Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
The Owls Secret Garden
The Owls Secret Garden is a 48x48x1.5 inches very large oil painting on canvas of a secret garden with wild flowers and a white barn owl flying over a sparkling green lake. It is semi abstract in style and was made by building up many layers of colour and then blurring them with a soft brush to make the paint thick and vibrant and quite intense. It was inspired by a walk I took around some fishing lakes near the Edenbridge area during 2020 lockdown. It was a place normally quite busy but was instead deserted except for birds and animals who had taken over. The green lakes and ponds had wild flowers growing at the edges and these included some sweet peas and wild roses which the flowers are loosely based on. There were shafts of sunlight coming through the woodland and trees around the lakes making the water sparkle. It looked and felt like a secret garden and that feeling is what I tried to capture. The owl was not there but I felt she should have been so I painted her anyway. This is a large canvas and due to the techniques I use there are brush hairs in the paint as well the odd dandelion spore and other summer dust motes which floated in through the attic window as I painted. I personally like this as it captures and holds a bit of summer within the paint forever. The edges of the canvas are white and it is ready to hang.
Blue Sea Angels Ride Again
Blue Sea Angels Ride Again is a 40x40x1.5 inches large blue seascape painting with three Queen Angel Fish under the sea. The style is fairly realistic and is very much inspired by former Caribbean holidays. The water is clear and blue and turquoise on the surface of the waves where the light sparkles though it onto the sandy bottom of the sea. Light patterns flicker across the fish and the small stand of pink coral behind them. The water is darker blue where it is deepest. Tropical fish rarely swim in formation like this but it would be nice if they did. Like all the fish I paint, they are intent on getting somewhere and have lots of space to travel in. I paint these scenes as they allow the viewer a sense of space and remind us of holidays and things to dream of once the virus situation is over. There is something about a blue sea that appeals to everyone I think. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
Horse Metamorphosis - a large contemporary red oil painting of beautif
Horse Metamorphosis is a 31.5 x 47x.0.5 inches large contemporary red oil painting of beautiful gold Arabian horse against an abstract bright red background. The golden horse dances in the foreground inside a dark forest with mottled light falling in patches on the path out towards the clearing. The path leads out of the woods and into a glowing summer wildflower meadow. Veils of transparent bright red hang over the scene as the horse begins to emerge from that world into a different one. The painting was started years ago simply to reflect the happiness I get when looking at a beautiful horse but become something more when the red veils were added which gives it a real presence. The original message of the painting was that there is more to life than hiding in the dark. I think now the message is more that there are other realities and that is worth exploring them. It is painted on thin edged canvas painted red, ready to hang.
White Tiger White World
White Tiger White World is a 30x30x1.5 inches original oil painting on canvas of a blue eyed white tiger in a white winter treetops landscape. The paint is thickly applied and very tactile. The tiger is slowly climbing a branch up into the treetops and is looking out over the branches to something beyond. This is another in a series of paintings where I am placing tiger's in safe places where mankind and his ignorance cannot get at them. A painting is a small universe and often has its own life. I like to think that the more tigers I place beyond harm, the better off they will be in 'real' life! The painting is ready to hang, white edges, 3D style, no frame needed, comes with certificate of authenticity. Video: https://youtu.be/CLSFHU0UpGo
Escape to the Big Blue Sea
Escape to the Big Blue Sea is a large blue under the sea oil painting with three fish swimming in formation. The fish are angel fish and they travel across a wide blue expanse of ocean beneath the turquoise rippling surface of the water which catches the light in small white sparkles. Below them you can see the light patterns on the rainbow coloured sand and in the distance a hint of coral reef. The idea behind this particular painting was prompted by the Corona virus lockdown which has left most of the world feeling a bit trapped. The three fish are freshwater fish and so have no business being in an ocean. However, one of the things I most like about painting is that you can alter reality as much as you want to. I have set them free as I hope we will be soon. Dedicated to everyone. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
