Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Ushers of the Night - a landscape with ravens
A very large 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches original oil landscape painting on canvas. It is colourful, semi abstract and expressionist in style. Among the trees and a setting sun, three ravens are flying. They are the watchers in the woods. What I wanted to capture in this painting was that fleeting moment when the trees and sky and ravens all begin merging into one just before going dark. The painting was inspired by the ravens in a rookery near where I live. I often walk through their little patch of forest and feel they are watching and commenting on my progress - not in a sinister way but simply in their capacity as observers. In folklore they are often depicted as messengers for spirits or ushers to other realms and I can see how that came about. Painted in thick glossy paint on deep edge canvas, edges white, no frame necessary.
Original Oil Painting - Finding Paradise - a blue bird of paradise in
40 x 40 x 1.5 inches original oil painting of a blue bird of paradise in a beautiful warm autumn / fall forest. The bird peers around a tree towards a crossroads of paths that leads through the red and orange trees and out to a clearing in the distance. We can't see beyond that but whatever is there it will be something spectacular. It is painted in an expressionist, art nouveau style in autumn colours with lilac, yellow, pink, orange and red as the main colours but with the blue bird standing out among them in his bright blue plumage. I started painting this with the idea of creating a landscape for the bird to live in. I hope he finds a friend and has babies so that the forest will be full of birds the next time I look at it... Oil on deep edge canvas - edges white, no frame needed
The Raven's Wood
30 x 30 x 1.5 Original oil of an English woodland path. The colours are summer to autumn and there is raven circling above the trees watching as you walk her path. The painting was made after a walk in the Ashdown Forest where ravens and crows seemed to report my progress for the entirety of my journey. I never underestimate birds - they know far more than we assume and I would not be surprised if the Green Man himself is their boss. The painting is quite 3D in aspect and the colours shimmer and change throughout the day as the sunlight moves round the room. The style is impressionist, semi abstract. The edges are white with a hint of lilac and no frame is needed.
The Hunter's Shimmering Forest - A Large Colourful Semi Abstract Lands
A 36 x 36 x 1.5 inches large original oil on canvas. The painting is a very colourful, semi abstract landscape and has a white barn owl hovering in the gap between the trees above the woodland path. Her attention is on something we cannot see. The painting style is abstract expressionist, art deco and a little art nouveau and was created using thick oil paint that is slightly glossy. The canvas is deep edged and white with a hint of blue. A frame is not necessary. I painted the bright colours using varying brush sizes, wet into wet method, using lots of linseed oil and the tree and light shapes began to form as I did this. The owl went in last as I wanted her there to look after the final scene.
A 36 x 48 x 2 inch original oil on canvas of two universes meeting. One is very dark and almost Gothic and the other is very light and very enticing. On the left, a white bird has broken through from the dark side and on the right, dark birds can be seen watching her flight above a beautiful calm sea. There is a beach of red sand and blue waves lapping on the shore. The dark paint is a dark purple and very textured, The light side is smoother in contrast. This is a painting about the urge to keep fighting to get to the place you wish to be. It is optimistic and it demonstrates that things can always get better. If you have ever read Jonathon Livingston Seagull you will probably relate to this painting!
White Lacy April In Sussex
A large expressionist painting of a daisy field and white blossom trees inspired by Sussex fields in April and May. There is a path through the daisies across the field to other fields beyond. It is the latest in a series of pathway paintings - all of which lead somewhere better... Colours are white, mauve, green, yellow and pink. Painted on deep edge canvas with edges white.paintings of gardens, English garden paintings, flowers, contemporary flower paintings, large vibrant oil paintings, expressionist landscape paintings