My favourite colour is Raw Umber. In my landscape and seascape paintings for me it is the most useful of the colours on my palette, most beginners make the mistake of painting their skies far too clean and bright a blue, in this oil painting of Porlock Weir I have used Cobalt Blue and Zinc White with a touch of Raw Umber which gives the blue a slightly grey tinge. I added a touch more Raw Umber, Alizarin Crimson and a great deal more Zinc White to the mix in the lower sky, the reflected sky in the water also has a little Raw Umber in the mix. I also use Raw Umber in a lot of my greens which creates earthy, realistic shades. The colours used in painting the buildings, harbour walls and beaches have a lot of Raw Umber in the mixes as this was a great base colour for rendering the colour of the local stone which of course also makes up the substance of the beach. The reflections in the water on the right are painted with a green consisting of the sky colour with the addition of a lot more Raw Umber which is blended and edges softened into the surrounding reflected sky water colour. I wouldn't be without Raw Umber on my palette.