Souls of the Ashdown Forest
by Gill Bustamante BA Fine Art
Oils on canvas
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Souls of the Ashdown Forest is a 36x48x1.5 inched oil painting of a view through the trees of the Ashdown Forest towards some deer in the heather. It was inspired by many walks in the area - especially during lock down 2020. You often see deer around here but deer being deer you only get to see them for seconds at a time before they flash their white bum's at you and vanish into the trees. This particular painting was of a view from one of the clumps of trees in the area looking towards the farmland and heather and heath land beyond. It has been made by building up layers of paint until it has a green gold glow in the first section and colder purples, lilacs and yellow in the spaces between the trees. A deer stag can be seen on the left looking back at us and a string of females can be seen on the right moving off into the distance. The heather of the forest is loosely approximated by using purple which contrasts with the green gold in an interesting way. It is semi abstract and a kind of messy art nouveau in style. It is on deep edge canvas, white edges, ready to hang.