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

"What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house."
― Edward Hopper

Orchid

This orchid came about from bare-bones rescued orchid plants recovered from a dumpster over a year ago. This one out of 7 is the only one to come back to flower. It’s small, but intensely beautiful, with two runners out carrying flowers and crossing each other and by that supporting each other as it flowers.

pacific coastline

This is the coast view from the Douglas Preserve in West Mesa, in Santa Barbara.

I was watching rain come in across the ocean.

pacific coastline

The light in California is unique. I asked Ethan Karp, a gallery owner in Manhattan – for the sunsets, East Coast gallery or West Coast gallery? Ethan said he could see the light in the paintings as Western, but that might make it more exotic shown on the East Coast… Not an exact quote, but close.

—spence

photograph: shoes

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At the edge of town there is a park with a soccer field and sandy beach and an area for swimming. The pond is a mile and a half to two miles across, expanding into wetlands in the south and east. Around it runs a trail. On one side there are the remains of… a pier? A water pump facility? What’s left are two concrete walls extending to the edge of the water, with two shorter walls boxing in a square filled with dirt perhaps 15 feet on a side.

The texture captured by the B&W film of the concrete. The shallow depth of field from the 110mm lens on the camera, causing the focus to be very specific. The Keds sneakers, balanced on the wall, are timeless. Everyone has that little kid in them, or should, that sees a flat place on a wall, leaps up and walks along balancing.

 

— spence

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technical…

This was taken with Fuji Neopan 400 B&W film, developed for 9-3/4 minutes at 68 degrees in Kodak D76 developer. The camera was a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format with an f2.8 110mm (normal) lens. I’m not certain if I had a yellow filter on this lens at this time – my best guess would be no, there was not a filter. This is scanned with an Epson V750 flatbed in a custom medium format film holder.