Payne's Grey
Payne's Grey is the title for this work which depicts a gentleman's painting satchel placed amongst wind swept long grass. The Satchel seems to have been left behind by its deserted owner. 


William Payne (1760 – 1830) was an English painter who invented the paint colour Payne's Grey. Payne painted landscapes in watercolours and oils. He invented new methods in watercolour painting which could be learnt without much difficulty and he became a popular drawing-master in London.


Among the many processes he invented was splitting the brush to give forms of foliage, dragging the colours to give texture to his foregrounds, and making forms of light using water on the surface and rubbing with dry bread. But the invention by which he is best known is a colour of paint mixed from indigo, raw sienna, and lake called Payne's grey. This grey was particularly popular among artists and is still used today in colour mixing. It is particularly useful when painting a British landscape. It seems to lend itself well to the light of the sky's found in the British Isles. William Payne did much to advance the technique of watercolour painting, and was one of the first to abandon realism for a more poetical painting of the landscape. 


William Payne later turned to a mannerist style of painting. At the time better artists were getting more recognition and William Payne was largely forgotten before he died in 1830. Payne's Grey is a ready made tube of paint still made today and can be found in most mediums of paint. 
Created by William J Roberts