Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Layers of Autumn
Layers of Autumn is a large square oil painting of a woodland autumn path with a deer stag materialising out of it. It is 48x48x1.5 inches, deep edges, no frame needed and ready to hang. The painting shows a view down an autumn path and is painted in a contemporary, slightly art nouveau style. It has many overlapping layers and transparent veils that make it look as if reality is shifting. There are shafts of sunlight through vibrant coloured leaves which overlap vertical lines and make a slightly geometric composition. The white stag is painted in thick paint but remains a little mystical as he is not fully formed. Autumn paths through woodland are usually inspiring. This one is actually based on one that used to be an old railway line from East Grinstead to Groombridge where it is common to see deer through the gaps in the trees and is always a treat
A Spiral of Crows
A Spiral of Crows is a painting of Sussex winter landscape with a spiral of crows leading into the distance of a woodland path. It is 30x30x1.5 inches and was painted after a walk I took around Standen area near East Grinstead one November. It is painted in an expressionist style and in very thick impasto paint.I have a great affection for crows and ravens who I am convinced monitor me when I am walking and report back to each other. The spiral in this painting possibly leads to another dimension. I like to think so. The colours of this painting are very much England in winter colours and I am pleased with this as I am always trying to capture moments of time with these paintings. The location if you want to walk around here is: RH19 4NE. It is painted on deep edge canvas, 30x30x1.5 inches, white edges, ready to hang.
Summer Calls is a 16x40x1.5 inches wide panoramic oil on canvas painting of a summer landscape with swallows with an abundance of wildflowers which makes the colours rainbow and very vibrant. This painting represents a fond memory of last summer in the fields near where I live in Forest Row. There is a shallow valley of mostly farmland which attracts swallows each summer and I really enjoy watching them wheeling up and down of over the corn fields which have wildflowers growing at the edges. It has been painted as part of a series of four landscapes about the seasons.
Spring Calls is a 16x40x1.5 inches wide panoramic oil on canvas painting of a spring landscape with magpies. It is a semi abstract painting showing two magpies flying over a lake and the marshy wildflower meadows that surround it. The main colours are pink and green and it was inspired by a walk I took around Bewl Water lake in East Sussex last summer. There is a marshy part of the lake where pink flowers bloom and lots of green moss and reeds grow. This is my impression of that day. It has been painted as part of a series of four landscapes about the seasons.
The Arrival is a 16x40x1.5 inches wide panoramic oil on canvas painting of a spotted male fallow deer running across a semi abstract forest landscape. There are trees behind him and a tree tunnel towards the middle. The stag looks as though he has just touched down and is running to avoid toppling over. He is intent of arriving somewhere. The colours are predominantly orange and green which gives a golden autumn landscape feel to the scene. On deep edge canvas, no frame needed.
Out of the Ether
Out of the Ether is a painting of a white egret in flight below a full moon seen through a screen of purple. It is 30x30x1.5 inches. The white egret is a beautiful ethereal bird and is seen here flying over a lake at sunset. Above her is a soft full moon and both she and the moon are reflected in the misty lake beneath her which may have a layer of ice on it. The colours are sunset colours â gold, orange, magenta and purple and a purple glaze has been applied over it. Some was then wiped away to reveal parts of the painting so that you get the impression of it not being quite of this world â hence the title. In the foreground are some spindly twigs and trees which are reminiscent of a winter landscape. The inspiration for this painting was the many winter walks I have taken in Sussex woodland and around areas of ancient millponds where I often see storks and egrets. I find them magical birds and wonder how they manage to stay so white in a muddy English pond. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
A Moment in Summer
A Moment in Summer is a large brightly coloured oil painting of a Sussex countryside landscape. It is 36x48x1.5 inches. The painting shows a view through trees across a river to wild flowers and a meadow. There is the suggestion of pink riverbank flowers in the foreground and a field of hay on the opposite bank. It is painted in a loose, semi abstract style which fits with the idea of summer in England being a beautiful but fleeting thing. It has the quality of looking like it is just forming as the edges are blurred whilst the paint towards the centre is thicker and more defined. It is an example of the style of painting I call âmemory impressionismâ as it is painted largely from my memory of that day rather than from photographs of an exact spot. The inspiration for this painting was a walk I took along the bank of the river Rother near Bodiam heading towards the hamlet of Salehurst last summer. (Park at Bodiam TN32 5UB and follow the river west). Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
Somewhere Waiting is a large semi abstract square oil painting of a mythical landscape with deer (40x40x1.5 inches). The stag and three female deer, stand at the centre of the painting and there is a hint of a waterfall below them and trees and mountains above and around them. The deer are small and well defined though slightly nebulous at the same time. I often use this same little posse of deer in my paintings as they seem perfect together. Below the deer, if you look closely, you can see the outline of a much bigger stag who was painted over and has now become part of the waterfall. The painting began with a simple desire to use the colours in it which include magenta, rose, purple, lilac, pale blue, white and golden yellow. The painting worked well as an abstract landscape but I feel it is better with the little deer adding some focus to it. Most of my paintings have a story or memory attached. This one is about the spiritual nature of deer and the idea that maybe they can move between worlds and can act as guides. This idea is common to many cultures and I like it. This painting is on 3D, deep edge canvas, edges white, ready to hang, frame not needed.
Seven Stags Appearing
Seven Stags Appearing is a very large oil painting of seven ethereal fallow deer stags in a bluebell forest. It is 36x60x1.5 inches on deep edge canvas and is ready to hang. The painting zooms the viewer into a springtime bluebell wood from dark blue edges into a clearing where seven stags are materializing. The stags appear and disappear fast in British woodland as do bluebells. In fact, spring is over way too fast and thus has a fairy tale feeling about it. As a keen walker I am poised every year for the first bluebells and when not actually trawling around in woodland can be found painting my memories of the woodland I have been trawling around in. This particular woodland was inspired by the many pockets of woodland around the Cowden area and the fallow deer I see at the same time (park near the church and head in any direction! TN8 7JE). The stags themselves are a magic number seven and one of them is white. The bluebell flowers are not botanical studies but the colours themselves suggest them as I am fond of things that are not abstract and not too traditional either. This painting says what I wanted to say about the transient nature of spring in an English woodland and the magic that is there if you care to look for itâ¦
October Glows is a wet into wet oil painting of an autumn path with autumn colours in semi-abstract style. It is 30x30x1.5 inches. This painting was painted after a walk I took near Glyndebourne in East Sussex. It was a beautiful clear autumn day and the path was lined with trees glowing yellow, red, purple and green in the low autumn sun. This path led up to a steeper path that eventually goes to the top of the South Downs. I tried to capture my impression of the place in an abstract, possibly expressionist style using very thick wet oil paint and I worked into (wet into wet) over the course of two days. I wanted to capture the low angle of the sun and the impression of the light through the leaves picking out glimpses of ivy on the ancient trees, ferns and leaves in autumn golds and greens. I was very pleased with the result as it gives a satisfying flavour of the scene and how I felt being there rather than trying to be traditionally realistic. I love paths such as these as I always imagine something fantastic being about to be discovered just around the corner. Sometimes I am rewarded with a glimpse of a deer or fox but usually a view through trees to another world keeps me very happy. Painting on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.