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Spellbound River

by Gill Bustamante BA Fine Art

Oils on canvas

152x92x4 cm


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Spellbound River is a large oil painting on canvas, 36x60, inches of two ducks flying over a summer riverbank with flowers and meadows and hills beyond. It is a semi-abstract and contemporary landscape and very colourful which has a late summer in the afternoon feel to it. I wanted it magical and I think that it is, hence the title. It was painted from memory having been inspired by the river Cuck near Alfriston in Sussex. To the left of the painting is a dark curtain of trees and to the right you can see a male and female duck flying over some wild flowers across the river towards where it bends with some South Downs hills visible in the distance. It was a very hot day in August and I have tried to show the bright sunlight contrasting with the shadows and reflections on the river as well as the heat and haze and exuberance of the nature in summer. Living with English weather means that glorious sunny days do not happen as often as we would like so I always try to capture the best ones by painting them so that I can look at them during the long grey days of autumn and winter. It is painted on deep edge canvas, whit edges, ready to hang, no frame needed.