Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Autumn Magic is a large semi abstract autumn inspired oil painting which shows a glowing path through vibrantly coloured autumn trees. It has a magical and enticing feeling to it. It is 60x36x2 inches. The painting was made after many walks I took in and around Sussex during November 2023. The sun is low at this time of year and the beams of light shine through at an angle onto the greens, golds, magentas and oranges of the leaves casting everything around with a magical sheen. The feeling of the end of the path is of a revelation about to made and I hope I captured the sense of anticipation about what might be around the next bend in the pathâ¦ (feel free to add what you think should be there).
The Kingfishers Eden, kingfishers by a river
The Kingfishers Eden is a wide original oil painting of two kingfishers by a river surrounded by flowers and trees. It is 60x36x1.5 inches. A kingfisher on the left hovers above the suggestion of pink riverside flowers and foliage and watches another kingfisher emerging from the water to the right. Between the trees you can see a lake and a river flowing from it towards the birds. The feeling is mellow and sums up late summer and is very vibrant and colourful. The painting style uses many different techniques and the overall effect is one that hints at flowers and trees but actually in a semi-abstract style. The abundance of paint layers and the rainbow colours makes this painting shimmer and reflect differently in interesting ways. The overall effect is of an idyllic countryside landscape that is capturing a perfect moment in time. The reason for this is that every time I see a kingfisher, it is always a perfect moment in time! (only seen 3 so far) Painted on 3D canvas, edges white, ready to hang and comes with certificate of authenticity.
The Ancient Spell
The Ancient Spell is a semi abstract magical landscape painting of the view through a woodland to a ridge of hills beyond. It is 36x30x1.5 inches oil on canvas. Under the trees you can see a hint of foxgloves and other wildflowers and the leaves of the trees are glowing and verdant. In the middle of the ridge of hills beyond there is a bump on the horizon that is actually the clump of trees on Chanctonbury Ring -an iron age fort on the South Downs. The is an actual place I found whilst walking though farmland in June. It was a warm day and nature was in abundance with wildflowers and fields and patches of woodland all around. There was an atmosphere in this particular wood that seemed quite ancient and very welcoming which is why the painting appears to show portals and strange shapes hinting at an element of magic. Painted on deep edge canvas, white, edges, ready to hang and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The Thin Place Beckons
The Thin Place Beckons is a very large semi-abstract original oil painting showing deer gathering beyond a lake in a heart shaped forest at twilight. It is 48x48x1.5 inches. It was made with liberal amounts of white, golden yellow, peach and purple paint with cyan blue for accent. The inspiration was the definition of the word âthin placeâ which is a Celtic expression for a place that stands between two universes. This is an idea I have always loved and the deer appear often in my paintings as in other folklore they are regarded as harbingers or guides between worlds. Because the paint is multilayered and oil colours do change quite dramatically in different light, (something that delighted me when I saw it in this painting), it will go from muted neutral colours to luminous sunset ones at different times of the day. I am satisfied I caught some of the magic I was trying to catch in this painting and hope that whoever buys it will have magic too. Painted on deep edge canvas, wide edges, painted white, ready to hang and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Winter Stag Appearance
Winter Stag Appearance is an original oil painting of a red deer stag in a white winter forest. It is 48x36x1.5 inches. The stag is slightly art nouveau and contemporary in style and appears to be appearing or fading into the willowy trees and the snow around him. The first layers of the painting were of warm colours with the stag is painted in detail but later use of liberal white paint have made him more ethereal. The inspiration of the painting was from some images I saw of the red deer in Richmond Park a few years ago. It seems that whatever the season, deer have the ability to appear and disappear at will which add to their appeal for me. This painting is largely white but there are muted tans, pinks, lilacs and oranges visible through the snow. Painted on deep edge canvas, edges white, no frame needed and comes with certificate of authenticity and gifts from the artist.
