Sometimes, I feel like I want to try something new...out of my comfort zone. One of my favorite artists is Andre Kohn, an absolute master of figures. The texture he uses as a ground adds another level of appreciation for his paintings as it gives the light more planes on which it can reflect. Also, he uses a limited palette of colors - several neutrals such as grays, browns, ochres, whites and blacks. Just stunning work!
I thought I might try his technique even though I'm not quite sure of the material he uses for texture. I "palette-knifed" modeling gel on the background and let it dry. Then I added a thin wash of oil paint as an underpainting. I've been experimenting with brighter underpaintings and this one was transparent red. I painted the figures letting the underpainting show through in places.