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Sara Midda's South of France: A Sketchbook Hardcover – October 27, 2008

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About the Author

Sara Midda is an artist who lives in West Sussex, England, and previously lived in the south of France. Her most recent book is Artisan’s children’s activity book How to Build an A.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Edition edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780894807633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894807633
  • ASIN: 0894807633
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I came upon Sara Midda's slim volume of wonderment at a bookshop in Santa Cruz, California a few years ago and was transfixed by it for all of the next day. It is marvelous -- sensitive, witty, and oh, so right-on with color and technique. I don't understand the negative comments from one of the reviewers here -- this isn't a textbook, nor even a "book" in the usual sense. Rather, it's Ms Midda's exquisite remembrance of a year in the sun in one of the extraordinarily magical places on the earth, all filtered through her remarkable eyes. This book is a rare gift -- an intensely personal collection of impressions offered to all to enjoy. I feel fortunate to be allowed to own it. Do yourself a favor and buy it for yourself and a few friends! It's a gift that speaks volumes about the giver and his/her opinion of the receiver.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Midda spent a year in the South of France. She takes her pen and paintbrush and records notes of all kinds in her journal; types of olives, a page of colorful espadrilles, signs, flower pots, colors of shutters. The cover itself is the record of the colors of the sky, trees, walls-- each with its unique stripe of watercolor wash. If you paint, this is an education in itself. If you keep a journal, this has beaucoup ideas.
I keep a watercolor journal and this book (it's fairly small) goes into my suitcase on every trip to remind me to see inspiration in the little, everyday things. Books go out of print, so don't miss the opportunity to get this lovely, unique book of sketches by Sara Midda.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was given the book by a very dear friend and it has traveled with me to many a foreign country. It serves as an inspiration to my own travel sketches and journal writing, reminding me that there is true beauty in simplicity. With beautiful, little paintings of places, foods, fabrics and signs, she shows us that even every-day objects are worthy of our attention.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By - Kasia S. VINE VOICE on January 17, 2006
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In all honesty, I have been enchanted and in love with this book ever since I came here form Poland 12 years ago and saw this work of art in a bookstore.

I didn't have enough money , so silly me, I "visited" the book whenever I took watercolor classes at the nearby art school on the weekends, and I looked through this gorgeous book because it is so whimsical, so beautiful so memorable, and It haunted me untill I finally broke down, saved my pennies and bought it.

Sara Midda starts her book with some fresh watercolors and a journal type of a book, her first written page reads;

- "4th Apri 1854 Death of Hippolyte Allibert de Berthisr, botanist from Marseilles, known for his work on the grenium

-Asparagus season starts

- April 1764; Smollet writes, "Beginning April, mulberry leaves begin to put forth;the eggs or grains that produce the silk-worm are hatched

- Orange trees in flower"

,,,,

And this glorious artist paints this book which is her diary, her soul and inner core with watercolors of houses, fruits, vegetables, eggs, postal stamps, cuisine, house street bumbers on the sign of the building, plates, gardening utensils, pots and pans and fancy doors when she is at the South of France, she gives us the visual of her daily life filled with luxuries to be able to record the sweet days of summer with wonderful watercolors paintings.

She writes short and fresh phrases but she paints to the point where its love at first sight,

Basically this is a small size coffee book that I love with my whole heart, I think It shaped my future as an artist and I think , as cheesy as it soudns, I tear up when I look at it, it's raw memories.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful picture book. The text is more for the overall look then to read. For anyone who can appreciate watercolor this book is wonderful. One of my all time favorites.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "cmguti" on October 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Two years ago, as a beginner watercolorist, I found this book by accident and I could not believe how many emotions Sarah Midda is able to transmit with her delicate depiction of landscapes, food, daily life watercolors. Not only artists will enjoy this treasure, but also travelers will be delighted with this fantastic and colorful invitation to visit the South of France. You'll feel tempted to look at its pages over and over again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:16 Mins
South of France is the personal journal of Sara Midda, filled with little drawings and observations from her travels.

I like the simplicity of the drawings and the beautiful pastel tone watercolours she uses. The book feels breezy.

The drawings have sort of a collective theme. When she's drawing sandals, there will be many different coloured sandals. Same for road signs, fruits, textile or whatever that catches her attention. Each of the lines of colours on the cover actually represents a subject, from the top, the sea, sun, line of cypress trees, olive trees, stucco, rose wine, peeling shutters, etc.

The chapters are organised by months but the book is not really sequential. Each month would start with a list of historical events that are picked randomly. The text that appear elsewhere are just short labels.

This is a 144-page hardcover. The downside of the book is its small size. Small handwriting text are quite challenging to read.

The book I have has a few pages that aren't cut at the edge. The pages have to be separately with a pen knife. Maybe it's just this copy.

This is a nice sketchbook to check out.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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