John Slavin Art

Portfolio: 4. Tree Woven Lands

Deep Wood

Two ancient chestnut trees lean across the forest path. Painted by torchlight, this nocturne on a muddy path shows where the wild boar run after rain.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
55cm x 50cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Le Jardin de la Foret

A studio painting made from more than a dozen detailed pen and pencil drawings of sycamore, oak, chestnut, mountain, rock and herb.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
70cm x 90cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Montagne de Taube

The foreground consists of light-play in grass either side of a stony track which descends to a tangle of bushes out of which rise two Scots pines. In the distance the valley is a sea of cloud from which rise high mountains. Overhead the golden limbs of a cherry tree descend, their leaves catching sunlight. The last cherry of the season hangs in the top left.

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

Pine Tree Campoussy

Viridian green pine needles in a darkness where the mountainside is obscure and the foreground littered with smashed rocks. The painting is very heavily worked and seeks to capture this ancient wooden character, riven, distorted, blasted by drought and wind. The central pillar of the tree sends branches out beyond our picture space. In ancient stasis we find gesture and a mirroring, in brush stroke, of human muscle and brain. a primarily important subject for the artist; a tree.

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

Pine Trees at Gruissan

Pine trees distorted by mountain wind and sea wind writhe. Beneath shaded boughs serpentine forms weave. The tree trunks themselves are surrounded by sunlight which is rendered in short vertical strokes. A scene of many arching curving tree forms beneath a blue sky on a sunlit hill.

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

Serbairou

Orchids, grass, massive tree roots, overhanging leaves and standing dead trees are arranged against a distant mountain Bugarach beneath a troubled sky.

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

The Overgrown Path

Oak trees line a path deep into the afternoon forests. A shattered mosaic of light, leaf, branch and rock litters the way.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
41cm x 33cm
Can be seen at The Secret Gallery

Two Yellow Mushrooms

Smooth contrasts with thorny, light with shade, in a celebration of hot colour where bright leaves are decked out like flags above the path. Two yellow mushrooms post the way.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 55cm

Sarrat Cayrol Forest Dusk

The weary traveller finds an idyllic spot where a fire may be made and a gurgling stream listened to. Among large mossy boulders pine and beech rise to obscure the starry heavens. All is at the extreme of day; only afterglow makes the scene visible.

Original
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv

Tree

Beneath a stormy sky a long and lonely forest path wends its way to the Tree. This ancient individual manifests an arcane alphabet and even suggests the eye of the goddess.

Original
Oil on canvas
80cm x 80cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv

Evening Beech Trees

A westering sun casts a yellow light through a transparent forest where blue shadow reaches out from the undergrowth. Two paths converge on the way to the west.

Original
Oil on canvas

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"

Full Moon Winter Solstice

Lunar seasonal work December 2015.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 50cm