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This evening he’ll be loading up the sleigh ready to make deliveries across the world.
But before he got on with the busiest night of the year, Santa took time out to relax on the beach with a cup of tea and a great read – the Daily Mail.
The moment was created in a stunning 60ft by 45ft image at Beadnell Bay, Northumberland by sand artist Claire Eason – a former GP.
The moment was created in a stunning 60ft by 45ft image at Beadnell Bay, Northumberland by sand artist Claire Eason – a former GP
She uses a garden rake to draw on the beaches along the north east coast near her home in Sunderland, then takes aerial photos using a drone.
Miss Eason – who was a doctor for 30 years – said: ‘It all started as a hobby and I still do some for my own pleasure, but it’s also a developing business.
‘When my children were little we’d draw with a stick in the sand then climb the dunes to look at it. Now I just use a rake with a detachable head which allows me to put a broad or fine head on it depending how much detail I need.’
Other examples of Miss Eason’s work include a seal in an inlet, sea shells, a girl on a swing, David Bowie, a whale tail, an arctic tern, and a crocodile.
Each takes around four hours to complete.
For Armistice day this year she drew her own version in the sand of ‘Tommy’, a statue famous in the North East of a First World War soldier by artist Ray Lonsdale which is displayed close to the war memorial in Seaham, County Down.
For a previous Armistice Day, she did poppies.
Her largest work to date – a surfer carrying his board – is around 150ft long.
She uses a garden rake to draw on the beaches along the north east coast near her home in Sunderland, then takes aerial photos using a drone
As word of her talent spread, she has started doing commissions for people wanting to mark a special occasion, which cost typically cost around £400-£500.
One of those features three greyhounds running, which she was commissioned to do by a pet owner in memory of their dog, which had loved walks on the beach, after it passed away.
Another, of a terrier dog, was commissioned by a husband as an anniversary present for his wife.
Miss Eason said she gave up being a GP because in the last few years she found there ‘wasn’t enough time to give to the patients’, partly because of bureaucracy and partly because of patients’ issues becoming too complex to deal with in a typical ten minute consultation.
She said of her sand art: ‘My favourite is probably of the bare feet walking along the shoreline because I think it’s something that resonates with everyone.
‘The very first people on Earth will have walked on the beach. It’s a timeless experience that almost all of us can share.’
Source: Daily Mail