Painting a structure for the sky: Process

From this wire sculpture

To picking a canvas size and shape.

To this digital sketch

Through doing the sketch I figured out what distance the concentric circles need to be from each other, as they expand outwards, to create the illusion of looking up at a large globe like shape. The right size globe that fits with the massive size of the sky!
My reference notes below:

Explanation of the sketch.
To painting the lines onto the canvas.

At some point in the future I would like to get a projector so that I can project my designs onto the canvas, like I used to at uni.
It was difficult freehand to draw the lines exactly as I wanted them. Since the canvas is large, it’s difficult to see whether I am putting the lines down in the right place. That’s something for the future :).

Next I am going to be glazing blue in oil paint over the sky. Then I can take it outside and do the rest of the canvas en plein air.
Nuria pointed it out yesterday, this process appears to be a kind of reverse of the way I was painting; instead of painting en plein air and then adding the structure, I am adding the structure then painting en plein air.
That’s because for these sky paintings the grid is never going to be further forward than the plein air marks. The grid supposed to be super high up in the sky.

Thought: When I’m painting en plein air, I can really play with the size of the brushstrokes I make. Since the distance I am painting is much larger than in the woods paintings; the marks can make their way all the way up to to the clouds AND BEYOND. The brushstrokes would be really big near me and then really really small towards the sky.
Is this too cheesy? Too obvious?

This painting I made en plein air at the beach, of the open, sporadically clouded sky, doesn’t have smaller brushstrokes at the top and larger at the bottom.

The layering of the brushstrokes implies the strokes towards the back are larger than the ones at the front. UHUH.

A bit like real clouds in the sky: the viewer ‘knows’- without a conscious thought that a cloud is massive, even if it doesn’t fill much of their vision. We, humans, our eyes, our experience of the open sky, are familiar with the massive depth and space that is the sky. *Queue David Abram’s writing* hehe.

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