Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
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.
Nature Calls - a large autumn landscape with stag
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large semi abstract original oil painting of an autumn forest with a stag. Have you ever walked in a forest and felt energized by the feeling of mystery or promise of revelation that it can induce?. The sound of birds, the smell of the moss and leaves, a glimpse of a deer or fox are all timeless experiences - especially in autumn when the sun is low and shafts of light shine though the trees making dappled patches of light on the path. I tried to capture this feeling with this painting. The revelation, whatever it is, is at the other side of the forest... Deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Forest Souls - an autumn forest with deer
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a large semi abstract autumn forest with deer. The landscape shows an abstract forest with a row of deer stags and does silhouetted against the light through the trees. They stand looking from two sides of a forest and there is a hint of waterfall or lake in the distance. The colours are very warm and vibrant. The deer watch silently. They wait to lead those with a sense of adventure to an exciting new world of possibilities... Painted on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed.
LARGE ORIGINAL Oil Painting - Ocean Dancers
A 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a calm blue sea with two tropic birds wheeling and tumbling above it. This was painted in a slightly traditional and slightly expressionist style. The colours are muted and hint at late afternoon. There are small waves rolling in and light sparkles off the water. The intention of this painting was simply in response to many hours spent watching sea birds spiraling and gliding around in the sky like dancers. The ocean is a great place to watch birds and I got a little carried away trying to capture the sheer elegance of birds over water.
LARGE ORIGINAL Oil Painting - Jungle Portal - the leopard's realm
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract landscape with a leopard. It is painted on a square canvas which is dark at the edges and gets lighter towards the centre giving the idea of a portal or doorway to another world. The leopard crouches on a branch waiting for something to occur. She adds a touch of realism to the glimpse you see of her jungle realm. The scene around her hints at a river and colourful plants and I wonder if I can go through this portal into this jungle or if leopard can get out... Deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not necessary.
Watchers in the Ice Forest - misty landscape with deer
A large 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches semi abstract original oil painting of deer at dawn in a misty forest. A long row of deer stand across a river looking at us out of the trees. It is semi abstract and slight art nouveau in style and is painted in autumn winter dawn colours of peach, yellow's, white and violet grey. The sun glows through the mist low above the forest tree line. It is icy with frost and early morning thaw makes a mist. The deer know something we don't so they simply wait and watch us. Inspired by a morning walk in the Ashdown forest in autumn. Shiny finish, deep edge canvas, edges white, frame not needed.
Revelation - a path through an autumn wood
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a path through an autumn wood. Three female deer and one stag watch from the right as the light beckons though the trees. It promises a discovery of some kind. The style is slightly art nouveau, semi abstract and is painted to give a blurred out of focus effect. This path through a forest is a persistent theme for me as I walk often in woodland like this. And when I do, I am forever feeling like I will discover something magical just around the next bend. The trees whisper it, the sunlight hints at it, the deer lead to it. Maybe one day I will find it (whatever it is!)
Everyday Magic - a semi abstract forest landscape with birds
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract forest with two bullfinches. The style is slightly art nouveau (organic forms in a pattern) and the colours range from purple, amethyst, magenta, orange and rose red through to Indian yellow and gold. The background trees and light through the forest is deliberately blurred to make it look out of focus whilst in the foreground two red bullfinches are in sharp focus as a contrast to the background. I often walk in Sussex woodland and often see these birds. I find the little flashes of colour and beautiful song quite magical. I wonder what magic they are creating when there are no humans around to notice it. This is another in a series of paintings I have been working on that are portals to another place. I like that it can be on a wall and provide an exit when you need to get away for while. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not necessary.
Nebulous Forest - a semi abstract landscape
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches large original oil painting of a semi abstract forest. Two pheasants fly into the forest and mimic the colours that can be seen in the forest. The rainbow colours are very vibrant and and have been blended and blurred to give an out of focus affect. It is the sort of place that may be of this world but could also be on another planet entirely. It is only the pheasants (who are nice but dim) who keep it in England. It was painted after a walk I had in the woods near a village called Warbleton in East Sussex. A lovely area where it is easy to forget what year or even what century we are in. I think this is why the painting is quite ethereal. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, frame not necessary.