Brazilian artist makes art with marijuana smoke

Brazilian artist makes art with marijuana smoke
Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque blows marijuana smoke onto a stencil overlaying paper to create his art at his studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Aug. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Brazilian painter is making an art out of smoking pot.

At his studio in Rio de Janeiro on Monday, Fernando de la Rocque took a deep drag on a marijuana joint and blew onto a stencil overlaying paper. After several puffs an image began to appear - a golden-hued version of "Ecstasy of Saint Teresa" by Italian sculptor Giovanni Lorenzo.

Smoking marijuana is illegal in Brazil, but some of Rocque's pot-stained prints are selling for $2,500 each. A show featuring the work opened last week at an alternative gallery in Rio's stylish Ipanema neighborhood.

The 32-year-old Rocque says he stumbled on his toking technique in 2009.

It takes him a week to do a single print - blowing about five joints of smoke onto a paper daily.