Nichole and I are working on text for an upcoming book today, and some of my sentences were getting complicated. It was clear I was applying the proverbial lipstick to a pig – dressing up an uninspiring thought. So I scrapped it. I started playing with an idea for a simple matrix that would keep
Unlike New York and the internet, Paris sleeps. And because I’m often jet-lagged and up all night when I’m there, I get to experience the city when it’s dark and quiet. I appreciate the silence and shadows, and those late nights are a cherished respite. A respite from the instagram-ification of everything. From staged shots
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
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
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. – Evan Politics
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
Our 2013 calendars are in the shop! 2013 already? Have a look here.
So I have a little announcement to make. Although Evan and I have co-run Little Brown Pen Studio for the past four years, this blog has mainly been my space to share photos from the Paris Color Project. But we have so many things in the works, most notably Evan’s Illustrated Quotation prints, that we’ve
Congrats to Heather Bond (#144), the winner of a signed copy of Paris In Color! After reading through all of your kind comments, I wanted to send each and every one of you book. I am so grateful for your support, and I was extremely touched by your words. I’m also happy that many of
Have you ever thought about how much of what you consume–Facebook updates, tweets, instagram photos–is forgotten within a few minutes? Hours? What makes something stick? Worth sticking? And what is the lifespan of a tweet, a photo, an update? I ask because I can not remember (without looking) what I retweeted, liked on Facebook or
I instagrammed (wait, that’s a verb now?!) a photo of my living room the other night, and a few of you were interested in seeing the prints behind our sofa. We recently painted the walls gray (they used to be this icky harvest gold color), and it looks so much better. The power of a
… with metallic Sperry Topsiders. Evan snapped this photo of me wearing them in Paris. Matching reflections! Okay, so why a photo of me wearing shoes? About a month ago, I was invited to share my obsessions on a site called Currently Obsessed. You can see my page here. It’s reminiscent of Pinterest, but it’s
Include Lancaster, Pennsylvania. No need to explain, right?
Here’s where you tell me an upside down heart has some horrible, inappropriate meaning, and I’ll be forced into a state of embarrassment for the rest of the day. On the other hand, maybe you have no clue, like me, and we’ll imagine it’s something wonderful together.
Where do I start? The response to Paris in Color thus far has been overwhelming. The tweets, the pins, the mentions on Facebook and of course, the book purchases. I awoke this morning to discover that Paris in Color is currently the number one selling book in the Travel Photography category. For REAL? I am beyond
The lovely Kasia of Love In The City of Lights asked me to write a few words about why we moved to Paris. Read all about it here.