The Skydome by Christopher Ripley

Photographic Prints

Small (6.9" x 12.0")

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Original Size: 24" by 42", Original Medium: Oils on masonite.
When you experience a game at the skydome you quickly realize how perfect the name is for the structure. When you enter the vast space it is like your steeping into a new world, but within a few minutes it can reveal where it really stands when it allows the blue sky to become part of the architecture.
In this painting, I wanted to create this feeling. The main curve of the roof almost seems in motion, revealing, but also protecting the bleachers from the elements. This curve of the roof is mimicked in the bleachers, which join and warp taking over both sides of the panel. The curvilinear lines are important because when inside it seems like everything is surrounding you. One of the many facade details is represented in the lower portion. This detail links the outside to the inside, which is the main function of the dome.
The last main feature of this composition is the C.N. Tower. As you approach the dome it is impossible not to be mesmerized by the domination height of this architecture. Even when you are in the massive dome, the tower’s presence can be felt. When you look up from the ground level the tower climbs up into the atmosphere and warps our vision because of the steep acceleration. It is this feeling I tried to add to the experience of this painting.
Again the preliminary sketch can be viewed, this time it was changed during the process of the painting because something was not working when colour was added. It was extensive planning that allowed me to respond to the problem I saw forming and adjust the composition accordingly. I believe with practice we are able to react, rather than just respond when problems arise.

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