A Sacred Cow / Una Vaca Sagrada

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

Lately, our local sand sculptures haven’t really excited me, and I was just Wednesday morning thinking about how much I’ve missed Paul Blane. He lives nearby and, during our first few years in Fuengirola, I could find him on the beach most days creating exceptional works of art (click here). He’s got the perfect combination of skill, talent, creativity, intelligence, and wit.

Paul has been busy with other things these couple of years and I had thought of writing him this week. So, what a great surprise to be out for a walk and come upon Paul creating something for Christmas. He may only be available temporarily but he brightened up my week. He’s still applying the finishing touches. So I’ll be back.

Ultimamente, nuestras esculturas de arena locales realmente no me han emocionado, y el miércoles por la mañana estaba pensando en lo mucho que extrañaba a Paul Blane. Él vive cerca y, durante nuestros primeros años en Fuengirola, lo pude encontrar en la playa casi todos los días creando maravillosas obras de arte. (haz clic aquí). Él tiene la combinación perfecta de habilidad, talento, creatividad, inteligencia, e ingenio.

Paul ha estado ocupado con otras cosas estos dos años y había pensado escribirle esta semana. Entonces, qué gran sorpresa salir de paseo y encontrar a Paul creando algo para la Navidad. Puede que solo esté disponible temporalmente pero alegró mi semana. Él todavía está aplicando los toques finales. Así que volveré.

Wednesday. / El Miércoles
Paul replenishing supplies. / Paul, reponiendo suministros.
Thursday / El Jueves
Friday / El Viernes
Mary looks like she just got away with something. What could it be? / María parece a alguien que se salió con la suya. ¿Que podría ser?

Angels, Heirlooms, And Pantaloons

Taking a break from admiring my mother’s artwork and getting our house organized and arranged, I went with Judy for my second visit to the Municipal Belen (click here for last time) and came across some additional interesting items.

Our friend Pedro had mentioned to me that there was an angel visiting a man in bed (innuendo included). I missed that the first time around, so I searched until I found them. What bible story is that?

(Click the images for a closer look at the art and the angel… and the underwear.)

WHOEVER THAT IS IN BED SURE LOOKS SEDUCTIVE.
IS THEIR ROOM OVER A GAY BAR?!?
ONE OF SEVERAL SETS OF UNDERGARMENTS BLOWING
IN THE BREEZE ON THE ROOFTOPS OF BETHLEHEM.

DUDO ADMIRING MY MOTHER’S COCKTAIL TABLE AND CARPET.
(THE DUCHESS WOULD NOT BE PLEASED TO SEE HIM ON THE TABLE!)
OIL ON CANVAS BY THE DOWAGER DUCHESS.
27 X 21 INCHES (69 X 53 CM)
OIL ON WOOD BY THE DOWAGER DUCHESS.
4-1/2 X 5-1/2 INCHES (11.5 X 14 CM)

“I need a hand to help build up some kind of hope inside of me…”

Mister Sandman: Paul Blane

The last time I visited sand sculptor Paul Blane, he had just started creating his Christmas scene amid the rubble of The Simpson’s living room.

IN THE BEGINNING…
PAUL CREATED THE SIMPSONS.
22 DECEMBER:  MY PREVIOUS VISIT WITH PAUL.

I hadn’t managed to get back to that end of the beach until Sunday afternoon. My timing was perfect. Paul had just that morning completed his masterpiece.

As Paul wrote on his Facebook page:

“…8 days it took me, 15,000 litres of water fetched from the sea, by me, and about 1/2 tonne of blood, sweat, and tears…”

My American friends, that’s about 4,000 gallons of water! I wonder how much sand was used. I wasn’t there at the right time of day for the best pictures, but I managed. (Click any image to be wowed.)

THE MASTERPIECE (A COMPOSITE SHOT PROVIDED BY PAUL).
WE THREE KINGS…
BAA… BAA… BAA…
PLAYING CAT AND MOUSE…
STACKED PIGLETS…
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM PAUL BLANE IN FUENGIROLA.
(AND FROM SAN GERALDO AND ME, TOO.)

Thanks, Mr. Sandman, for bringing us a dream…