Sitting by the Shore of Lake Zug

A painting looking down over the old town of Zug, the lake and the mountain peaks of Pilatus and Rigi. That was the list of requirements for this latest Switzerland commission. A sweeping scope of landscape to try and include on one canvas… but i’m always up for a challenge! The composition was taken through a number of drawing stages, adjusting the angle looking down across the rooftops and finally developed to include the edge of the lake to the right. In real terms Villette park in Cham sits way out to the right of this viewpoint, but building a scene from different collaged angles can make for an interesting and unique image. Before the painting was completed we added personal details with a number of figures placed around the square and lakeside.

Below is an example of the preparation drawings and composition sketches leading up to the final picture.

Lake Zug Commission Artist Jonathan Chapman

With this piece I particularly enjoyed painting the panorama of the mountains in the background. It was an opportunity to add more painterly touches, with the hazy distant peaks fading out to white on the horizon. The painting was completed with acrylic paint and ink on a 70 x 50 canvas surface, then mounted within a white floater frame.

Interested in exploring a commission? here’s a few details to get you started.