Steve Spazuk – Fire Painter

This is a lovely video profile of artist Steve Spazuk who has developed a unique way of “painting” using the soot left behind from candle smoke. While it seems like he just holds a candle to paper and draws with the smoke, his range of techniques are a bit more subtle. Spazuk often doesn’t know what images he intends to make but instead explores patterns and shapes found in the soot to guide the artwork. He also employs stencils and a reductive process akin to etching, where he scrapes images into the soot with feathers and paint brushes. You can see more of his recent work on his website. Directed by Patrick Peris. (via iGNANT)

Dante’s Beach Inferno

As the two-time winner of the Food Network’s Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins, Ray Villafane is best known for his expert artistry in food carving. However, he’s now recognized for more after accepting to take on a sand sculpting project in Jesolo, Italy. Despite not having any experience in creating sand sculptures, Villafane challenged himself and took part in the annual holiday project. He did such an exceptional job in November 2008, that he was invited the next summer to masterfully sculpt a giant “Dante’s Inferno” on the beach. Incredible!

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