Orange Russet Russet Rubiate Or Field's Russet This Is A Very


rich crimson russet with a flush of orange; pure, transparent, and of a

middle hue between orange and purple. Prepared from the madder root, it

is not subject to change by the action of light, time, or mixture of

other pigments. Although not so much employed as the marrone Madder

Brown, it is serviceable both as a local and auxiliary colour in

compounding and producing with yellow the glowing hues of autumnal

c.; and with blue, the beautiful and endless variety of grays

in skies, flesh, &c. A good glazing colour, its thin washes afford fine

flesh tints in water: as an oil pigment it dries indifferently, and

requires to be forced by the addition of a little gold size or varnish.

Cappah brown and burnt umber sadden it to the rich tones adapted for

general use in shadows. So saddened, this lake meets admirably the dark

centres of the upper petals of certain fancy geraniums, while alone its

pale washes are equally well suited to the lower leaves.


What has been remarked in the preceding chapter upon the production of

mixed citrine colours, is likewise applicable to mixed russet. By the

immediate method of producing it materially from its secondaries, good

and durable colours are obtained by compounding the following orange and

purple pigments--


Burnt Roman Ochre. Mars Violet, true.

Burnt Sienna. Purple Madder.

Cadmium Orange.

Mars Orange.

Neutral Orange.

Many other less eligible duple and triple compounds of russet are

obvious upon principle, and it may be produced by adding red in due

predominance to some browns; but these, like most mixtures, are inferior

to original pigments. To the orange colours there may be added cadmium

red and the orange vermilions, pigments which were classed among the

reds, but which contain sufficient yellow to render them adapted for

either compound russets or compound citrines. And as of original purple

pigments there are two only which are stable, such mixtures as madder

red and French blue will help to swell the list of available permanent

purples. Rubens' madder itself may be changed in hue by being first

mixed with blue and then with orange.

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