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.
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