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

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
― Pablo Picasso

Venice CA, Sunset No. 8

sunset 08

30″ x 24″, acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas
©2011 spence munsinger

The original painting is 30″ x 24″ x 1.5″, acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas.

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Two photos were references for the painting

Sunset 8 | Venice, original painting by Spence Munsinger, photo reference

Venice, photo #1

Sunset 8 | Venice, original painting by Spence Munsinger, photo reference

Venice, photo #2

Several people who have lived in Los Angeles and know this beach have spotted this as Venice, even with the artistic changes in the view. There’s a point in the painting process where whatever the photographs have to give, they have given, and the painting proceeds beyond any reference to the photographs at all. This painting did that fairly early on. Most of the painting was in making the path and trees and sky work together.

This painting is the only one I’ve placed on new supports, new stretchers – one of the original supports broke in an accident in the studio. I replaced the stretcher frame with a new one, but handling a painting with a gallery-wrap canvas, painted through the edges, and getting it onto new supports without damage was careful work.

—spence

Sunset #24 | Butterfly Beach

Sunset 24 | Butterfly Beach, painting by Spence Munsinger

Sunset 24 | Butterfly Beach

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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…

 

In Progress | Sunset #12

This is the underpainting for Sunset #12. Two routes this will end up going – I’m thinking that working with the texture of the canvas I might be able to scrape away and get the translucent canvas feel of the umbrella, the changes in light behind it. The other alternative would be to layer on the thread texture on top of thicker paint bringing through the sunset.

sunset #12 IP

Each painting presents its own problems – this one is communicating the coolness of shade, the heat just beyond in the sun, the sand and reflected light, and a sense of space despite the fabric in the way.

— spence

NEW WORK | Sunset #10 Along the Strand

Acrylic on canvas painted impasto and painting knife over airbrush,

Sunsets is an ongoing series. I am an Expat. Californian. These paintings come from a sense of immediate distance, of separation, of childhood for me. They are born from a clarity of color and light along warm sand and asphalt hot enough to burn the soles of the feet.

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Along the Strand

 

— spence

NEW WORK | Sunset #9 | Manhattan Beach

This is acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″ x 1.5″. see about Sunsets

Manhattan Beach

 

— spence

NEW WORK | Sunset #8, Venice CA

Sunset #8. Wind blowing through the palms at the edge of the beach in Venice, CA.

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sunset #8 Venice CA