Gill Bustamante's Gallery
Gallery About the Artist
Act of Creation
Act of Creation is a large colourful oil painting of a beautiful alpine landscape exploding out of the canvas led by three rebel swallows. The scene could be Austria, Norway or Scotland as these three places are among the most inspiring landscapes I have ever been to. The purpose of painting it was to try and capture the idea of creation. I believe that everyone carries their own universe around inside their own mind and that they can therefore create rival universes to the material one that our bodies live in. This is a bit of my universe. I started with a dark background and then began to paint the scene from the centre outwards. It shows a hut (where I want to live), a lake, hills, trees, wildflower meadow and then the swallows who are leading the way. Swallows are very much symbols of freedom and are just so beautiful that I keep coming back to them. This is dedicated to all the musicians, writers, dreamers and artists who are creating beautiful things for the rest of us. Life would be meaningless without you. This painting is 40x40x1.5inches, white edges, ready to hang
The Kingfishers Larder
The Kingfishers Larder is a blue painting of bright blue turquoise water with a tiny kingfisher flying across it. This painting is simply about the colour blue and how enjoyable it is painting sparkling water and the sunlight catching on the ripples of the surface. The kingfisher was added as she is also a glorious holy blue and so this is her domain and her larder. This painting is 30x40x1.5 inches on deep edge canvas with the edges also blue.
Bluebell Field is a Sussex springtime landscape painting of a bluebell wood next to a yellow rapeseed field. It was painted in May just after I had been on a walk in the Newick area of Sussex. I walked across a field just beginning to sprout yellow rapeseed and came to a small pocket of woodland on the edge of the field. The experience of going from the yellow flowers and into a field of blue ones made me very happy and I have tried to capture some of the that exuberance in this painting which I started on the next day. The scent of these flower was pretty special as was the sound of the woodland birds. I tried to show that there was magic here by little tweaks and distortions to the painting but also keeping it fairly traditional. The point where the two fields meet is a red farmhouse that I deliberately blurred as I did not want it to be the focus of the painting. If you want to find this place, park at Newick church (BN84JZ) and head towards Spithurst and you may just spot itâ¦ The painting is 30x30x1.5 inches, painted on deep edge canvas, white edges, no frame needed.
Forest Portal is a large panoramic oil painting on canvas of a glowing autumn forest clearing with a red deer stag and golden light through trees behind him. The painting brings the viewer out from a dark autumn forest and into a vibrant glowing clearing at the edge of the forest. It looks like a stage set where something is about to happen. A golden stag can be seen waiting between the trees. A portal is an exit or entrance to some other place. I sometimes get anxious in case I accidentally walk off my own time line into another when I walk in woodland such as this. I like this idea as the patches of woodland in England, especially, do have their own distinct atmospheres one to the next. This forest is like a large glowing cathedral where magic happens. The stag is a symbol of spiritual guidance common to many cultures. I made the painting with lots of overlapping layers of transparent colour and these layers reflect different colours when seen from different angles. It is dark but it is also rainbow coloured in a similar way to the reflective wings of a raven. The dark edges are mostly deep purple, blues and green. It is 36x60x2 inches on deep edge canvas, dark edges, no frame needed, ready to hang.
White Horse Echoes
White Horse Echoes is a large framed equestrian oil painting in shades of pastel and white showing two white Spanish horses behind a white transparent veil. The style is impressionist and contemporary. The horses are galloping in a meadow filled with wildflowers with trees, fields and hills receding into the background. It is a very Sussex landscape. The painting was originally painted a few years ago in response to the horses and scenery I see around me quite often where I live. However, I recently decided to try glazing transparent white over the painting to make it more dreamlike. This is because horses are naturally dreamlike for me as I am allergic to them so canât have much to do with them even though I find them really beautiful! It has made the horses both realistic and ethereal at the same time and I like the result. The painting has a basic white frame on it which makes the dimensions 54x44x1.5 inches in total.
Supernatural is a large semi abstract, expressionist oil painting of a glowing summer evening meadow with deer. It is vibrantly coloured with lots of overlapping transparent layers which you can look through to see different aspects of the landscape. There is a low sultry sun behind the trees and to the right is a deer stag just beginning to appear like an apparition. To the right is a group of three female deer also quite ethereal. These deer often appear in my paintings (one stag and three doeâs) and I was delighted, having just finished the painting, to see a group of fallow deer just like them in real life as a walked along a back road near Wadhurst! It was interesting that they made their appearance on this road as the meadows around this part of the Sussex Weald do have the same kind of feeling that I was putting into the painting. To see if you can also spot my deer and the meadows I am painting, park at the Greyhound Car park, Wadhurst, TN5 6AP and take any number of paths into the countryside there. It is 36x48x1.5 inches, wide white edges, white, no frame needed and ready to hang.
Night Magicians is a large oil painting on canvas of three white barn owls flying across a lilac and orange twilight sky. It is contemporary art nouveau in style which you can see from the stylised shapes of the twigs and branches of the delicate white tree tops. Each of the owls (associated with the Goddess Athena by the way) is looking a different direction as if they are about to go their separate ways. Owls donât really flock together so maybe they are. Owls are elegant beautiful birds and are all the more mysterious from being so quiet and hard to spot during the day time. This idea alone was enough for me to want to paint this. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, white edges, wide edge canvas, ready to hang, no frame needed.
A Slice of Heaven
A Slice of Heaven is a green English landscape painting of a riverbank in spring with lacy white wildflowers and deer. On the left riverbank can be seen cow parsley white flowers almost dancing out of the painting, and on the right riverbank a delicate deer stands watching us in interest as deer do. Behind her are two more female deer waiting to take flight if their leader does so. The edges of the painting are blurred to give the feeling of the scenery floating out from the centre the canvas. I like this effect as it gives you a tantalising glimpse of an English springtime landscape suddenly appearing. The colours are mostly shades of green and white. It was inspired, as many of my recent paintings have been, by long walks along Sussex riverbanks. This one particular piece of riverbank is most like the river Rother near Salehurst TN32 5PJ. It is 40x40x1.5 inches, dark blue edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.
A Spiral of Crows
A Spiral of Crows is a painting of Sussex winter landscape with a spiral of crows leading into the distance of a woodland path. It is 30x30x1.5 inches and was painted after a walk I took around Standen area near East Grinstead one November. It is painted in an expressionist style and in very thick impasto paint.I have a great affection for crows and ravens who I am convinced monitor me when I am walking and report back to each other. The spiral in this painting possibly leads to another dimension. I like to think so. The colours of this painting are very much England in winter colours and I am pleased with this as I am always trying to capture moments of time with these paintings. The location if you want to walk around here is: RH19 4NE. It is painted on deep edge canvas, 30x30x1.5 inches, white edges, ready to hang.
Summer Calls is a 16x40x1.5 inches wide panoramic oil on canvas painting of a summer landscape with swallows with an abundance of wildflowers which makes the colours rainbow and very vibrant. This painting represents a fond memory of last summer in the fields near where I live in Forest Row. There is a shallow valley of mostly farmland which attracts swallows each summer and I really enjoy watching them wheeling up and down of over the corn fields which have wildflowers growing at the edges. It has been painted as part of a series of four landscapes about the seasons.