Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
The Peacocks River
The Peacocks River is a large green oil painting (36x60x1.5 inches) of a peacock by a green river in summer. The painting is vibrantly coloured and contemporary art nouveau in style. It is a painting of two universes overlapping. The peacock sits on the left showing us his river through his universe of gold towards the muted greens and lilacâs and blues of the river and a lake in the distance. There are suggestions of flowers and roses and reeds along the river bank and light sparkles on the water. The inspiration for this painting was a walk I took along the river Ouse near Barcombe Mills in the summer of 2020. The peacock is there because I sometimes hear them when walking past the walls and gates of large country properties and they have come mean something magical and exotic and denied to me as a mere commoner so are in the realm of fairy story for me â as is this painting. The post code where I began this walk is BN8 5BP for anyone who wishes to go there! Painted on deep edge canvas, no frame needed.
Forest Elemental is a 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches oil on canvas of a large deer stag materialising in an autumn forest. The style is semi abstract contemporary and is highly colourful. I have used a golden yellow glaze of paint to make it glow. This painting was started after I took a walk around the Kent High Weald area near Ide Hill (postcode TN14 6JW). I did see deer and I did go through some beautifully vibrant patches of woodland that were turning gold and red as part of the autumn display. There was a smell of oak leaves (the best autumn smell!) and lots of dappled golden light. It was quite magical and that is probably why I painted the stag as a magical being rather that a mundane one. The term Elemental means a spirit or guardian that looks after certain places. I like to think this big stag was looking after the ancient trees I was walking past. One of the reasons I paint woodland scenes is that it fascinates me how the atmospheres vary from woodland to woodland. Some are calming and pleasant and some can be downright scary. It is not hard for me, therefore, to imagine some of them have spirit guardians. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed
Celebration is an oil painting 30x48x1.5 inches of some white daises in a summer meadow at the end of a summer evening. The landscape behind the flowers shows a glowing multicoloured field with trees in the background and a golden evening light shines behind them. The daisies are painted in thick generous impasto paint with art nouveau type shapes and patterns. Spots of light or pollen rise up from the centre of the dailies as if rising to the sky. The whole scene is glowing with a golden light that is reminiscent of the last rays of the sun setting in summertime. It is called celebration because flowers mark the seasons very well and summer is time that really feels like a celebration of life. It is Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed, ready to hang
Tiger Soul is a large original oil on canvas painting of a tiger materialising in a golden forest. It is 40x40x1.5 inches on a deep edge canvas which does not need a frame. The ethereal tiger herself is lying along a tree limb and looking back at the viewer in a friendly way. Her head is well defined and sparkles are coming together to form it whilst her body is not yet formed and is transparent like chiffon. To the left is a white moon seen through trees with a golden evening light behind them. The main colours are gold, purple and magenta with plenty of white highlights to represent the light coming through the trees. The inspiration for painting it is a simple one. Tigers are in trouble and here is a world in which one of them at least can exist or not exist at her own choice. Dedicated to all those who are helping to keep this lovely animal alive and thriving.
King Fisher Romance is a large contemporary landscape oil painting of two kingfishers flying along a river. It is 36x60x1.5 inches with white edges, ready to hang. From the right, a female kingfisher flies towards a male who is rising out of the river to meet her. There are trees and golden light emanating through the trees on the opposite bank and lots of wildflowers with sinuous art nouveau style lines and shapes. It is semi abstract and extremely vibrant in colour. The inspiration for the painting was a kingfisher I saw along the riverbank at Fordcombe near Tunbridge Wells this summer. It was only the second one I have seen and it is like seeing a feathered jewel. The river is quite narrow and almost hard to see in places when the summer reeds and flowers line the banks. River walks are a common inspiration for me as they are timeless and quite magical if you find the right places. If you want to see the spot, go to postcode TN3 0SP and walk east along the river
Hares Meadow is a 40x40x1.5 inches oil painting on canvas of a yellow hare beside a meadow of trees and wildflowers. The style is contemporary art nouveau and is very colourful. The hare sits to the left and looks back at us. She is generously showing us a glimpse of her realm with its trees and flowers and possibilities and the idea of veils or curtains being drawn back makes it a little dreamlike. I have only ever seen one hare in real life and I was struck by how beautiful it was whilst at the same time being so strangely awkward. I can totally see why they often feature in fairy tales and legends about magic. The background of the painting has been blended and blurred whilst the foreground paint is thicker with more definite brushstrokes. This adds to the slightly ethereal feeling of it. Like all my artwork, it is a tribute to nature and an invitation to humans to cherish and protect it. It is dedicated to all those who are doing just this. It is painted on wide edge canvas, no frame needed, ready to hang, white edges.
