Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Summer Time-warp - a green landscape painting
30 x 30 x 1.5 inches semi abstract green painting of a lake, trees, pink wildflowers and a red bird. This painting gives an impression of a lake glittering through trees in summer with willowy pink and red flowers in front of us in the foreground. It shimmers and blurs and is is abstract but also very obvious in what it depicts. A red cardinal bird flies across the scene making a perfect contrast to the green of the landscape. It was inspired by a walk I had around Bewl lake in Kent. It is an impression of a perfect summer day. It is green and luscious and full of possibilities that are impressionistic and expressionistic and a little art nouveau. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Spirits of Winter
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large contemporary landscape painting of two deer in a snowy birch tree forest. It is painted in semi abstract, art nouveau style with realistic deer contrasting against the abstract landscape. The trees are loosely based on aspen or birch trees and the perspective is arranged to make the deer look as if they both have their own path into the woods. They are arranged almost as a mirror image of each-other because to me that looks balanced. The paint is very thick in places and patterns can be seen forming in the snow if you look closely at it. It was inspired by a trip the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey where there are herds of of roe and red deer including a white stag. I always find deer enchanting and ethereal and in winter they are even more so as they can be spotted more easily than usual against the pristine white snow. However they can still vanish in the blink of an eye and mange to retain their mystery. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
original oil painting - Making it Real
30 x 40 x 1.5 inches semi abstract landscape on canvas of a desire being made real. This is an unusual painting for me in that it took a few years to complete. It was inspired by a desire I have to live in Switzerland - a beautiful country as I found out when I was 20. I fondly recall sitting on the side of a mountain in Interlaken in a field of wild flowers and buttercups and looking down on a glittering blue lake with an ancient wooden church below me and cow bells tinkling beside a waterfall. It was a complete Sound of Music moment and I have not forgotten it. This painting is my attempt to make it real. It is painted in thick textured paint and is multi layered. The purple and green dark colours of the canvas represents the view through dark pine trees that obscures most of the landscape but allows tantalizing glimpses of a lake, mountains, forests, a church and the wildflowers. There are several little cameos showing different aspects of the scene, each one of which goes from fairly realistic to just abstract spots and lines towards the edge of the canvas. The red lines are branches but also look like veins and the dark patches are acting as barriers to the perfect vista as they emotional as well as physical. In summary this is a painting about wanting something and trying to make it real through intention and by simply continuing to create it until it begins to happen. This is how anything is achieved isn't it?...
30 x 30 x 1.5 inches semi abstract landscape with a female deer in pale yellow, white, amethyst and peach. A beautiful deer stands pensively gazing off to the left of the painting in the middle of an abstract landscape. There is the hint of trees and a moon or sun behind her and even the suggestion of water and forests. I was trying for something that looked like a forest but deliberately did not paint trees as I usually do as I wanted to keep the painting all about the deer. It is totally beyond me how anyone can shoot one of these. I hope anyone seeing this may think again. The painting style is abstract, art nouveau and the paint is thick and blended giving it both a smooth and rough texture Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
White Hart Song large art nouveau landscape with white deer
40 x 40 x 1.5 large original painting on canvas of two white deer in an enchanted landscape. The white hart stands looking up at a white female deer who in turn stands staring at the viewer. We have interrupted their serenading and she is not happy. The style of the painting is art nouveau, semi abstract and hints at autumn trees, a lake or waterfall and is both delicate and bold in the brush strokes used. The albino stag can be found in the British wildlife centre in where I stalked him for a few hours to sketch and photograph him. Deer are quite ethereal and a white deer even more so. The inspiration for the painting was simply to paint some white deer and give them a place to play. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Almost There... A very large forest path painting in oil on canvas
55 x 55 x 2 inches very large oil painting on canvas of a dark dark forest path. The outer parts of the painting are very dark greens, blues and purples but as you walk the path towards the way out of the woods it becomes brighter with greens, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and blues and bright whites. To the left of the exit a very small stag can be seen leading the way. He is the only life form in the painting which I painted to be deliberately slightly scary but at the same time promising escape. Deer are traditionally spirit guides so it is fitting he is the one leading us out. This a very large painting and will create real impact in a large space. It has taken me months of layering to create this artwork. The paint is thick and very textured which definitely adds to the menacing darkness of the trees whilst the contrast against the bright colours adds the hope. I think most people are looking for answers to things. This painting is my attempt to put them there - or at least the hope that they will arrive where they need to be eventually. Painted on deep edge canvas - dark edges, no frame needed.
Gloriously Free Under the Sea
A 40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a purple and yellow tang tropical fish under a clear aqua and blue sea. The water is crystal clear and turquoise green and blue as a Caribbean tropical ocean is. The purple tang swims intent on his destination and around him is a large sea bed of rainbow sand and flicking light that recedes back into the distance until it fades out. The surface of the water and waves above are sparkling and reflecting fleeting bright light patterns on the sea bed. I like to paint single fish in bag ocean spaces as it give you a sense of space and peace to look at it and is also meant to empower those who feel they are flying solo. It is good to go your own way and stick to your dreams - especially to those in the arts... Edges are white, no frame needed.
Timeless Meadow - An English Meadow in June
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original semi abstract oil painting of a Meadow in June in England. The painting gives a view across a hazy green field full of wildflowers. There are trees to the left through which you can see the hint of a lake and a suggestion of marsh flowers and a stream. Silver birch saplings can been seen further down the field. The flowers are pink and purple like foxgloves and there is a shimmering effect caused by thick vertical paint ridges. I have been walking around Mayfield and Wadhurst and this is my memory impression of the beautiful meadow's around those towns and the slightly dull but hot summer day's that we experience alot in England. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Golden Forest Hidden Unicorn - LARGE ORIGINAL Oil Painting by Gill Bus
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract landscape painting of a magical golden tinged forest. This painting is art nouveau and abstract in style and shows a view though trees to the light behind them. The trees are golden, green, lilac and wine coloured. Hidden between two of them is a small white horse who looks back over her shoulder at us, wondering if we will follow. I walk alot in forests and they fascinate me as they scare me but intrigue me at the same time. There is a different atmosphere in any forest or woodland you enter and I often feel I am being watched in them. Probably because I am. Usually by deer or birds but sometimes perhaps by something more magical. The painting was made with thick and blended paint and was glazed with golden yellow once dry to give the effect of sunlight. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Abstract Summer - a summer wildflower impression
30 x 30 x 1.5 inches semi abstract landscape oil painting of a wildflower meadow. The colours are unrestrained and the painting hints at sinuous flowers and grasses with trees and a woodland behind them. This painting is my memory impression of the corner of a meadow in the sunshine. I never fail to be impressed by the colours and scents and feel of wildflowers and spend many happy hours wandering through fields like this. I tried to capture that blurred look you get when you take your glasses off and look at such a scene. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.