...and so am I! A few months ago, a Parisian friend of mine suggested I enter a French travel sketchbook competition. I did and I was accepted, so my sketchbook and I will be flying over this fall, along with my husband (the exhibit opening coincides with our anniversary!) I don't know the particulars yet---just got the acceptance email yesterday and will get the complete info by snail mail soon.
This'll be fun! Remember my Charleston sketches, my San Antonio and Chinatown ones? It's that sketchbook, to which will be added some Amish country sketches (as soon as I do them!) Here's a kind of preface page, with translation following:
When I travel in historic towns and cities in the US, I look with the eyes of an artist and nostalgist for traces of the people who once lived there. I find them in architecture, gardens, names, artwork, cuisine, language. In French Quarters, in Chinatowns, in German and Hispanic neighborhoods, the vestiges of old worlds in this new world are like pentimenti, sometimes faint, sometimes as fresh as if newly created.