Colour Mixing – Burnt Sienna
I love mixing colours rather than buying different pre-mixed colours. One of my favourite combinations is burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.
Before I say anything more about colour mixing, I have to acknowledge that a lot of the blends that I use and the core set of paints that I use come from the Michael Wilcox book “Blue and Yellow don’t make Green”.
Burnt Sienna when combined with Ultramarine blue can form a lovely dark brown – similar to a burnt umber. If you tend towards the blue side, it makes a lovely grey-ish blue but still with a beautiful warmth.
Burnt Sienna must be one of the colours that I use the most – I seem to always be buying replacement tubes. If I want a darker brown – near black – I mix burnt sienna and phthalo blue. I haven’t use black itself in an age…
The piece feature uses four colours – raw sienna, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and white. I love the earthy and muted tones that I have created to date. It’s hard to see on the picture but there are a tiny spots of almost pure ultramarine blue which add a spark to the piece. It isn’t finished yet, although will not change radically from it’s present appearance.
It’s lovely to have my blog back – must thank my brother for fixing it!