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

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Archives for August 2013

More Fisheye – Lensbaby Fisheye Element

I love the curves of this kind of perspective, and this comes from way back. I had two art books in my 17th year. One was the Ballantine Frank Frazetta book. I found that book on eBay and recovered it. I still love it, it introduced me to an artist I grew up with, reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars series. There was a second book, with a title something like “Visionaries”. I can’t recall the exact title, but I remember the curved lines of the circular painting on the cover, a view of the sky up through a ring of trees extending from around the viewer.

When you search for “visionaries” or “visionary artist” you get:

Search for "Visionary Artist" images on google

“Visionary Artist”

That captures some of it, that bright color and curved perspective. I’m going to work more with the Lensbaby Fisheye element. I think I’ll try both polarized light and intentional glare. Some of the test shots I made of Sunset paintings have a light from a skylight of nearby window that enhanced the sense of curve, of roundness…

Sunset 4 | Patio Solana Beach, original painting by Spence Munsinger, fisheye photograph

Patio, Solana Beach, Fisheye

 

—spence

 

Fisheye lens…

Sunset 15 | Laughing Buddha, original painting by Spence Munsinger, fisheye photo

Laughing Buddha | Fisheye

I love fisheye curves. This is using a Lensbaby Fisheye lens on a full frame Canon DLSR.

Sunset 1 | La Jolla, original painting by Spence Munsinger, fisheye photo

La Jolla | Fisheye

I took these photos to scale down for use in webpages. I’m going to try and take some more carefully with a tripod and more exact focussing to put on the front page as an alternate to the full-width banner. Maybe with some high intensity light on one side to add to the marble effect…

Original Painting, “Laughing Buddha”.  See How To Buy Art

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Fine Art Print, 24″ x 30″, “Laughing Buddha”.    See About Prints

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Fine Art Print, 30″ x 24″, “Sunset 1 | La Jolla”.    See About Prints

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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

This is a brilliant book. It nails the barriers to becoming the best, most productive artist you could hope to be.

Steven Pressfield wrote the epic golf saga, a metaphor for all struggles through the ages. The Legend of Bagger Vance echoes the stories of all battles.

I heard in Bagger Vance the same scale of time as we get in George C. Scott’s portrayal of Patton.

In the movie, Patton takes a side trip in Sicily, stops the Jeep and gets out. He describes the ancient Battle of Zama, stating to his second in command, General Omar Bradley, that he was there.

Pressfield grabs and writes a story around that same cosmic sense of timeless struggle in “Bagger Vance”. He handles the ongoing and eternal struggle of an artist against the artist’s and the universe’s barriers to creativity in The War of Art.

There are some books I come back to, because as I grow and change they are growing and changing with me – this is one of those.

Sunset #24 | Butterfly Beach

Sunset 24 | Butterfly Beach, painting by Spence Munsinger

Sunset 24 | Butterfly Beach

Original Painting, Butterfly Beach.  See How To Buy Art

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Fine Art Print, 30″ x 24″, Butterfly Beach.    See About Prints

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This is acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas, 30″ x 24″ x 1.5″. This is a view of Hendry’s Beach, in Santa Barbara, which actually faces south rather than west. This brings the sunset off the ocean and closer to the cliffs that extend at high tide out to the breaking surf.

Butterfly Beach, Sunset Series, painting by Spence Munsinger, in situ

ButterFly Beach

I took a series of almost-lost-light photographs as the sun dropped, looking for lens flare and silhouettes of people and dogs that might be interesting. This painting was from several different photographs.

photograph, Hendry's Beach below the Butterfly Preserve

photograph, Hendry’s Beach below the Butterfly Preserve

The process was to sketch in the masses from the photographs, then airbrush a bright primary undercoat to match the tones and basic colors, then layer acrylic paint over that…

Butterfly Beach, painting by Spence Munsinger, airbrush process shot

Pastel sketch at start

Butterfly Beach, painting by Spence Munsinger, airbrush process shot

Airbrush

Butterfly Beach, painting by Spence Munsinger, initial color masses

Initial Color Masses

Butterfly Beach, painting by Spence Munsinger, More Color

More color…