I have never been able to create the glow I desire with a traditional underpainting. So I continue to search for the way that will work for me. The underpainting on the left has been painted with an assortment of colors (cad yellow, alizarin, ultramarine blue, white and sap green)-leaning warm. On the right is the underpainting I posted yesterday with transparent earth yellow rubbed in.
These last three underpaintings were created of places I know deep down inside of me, I can see them in my sleep. No handshakes this time.
One thing is constant, they are all on gator board, with gesso and sometimes marble dust. Uncertainty is something I relish. Sometimes I think I paint just to amaze me.