We’ve just added a few holiday offers and bundles to the shops:
OBVIOUS STATE SHOP
THE PARIS PRINT SHOP
I’m on a solo trip to Paris this week. Evan and I usually travel together, but I’m here working on a new project for Chronicle Books (more on that later).
I’m staying in my friend Erica’s studio apartment in Montmartre. It’s the most charming place, and each day as I come and go, I’m greeted by this sweet fella who resides inside the gate. If you follow me on instagram, it’s no secret I’m a crazy cat lady, and this tuxedo cutie won me over the first time I stepped past him. He didn’t flinch or bolt into his house, he just stayed put and watched me as I walked by. I don’t speak cat, but it’s poorly translated as “I own this place.”
A little homage to Hunter S. Thompson based on a “Gonzo The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson” excerpt. – Piotr Kabat
“The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others — the living — are those who pushed their luck as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later.”
Happy Birthday, Hunter S. Thompson.
I’ve finally added signed copies of Paris in Color to the shop (don’t know why it took me so long). There’s no extra charge for the signing, and you can see the listing here.
Thanks to all of you, the book has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide and is an Amazon #1 bestseller. Thank you, Thank you! Your support and enthusiasm means so much.
We’re spending a week in Mont Tremblant for a little R+R, fresh air and skiing (well falling down for some of us).
It’s nice to step away from the computer and reconnect with nature.
For the past few months, we toyed with the idea of changing the name of our studio from Little Brown Pen to Obvious State. Evan and I have some very exciting projects planned for 2013 that will take us in new directions, and felt that the legacy of Little Brown Pen was limiting how we saw the future. But inertia kept us from changing, and we put off the decision.
Well the universe gave us a big kick in the pants this past weekend when our website, littlebrownpen.com, suddenly stopped working. A quick investigation revealed an unauthorized transfer of our domain. Without boring you with the details, we no longer own the domain, and we’re not sure we’ll get it back.
Now that the initial shock is over, however, we’ve found the silver lining. We inadvertently got what we wanted! And now 48 hours later, we have our new site, our new name, and we’re ready to get back to work on all the great projects we have planned for 2013 (fear not, Francophiles, there’s more Paris-related fun on the way).
We would really appreciate it if you update your bookmarks and spread the word. The one real loss is our inbound links. We hope people can find us!
We both want to thank you for your support over the years, and hope you’ll enjoy coming along for the ride this year.
I’ve meant to pull together a list of our retailers and finally got around to it. So if you’re interested in checking out my illustrations in person, here’s the list. I’m adding a few more in the next couple of weeks, and I’ll make this a more permanent fixture on the site.
Politics & Prose (Washington DC)
Powell’s Bookstore (Portland, OR)
Library Foundation of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Skylight Books (Los Angeles, CA)
Mxyplyzyk (New York, NY)
Bookshelf and Gallery (Thomasville, GA)
Barner Books (New Paltz, NY)
Book Mobile Vermont (Rutland, VT)
Gertrude and Alice (Bondi Beach, New South Wales)
Yard Gallery (Holywood, Northern Ireland, UK)
Maria Popova of Brain Pickings posted a wonderful read, Goethe on the Psychology and Emotion of Color.
“… his most fascinating theories explore the psychological impact of different colors on mood and emotion — ideas derived by the poet’s intuition, which are part entertaining accounts bordering on superstition, part prescient insights corroborated by hard science some two centuries later, and part purely delightful manifestations of the beauty of language.”