Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Going Elsewhere - a winter landscape with crows
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract original oil painting of a winter landscape. Two crows fly high above the winter trees and the rookery below them. Through the trees can be seen frosty fields, a river, hills and maybe the sea or a lake beyond. The trees have the suggestion of magnolia or other pink blossom on them. The crows are not quite of this world and the entire landscape shimmers and seems to dissolve slightly as you look at it. It was painted after walking along the South Downs near Kingston. Crows are constant companions when you walk in England. Almost as if they are keeping an eye on you. I am fond of them but also find them quite mysterious. It would not surprise me if they can flip from one dimension to another - hence the title of the painting. Deep edge canvas, edges white, frame not needed.
Free Under The Sea - A Large Underwater Seascape With Fish
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of two thread fin butterfly fish in a tropical sea. The two fish are swimming along in their under water paradise intent on a destination we can't see. The sand below them is in rainbow shades with light patterns dancing across them. The waves at the surface of the clear blue and turquoise water above them ripple in constant motion. This is another in a series of big seascapes with fish that I am fond of painting as they take me back to happy snorkling moments. I am in total awe of under water reefs and fish - it is like swimming in art and I can't leave it alone. On wide edge canvas, edges white, frame unnecessary.
A Beautiful Truth - an abstract Winter landscape with swallows
A large 48 x 36 x 1.5 inches original oil painting on canvas of a winter landscape. It is semi-abstract in style and painted in hues of violet, pink, orange and yellow. Two swallows fly over a a shimmering, misty lake. The refection of the rising sun can be seen through the trees and in the water. It was inspired by a walk I took in December near Ardingly in Sussex. I was trying to show that, although not as colourful as the other seasons, winter can be very beautiful and that nature and the seasons go relentlessly though their cycles regardless of what humans are doing and that a good way to stay sane is simply to walk and observe this. Nature is endlessly fascinating.
Where Magic Lives...
A very large 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches original oil painting on canvas of a deer in a Scottish style landscape. A deer stag has appeared in a warm coloured forest with willowy birch and pine trees around him. He stands on a slope and off in the distance is the hint of a lake and hills and misty trees. I deliberately blended the background to blur it and the effect is is the same as you get if you are short sighted and take your glasses off. I like this effect as it you see more possibilities rather than less. I played around with contrasting a precise composition against complete random elements. The result is a shimmering place I hope I find one day. I suspect I need to go up past Edinburgh to find it... Edges white, no frame needed.
A New Perspective - sunset seascape painting
A 40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a sunset over the sea. A woman sits on a rock in the foreground and watches the waves moving in. Below her, white lacy patterns are formed by the water as it swirls over and around the rocks near the shore. The sun is low in the sky and its colours are reflected in the glittering sea. The woman is brave. She is remembering something she needs to remember and is making decisions that will change the future. This painting draws on the observations made during many hours spent on Brighton beach as an art student bunking off from work as the sea was much more interesting. Edges are white with a hint of yellow. No frame needed
Soul of Winter - a snowy forest with a albino deer
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a winter landscape with birch trees and deer. It is semi abstract in style. A white albino deer stag stands regarding us from behind the colourful birch trees. Behind him in the distance is the suggestion of a frozen stream and a low winter sun casting blue shadows through the trees. The stag is pink and white and well camouflaged against the snow behind him making him appear more fabian than deer usually do. I painted this because the colours of the English landscape in December are quite muted and dull compared to the other seasons. I wanted to see what would happen if I artistic licensed the colors a bit and am happy with the result especially the touches of bright pink on the trees. Oil on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed
Ushers of the Night - a landscape with ravens
A very large 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches original oil landscape painting on canvas. It is colourful, semi abstract and expressionist in style. Among the trees and a setting sun, three ravens are flying. They are the watchers in the woods. What I wanted to capture in this painting was that fleeting moment when the trees and sky and ravens all begin merging into one just before going dark. The painting was inspired by the ravens in a rookery near where I live. I often walk through their little patch of forest and feel they are watching and commenting on my progress - not in a sinister way but simply in their capacity as observers. In folklore they are often depicted as messengers for spirits or ushers to other realms and I can see how that came about. Painted in thick glossy paint on deep edge canvas, edges white, no frame necessary.
The Angel Queens Ride Out - a large underwater seascape
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of an underwater seascape with tropical fish. The three colourful fish are called 'angel queens' and they glide across the sandy seabed in perfect unison. The sand reflects the pale pink, lilac, yellow and peach colours that are mirrored in the fish. The surface of the water above the fish is blue, green and turquoise and shimmers with sparkling light. Beams of light shine through the clear blue water and make white patterns across the sandy sea floor. The fish are unimpressed. They move together to another destination that only they know about and we can only guess. Painted in a realistic style and inspired by too many happy hours spent face down in a Caribbean sea. It makes me happy to paint this series of underwater paintings as I can relive brilliant holidays as I do it! Edges are white, canvas does not need a frame.
LARGE ORIGINAL Oil Painting - Glorious June - a large oil painting abo
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting about Summer in Sussex, England. Although the painting is semi abstract in style, there are hints of daisies, foxgloves, clover and other wildflowers all swirling in motion towards the sky. It was inspired by a walk I took at the end of May near the South Downs in Sussex. I sat in a meadow like this one and watched the exuberance of the flowers. I am forever awed at how perfect flowers are and yet how short their lives are. The have one cycle - get some sun, pull some bees, release some seeds, die. A fantastic spectacle and one that I really struggled to capture here but eventually feel I have done. The painting was originally much more traditional but it somehow did not capture the enthusiasm of nature that I wanted to express. So I panted over it until I was happy I had caught a little of the essence of a Summer meadow rather than a botanical study. Oil paint on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed
Original Oil Painting - Finding Paradise - a blue bird of paradise in
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a blue bird of paradise in a beautiful warm autumn / fall forest. The bird peers around a tree towards a crossroads of paths that leads through the red and orange trees and out to a clearing in the distance. We can't see beyond that but whatever is there it will be something spectacular. It is painted in an expressionist, art nouveau style in autumn colours with lilac, yellow, pink, orange and red as the main colours but with the blue bird standing out among them in his bright blue plumage. I started painting this with the idea of creating a landscape for the bird to live in. I hope he finds a friend and has babies so that the forest will be full of birds the next time I look at it... Oil on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed