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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See by Frank Harmon is a fascinating book that will give a new perspective on the places we come from and the lives we lead. The author helps us realize that home is just not the place we come from but it is the place where our hearts reside. The 64 watercolor sketches and the descriptions of the usual places looked at through the author's eyes are aesthetic and will make us enjoy and appreciate the world outside our windows that we usually tend to ignore. 'There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.' Gustave Flaubert's quote aptly captures the beauty in our surroundings, be these normal or unusual. This book is a good tool to transform the way we look at everything that exists and teach us to look for the beauty that is inherent around us.
We often ignore the simplicity and beauty that is in abundance everywhere, and reading this book is a good way to remind us to make time to soak up the beauty of nature and buildings around us. The sketches and descriptions are simple, artistic, and creative. Divided into seven chapters (Places, Nature, Shape and Color, Behind the Façade, Time, Friendly Objects, and Unclaimed Luggage), each chapter reveals the author's artistic vision when it comes to looking at the natural world around him. It an excellent book with a fabulous collection of sketches, and descriptions that are inspiring and uplifting when it comes to looking at everything that exists.