Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
A Kind of Magic
A Kind of Magic is a large oil on canvas painting of an exuberant river landscape with a kingfisher bird that celebrates the beauty of summer 2020 in Sussex. The river emerges from the dark on the left where a curtain of trees cast shadows into the water in rich blues, greens and purples. Then it flows off into the sunlight and around a bend where you can see a meadow and low hill in the background. An abundance of wild flowers are in the foreground where they seem to be communicating with the kingfisher who is dispensing magic. This is another in a series of river walk inspired paintings that reflect the fun I had during the summer walking along the banks of the Rivers, Ouse, Cuck, Medway and Rother in Sussex. I saw two kingfishers and because it was magic for me, I tried to instil this sense of the wonder of nature into this painting. It was especially poignant as nature was thriving despite the troubles of mankind at that time and it was very heartening to see that. The build-up of different layers of paint make it a little art nouveau and mysterious.
The Truth is Out There
The Truth is Out There is a 48x36x1.5 inches large oil painting of a rainbow-coloured woodland path with a small deer watching from the trees. The style is semi abstract, expressionist and messy art nouveau. It was made by building up layers of paint that give the appearance of stained glass as some are transparent. It makes the scene a little ambiguous as if two or three universes are overlapping each-other. The path winds up from the viewer towards the light through the trees at the end of the path. The trees are shades of pink, orange, gold, blue, purple and green. A small female deer stands to one side observing. She knows what is on the other side of the forest. The mood of this painting is one of hope and optimism about the future. It captures the feeling I often get when walking in woodland that nature and the animals in the forests know something I donât know and that if I just keep walking, I may find something wonderful around the next bend (and sometimes I do!) It is called what it is because I loved the TV series âThe X-filesâ and can hear the music when I look at this painting! Dedicated to everyone who has used the enforced restrictions of the pandemic to find new ways to help nature and their fellow man. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang, no frame needed
Woodpecker Romance is a tall painting on canvas (40x16x1.5 inches with wide edges) of two woodpeckers flirting with each other on two trees. The style is art nouveau and contemporary. The two trees rise up in a winnowy elegant motion and the branches curl around each other making sinuous patterns against the gold tinted sunset sky. The paint is thick and textured and the patterns continue around the edge of the canvas on all sides. This painting is not a typical one for me as there was no real inspiration for it apart of just liking art nouveau and woodpeckers and getting a concept in my mind that it would look good. I like the simplicity of it and the playfulness of the birds. It is ready to hang and does not a frame.
November Glowing is a large oil on canvas painting of a glowing autumn Sussex landscape with a deer stag among the trees. (36x48x1.5 inches). It is very colourful and vibrant and messy art nouveau expressionist in style. It was inspired by my memory of view from the back of the church yard in Burwash, East Sussex, during November of 2020. The trees still had some autumn leaves on them and the ground was wet and glistening. The fields glowed green and the small hills and vales between them where full of little streams. I spent 4 hours wandering about in the mud with low angled November sun rays blinding me. It sounds unpleasant but was in fact absolutely glorious. The edges of the painting have been deliberately blurred which helps direct the attention into the scene better. A stag stands between two trees considering his domain. This painting makes me happy. It reminds me of a beautiful place and beautiful day. It is dedicated to all the people who live in and around and take care of the landscapes of Burwash (Rudyard Kipling country). It is ready to hang, white edged deep edge canvas, ready to hang.
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.
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.