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

A Painting A Day | "Patio Santa Barbara"

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger

Patio, Santa Barbara

Original Painting, “Patio, Santa Barbara”.  See How To Buy Art

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

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The villa house in Santa Barbara photographed here is facing the ocean from above Cliff Drive on the West Mesa, in local terms. This means it faces partially south, more southwest than west. Out in the distance from the windows are the channel islands, on a clear day. This is light coming across the patio and through the open french doors. The room gets so much light that the curtains are heavy, light diffusing.

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, photograph

Patio, Santa Barbara | Photograph

I was looking at the contrast in light and shadow from the photograph, and translating that into color and motion in the painting.

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, sketch

Pastel Sketch

The process was pastel sketch – pastel is inert under acrylic paint, where ink or charcoal or pencil can bleed through over time. The airbrush underpainting, bright primary colors and then the body of the painting.

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, paint

Paint…

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, paint

Paint…

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, paint

More Paint…

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, paint

Lots of Red

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, paint

Grabbing back the shadows

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger

Patio, Santa Barbara

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, airbrush

Airbrush

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, on easel

on easel

A Painting A Day | Patio Santa Barbara, original painting by Spence Munsinger, on easel

On easel