician, keeper of various pets and proprietor of the website boygirlparty.com

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