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

"Things are beautiful if you love them."
― Jean Anouilh

Archives for February 2012

two boards by the path – in-progress

This painting is at the stage where I am watching for things to add/change and not yet changing it – very close to done.

It is from a moment on Hendry’s Beach just down from the restaurant, walking down the path toward the sand to photograph a classic sunset in Santa Barbara, and spotting these two surfboards just catching the light and just off the path.

two boards by the path


pacific coastline

This is the coast view from the Douglas Preserve in West Mesa, in Santa Barbara.

I was watching rain come in across the ocean.

pacific coastline

The light in California is unique. I asked Ethan Karp, a gallery owner in Manhattan – for the sunsets, East Coast gallery or West Coast gallery? Ethan said he could see the light in the paintings as Western, but that might make it more exotic shown on the East Coast… Not an exact quote, but close.


wordpress and twitter integration

I’ve had so-so behavior from Twitter Tools, a wordpress plugin for both pushing a blog post as a tweet and getting twitter feed. The push part seems ok. The pulling in of twitter feeds is problematic as hell.

Lately a post from 1-1/2 weeks ago to twitter stayed as the most recent post on the main site and was superceded by more recent posts on the mobile version…

This is testing Reliable Twitter (for twitter feed) and Twitter Blog.

Mike Kelley – viewing a dark lens

from L.A. Times 2 Feb:

Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote in 1994, “Kelley is an avatar of the power and humanity inherent in recognizing the radical impurity of human experience. His art searches out dark and soiled places where defects, fault lines and inadequacies are obvious and routine, and where failure takes on the poignant, fragile, even heartbreaking beauty that accompanies any loss of self.”

Looking at Mike Kelley’s face, the lines worn deep – sadness, depression? Demons reflected in his work.

Art like that impinges on the audience. Damien Hurst does the same without involvement, for money, to shock and titillate and to market. Mike Kelley’s face looks haunted, linked and held down by his work. “Escaped Bird” at least sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Introspection to find the reflection of emotion from a color or a sunset or even a death. Twist through the pathways of that emotion for a meadow or two. Then run for the exit. Too much journeying deep into the recesses of the psyche just strengthens the parts you can’t really view and see and those are the dark ones.

I would prefer to reach beyond the experience of being just human, the messy brutal and short existence here, and reach for a beauty that reaches beyond even a contentment with being human and on earth. I want to find that delight, that tickle at the top of the spine that becomes goosebumps when we glimpse something ethereal, transcendent. I can’t see a value in wallowing in muck – I find that easy, obvious. I think art has to reach beyond the constraints of flesh and material and into the spirit, beyond the physical.

Wallowing in the mud is the job of the turtle supporting the four elephants on its back that hold up the world…


fisheye distortion

Fisheye distortion is just fun… I found the Lensbaby Scout with Fisheye Optic a blast to distort things with. Last evening there were cloud in the sky painted by the sun – not extraordinary, but extraordinary here and now because in New England in the winter there is limited color outdoors. Even a mild winter mutes color.

Here’s the straight shot…

fisheye 1

and then fisheyes…

fisheye 1

fisheye 1

The wrap-around view is like when you focus on something and expand, extend, push, float your awareness around and away from that sharp focus.