Hello! I’m Jessie Kanelos Weiner. Looong-term American in Paris, illustrator (The New Yorker, Vogue, WSJ, NYT), coauthor of the In Stride guidebooks and author of Edible Paradise. My latest giftable gem is The New Victory Garden 2022 Calendar, a perfect gift for the gardener, foodie, mother-in-law, nature fiend in your life. And it’s the perfect gift for under $15. I also teach drawing and illustration on Skillshare and at The Paris College of Art.ย  I started dabbling with watercolors when I was working in costume design in New York. When I moved to Paris *indefinitely* for love, I started drawing the eccentricities (hello Metro ticket confetti) and my many social faux pas along the way (how to make friends with a cheese plate). This is where I found my voice and it’s still my favorite place to share tales of young motherhood, work highlights and other timely tales of figuring it all out. See more of my work here.


  1. thefrancofly says:

    Hi John, thanks for saying hey. I’m always happy to connect with another watercolor-ist. I just saw the beautiful watercolor of Pont Alexandre iii on your blog. It has me dreaming of Paris and I live here. I look forward to keep up with your work, too. All the best, jkw

  2. John says:

    Hi Jessie – came across your blog after Krista featured it on Discover – great to see your work and am very envious that you’re based in beautiful Paris! I was there last autumn and the photos I took are still fueling most of my subject material! Keep up the great work, look forward to seeing more if it!

  3. You’re very welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks so much for your kind words, Carolina!

  5. Hi Jessie I am already a follower of your blog and today I just saw the beautiful post that Krista wrote about you for Discover, and I came here to tell you that I love your work it is so great to see all the beautiful colors and awesome sketches! I am an artist designer too and I love to paint and illustrate with watercolors and looking at your work is very inspiring! Wish you all the best cheers – Carolina

  6. thefrancofly says:

    Hi Wasan, thank you kindly for your encouraging words. I hope you love the book. Yes, it is a little different from the rest, but it works especially well with the subject matter. All the best from Paris.

  7. Wasan Abod says:

    I just discovered your blog and art! Beautiful illustrations! I also love the natural feeling of your book, quite different compared to the symmetrical, digitised patterns found everywhere in colouring books. Can’t wait to start colouring in it!

  8. thefrancofly says:

    Hi there! Thanks so much for your message. I accidentally deleted the subscribe tab on my blog when I was cleaning up the look a few months back. But rest assured, I just updated it. So subscribe away! Thanks so much for reading. And have a wonderful week. All the best from Paris, Jessie

  9. Dear Jessie,
    I wrote a long comment & asked if you could provide me with a regular newsletter update of your posts but somehow the comment got lost…. maddening!
    I hate FB and don’t look up my RSS feeds – sadly…. so my only hope to ‘stay with you and keep up with the Jones’ is a newsletter. Couldn’t find it – but maybe just didn’t see it. I’m sadly like that!
    Got to you via Grace and her wonderful post on your water-colours – such joy and beauty. Don’t want to miss any new post and implore you to reply.
    Many thanks – have a great weekend and a wonderful life! Thanks for the eye candy.

  10. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks you so much for your kind words! <3

  11. Beautiful illustrations and wonderful blog, full of creativity.

  12. I am reading and spreading the word!

  13. thefrancofly says:

    My pleasure! Happy someone out there is still reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I love your illustrations! Thanks for sharing your work and your experiences!

  15. thefrancofly says:

    Hi Matt,

    I’m really just starting up myself. But if Eriko wants, she can send me an email at thefrancofly@gmail.com and we can find a way to talk.


  16. Eriko Whittaker says:

    Hi Jessie,
    My name is Matt and I live in Misawa, Japan and your father recommended your blog to me today. He knows me from my work and met my daughter Eriko who is a HS student and he met her at the school art show. He admired her work and told us about you and felt you might a great influence for a kid seeking a career in art. She is a little shy of the blog and asked me to contact you: Eriko is very interested in going to art school, living abroad etc. I left her email and hope to hear from you sometime in the near future. Thanks for your time. Matt. PS- burgers look great!

  17. thefrancofly says:

    Hi Jessie! What a pleasure to follow your blog, too. Best of luck on going French. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Hey jessie!

    Twist of fate led me to your blog. My almost husband (a french guy) was searching google for my new blog about adventures in paris by searching keywords like Jessie american paris. We opened a few results but what caught my eye was a pic of a Chicago dog. I exclaimed scroll back! I see a chicago dog! Anyway i love your blog and photos. Feel free to check mone out too but know im brand new to blogging. Feel free to reach out of you ever wanna talk lake michigan stuffed pizza and 312 beer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I <3 your work Jessica! I'm new at blogging. I make step-by-step illustrated recipes at http://www.sugarfreesweetheart.com. Your work is an immense inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. thefrancofly says:

    Hello Nina,

    Thanks for stopping by! Since I’m a crummy photographer, I fell into illustration just by creating original images for my blog. Check out my professional site jessiekanelosweiner.com, too.


  21. Nina says:

    I love your ilustrations and your blog!, ๐Ÿ˜‰ Iยดm starting drawing a little bit, so Iยดm thrill of finding good ilustrators online ๐Ÿ˜‰ congratulations for your work, Nina.

  22. thefrancofly says:

    Thanks so much for reading, Sam. Just checked out your blog, too. Seize this sunny day!

  23. Sam says:

    Hi Jessie, lovely illustrations! Welcome to Paris, hope you’re enjoying yourself.

  24. thefrancofly says:

    Hi Mendy,

    Thanks so much for reading! Happy to have a fan in Texas. Yes, I sell my illustrations. Send me an email at thefrancofly@gmail.com and let me know which one you are interested in. And we will take it from there. j

  25. Mendy says:

    Hi…just found your blog and am so excited! I am a Texas girl who loves EVERYTHING about Paris. Your stories are fun and your illustrations are amazing. Do you sell prints of your illustrations? Hope you do.

  26. thefrancofly says:

    Hi Juhie! Thanks for reading. So great to hear from you, too. Bonne app’!

  27. Juhie Shinn says:

    Hi Jessie! I talked with your parents last evening and found out about your blog! Congratulations on your marriage, too! I was inspired about your ratatouille piece, and I’m making it tonight for dinner: ratatouille with saffron rice. Best wishes!

  28. thefrancofly says:

    Hi Dora,

    Thanks so much for reading! I’m a new blogger. So spread the word if you are enjoying it.

    Hope to hear from you again soon.


  29. Hello Jessie! I just found your blog via Garance Dore, and I’m totally loving it!
    Have a great time,

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