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Oil Stick Demo

9 days ago   |   By Michael Chesley Johnson

I recently decided to make a large painting of one of my favorite scenes-one of the candy-striped cliffs that tower over a nearby lake. I've painted the scene many times in a smaller format, from different angles and in different seasons, but I had a hankering to do something much larger. In my studio, I had a 36x36 gallery-wrap canvas that seemed just perfect. So, I got to work, pulling out reference paintings and photos and playing with design ideas with vine charcoal on newsprint.
You might ask, How can a square format be suitable? The square is, indeed, foreign to the landscape...
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