My mix for brickPosted: April 2, 2017
In Montreal I tend to sketch a lot of brick buildings, and over the years I have experimented with many combinations of colour to achieve that reddish brown that so perfectly describes Montreal architecture of a certain era.
My latest and most successful recipe is this: Winsor Newton Burnt Sienna + M. Graham Mineral Violet + the tiniest dot of Permanent Alizarin Crimson (also M. Graham, in this case). I’m not sure how I ended up with a tube of Mineral Violet but I added it to my palette last summer and it’s been quite useful. If I make the brick mix without this, it ends up too pinkish, but the purple gives it a depth that is much closer to what I see in the buildings. I used to use Carbazole Violet when I wanted a ready-made purple but it’s quite strong. Mineral Violet blends in well with other colours in the same way as another favourite of mine: Cerulean Blue. It’s a polite colour. It adds something confidently and gently, without taking over, like some pushier colours on the palette might do.
And as always, there is no right or wrong with this. Just a personal preference.