Last year I went on a painting trip to Yunnan. One of the oil sketches was in an almost-square format. Here you can see the local villagers inspecting what I did to their fields.
This was the finished sketch.
After lengthening the format into a 3:1 I could stretch the hillside to a more realistic version of the hillside.
This was taking longer than the two weeks planned. Before the days work I started to do an ink exercise looking at the forms of Huang Gong Wang ink-scapes and then return to the oil piece on the easel . I was positively dizzy with all those rolls and curves, terraces and fields of hillside detail.
I can now appreciate the linear value of the Chinese landscape , how it controls and balances the forms. But there is also a relief in dealing with the dance and roller-coaster detail of the land, fields and houses on the hill.