Traveling is a love of mine and I try never to leave town without my sketchbook.  If I happen to find myself without a pad of paper, I'll go and buy one, which is what I had to do on my first trip to France.  I still have my canvas backpack and leather bound sketchbook that I bought at Nature et Decouvertes in Paris back in 2004. Here are a few of my drawings from that book. It’s always fun to look back on older sketches and be brought back to that time and place. As I was sketching this, some Japanese tourists started taking photos of me, back in the day when we used actual cameras, (I know, some of you still do!). It was so sweet, and I was flattered. Nice people. The world is such a fun place when you get out and explore! Insider tip, when traveling to another country, make an effort to learn some of their language, it opens up all kind of doors, and experiences, and you will be amazed at how awesome your trip will be! And you may even make a few new friends.

This is one of my favorite sketches from France, and one that has been well travelled. It is the first sketch I made in my leather sketchbook. It took quite a while, and at one point, some Japanese tourists asked if they could take my picture, which I found flattering, and at the same time amusing. I didn't mind, but I sometimes wonder what became of that picture... Pen and colored pencil. "Arc de Triomphe" Paris, France. June 2004. Copyright © 2004-2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

This is one of my favorite sketches from France, and one that has been well travelled. It is the first sketch I made in my leather sketchbook. It took quite a while, and at one point, some Japanese tourists asked if they could take my picture, which I found flattering, and at the same time amusing. I didn't mind, but I sometimes wonder what became of that picture... Pen and colored pencil. "Arc de Triomphe" Paris, France. June 2004. Copyright © 2004-2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil. "Eiffel Tower" Paris, France. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil. "Eiffel Tower" Paris, France. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

I made this quick sketch as we were traveling south on the TGV from Paris to Montpellier. Pen and colored pencil. French countryside. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

I made this quick sketch as we were traveling south on the TGV from Paris to Montpellier. Pen and colored pencil. French countryside. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil. Château de Bionne in Montpelier, France. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil. Château de Bionne in Montpelier, France. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil. A building in Montpellier, France near a park where I was sitting. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil. A building in Montpellier, France near a park where I was sitting. June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil of houses on Edisto Island, SC. July 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil of houses on Edisto Island, SC. July 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Very quick pen and colored pencil sketch of the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC. May 2012. Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Very quick pen and colored pencil sketch of the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC. May 2012. Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil sketch of Pack Square in downtown Asheville, NC. July 2004. Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil sketch of Pack Square in downtown Asheville, NC. July 2004. Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.