Colour Mixing – Burnt Sienna

More blending

Originally uploaded by scroobious_pip

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!



Posted on June 28, 2008, in Art. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. i love those 2 colors too and yellow 🙂 that’s a beautiful piece!

  2. love this piece Lysh – nice to have you back on line.

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