Paintings from Sunset Series by Spence Munsinger, Color Field + Blank White Canvas + Realism + Contemporary Abstract Art, original paintings for sale

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”
― Pablo Picasso

Archives for November 2008

two new works, sunset, undergound

 

Two works completed.

Sunset #2, 9th Street Del Mar

sunset #2

Sunset Series

And abandoned urban #1, moscow underground

underground #1

Urban Abandoned | After Series

— spence

 

light reflected

 

“One must observe nature by means of the light reflected from objects, rather than be concerned with the tangible existence of the objects themselves.”

From “Search for the Real” a collection of writings by and about Hans Hofmann, published in 1948. This statement is a Zen koan for an artist, at least for me. A koan won’t work for every student, only for the one for whom it is truth and who needs that viewpoint or struggle for viewpoint to reach the next epiphany. You may not find this a tool for viewing color and form separately and changed. I do.

I found this book as a used copy, published by MIT Press in 1967, originally compiled and written at the occasion of Hans Hofmann’s retrospective. He taught Wolf Kahn, and I wanted to trace some of that history and get an idea of the foundations from which Kahn creates and conceives color.

 

hans hofmann

 

— spence

 

la jolla sunset | new work completed

 

la jolla sunset

 

 

This is the first sunset of a series. I grew up in a beach town north of San Diego, California. The Pacific Coast in California has a quality of light – a clarity and a moisture haze and an intensity – that washes everything in a glow and warmth. The last months of summer this year and then the encroachment of a New England darkness autumn-to-wintor made that memory of warmth and light particularly intense for me.

 

— spence

 

sections of a painting like passages in music

passages in music and paint

 

…sections of a painting are like passages in music.

 

The flows come together. The brush stroke.
The color and the pattern of paint.
Suggestions of form and line and shadow.
Forms become an aesthetic that washes over
the person who takes a moment to look.
With much luck
it becomes an experience that attunes the spirit
to beauty and creates an effect.

That’s a worthy goal.

 

— spence

 


 

This was on the front page of the site for quite some time. I wanted to save it.