世界最大のエスパルト手工芸品博物館

[by Javier de Blas in La Rioja, Spain] At the beginning of October we passed through the beautiful Sierra Los Vélez Natural Park, in the province of Almería, Spain, where we found the advertised “The biggest esparto grass museum in the world” in a nearby town, El Contador-Chirivel.  We were lucky that it was the mayor of the town himself, who showed it to us.  Jose is an attractive young man, both because of his physical appearance and because of the enthusiasm he puts into everything he does (even in details such as the carvings he commissioned from a local artist, on the trunks of some trees that had dried up).  […]

Back in the Mediterranean

[by Javier de Blas in La Rioja, Spain] Puerto de Mazarron. June 2021. The weather is variable, but pleasant and the sea shows a new face every now and then. 

Permanent model

  [by Javier de Blas in La Rioja, Spain]  I am trying a flat, wide brush, and I have Frida in front of me. A few brushstrokes with ink and some bamboo strokes. Frida lies for hours. She is my permanent model.