What Is Burnt Sienna Color?
Sienna, in its natural state, gets its coloring from iron oxide and manganese minerals. When heated, the hue of sienna deepens or darkens, creating a “burnt” look.
In terms of appearance, burnt sienna is in the family of red clay and terracotta, sharing the same reddish-brown undertones. Even though burnt sienna is technically a neutral, its red tint makes it come alive – making it feel like a (non-neutral) color.
What Is the Burnt Sienna Color Association?
Before modern artist’s tools were widespread, raw sienna and burnt sienna were savored for their high pigmentation, and used for drawing and painting. The name ‘sienna’ actually comes from the place where it was “discovered”: Siena, Italy.