Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Green Forest Calling - A large green painting of a path through a gree
Green Forest Calling is a 30x40x1.5 inches tall green painting of a path through a green forest in Sussex in springtime. It was painted after a walk I took near Hartfield in late May. The bluebells were still out and the trees were bright green lush in every shade from yellow, to gold to emerald green. This particular patch of forest has very tall trees but well spaced so it is very like walking through a cathedral with stained glass green windows. The way out of the wood looked bright white as a field of white cow parsley was just beyond it and that added to the magic quality of the walk. I am often nervous in woods and forests as I get lost very easily and because some of them have a scary atmosphere. This wood though, is a favourite of mine as it is welcoming and it likes me. I imagine the spirits of this forest are kind ones. The painting is semi abstract in style and is on wide edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang on the wall.
Spirit of May
Spirit of May is 40x40x1.5 inches art nouveau contemporary landscape painting of a white spectral deer in a wildflower meadow. The painting was made after a walk near Wadhurst in Sussex and shows a very colourful array of wildflowers in an abstract, art nouveau, expressionist style. It shows a path view through a meadow in May leading towards hazy summer trees in the background. A transparent white deer stands in the foreground blending into his landscape as deer tend to do in real life. The intention I had on painting this landscape was to capture my impression of a beautiful area of Sussex and a beautiful season. I am always thrilled by the sights and scents of England in May and I try to share these moments in my paintings. Although this has many colours in it, the painting is still mostly green with overlapping veils and colours that hint of how fleeting the month of May is. It is painted on wide edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Summer Meadow with Swallows contemporary landscape painting
Summer Meadow with Swallows is a 30x30x1.5 inches oil on canvas of a wildflower filled summer meadow with two swallows dancing over it. This painting is semi abstract, art nouveau and expressionist in style and was my valiant attempt to the capture a moment last August when I was in a meadow near Lingfield in Surrey. There was an abundance of colours in the wildflowers, perfumes given out by the flora and fauna, the buzzing and whine of insects and constant jubilant birdsong. Swallows were flying over and around me very quickly and as I tried to focus on the birds, the flowers and trees and grasses in the fields and meadows beyond them slid out of focus as the painting itself reflects to some degree. It gave me a totally timeless feeling and I really wanted to catch and immortalize this particular moment
Song of April - a large abstract landscape painting of a Sussex river
Song of April is a 36x48x1.5 inches large original oil painting on canvas of a spring inspired abstract landscape. This painting was made in April in England after a wander through fields and hills in Sussex when the pink and white blossom was out and the bluebells were blooming in the woodland and forests. It was a hot day and I came across a young Roe deer watching me from the other side of the Rother river bank near Bodiam castle. My eyesight is blurry and that makes it easier for me to paint in a slightly impressionistic style. This painting reflects my memory of this lovely day with the pinks, lilacs, greens, yellows and whites of trees and wildflowers I saw walking along the river. April is my favourite month as it seems to be the one most full of the energy of nature. You can feel the birds and animals and plants and trees all busily enjoying spring. The painting shows a glimpse from under trees on the left across a small river that leads towards hazy trees further along the valley. In the centre on the opposite bank is a small deer delicately nosing around in the flowers as she did just before she spotted me... Dedicated to all fellow walkers and lovers of the UK countryside. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
The Discovery - a woodland wildflower abstract
The Discovery is a 30x40x1.5 inches semi abstract original landscape oil painting of a bluebell glade in a woodland in spring. It was inspired by April in England which is simply the best month of the year as it is when nature, birds, trees, insects and plants are going bonkers in their enthusiasm to reproduce. The painting is semi abstract in style and shows a glimpse of a pond in a a slightly hazy woodland glade. The colours are pinks, lilacs, greens and blues and look like the impression you get when you are in a bluebell wood with your glasses off - blurry and mysterious and magical. I live in Sussex which used to be one massive forest and all over it, it still had thousands of pockets of trees and woods that are ancient and varied in character. All are different in atmosphere though and this adds to their fascination. I love to walk in such places and I try to capture the thrill it gives me and pass in on via a painting. This one says what I want it to very well I think and I hope it inspires others to go walk wherever they are. Listen to birds, watch some nature, smell some flowers and see if life does not then look a whole lot better :-) White edges, deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Escape to the Blue Sea - a large seascape oil painting
Escape to the Blue Sea is a 36x48x1.5 inches large original expressionist seascape painting of a beach and a blue sea with mountains beyond. The colours are blues, lilacs and white and the scene shows a small female figure standing at the edge of the white surf as a wave breaks on the beach from a calm sea. She looks out over the blue and turquoise ocean towards the low purple hills across the bay wondering whether to take the plunge or not. My aim in painting this was to limit my usually very bright colour palette to just a few colours as I wanted the scene to be relaxing and contemplative. The sky above has a few clouds scudding around which gives a slightly brooding aspect as if the calm may end soon. Perhaps that is why the lady on the beach hesitates before swimming. I think the sea speaks to all of us and I often paint seascapes in order to have bit of a reminder of that holiday feeling you get when looking out over an ocean. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
The Adventurer Under the Sea
The adventurer under the sea is a 40x40x1.5 inches oil painting of under the ocean with a single threadfin butterfly fish. The fish is very small in the big blue sea and is very intent of his purpose. He is solo and is he free. Above him his yellows and purples are reflected in the surface of the water. Light sparkles and shines through the turquoise waves and ripple along the bottom of the rainbow coloured ocean sand. This painting as another in a series of seascapes inspired by a Caribbean holiday spent mostly face down in the sea snorkeling. But it is also about the feeling of freedom and space that I love so much about the sea. It is dedicated to anyone starting on a new course in life. Painting on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.
The Promise - an abstract woodland glade
The Promise is a 40x40x1.5 inches large woodland bluebell abstract oil painting on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang. The style is expressionist and abstract and was made using both blending techniques and thick impasto paint to give the impression of the colours and shapes of a forest clearing with bluebells and light through the trees behind them. The colours are muted blues, lilacs, greens and pinks and represent a memory impression of mine of bluebell woods in Sussex in Springtime. As with many of my woodland path and clearing paintings, there is a hint of the possibility of revelation and magic. That is because woodland walks always give me the feeling that magic exists and that I may find exactly what I want just around the next bend. Oil paint has the lovely quality of reflecting different textures and hues as the sun moves around the room. This one is no different and seems to act like a real woodland glade in April as the light changes and even though it is not 'realistic' as such, it nevertheless gives a definite feeling of the beautiful fleeting moment in Spring when bluebells flood the woodlands of England.
Spring Waits - a large woodland abstract with bluebells, lakes and tre
Spring Waits is 40x40x1.5 inches large oil painting of a woodland clearing in the bluebell season. It is semi abstract and slightly art nouveau in style and has been painted so that some of it is blurred looking and some is sharp. Shapes are hinted at but are not traditionally painted so it looks abstract and yet is very realistic. It was very simply inspired by English spring woodlands in April in the Sussex and Kent area where I regularly walk. You can find thousands of patches of woodland and forests which become most magical when the bluebells and other wildflowers come out. There is tantalizing scent in the air and a wonderful sense of nature in anticipation added to by the first butterflies and bird song and glimpses of deer, foxes and squirrels. What I tried to capture in this painting is the quiet determination of nature to do as it has always done regardless and oblivious to whatever madness the world is dramatizing. If all this painting does is encourage people to go walk in the country somewhere then I am happy. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
The Ravens Quest - ravens in semi abstract winter landscape
The Ravens Quest is a 40x40 inches large original oil painting on canvas of ravens flying high above a Sussex winter landscape intent on a quest. The style is slightly playful, semi abstract with lots of interesting shapes and bright art nouveau type colours. I often walk around in fields between Forest Row, and Hartfield, in Sussex, and there is a large rookery I often pass which fascinates me and inspired this painting. Ravens, crows and birds generally are the background sound many of us hear all the time but often do not register it as we blank it out - as we do traffic noise. However I can't help wondering what these intelligent birds are saying. Another influence to this painting was a story I saw in the news recently about a girl who receives gifts from crows when she feeds them. I am sure there is more to ravens and crows than we so far know and this is why this painting has a slightly mystical, fairy story narrative to it. I don't know what the ravens quest is but I am sure they have one! This painting is dedicated to birds - my life is better for them - and their continuous background chatter and song - I hear the Elbow song 'The Birds' as I look at it :-) Painted is on deep edge canvas with white edges and is ready to hang.