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

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
― Pablo Picasso

A Painting A Day | "Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff"

Original Painting 16″ x 12″ x 1.5″, Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff.  See How To Buy Art

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Fine Art Print, 16″ x 12″, Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff.    See About Prints

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This is acrylic on gallery-wrap canvas, 16″ x 12″ x 1.5″. This is a sunset I photographed on the trail from the Santa Barbara butterfly reservation to the cliffs over the ocean. The trail winds through a wide meadow before ending along the cliffs. I was watching wide clouds and the contrast of sky and land.

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, photograph

Sunset Over Butterfly Beach, photograph

I was using an Olympus OM-D Micro 4/3rds camera and Panasonic telephoto lens, plus a Panasonic Leica 25mm lens. The capture of color by the Olypus is just about perfect.

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, pastel sketch

Pastel Sketch

The process on these smaller paintings was to sketch, then airbrush, then start adding paint with painting knives. The smaller format was faster, in that less area meant less paint, but slower in that the details need more conscious choice, to focus attention within the smaller frame.

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, airbrush

Airbrush

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, add paint

Add paint…

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, add paint

Yet more paint to add

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, add paint

Adding color to sunset and to reflections

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, more sky

Detail in sky

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, more paint

Shadows deepened

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger

Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, on easel

On easel.

A Painting A Day | Sunset Over Butterfly Bluff, original painting by Spence Munsinger, on easel

On easel.