Beautiful Evolution, a peacock abstract
Beautiful Evolution is a highly original semi abstract oil painting of a peacock evolving against a partially formed autumn landscape. It is 40x40x1.5 inches. The peacock in not completely obvious at first as he is blending well into the vortex of autumn colours of the landscape behind him (a real one near where I live). He is painted in vibrant colours and is looking back at us with mild imperiousness. He is in the process of materializing or maybe disappearing into a new universe. The colours and shapes of the landscape become more fragmented towards the edges of canvas. Some of the shapes are pure abstract and some ore traditionally painted as I like the contrast of that. The background is lilac blue, and because I have built up many layers of paint, the rainbow colours reflect differently throughout the day. The âmeaningâ of the painting is something I am happy to leave to the viewer. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang and frame not needed. Comes with gifts and certificate of authenticity from the artist.
The Secret Unicorn
The Secret Unicorn is a colourful romantic semi-abstract painting of a dappled white horse in an unashamedly magical landscape. It is 30x30x1.5 inches. The painting shows a white dappled horse swishing her tail and looking as if she just materialized out of nowhere. The setting hints at a river bank with pink flowers along the edge and the idea of trees and a meadow behind the horse. The inspiration for the painting was a walk I took last June across quiet farmland where I caught glimpses through thick hedgerow to the next field. A white mare was unaware I was watching her through a gap in hedge and was clearly having a wonderful time tossing her head and flexing her muscles in the sunny meadow she was in. It made me wonder if she would go the full Disney and turn into a unicorn. Unfortunately, she didnât but the experience made me want to paint it anyway. I have included a photo I took of her to give some context. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed and is ready to hang
The Final Gift of Summer
The Final Gift of Summer is a beautifully mellow river bank painting with swallows and a tangle of wild flowers. It is a 30x30x1.5 inches. The style is semi abstract and composed of many overlapping transparent layers in full vibrant rainbow colours. To the left are the deep greens, blues, purples and turquoise of trees in shadow and behind them you can see the glittering sun in the bend of the river. To the right is a view across a mass of summer flowers and the hint of fields and trees and hills in the background with a single dwelling. Two swallows are dancing around on the left gathering insects ready for their long flight south. This painting was inspired by a walk one August day on the South Downs near the river Arun. The feeling was a little sad as I always miss the swallows when they leave. I tried to capture the gorgeous melancholy of the end of summer and there is a definite mood to this painting that hints of the end of something and the beginning of something newâ¦ Dedicated to all those people working to keep Sussex and its wildlife safe and beautiful. Painted on deep edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
The Song of the Deer is a colourful semi abstract oil painting of a gr
The Song of the Deer is a colourful semi abstract oil painting of a group of deer in an autumn wood. It is 40x30x1.5 inches. The painting shows a fallow deer buck next to a pine tree as he looks towards three female deer in a clearing to his left and above him. The painting is very colourful and has a slightly fairy tale feeling to it - there is clearly a story (or song) going on between the male and the female deer. The inspiration for the painting was a walk I took in Knole Park, Sevenoaks one autumn where there is a long grassy valley between heathland and forest where the deer can be heard calling to each other during breeding season. The stag in this painting is one I followed for a while up a slope through some ferns which were in full autumn mode of gold, orange and green. Behind him I could see a small bunch of females appearing and disappearing out of the forest and ferns and I felt happy to be witnessing a cycle of nature that is timeless and fascinating to see. It is painted on deep edge canvas, edges white, ready to hang and no frame needed. Comes with certificate of authenticity and gifts from the artist.
Midsummer Witness, summer meadow
Midsummer Witness is a large square oil painting in semi-abstract, magical realism style, of a summer meadow with a tiny roe deer hidden among the thistles and flowers. It is 40x40 inches. This painting was inspired by a walk I took in July when the flowers were purple and the grasses were golden. I was near the Medway river and as I walked through the field I spotted a tiny roe deer who stood and watched me without any fear (unlike the fallow deer who run away quite fast). His face was mask-like and he looked like a pagan spirit revelling in the beautiful abundance of a midsummer meadow. The countryside in Sussex is magical to me, at any time, but the appearance of this imperious little deer made it more so. The combination of colours is subtle and English people everywhere will recognize the muted tones of a typical, not very sunny, summerâs day. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and gifts form the artist. Videos or more pictures/close ups can be sent on request and visits to view the painting are welcome.