It is difficult to assess values and colors when painting on a white ground... When preparing panels, I gesso first then (usually the next day) tone them in various misc. colors... When it comes time to paint, I try to pick a color that will harmonize with what I'm painting... My inventory of panels was running low whenever I picked this one. I had feared the magenta would clash with "Dotty Spots"--but it worked out pretty good. If you are so inclined, see more work in progress pics and follow me on Instagram here.