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:

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 © 2004-2017 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 © 2004-2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.

Pen and colored pencil.  "Eiffel Tower"  Paris, France.  June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil.  "Eiffel Tower"  Paris, France.  June 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2017 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 - 2017 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 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil.  Château de Bionne in Montpelier, France. June 2004.  Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil.  Château de Bionne in Montpelier, France. June 2004.  Copyright © 2004 - 2017 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 - 2017 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 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil of houses on Edisto Island, SC.  July 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil of houses on Edisto Island, SC.  July 2004. Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Very quick pen and colored pencil sketch of the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC.  May 2012.  Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Very quick pen and colored pencil sketch of the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC.  May 2012.  Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil sketch of Pack Square in downtown Asheville, NC.  July 2004.  Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.  

Pen and colored pencil sketch of Pack Square in downtown Asheville, NC.  July 2004.  Copyright © 2012 - 2017 Jennifer Russ, All Rights Reserved.