Gill Bustamante's Gallery
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Under Sea Escape
Under Sea Escape is a large underwater painting of three queen angel fish in a tropical blue sea. It is 40x40 inches. The viewpoint is on level with the fish who are swimming in formation and look as if that are escaping from somewhere. Below them is a sandy seabed with light patterns flickering across it as you get in clear tropical seas. Above them you can see their view of the surface of the sea with all its rippling waves and the light sparkling through it. In the distance you can see a shimmering violet line at the point where the sea and the sand merge. Violet being a magic colour adds a little mystery to it. You can also see how the deep blue water gets lighter and more turquoise the closer it gets to the sunlight above then waves. This is another in a long series of paintings made after a Caribbean holiday where the wonder of snorkelling became one of my favourite things in the world. Painted on deep edge canvas so no frame needed, ready to hang.
Radiance is a panoramic autumn landscape painting of autumn trees and colours in a radiant forest. It is 16x40x1.5 inches oil on canvas. It was painted âwet into wetâ style meaning the canvas was covered in wet paint and oil and then I kept working into to it during one long session. The place that inspired the painting is part of the gardens of Standen House, National Trust property, near East Grinstead in Sussex. If you get the right moment in in Autumn, the trees glow like stained glass windows and walking through them on the crispy leaves is one of the biggest joys you can get from nature, especially if the sun is out. The wide canvas makes the scene look almost holy and cathedral-like and that captures the essence of Autumn for me. It is painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed and ready to hang.
November Moment is a semi abstract autumn landscape of fields and woodlands with deer. It was inspired by the landscapes around Hever Castle in Kent and is 30x30x1.5 inches. The painting shows dripping trees and leaves in vibrant autumnal yellows and reds next to a stream. On the other side of the stream, at the edges of woodland, you can see a few deer watching. I took a walk here after several days of heavy rainfall and the fields and trees were waterlogged and muddy with lots of streams threading through them. I did see these deer and I am sure they were laughing as they watched me sloshing about in the undergrowth. I called it November Moment as it does represent a memory for me a wet English walk which I enjoyed very much. Painted on wide edged canvas, edges white, no frame needed.
The Gamechanger is a large autumn landscape with a magical stag appearing on a woodland path. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, no frame needed. The style is semi abstract art nouveau and shows a deer stag on the left looking toward the viewer. He is not fully formed but is making his presence felt in that imperious way that stags have. Behind him and to the right is a path and autumn coloured trees in bright gold, orange and magenta. The forest itself was inspired by Eartham forest on the South Downs near Slindon. I was there in late summer and took a long walk through the various paths through the trees without meeting a soul. It was hot and quiet and a little bit spooky and I could believe every fairy story I ever read whilst I was there. The Stag is a recurring theme in Sussex landscape paintings because the forests that used to cover the area still have many pockets of woodland left where deer are quite abundant. Despite this, they manage to remain beautiful and if any woodland creature is magical, it is the deer. This stag has a message and you have to walk the path to find it. He is a gamechanger.
Wild Souls Wild Wood
Wild Souls Wild Wood is a large dark, textured oil painting of wild deer stag in a wild wood. It is 36x48x1.5 inches. The painting is very textured impasto and almost Gothic in style and shows a view into a dark forest towards a group of deer. The stag and three female deer stand looking out at us from the top of the painting in a glowing woodland clearing lit by golden yellow light. A purple blue line rises from the bottom centre of the painting and up towards up to the deer where it merges with them. This is a suggestion of the energy that seems to inhabit ancient forests and trees. I find it easy to believe that forests and the animals dwelling in them take care of each other. Although the painting is mostly composed of dark green, purple and blue, contrasted with the yellows, oranges and reds of the trees and deer it still manages to make a room feel cosy. This painting glows and due to the thick paint, it has facets that reflect different colours at different times of the day. Painted on deep edge canvas, edges also dark, no frame needed.
Echo of an English Summer
Echo of an English Summer is a large oil painting of a Sussex late summer meadow with deer and wild flowers, art nouveau style. The area that inspired it is the Burwash area where there are lots of fields and streams and gentle slopes that represent best of English countryside for me. This was painted after a walk I did through abundant wildflowers at the end of August when thistles and mauve flowers were all ganging up on me as I walked thought them. I saw a few small deer herds and you can just see two of the deer on the left of the painting watching as deer do. I always feel sad at the end of summer as nature winds down for the autumn and winter. It is like a theatre after the cast has left. It is a beautiful melancholy and I paint one every year that represents this feeling. Dedicated to all the farmers and environmentalists who are helping to preserve our meadows and hedgerows and wildlife. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, frame not needed as is wide edge canvas
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Elsewhere is a contemporary art nouveau oil painting with a deer stag in an autumn landscape. The painting shows an elegant deer stag standing in an autumn forest of rich reds, magenta, orange and gold with a little light blue and lilac for balance. In the background is the suggestion of forests and hills and in the foreground a lake and some trees. The lines are sinuous and whimsical hence the art nouveau description and the colours are autumnal and warm. Though a decorative painting, there is also a mystery to the scene and the stag has his story. I was thinking of Scotland when as I painted it. It is 36x48x1.5 inches on white deep edge canvas, ready to hang and no frame is needed.
Coming Home is a large square seascape painting of the sea, Seven Sistersâ chalk cliffs and the lighthouse at Eastbourne in East Sussex. It is 40x40x1.5 inches on white deep edge canvas. The sea is very blue and you can see the land fading off into a purple haze in the distance towards Seaford. A single seagull is returning home. This painting was inspired by the many times I have walked along these cliffs from Eastbourne over to Birling Gap. The sea is turquoise near the cliffs where it is affected by the colour of the rocks underneath it and is deeper blue as you go further out. Paint has been used liberally especially on the cliffs to give an idea of the texture. Dripples of white from the base of the cliffs hint at the motion of the sea and the erosion that is occurring because of it. This landscape is a great place to see for miles around over a beautiful sea and one I visited regularly to keep me happy during the covid lockdowns. No frame needed, ready to hang. Dedicated everyone loves to walk and who is active in preserving nature.
Through the Veil
Through the Veil is a large contemporary oil painting of a river bank in summer with wildflowers and white egrets. It is 40x40x1.5 inches. This painting was inspired by a recent river walk along the river Ouse near Newick. It shows the river and fields and trees beyond and wild flowers along the edge. Two white egrets are on the right and veils of transparent colours give the painting different facets like a diamond or stained-glass window. The painting tries to reflects the fast-changing countryside and flora and fauna you get in England in the summer along with all the scents, insect buzzing, bird singing and other lovely sensations that were present. The white egrets were there on the day though not posed quite as aesthetically. They are never the less ethereal and magical looking birds and always a joy to see. As always, I have tried to capture the emotion and feeling of the landscape rather than the botanical accuracies. It is painted on white wide edged canvas, no frame needed, ready to hang and comes with certificate of authenticity. Post code BN8 5BX if you want to visit and walk along the river.