Technique and condition
The artist prepared her canvas by stretching medium weight cotton duck, supplied by Russell & Chapple onto a stretcher made by Bird & Davies. The canvas is sized with two coats of rabbit-skin glue and primed with Spectrum thixotropic alkyd primer. The ground colour is made by applying a second coat of alkyd primer coloured with oil paint.
Executed over a period of a few days, Rae used artists' oil colours made by Sennelier and Schevengingen, 'Old Holland' paint. These were mixed with a wide variety of painting media including waxes, oils, resin varnishes and alkyd painting media. Rae experimented with these additives to modify the qualities of her paints which she generally applied with brushes, using masking tape to define the flatter hard edged forms.
The few fine cracks resulted from contact between the stretcher and canvas during painting and handling after it had left the artist's care. Rae has cleaned and repainted some areas, notably the pale orange area in the top left hand corner.
The painting is neither varnished or framed.