The Harts Cathedral
The Harts Cathedral is a 40x40x1.5 inches contemporary oil painting of a colourful woodland path with a stag at the centre. The stag stands at the exit of the path just as you come out of the trees and he knows what is on the outside of the forest. You can decide what you want to see there and it will be there. This is another in a series of deer and forest path paintings I have made simply because I love to glimpse animals and fields and other little cameos of nature when walking in woodland. I do get a little nervous when in among the trees too, especially when I am lost or it is getting dark. This has become a metaphor for life - you have to go through some dark and mysterious bits of it in order to get the light and spiritual bits! The deer is there as deer are traditionally symbols for otherworldly guides and can often be heard or seen in the pockets of woodland around Sussex and the UK generally. This particular painting was a struggle as it fell off the easel when wet and had to be treated differently than my other paintings as a result. I rather like the end result but am not planning to repeat so is a one off! Painted on 3d canvas, edges white, no frame needed
Creation is a large 48x48x1.5 inches painting of the view through trees to a Sussex summer meadow with flowers and swallows. The style is art nouveau and contemporary and the colours are extremely bright and vibrant. The impression the painting gives is of a voyeuristic glimpse of a late summer meadow with an abundance of wild flowers in the foreground and the hint of wheat and grasses in the meadow behind. Two swallows swoop down from the left throwing transparent veils over the scene in a slightly spiral pattern as if they are creating the landscape or revealing it. In the far distance you can see a river on the horizon and an exit into the next field beyond. This painting was very much inspired by the river Rother near Burwash in Sussex in summer 2020 where I thrashed my way through tall grasses and flowers to watch the swallows gathering in the air around me ready to leave for Africa. It is always a slightly melancholy time as it means end of summer so I felt the urge to pay tribute to a lovely English landscape (yes despite a pandemic) and am satisfied I have caught a little of the energy and beauty that birds, flowers and nature bring to this world. The edges are dark green, no frame needed, ready to hang. If you want to find this place, go to the Bear Inn in Burwash and head north towards Stonegate
Song of August
Song of August is very large oil painting 72x48x2 inches of a magical summer landscape with birds and flowers by a lake. It has a real impact when seen from a distance as it is the sort of painting you feel you can walk into. The edges are built up of layers of greens, purples and blues like overlapping leaves and foliage and through these leaves you can see a glittering lake and distant trees. To the right are two white egrets who are woven into the landscape or are maybe even being formed by it. In the foreground are an abundance of brightly coloured wildflowers with the sparkling water of the green lake behind and between them. This painting was made by building up many different layers of colour one over the other so that though it is clear what it is, the style itself is abstract and contemporary. It was inspired by many walks I took this summer around the various mill ponds and fishing lakes that are common in the Sussex area. It is also a nod to the huge Monet waterlilies paintings murals which are similarly large and hard to make sense of up close but are very clear from a distance and make you want to be there when you see them. My intention in painting this was to create an impression of August on a sunny day that I could keep forever. It is painted on deep edge canvas so no frame is needed and the edges are dark green to match the painting.
Souls of the Ashdown Forest
Souls of the Ashdown Forest is a 36x48x1.5 inched oil painting of a view through the trees of the Ashdown Forest towards some deer in the heather. It was inspired by many walks in the area â especially during lock down 2020. You often see deer around here but deer being deer you only get to see them for seconds at a time before they flash their white bumâs at you and vanish into the trees. This particular painting was of a view from one of the clumps of trees in the area looking towards the farmland and heather and heath land beyond. It has been made by building up layers of paint until it has a green gold glow in the first section and colder purples, lilacs and yellow in the spaces between the trees. A deer stag can be seen on the left looking back at us and a string of females can be seen on the right moving off into the distance. The heather of the forest is loosely approximated by using purple which contrasts with the green gold in an interesting way. It is semi abstract and a kind of messy art nouveau in style. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.