‘Social Network’

Ester Roi
‘Social Network’

See It 
Her works can be seen at the Festival of Arts, which runs through Aug. 31 at 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800-487-3378, foapom.com, esterroi.com.

Background
Tired of working with oil paints—and all the labor involved—Roi returned to the crayons she loved as a child in Italy. After realizing she could “paint” with them once melted, she developed a drawing board for her work, which focuses on vivid hues and the interplay of water with natural objects. This year marks her Festival of Arts debut.

Creation 
Roi creates and photographs a still life, using it as the inspiration for a drawing she makes on paper. She then completes her work on what she calls her Icarus Drawing Board; the electric device, her own invention, has a cool zone for fine detail work, and a warm one that melts the wax for that painterly effect.

Inspiration 
For this piece, Roi immersed pebbles she collected on a beach in Cambria in a container. “I became mesmerized by the water circling each pebble, connecting them with bright highlights. That’s when the name ‘Social Network’ came to mind.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue.

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