John Slavin

Portfolio: 3. Pyrenees Orientales

Mediterranean Mountains

Moonrise over Perpignan

The top quarter is sky -- green gray cloud and moon over black sea. Descending red perpendicular rays from the moon on extreme right bleed into barren rock and coiling mists. The palette is restrained but rather than subdued it is stong on contrast. The forms are gigantic -- skyscape, seascape, landscape -- even moonscape. Our eyes descend from the moon through bars of mountain cloud and rock to red, blue, green and yellow interlacing thorn.

Original
Oil on canvas
40" x 32"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Andorra and River Carol

The blues of a snowy world risen high beyond cloud are besieged by red, yellow, gray and black atmosphere in tumultuous form. Beneath a crown of cloud the blue valleys sink to green trailed with red cloud. The lower mountains through which the blue river Carol runs are lemon and orange and scarlet. In ascent or descent the travelling eye crosses horizon after horizon, stone river bank, red valley, green valley, high cloud, mountain top and again cloud world.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Beyond Mijanes

In a few minutes huge hailstones will fall from above these ancient fingers of rock despite the fact that midsummer is with us.

Original
Oil on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Canigou

The heat of mid-day shimmers on a serrated metal mountain. As the entire range of the Pyrenees comes down to the shores of the Mediterranean Canigou is the last great mountain.

Original
Oil on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Black Fountain, Tempesta

A distant blue summer evening is seen from a dark star. Grey rock enters shadow black shape, grains of white upon it. The foot of star mountain is a carpet of tiny pine trees. On the mountain formal patterns of rock-snow snow-rock break the eye up into mercurial yet static detail. The frozen trees on my right, as hail fell, were reappointed with white. Sinister clouds sweep in, large and obscuring. Through the storm I am given an opening to create a metaphor for the human eye.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Crystal Park

Between two dead pines left and a leafy linden tree right, the blood of dawn coils over and on the peak. We are in a particular forest of many needles shortly after dawn. The moment is becoming crystal clear.

Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

April Snow

Canigou is distant, still, cold with April snow. Roses and ciste and thorn twine on rock.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Envalira

Silver coils of cloud. Black turrets of rock. Untouched snows. The black grey white world of the cold mountain at Envalira where three is the balance. Black grey white. The Dragon coils / The Cloud covers / The Snow rests. This world is far from colourful but on close inspection green may be seen in a tiny foreground pine.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

From the Col d'Agnes

Beneath a summer sky of pure cerulean blue jagged rocks and snow fields descend in crevice either side of the central gold brown mountain. A Chinese brush has been used to effect the detail, loose yet accurate, of this mountain group seen across a chasm of space from a high foreground. Yellows, greens and vermillions are presented where overpainting is almost indistinguishable from first thought.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Pic de Barthelemy

In the foreground the first ferns of summer sprout while in the distance the mountain is still snowy. Peaceful valleys roll between.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Vallespir

To the south beyond Canigou the steep and densely wooded mountains of Vallespir rise beneath a summer sky. Nature seems to take on the forms of its own will, the forms of its own heart's desire.

Original
Oil on canvas
28" x 36"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery