happy halloween!

Halloween is such a great holiday for so many reasons.  There are the obvious perks like mountains of candy, or getting to wear a costume without anybody staring at you like you’re nuts.  But the main reason that I think that Halloween is so beloved is because it’s an opportunity to shed inhibitions and express one’s own creativity.

So many ways!  Clever costumes, make-up, decorating, cooking, art and sculpture.  The imagination is limitless and that fact is easily seen on Halloween.

With those thoughts in mind, I wanted to share the art of Ray Villafane, the man that Martha Stewart called “the Michelangelo of pumpkin carving”. His carvings and the way he creates them are astonishing, starting with a whole pumpkin (he uses other mediums as well) and transforming it into something so real that you can almost see it pulsating with life.

The video below is a short biography on the life and art of Ray Villafane from CBS News, which highlights the obsession that so often goes with genius:

Happy Halloween!