June – Brown

Colour Project – Brown, Part 1

“Chocolate gives one the feeling of being in love” – Willie Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colours, I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns” – Winston Churchill

 Coffee, Earth, Dirt, Cappuccino, Ochre, Cocoa, Chocolate, Caramel Almond, Tea, Skin, Autumn, Beer, Umber, Burnt Sienna, Toast, Peat, Brownies, Russet, Chestnut, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Auburn, Tan, Putty, Mocha, Wood, Fudge, Dust, Mission Brown, Beige…

Brown gives a feeling of warmth and cosiness, wholesomeness, earthiness. It is one of the commonest colours in nature. It says stability, reliability and approachability, it’s the colour of earth associated with all things natural and organic. Brown is more forgiving than black, but can be deep enough for a substantial backdrop. Most brown paints are traditionally made from the earth.

“God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer” – Anne Sexton

“Give me some mud off a city crossing, some ochre out of a gravel pit and a little whitening and some coal dust and I will paint you a luminous picture if you give me time to graduate my mud and subdue my dust” – John Ruskin

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