I’m a watercolor artist based in Oregon. Trained as a Materials Scientist I spent most of my life in a lab grinding minerals and chemicals and studying them at the atomic structural level. Now I’d much rather spend my time grinding natural minerals and pigment powders into paints and rendering them onto watercolor paper or canvas.
Aquarelles de MasBleu is my website and blog for sketches, drawings and paintings. It’s named after a new blue pigment, YInMn Blue or MasBleu, discovered by my husband, Mas Subramanian, at Oregon State University. It’s the first new blue pigment discovery in over 200 years. I’ve used and continue to use this brilliant blue pigment in my of my paintings. I also use traditional watercolor paints.
As far back as I can remember I’ve sketched and doodled on any surface I could lay my hands on. I carry a sketchbook with me wherever I go, and sketch whenever I can – on planes, trains, cars, and even while waiting at airports, train stations. My sketchbook is always within reach, and my wanderlust has driven me to travelsketch. Capturing the sights, colors and emotions of the places I’ve visited has resulted in bookshelves filled with travelsketch journals and great memory keepers!
Besides exploration and travel, nature is my other passion. I’m driven by nature in all its wildness – the wilder the better. I spend hours in nature capturing the sights and sounds, colors and textures, in my sketchbook. Connecting with nature is beneficial on so many levels, both physically and environmentally. Nature revives and rejuvenates me and what better way to return the favor than to conserve and protect our wild resources, to study it in detail everyday of my one precious life. When you slow down to observe nature in its infinite details, your world of beauty and wonder begins. We all need a little of the wonder of nature in our techno- paced lives.
As for mediums, I’ve dabbled in acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, water color and graphite but I’ve always loved the vibrancy and spontaneity of watercolors. I still use multiple mediums in my sketchbooks, but when I paint I paint in watercolor without any preliminary pencil sketch. This spontaneous process captures everything in the moment, including mistakes and happy accidents and for me this is the exhilaration of watercolor. I find this a more personal form of expression. The fluidity of the medium, the challenges and the happy accidents and oh, the endless possibilities that await are all part of the adventure and excitement that keep drawing me deeper each time I pick up a paintbrush. I’m always learning something new and there’s so much to learn. I’m essentially self taught, although I have occasionally taken workshops with other artists.
I’d love comments and feedback on my work.
To get in touch, email me at aquarellesdemasbleu[at]gmail[dot]com