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Carnets de voyage

I am a collector of Carnets de voyage (travel sketchbooks).  They are scattered throughout my home, atelier and Coin Perdu in Correze and I enjoy them all over and over again! The problem is that I can get so caught up in them that I stay there and revel in their beauty and travels and strokes and stories and not get onto my own page. Here are a few of my favourites…

At the bottom you can find a list of links to some of the artists.

…carnets de voyage…


Patrice Hyver, Denis clavreul

…rochefort – denis clavreul…

Rochefort - Denis clavreul

…iles de bretagne – Patrick Camus

Iles de Bretagne - hilde Cayeux, Patrick Camus

…patrick camus…

Patrick camus

…onze peintre de la marine ..

onze peintres de noirmoutier

…ronan olier…

Ronan Olier

…le mexique – didier lisetti…

Le Mexique -Didier Lisetti

…didier lisetti…

Didier Lisetti

…aveyron – alain marc…

Aveyron - Alain Marc

…alain marc…

Alain Marc

…le jardin de l’ile de Batz – denis clavreul…

Le jardin de l'ile de Batz - Denis clavreul

…denis clavreul…

Denis clavreul



…mali secret – stefano faravelli…

Mali secret - stefano faravelli

…stefano faravelli…

Stefano Faravelli 1

…balades a montrichard – yves de st. jean…

Balades a Montrichard - Yves de St Jean

…yves de st. jean…

Yves de St Jean

Available at Edition Equinoxe.

23 responses

  1. sue

    Oh, Me, too, Ronell! I have a stash of them myself–I could browse through these for hours on end. Problem is, when I do, I fall in love with their work so much I feel so unworthy myself, afterwords! Some of these are new to me, so thanks for the links to these wonderful artists!

    November 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm

  2. sandy

    These are almost impossible to find the in the US – and Oh how I wish I could peruse a stack of them – your ” little taste” is delicious

    November 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm

  3. Great collection of Carnets de Voyage! During some of my travels I have also started collecting these gorgeous books. My collection is still quite small, though. I do enjoy reading them over again and frequently, too. It’s almost like taking a mini vacation 🙂

    November 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm

  4. Wow – what a great collection! I should have made time for reading when i came to visit.

    This is now making me feel like I ought to get on with the one I started making!

    November 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

  5. I dream of creating my own travel journal every time I go away. But I am always so busy enjoying myself that I almost never take time to sketch. So for now it is just a dream.

    November 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

  6. I share the same guilty pleasure! I have no resistance to them at all. Even online – let me see that someone is posting travel sketches and I’m hooked. Now thanks to you I a few more books to check out LOL! I think I’m hoping for some form of osmosis. If I see enough wonderful travel journals it will sink into my brain and come out my hand and on to my sketchbook!

    November 4, 2009 at 3:35 am

  7. What a beautiful collection! I can imagine that they are quite inspirational.

    November 4, 2009 at 6:22 am

  8. Ooh, I’m drooling – a wonderful collection of beautiful books!

    November 4, 2009 at 9:16 am

  9. thanks for the visit…if any of you are interested in some of these books, let me know and I can get them for you and mail them off!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

  10. What a gorgeous colleciton!!! and what a great idea!! I felt envious and guilty every ime I saw these great skethbooks in a shop; I only bought 2, and felt guilty – god knows why… I didn’t really read them, just spent hours looking at these beautiful sketches. I hadn’t even been to the places they were about! But yeah, you are completely right! What the hell, let’s have fun and start a collection!!!!!! If you say the word collection, it somehow changes the whole thing from stupid addiction you can’t help, to something you decide and control – veeeeeeeeeeery clever!!!

    November 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

  11. Wow! I would revel in these books too! They look awesome to me!

    November 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

  12. hfm

    I’ve some too and from France my beloved one is from the Catares castles.

    November 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm

  13. I didn’t know there were so many wonderful travel sketchbooks. Thanks for sharing these!

    November 4, 2009 at 5:51 pm

  14. Wonderful post! And,may we add FPP?;>)

    November 4, 2009 at 10:14 pm

  15. Pat

    What an amazing post, I am going to enjoy this forever and ever. It sure beats cleaning the house. Oh ya! I won’t do that anyway.

    November 5, 2009 at 5:45 am

  16. I am sure you have a few of your own created journals to add. They will be just as beautiful!

    November 5, 2009 at 8:26 am

  17. Linda

    Hello, Just love these books that you showed. I live in the states and was wanting to know if I can order these books and are they exoensive? Thank-you so for your blog its always so wonderful to come to I really love the cooking part and your sketchbook pages alot.
    Have a great day(:

    November 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm

  18. Thanks again everybody!

    Linda, I bought/buy all mine locally at bookstres here in France, but I will do some searching to see where to find them online and post some addresses soon for those outside of Europe.


    November 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm

  19. I love visiting your site for inspiration! Usually it doesn’t cost me so much money 🙂 … but this time, I had to get some of these books! I can’t wait until they arrive. I could find very few, living in the states, but ordered what I could.
    Are there a few that you highly recommend…in case I didn’t get those? 🙂
    LOVE your work!!! ~Dana

    November 9, 2009 at 6:20 pm

  20. Ronell, thank you so much for replying to me. I have been trying to respond, but the emails come back to me. I did not want you to think I was unresponsive!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:07 am

  21. What a wonderful collection for artistic inspiration, Ronell. And now I want them!

    November 20, 2009 at 5:28 am

  22. When I go to Paris, I hit the Joseph…(ohmygosh can’t=think-of-name) chain of stores because they have such a great selection of travel sketchbooks. I think I may have a couple dozen. Also bought some in Provence. I agree with another that they are few and far between in the states. I love them and look at them a lot. They inspire me. Thanks for some names I don’t know yet – I’ll try to add them to my collection.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:52 am

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