By Ellie Duncombe
IT WOOD be great to be this talented as an artist.
Using sunlight refracted and reflected through a magnifying glass this illustrator creates stunning works of art on wood.
The images he creates range from romantic scenes on fence posts, to dog portraits on tables and farming scenes on large creates.
The amazing art is created by Michael Papadakis, 30, from Golden, Colorado.
The city is perfect for his art, which he calls heliography, as it gets 300 days of sunshine a year.
He started in 2012, when he was travelling along the Silk Road from Asia to Europe and was gifted a magnifying glass.
Michael said: “This art form is meant to be created anywhere the sun is shining and has no limitations.
“When I was in China my friend had a magnifying glass sitting on his table and I vividly remember the sun shining through the window onto the magnifying glass.
“I instantly had a moment of realisation where I thought to myself, ‘I could probably draw with that’.
“So I threw away all my drawing and painting supplies and just carried a magnifying glass with me for the rest of my journey.
“On average a piece can take anywhere from one hour to thirty hours depending on the size and detail of the image or logo.
“I am also a filmmaker and I realised more and more that this was a ‘performance art’ and people have to see it to understand it and truly appreciate it.
“When I’m working on large scales, people literally stop in disbelieve and stare at the bright light. I have to tell them to stop.”
Michael stresses that he always takes safety precautions when creating his artwork, such as wearing welding glasses.