Hi I’m Rajeevi, a local watercolor artist in Corvallis, Oregon. Aquarelles de MasBleu is my website and blog for my sketches, drawings and paintings. I’ve named the website after the blue pigment discovered by my husband, Mas (nick name for Mas Subramanian). So, a lot of the paintings you’ll find here have been painted with MasBlue pigment or at least contain some amount of  it. MasBlue or technically YInMn Blue was discovered at OregonState University by Mas and his research students. You’ll find more about YInMnBlue under the ‘What is YInMn Blue’ tab.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been sketching and doodling and have continued to do so on and off for awhile. On most of our family vacations I carried a sketchbook and whilst my family was busy taking pictures, I spent my time sketching.  Be it on a plane, train, or in the car and even while waiting at airports, train stations and hotel rooms, my sketchbook was always within reach. I’ve recorded many of our trips this was. It was fun and my version of capturing the sights and colors of the places we visited has resulted in a bookshelves fulled with travelsketch journals and great memory keepers! Over time I’ve dabbled in acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, water color and graphite sketching but I’ve always loved the vibrancy and spontaneity of watercolors.

My love for the results of watercolor sketching has me now working mainly in watercolor, without any preliminary pencil sketch. This way of working has all my mistakes and coverups and happy accidents captured spontaneously and has a livelier look to it, and that’s what I love about watercolorsketching. 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 into it deeper each time I pick up a brush. I know I’m still learning something new always, and there’s so much to learn….

I’m essentially a self taught artist although I have occasionally taken workshops with other artists to learn and grow

I’d love comments and feedback on my work.

To get in touch, email me at aquarellesdemasbleu[at]gmail[dot]com