Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Through the Daisies to the Sea - An English summer landscape
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original landscape oil painting of a daisy meadow in summer. This painting was made after a walk near the South Downs in June 2018. The daisies were out in all their glory and the meadows were full of daisies and wildflowers and summer trees. A path leads from the daises to the fields and low hills beyond and finally the sea in the background. It is not a traditional portrayal of Cuckmere Haven, but is a composite made from memory that sums up that wonderful area for me. This large landscape painting captures the spirit of summer in a semi abstract rather than a traditional landscape way. The daisies are painted in thick impasto paint and there is an art nouveau feel to it. Deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
May Meadow - A Sussex Landscape
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original semi abstract oil painting of a Meadow in May in England. The painting shows a view through a meadow full of white lacy cow parsley. Between the trees at the back you can see a yellow line of rape seed and to the right of the trees a goldfinch swoops over the field. The colours are predominately soft blues, turquoise, and greens with pink foxgloves and yellow rapeseed adding a flare of extra colour along the tree line. I painted this after a walk through fields around an ancient village called Rotherfield in Sussex in May 2018. The cow parsley was swaying gently in a breeze and insects and birds were industriously breeding and zipping around everywhere. The scents, sounds and sight of Spring were very evident. This painting immortalizes that lovely day for me and the view through the trees to the next field sums up the excitement I always feel when walking and wondering what may be in the next field or around the next bend... Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Waiting - an autumn forest landscape
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original semi abstract oil painting of an autumn woodland landscape. It is art nouveau and whimsical in style and hints at trees and forests and waterfalls and other slightly mystical elements. A group of 4 deer, a stag and three doe's stand to one side looking at us and waiting. Deer are often represented in folklore as spiritual guides and it is easy to see why. They have the ability to appear and then vanish again very easily. I often paint these 4 deer and hope to meet them one day. It was inspired after a walk around Forest Row where I live. Forest Row and the Ashdown Forest does not look like this but a few tweaks and abstract ministrations here and then can make it so. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Shimmering Spring - a landscape paintings with blossom
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original semi abstract oil painting of a Spring forest landscape with blossom trees. This painting is muted in tones and full of white, cream, pale pinks and lilacs and caramel colours. It is art nouveau and semi abstract in style and shows woodland view with trees and a lake and a small deer stag on the left. It started life as a much brighter painting but I liked it better once I had toned it down. At a glance it looks like a neutral toned abstract but as you look closer you see the blossom and the trees and the get the feeling of Spring. The deer presides over this scene as he does in many of my landscapes. This is his space domain and he is the spirit of the forest and the season. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
Tiger Odyssey - an abstract landscape with tigers
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of two tigers in an abstract landscape. The colours are rainbow and vibrant and the scene hints at a jungle with the tigers positioned in the branch of a tree. One tiger stares off to the right while the other has just emerged from somewhere and is wondering who we are. This is a painting that evolved organically just as a real forest does. The tigers are another in a series where I am optimistically creating worlds where they can continue to survive. The paint is used thinly and thickly and is interesting to look from close up as well as from a distance. Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.