John Slavin Art

Portfolio: 9. The Wonder Tales

Narrative Painting from Scottish Traveller Storytelling

Hounds and Hares

A scene in the metamorphosis of Jack and Marigold from Duncan Williamson's Scottish Traveller tale 'Two Ravens'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
40cm x 50cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud
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Jack and Marigold

Scene from the traditional Scottish Traveller tale 'Two Ravens' by Duncan Williamson (1928-2007). Created for exhibition and animated film work by Christine Martin of ScotlandsMusic 2022.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm

Marigold's Metamorphosis

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Two Ravens'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 150cm
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
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One-Eyed with the Ravens

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Two Ravens'

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
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Jack and Mother

The Traveller folk hero Jack is consulting with his Mother about the Land of the Ravens and is it true? From the legacy of international ballad and story by traditional Traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson (1928-2007).

Original
Acrylic on canvas
50cm x 40cm

The Flying Horse of Earthdom

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Flying Horse of Earthdom'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 80cm
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Princess Swan Sister

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'Twelve White Swans'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Life Room
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Jack and his Cuckoo

From the traditional Traveller tale, 'Jack and the Singing Leaves', the folk hero mends the broken wing of a wild cuckoo.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
51cm x 41cm
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside

A Thorn in the King's Foot

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Thorn in the King's Foot'

Original
Acrylic on canvas
80cm x 100cm
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside

Rabbit's Blood

Illustration of Duncan Williamson's wonder tale from Scottish Traveller tradition, 'The Fying Horse of Earthdom'.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 150cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud

La Mer la Moocht

The merman returns to his undersea home intending to take his friend, the old fisherman, with him. Traveller tale by Duncan Williamson, published by Penguin and Floris Books.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 35cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud

The Queen of Knowledge

From the third and final part to the 'Twelve White Swans' in the telling of this international wonder tale by Scots Traveller Duncan Williamson . . . 'If you had dreamed your dream out to the end,' says the Queen of Knowledge to her son seeking the cure to the prince's swan-wing-arm. Set near Waverley Station, Edinburgh.

Original
Oil on canvas
90cm x 60cm

Princess and the Cuckoo

The drop of a tear from the eye of the princess will transform the cuckoo into his true self, a prince.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
46cm x 36cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud

The Swan's Egg

The princess will break the swan's egg over the prince's arm to complete his return to human form.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
61cm x 46cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud