Some pieces of art by the Brazilian artist Fernando de la Rocque are seen at his studio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Aug.  20, 2012. Some of Rocque's pot-stained prints are being sold for $2,500 each. It takes him a week to complete a single print blowing about five joints' worth of smoke onto a paper daily. Photo: Felipe Dana / AP

 

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 (pronounced hockey) 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.

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