Winsor Newton Raw Sienna comes from iron ore or ferric oxide which occurs naturally in clay. Yellow ochres are generally opaque, but siennas are more transparent. Sienna, one of he earliest pigments used for painting and found in prehistoric cave art. During the Renaissance in the 14th century sienna was further developed for painting. Sienna gets its name from the city it was produced in, the Italian city-state of Siena. The Italians stretched the range of hues of Sienna by roasting it, leading to the creation of raw sienna and burnt sienna pigments. Raw Sienna is a bright brown pigment but Winsor Newton's Sienna has brilliant golden undertones and is transparent, layering beautifully with other earth tones if laid over the top.
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“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.