I have been working on changing the ground color that I paint on. Karin Jurick (link) uses a flat black background for many of her paintings. I have struggled with this as I have tried to paint my Hilton Head mugs. I paint fairly thinly so my people always look "spotty" as the black peeks through. On white, the flesh is too sickly pink for my taste. This painting was painted over orange. I liked the orange so much that I left a lot showing and I "cut out" other areas as well. It definitely makes my flesh look more alive.