River Spell is a large colourful contemporary oil painting showing a kingfisher flying along a riverbank in summertime. Along the riverbank semi abstract flowers and a few trees compete for attention. The painting is textured and has an atmosphere of a late summer afternoon. It has been built up of several layers which overlap and make the scene ambiguous. I like the idea of worlds overlapping or being able to move from one universe to another and that is what the kingfisher is doing. She is casting a spell and flickering though veils. This is the third in a kingfisher series of paintings I have painted this year and was inspired by the first real life sighing I had of a kingfisher last summer. I am so used to watching wildlife on Countryfile that I get ridiculously excited when I see it for myself. These are gorgeous little birds and the river Ouse, which I was walking along in Sussex, was also beautiful as were the wildflowers that grow along the edges. This is dedicated to fellow walkers and those who are helping our wildlife and landscapes to thrive. It is 36x48x1.5 inches, is on white deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Angel Escapes to the Sea
Angel Escapes to the Sea is another in a series of big vibrant blue underwater paintings of fish in a blue ocean. This particular fish is a golden angel fish and was painted using gold and pearlescent paints to make her sparkle. Angle fish like this would not really be found in the ocean but I liked the idea of her escaping and being free - hence the title. It is a painting about having lots of space and freedom and being happy in solitude. It seemed fitting to paint it during the Corvid 19 lock down so I can escape myself a bit - plus anyone else who wants to! The painting is mostly blue and turquoise and focuses on the sparkling waves at the top and the light patterns made on the sandy bottom of the sea by the light that bounces off them. It tries to capture that lovely holiday feeling you get in the sea on sunny days. Dedicated to anyone who would like a bit of freedom right now. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed. Video: https://youtu.be/6qcqoLUY3Qk
Glimpse of April
Glimpse of April is a semi abstract oil painting inspired by spring blossom and deer. The inspiration behind it was simply to try and capture that brief moment in April in England when the pink blossom trees bloom. I had been walking around the Knole Park area of Sevenoaks in Kent where a large herd of fallow deer live in the grounds of a stately home. One young deer stood under a blossom tree and flashed her white bottom at me before disappearing into the woods. I liked the fairy tale quality of it and although the painting is a little experimental it does give me a glimpse of that moment â hence the title. It is 30x30x1.5 inches on deep edge canvas (so frame not needed), edges white.
Out of the Forest
Out of the Forest is a large oil painting, 36x48x1.5 inches, of a view through the trees of the Ashdown Forest in Sussex to the heathland and fields beyond. It was inspired by the fact that I live very close to the forest and often walk there. The reality of this painting is a little strange. I wanted it to contrast being ârealisticâ as well a little abstract and have therefore experimented by adding extra shapes and layers and hinting at other things but without losing the overall feeling of a warm golden space under the pine trees contrasted against the colder colours, blues and green of the landscape beyond. To the right of the painting a small deer stag can be seen looking back at us. He is quite well hidden. As a regular walker, I am fascinated by how much landscapes change at different times of day and in different seasons and wanted to try and capture this ever changing reality. I also enjoy spotting the deer who are always there but are clever at hiding. I like the ambiguousness of this painting. It is inviting and yet odd and I find it much more interesting than a traditional landscape painting. It feels like a place that may have a portal to some other universeâ¦ White edges, does not need a frame, ready to hang.
Realm of the Ravens
Realm of the Ravens is a 40x40x1.5 inches large oil painting of a flock of ravens in flight against a golden sunset behind winter trees. The background is blurred, semi abstract and slightly magical, whilst the ravens are carefully painted in the foreground to give a feeling of depth. The ravens flap and caw as ravens do and although they have a woodland behind them, they are also moving into another realm through the hint of veils which they pass through. One of the ravens is white and the rest reflect the colours that you can see in black ravens of blues, greens and deep violets. Ravens fascinate me as they follow you and report to each other when you are in their territory. A collection of ravens is apparently called a âconspiracyâ which seems apt sometimes especially as they seem to laugh at the antics of mammals and humans. The inspiration for this painting is the winter woodland I see around Sussex and the ravens themselves who definitely know something I donât about the landscapes I walk in. The painting has white edges, is ready to hang, no frame needed