Fireworks on the National Mall 

Day 5/31 – #WorldWatecolorMonth

DC put on a spectacular show at the National Mall last night. Fear of thunderstorms had the fate of the fireworks in doubt, but we lucked out and the storm and rain held out long enough for the eager crowds to get what they came for and then some! I managed to capture a few splashes of watercolor in my sketchbook in semi darkness. I did several of these and then I just had to put down my brush and simply watch, and oooh and aaah with the rest of the crowd! This one came out better than the rest so I refined it a bit. 

I might just post the other splashes, if I feel bold enough…

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Circus Tent – Red,White and #YInMnBlue !

Day4/31 – #WorldWstercolorMonth

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the theme is Circus Arts. The Festival brings the rich history, mystique and diversity of American circus arts to life on the National Mall. There were circus performances, behind the scenes, emerging artists and contemporary visionaries, and coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, prop and tent designers, riggers, poster artists, wagon builders, and many others whose collective creative work brings the circus to life. 

While the crowds lined up all the way around the tent I sat outside the big tent and sketched the Red, White and Blue under a somewhat ominous sky! They were calling for thunderstorms tonight. 

Happy 4th!

Ready, Set, Getty…

At the Getty for panel discussion on “what does Blue mean” with Mas Subramanian, Garrett Morris, Catherine McKinley and Carol Mavor

“What does Blue mean?” Panel Discussion at the Getty 

If you’re in LA this week be sure to check out the Panel Discussion on “What Does Blue Mean?” At the GETTY CENTER, Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 7 pm, Harold M. Williams Auditorium. 

Free | Advance ticket required. 

Panelists include Prof Mas Subramanian, inventor of YInMnBlue, authors Catherine McKinley and Carol Mavor, and actor/comedian/singer Garrett Morris. ‘Blue describes emotional states, musical and literary genres, and moral codes. And yet, historically, humans have found the color itself notably difficult to pin down. How did blue come to occupy its singular scientific and cultural significance? What relationships exist between the history of blue pigments and the wealth of meanings the term conveys today?’ Come explore the science and sentiment of the color Blue. 

http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_1748.html

 (Image courtesy Getty Museum – Uvena Novae Villiae, about 1854, Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon. Cyanotype. The J. Paul Getty Museum)

Fractal Blues

Turning YInMn blue pigment powder into watercolor paint was such fun, but the added bonus was the fabulous fractal I got in the process!  Now is that not a color to die for. 

All the shades of YInMn Blue

When #YInMn blue was first discovered, Mas Subramanian’s team didn’t stop with just one compound. True to nature Mas and his team, went on to tweek the composition to see if that would affect the color, and sure enough it did and how beautifully so. Here is a spectrum of blues shades by just tweeting the manganese content in the compound. They are all shades of YInMn Blue, and they are such a joy to make into watercolor paints! 

Celebrating the Blue that never fades! YInMnBlue, that is…

On May 5, The College of Science, Oregon Sate Univesity, hosted “The Colorful World of Pigments,” a public event as part of SPARK, Oregon State’s yearlong celebration of the intersection of the arts and science. This series of events celebrated the meeting point of science, art, color and cultural trends in Mas Subramanian’s groundbreaking pigment discovery of #YInMn blue.

This blue pigment discovered by Mas Subramanian and his research team at Oregon state university’s chemistry lab has captured widespread attention in various fields including fashion and industry not to mention the obvious fields of science and art. A panel discussion featured experts from Crayola, Nike, Shepherd Color Co., Harvard Pigments Museum and others. The highlight of the event was when Crayola’s CEO,  Smith Holland announced that crayola would be introducing a new blue crayon color inspired by #YInMn blue! Here are some pictures from the event!!!

Mas Presenting YInMnBlue…

 

Crayola’s Big Announcement

 

Kids at the event trying out the new sample crayon…

 

Kids of all ages at the Crayola Wall Mural

It was an event to remember!

Brilliant YInMn Blues – came out of the Blue

As a chemist, for me the chemistry of YInMn Blue is fascinating at the atomic level, but as an artist to combine white, pale yellow and black and produce BRILLIANT BLUES, albeit under extreme conditions, is a Mas Subramanian feat indeed! And it’s simply magical !!! #

View from my Window 

After the snow…

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Snow on the Meadows

I love to go for long walks whenever I can and I always bring my sketchbook along for that quick capture of a scene or a mood that strikes without warning. Walking in the meadows at Longwood Gardens after a snowfall takes on a whole new meaning. The blue and purple hues of the distant wintry horizon, the soft fluffs of snow clinging to the seed heads, the dry grass that once stood upright now bent over weighed down by the icy snow clumps, the melting snow frozen in dripping icicles on the twigs and shrubs that catch the sunlight and scatter it into flashes of rainbow colors, the crunch of the frozen snow beneath you feet, and that smell of the frigid air that surrounds you, all make for an atmospheric experience that words fail to describe in full. Here’s my pictorial description in purples…

and here’s another one in moody blues…