Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Elemental - a sunset seascape with horses
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of horses on a beach at sunset. It is called 'elemental' as the four horses are each running in a different direction and have power as the elements do. There is a suggestion of sunset or sunrise and waves rolling in on the sand with warm pink, orange and yellow clouds in the background. In the distance and from the horses themselves, there is another suggestion of electricity or lighting. The style is partly traditional and partly contemporary with carefully painted horses and then thick decorative layers of paint made in contrast to this. The intention of this painting is to make a representation of an explosive energy being unleashed rather than just being a pretty picture of horses on a beach. Not sure how well I succeeded but I had fun trying.
Starting Again - a solo fish under a blue ocean
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large blue painting of an underwater seascape with a lone fish. The fish is swimming purposefully over the sandy seabed. Behind her is the deep blue water in the distance and above her the water rises to the aqua blues and turquoise colours near the surface of the water. Some of the sky can also be seen as well as gentle waves and lots of sparkles of light. On the surface of the seabed are the fleeting light patterns made by the sun as its beams are reflected around constantly by the movement of the restless water. The little tropical fish is happy in her space - intent on her own adventure in a big blue sea. I painted it as another in a series of lone fish paintings but each one is nevertheless different. This painting is for those people who are brave enough to go their own way despite what others may think. On deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame necessary.
In Another Place - a Tiger kingdom
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract painting of a tiger in a beautiful landscape. The tiger is climbing the branches around her and looks over the lake, trees and jungle in the background. She searches or is maybe just making sure all is as it should be. The painting is slightly art nouveau and is painted in very vibrant, slightly blurred colours which makes it a little mystical. This is another in a series of big cat paintings where I am trying to provide a safe space for the animals to be. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Red Magic - A Red painting with red deer at dawn
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract red original oil painting of three magical red deer in a red dawn. The three stags stand and stare at us through a haze of red light. Behind the middle stag is a rising morning sun and there is a suggestion of trees and a lake behind them. Two portals lead out of the landscape and elsewhere. The dawn sky is pink. In the foreground are strange red shapes that could be poppies or may be something else materializing. The painting was inspired by the fact that I wanted to make some red art with some power to it. Deer have a mystical and enchanting presence naturally so made a good subject. Painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Summer Green - a green Sussex landscape
This is a 30 x 30 x 1.5 inches green landscape painting made using thick impasto oil paint. It is impressionist and expressionist in style and was made after visiting Penshurst in Kent last summer. The fields and woodland around the area were so verdant it sang. If you look closely at one of the tree trunks you can see a dryad (tree spirit) emerging from one of them. In the meadow's were cow parsley and long luscious grass and insects and birds buzzed about very happily - as did I. This is a tribute to an English summer with all its exuberance. The edges are white and no frame is needed.
White Hart Symphony - an abstract landscape with deer
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original semi abstract oil painting of a white hart (white stag over 6 years old) in a winter forest. The stag is painted in an abstract style and stands looking back at us in a forest that hints of snow and winter and birch trees. The colours range from golden yellow to purples, orange and pinks. This painting was an experiment as I wanted to see what would happen if I did not paint in layers as I usually do. Instead I painted it 'wet into wet' style by keeping the paint wet with lots of linseed oil. This meant I finished faster than usual and can therefore offer at a lower price than my usual metre by metre wide paintings. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not necessary.
Weaving Magic - an abstract leopard landscape art
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting in art nouveau semi abstract style. This large landscape is painted using thick red, yellow and amethyst tones and has lots of sinewy lines which weave in and around each-other. There is the suggestion of trees and a lake in the background and red flowers in the foreground, A leopard sits up a tree leisurely switching her tail back and forth as she weaves a spell. The environment made her and she is enchanting it. This is another in a series of big cat paintings where I am painting a space for my cat to live. They can disappear deeper into their new world whenever they wish. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Manifestation - a winter woodland landscape with deer
A large semi abstract original oil painting of a winter landscape with deer. It is 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches on deep edged canvas with white edges so does not need a frame. Three small deer, a stag and two does stand in the centre of a mystical woodland clearing staring back at us. They wonder what business we have in their forest and they appear to shimmer in and out of the forest at will. The colours are warm yellows, pinks, purples and oranges with white trees. Although painted in a semi abstract art nouveau style the scene still gives the feel of a real forest in winter.
Ten Orange fish under the sea
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large blue painting of an underwater seascape with ten flame orange fish swimming along the sea bed. The ocean water is blue and turquoise and the light shines through the surface of the water making sparkles and patterns that are then reflected onto the sandy shore. I like to use primary colours with their complement's - in this case orange and blue and this is why the fish had to be orange. It is another in a series of large seascapes with fish that I have been painting since a Caribbean holiday I had a few years ago. I snorkled a lot and I fell in love with the undersea wonders I saw. This painting is on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame necessary.
Messengers of the Gods
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a 4 crows in an abstract winter forest. The crows fly in elegant formation against an abstract, art nouveau type background that looks like a winter forest at sunset or dusk. However, it has been deliberately blurred to make it look distant. The crows by comparison have been painted very sharply so that they are obviously near to the foreground. Strange patterns that are reminiscent of pagan runes surround the crows which make the scene slightly mysterious. It was inspired by the fact that crows are often thought of as spiritual messengers and by the fact that I often feel they are monitoring me when I walk in their territory and reporting my progress to someone! I like a mystery and I love crows. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.