A few winters ago, while plein air painting, I remember placing my canvas on the easel and proceeding to apply a water wash of Burnt Sienna acrylic. It was not long before the acrylic wash began to frost up on the canvas . Realizing what was happening, I hurriedly grabbed the canvas and hurried for the car, thankful that I had left it running. I tried to scrape the frosted acrylic off the surface of the canvas before it melted, all the while hopping that the car heater would dry the canvas enough to accept oil paint.
I mention this incident because the memory of it is always a reminder to me that if I am going to put a colour wash on my panels or canvas during the winter painting season, do it before going outdoors. Lesson learned.. Oh, and there is also that little constant reminder of the Burnt Sienna spots on my van carpet.
This particular panel was pre-stained with a number five value Burnt Sienna. I feel that this helps to give the final painting a warm glow and I personally prefer to see the number five value of any colour appearing in the finished painting in place of the white canvas or white gessoed panel.
The palette for this painting was, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine blue, Alizarin, Bright Red, Cadmium Yellow, Naples Yellow and Titanium White.