Williamsburg Handmade Oil French Light Sienna
Williamsburg French Light Sienna fits nicely in between the earthy greens and the warmer earth colors that have a greenish tint although it is a far departure from the colors most similar to it. Its burnt olive color is straight out of the garment racks of a second hand army navy surplus store and its tint is the color of cool sand untouched by the light of the sun.
CI Number: NA
CI Name: PY43
Pigment Name: Natural Hydrated Iron Oxide
Lightfastness: ASTM I – Excellent
- 37 ml
Williamsburg Handmade Oils are known for their high quality, as well as their extensive palette of colors, including genuine Italian Earth Colors. Since joining the Golden Artist Colors family, the color palette has expanded to include French Earth Colors and a range of colors made from Safflower Oil.
Originating from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, Williamsburg now makes over 170 artist quality oil colors in New Berlin, New York.
Curious about drying time? Check out this chart of drying times for each Williamsburg color here.
The Williamsburg Philosophy
Getting the proper pigment is just the beginning. So much of the quality of an oil paint is in the grinding of the pigment. Williamsburg grinds each pigment to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment. Some colors will feel slightly gritty, while others extremely smooth. For example, Cerulean Blue has a beautiful velvet, light-absorbing surface with an extremely strong covering power. The Sienna colors will often be chunky or gritty to allow light to travel through the vehicle, exposing rich golden or mahogany undertones instead of just heavy, dull browns.
Artist grade pigments are ground in pure, premium, alkali-refined linseed oil and are made in small batches no larger than eight gallons at a time. This allows for total control over the product, much like the late nineteenth century French color makers. All the materials are hand measured, and every ounce of paint is scrutinized for quality.
Williamsburg and Golden offer technical advice to museums, conservators, and artists all over the world and welcome your questions and comments. Find product support here.