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

"You have to have an idea of what you are going to do, but it should be a vague idea..."
― Pablo Picasso

Archives for June 2012

New Work:: "Off State Street"

Off State Street, acrylic on canvas, 30




New Work:: "Boards by the Path"

painting, Boards by the Path, acrylic on canvas, ©2012 by Spence Munsinger




More Art in Wood

Jatoba (Brazillian Cherry) is a heavy, dense, deep red beautifully grained wood.

We chose a rock carved into a basin for a sink. I wanted a structure substantial enough no to look flimsy and heavy enough to keep a visual balance between the mass of the sink and the wood. Originally this was to float on brackets. The brackets are still present but once the sink arrives, I rethough the floating aspect. The sink weighed 90 lbs. I added the uprights.

The shape comes from trees in the yard, the base of a large 75 foot birch.

The brackets are still present to stabilize and secure the top.


Jatoba freeform vanity




Art in Wood

I recently (mostly) finished a remodel of the downstairs level of the house.

The walls were painted, the closet (from IKEA) assembled and installed, the future laundry area only lacking electricity (and an electrician) to be capable of actuating a washer and dryer.

The metal baseboard heaters.

The covers had never fit since the bamboo floor went in. Somebody was supposed to cut them up to fit – I did that part, but they were ugly even when mostly reassembled.

I got some oak, a surface planer to replace the 18 year old Delta that could barely scrape the surface of the oak. I planed it down to 1/2″.

I had looked at pre-made baseboard heater covers. They were big, designed to envelope and enclose the existing metal enclosure and set in place. They had slots and grooves and they were colonial in look and feel. This house is more Frank Lloyd Wright or Bauhaus – no heavy ornamentation, and simpler is better.

I removed the metal face and the little flap, and the end caps. On an inside corner I tweaked the corner piece up and down for what seemed like forever until the metal fatigued and split.

What I was left with was the metal back and top lip, and the suspended heater pipe and light metal fins.

Over that I built enclosures…

Secured at the top by self-drilling hex-head metal screws into the (heavy) metal of the top lip, they are not going anywhere. My son painted the back with barbecue paint, so the metal back becomes shadow. The three sections of the long wall and corner are matched together at the joints by biscuits…

The finish is oil/polyurethane wipe on finish, satin, three coats, sanded between coats with 320 fine sand paper.

Baseboard Cover #2

Baseboard Cover #1