How to Select Midtone Sienna for an Oil Painting

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Selecting a midtone sienna for an oil painting is something that can really give a unique look and feel to your work. Select midtone sienna for an oil painting with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth. I'm an artist out of Portland, Maine, and I'm going to show you how to create a midtone sienna with oil paint. So I actually have some leftover yellow and red on my page and I'm going to start out by mixing those together to create orange. And you should be trying to create sort of a middle tone orange that isn't too dominated by red or yellow in which case you would probably want a little more yellow than red in there. Then, I'm going to add the complementary color of orange which is blue and by adding its opposite color it's going to create a brownish sienna tone. If it still looks too orange which I think this does, you want to add a little bit more blue. When you're mixing colors, never add directly to your mixture, always put the color on the side and add a little bit at a time. Once you have a color that looks neither orange or blue but somewhere in between, you're going to add just a little bit of white to that mixture to create a midtone sienna which will look like this. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to create a midtone sienna with oil paint.


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