Seasonal Dreams > Almost There...A-very-large-forest-path-paintin-by-gill-bustamante
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55 x 55 x 2 inches very large oil painting on canvas of a dark dark forest path. The outer parts of the painting are very dark greens, blues and purples but as you walk the path towards the way out of the woods it becomes brighter with greens, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and blues and bright whites. To the left of the exit a very small stag can be seen leading the way. He is the only life form in the painting which I painted to be deliberately slightly scary but at the same time promising escape. Deer are traditionally spirit guides so it is fitting he is the one leading us out. This a very large painting and will create real impact in a large space. It has taken me months of layering to create this artwork. The paint is thick and very textured which definitely adds to the menacing darkness of the trees whilst the contrast against the bright colours adds the hope. I think most people are looking for answers to things. This painting is my attempt to put them there - or at least the hope that they will arrive where they need to be eventually. Painted on deep edge canvas - dark edges, no frame needed.
I am an artist based in Sussex, England and I paint large landscape paintings and seascape paintings in oil on canvas. My painting style is not always easy to define but has elements of abstract, Impressionist, Expressionist and possibly some Art-Nouveau. Although I have a fine art degree in sculpture (acquired at Brighton in 1983), I am largely self-taught as a painter. For many year’s I painted animal portraits but finally realised I was having to repress my urge to ...