We recommend the latest version of Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge.
Ranee began this process by incorporating collage elements taken from scraps of paper acquired while on residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2009. There she found a bag of discarded children’s drawings leftover from an onsite workshop, and has subsequently used its contents as source material for her paintings. The upper half of this painting contains a scrap of paper with an ink drawing showing part of a tree.
Next, she layered paint on the surface of the canvas in a reactive manner, with dark areas applied along with splashes of translucent white.
Later, working on the floor, she added in more layers of blacks and blues, followed by a coating of shellac and water, seen here as a liquid clear shine.
A drippy white expressively drawn focal point was introduced into the composition next.
The line was then diffused with water while Ranee investigated its movement across the surface in shape, color, and mark.
Areas were repeatedly collaged, painted on, incised, replaced and reworked.
In the final stages Ranee blocked out more geometric, hard-edged areas with opaque white.
The edges, finally, were honed with a colorful border, locking in the composition and finishing the painting on August 1st, 2022.
Alone with My Thoughts, 2022
acrylic, shellac, ink, graphite and collage on canvas
20 x 16 inches (43.18 × 27.94 cm)