John Slavin

Portfolio: 6. The Sacred River Ran

Beltane Moon

Transparent paint crowds the surface with roots, rock, waterfall. There is a spotted horse in the foreground. A moon in the sky, the north rocks of Cardou rise beyond great new-green beech trees.

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

Autumn Beech Rennes-les-Bains

Diminutive cascades deep within a beech wood flow in the shadow. The colours are of October where sunlight and leaf shade vibrate. The energy, generously counted out by the artist's brush is suggestive of an experience of nature where all is in flux.

Original
Oil on canvas
33" x 25"
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Autumn Beech River Salz

On an autumn afternoon with the sun disappearing behind the high hill of forest a monumental beech tree stands in its brown leafed phase on a bed of fallen leaves. The River Salz cascades green in the left foreground to balance the bowl of the beech. The forested hill is a pattern of perpendiculars rendered with brush strokes whose action is liberal and expressive.

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

Black Waterfall

Night is falling and the sky darkens from gold to crimson. Black water crashes from brown rock amid tall trees which form crepuscular green borders left and right. A dark shore rock bottom left contrasts a brighter river rock middle fore which still catches partial light. The fall itself is already in darkness. The brush work of the river is violent, carrying the destruction of day, yet the atmosphere is calm, inviting a world where, vision obscured, eternal sounds continue to run on.

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

Eagle River

The Eagle River flows through the Gorge de Galamus. In ancient dialect 'eagle' is agly. Crashing through a ceiliing of fig leaves this closely observed study of flowing water is treated in blues and pinks. Yellow sunlight occupies the top left. The rock forms are boldly delineated in earth tints. Shadows recede to deep brown.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60.5cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Forgotten Moon

The River Aude flows through the wooded gorges south of Limoux beneath the first crescent. Painted using the three primary colours and white in a search for simplicity.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery
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Nine Yellow Willows

The river is shallow, turbulent and stony where it flows between the curtains of the long leafed willow margins.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Galbe

A full moon on the way up and out of the deep gorge brings storms. Beside a torrential river the air is torrential. The birch leaves are yet to come into being. Wind over the River Galbe is loud and the forest shrinks to needles.

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

Aude at Axat

Fierce mountain waters travel across most of the picture in grays and greens. From the pale immediate foreground two tree forms arise left and right to frame a white river-wave low centre, and then cross in front of the green woods on the opposite shore. A feeling of hoary texture on the orange foreground tree-forms, through which we must view the sliding river, is conveyed by varied brush work and paint thicknesses.

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

September Dawn Pas de la Casa

Taken from a split second eye opening at dawn on freezing 1st of September 2013 and reinforced by impressions and drawings made summer 2014, this painting of mountain dawn at altitude 2000m, recreates light, cloud, rock and river.

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

La Fajeole

Beneath holly and oak and in the scarlets and crimsons upon the dancing river waves the presence of evening recurs. The distant mountains clad in their rags of spring snow range beneath the consistently southward moving sunsets of the season.

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