Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
EMERGING large oil on canvas deer in autumn forest painting
Emerging is a large oil on canvas deer in autumn forest painting 40x4x1.5 inches with a stag and doe in an autumn forest in art nouveau, impasto, semi abstract style. A large deer stag stands on the left in the foreground looking imperiously at us as stags do, and a doe stands behind him ready to run. Behind them is a forest of pine and birch trees with thick white light hinted at coming through the trees which halo around the deer To the right is the edge of a forest that is morphing into a curtain. I love the idea of stepping out of forests into other worlds entirely and feel that may be what is happening here. I have deliberately left it ambiguous as to what is occurring and I have abstracted the painting by being very detailed in some parts of it and leaving it alone other parts. This better inspires the imagination. As a child I loved (and still do) fairy stories. There is one here I thinkâ¦ Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame necessary.
The Guide is a 30x30x1.5 inches oil painting on canvas in of a stag in an enchanted forest with Celtic legend echoes. The painting style is abstract art nouveau. The stag stands in a doorway between this realm and another and looks back to see if anyone is following. The doorway which was woven tightly closed has been loosened and the light of a new possibilities beckon beyond it. It is a painting about hope and is dedicated to those who wish to know more about life and are not afraid to keep their minds open and look rather than just accept everything their are told to believe. The colours range from purples to pinks to yellows and gold. Although the back ground is abstract, you can still see this is a forest and the stag knows something we don't. Deer are thought of as spiritual guides in many cultures. This one is no different. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
Elusive-2 - a large original oil on canvas of an autumn forest clearin
Elusive-2 is a 36x48 inches large original oil on canvas of an autumn forest clearing with deer. The painting shows a stag and a doe blinking in and out of existence in a clearing in an autumn forest. The trees lead you into the painting and the deer wait in the misty clearing to transport you elsewhere. Deer are seen as messengers or spirit guides in many cultures and I do find them ethereal and very beautiful. I have no idea how people can shoot them. This painting is another in another in a series of large forest landscape deer paintings that are a tribute to the beautiful landscapes of Sussex, especially around the Ashdown Forest and the elusive deer that inhabit them. Deer have a magical way of appearing and then vanishing in the blink of an eye. It always takes my breath away when I come across them in a forest. This painting is atmospheric, abstract, art nouveau, expressionist, in style. It has deep edges, white, and is ready to hang.
Equine Dreaming - large abstract oil painting in red and black with tw
Equine Dreaming is 44x54 inches large, framed red painting of two black Arabian horses, abstract style, in a poppy field. This painting was originally painted to show me as a little girl in a poppy field dreaming of the two horses I would one day own. Unfortunately I grew up allergic to horses so this never happened. Instead, I painted them. Recently I made the painting more abstract and added a red background. You can still see a suggestion of poppies and green fields, hills and trees beyond the two back horses and you can still see a little girl in a yellow dress picking poppies and dreaming of horses. I chose red simply because it works well with black and is the complement to green which was the original background colour. The painting is framed in a metallic burnished copper and silver frame, two inches wide and 1.5 inches deep. The shine works beautifully with the shine of the two horses and the radiant red background
Between Worlds is a large oil painting of a stag and three deer in a S
Between Worlds is 48x48x1.5 inches art nouveau style large oil painting of a stag and three deer in a Sussex bluebell wood with a lake and trees behind. This painting was inspired by walking through a lot of spring woods and spotting a lot of deer in them - especially during April and May in England. It is called between the worlds as the deer sometimes seem to me to stand between the physical and the material worlds. A group of white deer and a stag stand to the left in a woodland glade blinking in and out of existence. The colours match bluebells and other woodland flowers and the trees are bright green as they are in springtime. To the right there is a lake in the clearing and the hint of another path through the forest beyond. The idea I was trying to capture is the elusive nature of deer and of bluebell season. One minute deer are there watching you, the next they flash their white behind's at you and disappear. I love to see the seasons reflected in English woodland and like to capture a glimpse of April in particular. This is a very large canvas and does not need a frame. The edges are white and it is ready to hang.
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.
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.