Technique and condition
The support was assembled and prepared by the artist. It comprises five scrim-faced batten-reinforced plywood panels which are screwed by means of their batten backing to the radiating framework of 68 x 44mm section softwood. The panels are of 5mm thickness exterior quality plywood and their jute scrim facing was adhered using a polyvinyl acetate wood adhesive, Unibond.
A priming layer of titanium white polyvinyl acetate paint was used over the scrim. Polyvinyl acetate was also used as the binder for some local applications of sand, and the same binder mixed with pigment for the earlier applications of the painted design. Later applications are carried out in traditional artists' oil paint supplied by Daler-Rowney and Winsor & Newton.
The paint films are not varnished. The painting does not have a display frame.
The condition of paint and support layers appeared relatively stable at the time of acquisition and the attachment of additional panels to the top corners of the support framework's reverse, to facilitate Gallery hanging procedures, was the only treatment to the painting thought necessary at this time.