I get excited by working on really hot grounds. This is a work in progress, a portrait of a young artist who walked into my studio the other day complete with a hot pink head piece she had made and long dreadlocks.
At first the fuchsia ground seemed like a good idea. Then it seemed too much and I thought to scrap it. Today, I am enjoying it again. I am hanging on to that hotness as long as I can - just like in life.
You will never completely get rid of a hot ground. There will be little specks flickering through. It also makes me focus on thin paint versus thick paint and distressing the canvas in places with a knife.
Hot hot hot.