Wednesday, August 17, 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!


painted fish studio said...

love it! i've been following stephanie's work for a while, and am insanely jealous of her ex-pat lifestyle. and i'm in awe of her collage skills.

stephanie levy said...

Aimee you are a soul sister, and I know we are going to share some incredible, hilarious adventures one day (and I am not just talking about the e-course ;)

Thank you for this gift. Your gorgeous creative doodle makes me smile and it moves me. It is going on my studio wall!

Thank you, thank you, thank you & good luck with your two wild angels at home :)


Candied Fabrics said...

I KNEW it! Chocolate croissants and cafe au lait - could only be Stephanie! :-)

Two of my favorite online artist friends combined in one beautiful work! WOOT!

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

yay! stephanie rocks!
and you, my dear, have yet another BOOK in you. i can see a whole book of these, introducing readers to the lives of contemporary artists. wheeeee!

Sadee Schilling said...

This is wonderful, Aimee! I love the way your doodles capture artist personalities--Stephanie is one of my favorite blog friends. And I'm taking her e-course too!!! :)

stephanie levy said...

Thank you sweeties - and thank you Aimee - once again :)

Nicky Linzey said...

Amazing Aimee! I love Stephanie's work too. And I agree this series would make a highly original book . . .

rachel awes said...

i am smitten with
the art of
stephanie levy
& the life
she so
v i b r a n t l y
oh aimee,
your doodle
of her is

kristen said...

oooh your doodles just keep bringing the good stuff! I love Stephanie's work and yours, of course! So glad I visit Artsyville day I will travel Europe...but for now Artsyville is the one place i can visit often ...and what a lovely, happy place that is :)

Jan | Daisy Janie said...

Love Stephanie's art! I think I'll be saying every week: These are soooo much to read and see - and how creative you are for putting everyone's words into such an imaginative format!!

pinkbathtub said...

I love this so much. I thoroughly enjoy following Stephanie's travels and her life's adventures. And I am the very happy owner of two of her wonderful prints:)

Andria said...

Don't you love a life where you can say, "The kids are on vacation; let's go to the Austrian Alps!" I really enjoy Stephanie's collage style, but have not visited her blog in a while; thanks for the reminder. Her course sounds fun; congrats on your participation!

Shannon said...

what a special little doodle, made by such a special artist for another special artist. i so adore stephanie. (and you, too)!

Cindy said...

i love tuesdays as i never know where we are going to travel. love stephanie's work and learning more about her through your fantastic doodle! hang in there!

beka*b said...

I'm just loving this series of illustrated profiles and glad you didn't bail on sharing this one :) Thank you!

S.E.Minegar said...

totally jealous of stephanie's romantic life.....12 countries in 12 months....swoon.

lov'n' these doodleviews!


AG Ambroult said...

I love her. And I was crazy for her work the moment I saw it. I don't stop by her blog, or shop, for that matter, nearly often enough.