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

painting: girl in chair

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This started from a Picasso painting from 1939 titled “Woman Reading.”

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The colors in this followed Picasso’s, then diverged – the biggest revelation from painting this was the scratching of lines into the paint. Sketching into paint, drawing lines into paint. That was/is amazing. One of the things I see most in Picasso’s wide range of techniques is a willingness to be… Sloppy. To let the line take over. To work on communication of the whole, and step back from any obsession with an exactness of detail. And a supreme confidence in the results.

I started with the colors and the chair and the premise of a woman reading in a hallway, quietly, and then tried to walk through to what I saw in the image, which was inherently different, yet has some of the same feel. This is a fun painting to see, for me. It just communicates a quiet joy, in spite of or because of the colors, or is it the blue taming the red and yellow, I don’t know. It is a peaceful painting.

Oil on canvas, gallery-wrapped (painting extends back through the edges), 30″ x 40″ 1-1/2″ deep. Two coats archival Gamvar varnish (gloss).

details

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— spence

artist@spencemunsinger.com
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painting: canyons

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I painted some early paintings in watercolors. Pencil sketch on textured watercolor paper, strathmore heavy duty, fairly small stuff – perhaps 8-1/2″ x 11 or 11″ x 17″. I would vidualize the painting, sketch it out, color and line it, at a single stretch of time.

The portfolio that held these was water-damaged in a storage shed in California after an earthquake. Somewhere along the line what was salvaged was set aside and lost

Canyons started out as a drawing in memory of a desert scene I had painted in watercolor and lost. Since the medium was oils, the painting evolved away from that, though the colors and the shading echo what I remember of those paintings.

Oil has more depth and translucency, just a very intense color. Even at brightest, the watercolors couldn’t hit these saturations.


details

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— spence

artist@spencemunsinger.com
spencemunsinger.com