Tuesday, August 16, 2011
in the drawing room: stephanie levy
You probably thought I was going to bail this week and I almost did. Buried under chocolate croissants, cafe au lait, decadent sandwiches, freshly squeezed lemonade, ripe strawberries, lemon tarts, and one ethnic feast upon another, who would ever want to surface and hit publish? Yet I managed to do it, because I wanted to introduce you to the talented, colorful, well-traveled Stephanie Levy.
I was first drawn to her work (so to speak) a few years ago by her bold colors and creative collage techniques, and from there I fell deeper and deeper into her world. Every time I visited I found a scene filled with delicious food and pastries; tales of her life as an American transplant in Germany; adventures in parenting; her love for exploring different cultures. I found out quickly that she is just as obsessed with travel as I am, but while I remain largely marooned in the middle of Kansas, she actually picks up and goes. The postcard I got from Vienna last week confirmed this. And somehow she manages this all with two little girls and a hands-full illustration career in her charges. She is one of my top creative heroes.
Go meet Stephanie on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. She'll always have a yummy treat or a delicious drawing waiting for you. If you show up at the right time she'll whisk you away on a trip with her. Don't miss her 12 Countries in 12 Months (she is visiting one new European city every month for a year) and her Creative Courage course, which kicks off in September. I'll be part of that; hope you'll join us!
And -- the real reason for the late night posting is that the kids were jumping up and down in my face on their last few days of vacation and it has been utter and total chaos around these parts. On days like that I have a healthy freakout and then just roll with it. Which kinda fits right now, because for my next post I'm (un)rolling stuff like mad. Back soon!