Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Elsewhere is a contemporary art nouveau oil painting with a deer stag in an autumn landscape. The painting shows an elegant deer stag standing in an autumn forest of rich reds, magenta, orange and gold with a little light blue and lilac for balance. In the background is the suggestion of forests and hills and in the foreground a lake and some trees. The lines are sinuous and whimsical hence the art nouveau description and the colours are autumnal and warm. Though a decorative painting, there is also a mystery to the scene and the stag has his story. I was thinking of Scotland when as I painted it. It is 36x48x1.5 inches on white deep edge canvas, ready to hang and no frame is needed.
Coming Home is a large square seascape painting of the sea, Seven Sistersâ chalk cliffs and the lighthouse at Eastbourne in East Sussex. It is 40x40x1.5 inches on white deep edge canvas. The sea is very blue and you can see the land fading off into a purple haze in the distance towards Seaford. A single seagull is returning home. This painting was inspired by the many times I have walked along these cliffs from Eastbourne over to Birling Gap. The sea is turquoise near the cliffs where it is affected by the colour of the rocks underneath it and is deeper blue as you go further out. Paint has been used liberally especially on the cliffs to give an idea of the texture. Dripples of white from the base of the cliffs hint at the motion of the sea and the erosion that is occurring because of it. This landscape is a great place to see for miles around over a beautiful sea and one I visited regularly to keep me happy during the covid lockdowns. No frame needed, ready to hang. Dedicated everyone loves to walk and who is active in preserving nature.
The EnchantedThe Enchanted is a very large oil painting of a river bank with wildflowers and kingfishers on an English summer day in the countryside. It is 36x60x1.5 inches and was inspired by a June walk along the river Adur near Amberley (postcode BN18 9LR). The river meanders through the South Downs in Sussex along grassy banks with wildflowers and wetland birds in abundance. Kingfishers provide little glimpses of magic, when you are lucky enough to spot one, as they are like little jewels that make a river walk even more enchanting â hence the name. There is a particular point at end of June when nature is in complete mad overdrive and this is the feeling I tried to capture with this painting. It is semi abstract and contemporary, messy art nouveau in style. Dedicated to all fellow walkers and people who are working to protect our birds, wildlife and nature. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, framing not necessary.
Through the Veil
Through the Veil is a large contemporary oil painting of a river bank in summer with wildflowers and white egrets. It is 40x40x1.5 inches. This painting was inspired by a recent river walk along the river Ouse near Newick. It shows the river and fields and trees beyond and wild flowers along the edge. Two white egrets are on the right and veils of transparent colours give the painting different facets like a diamond or stained-glass window. The painting tries to reflects the fast-changing countryside and flora and fauna you get in England in the summer along with all the scents, insect buzzing, bird singing and other lovely sensations that were present. The white egrets were there on the day though not posed quite as aesthetically. They are never the less ethereal and magical looking birds and always a joy to see. As always, I have tried to capture the emotion and feeling of the landscape rather than the botanical accuracies. It is painted on white wide edged canvas, no frame needed, ready to hang and comes with certificate of authenticity. Post code BN8 5BX if you want to visit and walk along the river.
Forest Monarchs is large contemporary oil painting of a deer stag and a doe against an abstract autumn forest background. It is painted in thick luxurious paint in warm autumn colours. The deer stand in the centre of the canvas with light behind them and trees in the foreground which they are merging with Ã¢â¬â as deer seem to do in real life. They are fallow deer which you see often in English countryside. This painting was inspired by the deer at Knole Park in Sevenoaks when I was there last October. There is a long shallow valley which runs down the middle of the park which has families of deer in the trees either side that bellow and parade around at that time of year. No matter how many deer I see, I am still captivated by them and have tried to show the magical nature of them. The painting style is messy art nouveau and because it is painted in thick paint, has facets to it that reflect slightly different colours at different times of day. The size is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edged, deep edge canvas, ready to hang and no frame needed.
The Discovery is a large semi abstract oil painting of a green woodland lake in a clearing with a deer stag looking on. It was painted Ã¢â¬Ëwet into wetÃ¢â¬â¢ style which gives the painting a rich painterly, messy art nouveau feel to it. The painting shows the view across part of a pond in a woodland with trees behind the furthest bank where a small deer stag watches in his imperious way. In the foreground are pink riverbank flowers that complement the greens. It is called Ã¢â¬Ëthe discoveryÃ¢â¬â¢ as that is exactly what it was to me when I found this little lake in a woodland near Burwash in East Sussex (park at postcode TN19 7ET). Stags and deer feature often in my paintings because I see them almost every time I go out walking. I find them beautiful and magical and I love how they watch to see what I will do. It very much feels as though I am intruding on their territory Ã¢â¬â which I am. This is a painting which captures a moment in time and makes me happy whenever I look at it as it takes me back there. It is 30x40x1.5 inches, wide edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
Bluebell Field is a Sussex springtime landscape painting of a bluebell wood next to a yellow rapeseed field. It was painted in May just after I had been on a walk in the Newick area of Sussex. I walked across a field just beginning to sprout yellow rapeseed and came to a small pocket of woodland on the edge of the field. The experience of going from the yellow flowers and into a field of blue ones made me very happy and I have tried to capture some of the that exuberance in this painting which I started on the next day. The scent of these flower was pretty special as was the sound of the woodland birds. I tried to show that there was magic here by little tweaks and distortions to the painting but also keeping it fairly traditional. The point where the two fields meet is a red farmhouse that I deliberately blurred as I did not want it to be the focus of the painting. If you want to find this place, park at Newick church (BN84JZ) and head towards Spithurst and you may just spot itÃ¢â¬Â¦ The painting is 30x30x1.5 inches, painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Forest Portal is a large panoramic oil painting on canvas of a glowing autumn forest clearing with a red deer stag and golden light through trees behind him. The painting brings the viewer out from a dark autumn forest and into a vibrant glowing clearing at the edge of the forest. It looks like a stage set where something is about to happen. A golden stag can be seen waiting between the trees. A portal is an exit or entrance to some other place. I sometimes get anxious in case I accidentally walk off my own time line into another when I walk in woodland such as this. I like this idea as the patches of woodland in England, especially, do have their own distinct atmospheres one to the next. This forest is like a large glowing cathedral where magic happens. The stag is a symbol of spiritual guidance common to many cultures. I made the painting with lots of overlapping layers of transparent colour and these layers reflect different colours when seen from different angles. It is dark but it is also rainbow coloured in a similar way to the reflective wings of a raven. The dark edges are mostly deep purple, blues and green. It is 36x60x2 inches on deep edge canvas, dark edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
White Horse Echoes
White Horse Echoes is a large framed equestrian oil painting in shades of pastel and white showing two white Spanish horses behind a white transparent veil. The style is impressionist and contemporary. The horses are galloping in a meadow filled with wildflowers with trees, fields and hills receding into the background. It is a very Sussex landscape. The painting was originally painted a few years ago in response to the horses and scenery I see around me quite often where I live. However, I recently decided to try glazing transparent white over the painting to make it more dreamlike. This is because horses are naturally dreamlike for me as I am allergic to them so canÃ¢â¬â¢t have much to do with them even though I find them really beautiful! It has made the horses both realistic and ethereal at the same time and I like the result. The painting has a basic white frame on it which makes the dimensions 54x44x1.5 inches in total.