John Slavin Art

Portfolio: 3a. Cardou, Rennes-les-Bains and River Salz

Beltane Moon (The Valley of the Magdalen)

Beltane 2015 and the moon is on the wane above the tall trunks of the beech trees found along the shady banks of the River Salz. Mary Magdalen left the Holy Land and came to France with the Mother of God. Alone, in silence she spent thirty years in a wooded space, through which a river ran centrally, hills and mountains were surrounding. This is a painting of that space, identified as the Valley of the River Salz.

The painting is available from
https://www.tyrrellartgallery.com/artists/john-slavin/

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm

£350.00
Can be seen at John Slavin Morningside

The Salz Yellow Cascade and Hazel

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at Collingwood College, Durham University
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Spring Meadow River Salz

Original
Oil on canvas
83cm x 63cm
Can be seen at Collingwood College, Durham University
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The Green Woods of Cardou

Cardou is ‘corps de Dieu’ or ‘coeur de Dieu’ that is, body or heart of God. Some believe the bones of Jesus rest on the summit. The path will take you in spiral, beneath leaves which are here treated stylistically, towards your ascent.

Original
Acrylic on canvas
60cm x 50cm
Can be seen at swg3.tv
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Autumn Rain River Salz

From the Roman baths at the roadside before entering
Rennes les Bains, one can see the rain swollen River Salz tumbling through the rock and forest. Line and colour in density are active throughout the painting. A dull day but rich in contrasts.

Original
Oil on canvas
76cm x 60cm
Can be seen at The Sutton Gallery
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Cardou through Las Hieros Forest

The pilgrim's way to Cardou comes through here. Obscured by green leaves and primeval forest the mountain is merely an orange triangle -- the point of two lines meeting high in a night sky where legend says the bones of Jesus are laid to rest.

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

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
83cm x 63cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud

Autumn Sunset Rennes les Bains

The sun is reflected in waters of the River Salz
as she passes through the gardens. The treatment
of the paint is exceptionally thick and the
complications of ripple and twig carry the dying
flares of sunlight to every part of the painting.

Original
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
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Cascade Rennes les Bains

The cascade of water by the rocks on the left harmonises with the mood and spirit of the trees in this diminutive and tranquil meeting of waters. A moment of flow and attribution is set among delicate traceries beneath sky and cloud.

Original
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
Can be seen at Scottish Storytelling Centre
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Cardou from Blanchefort

Across a carpet of pale forest from a rocky precipice of foreground the violent rock form of Cardou rises uninhibitedly into the rainbow dome of sky. Bugarach is visible in the distance to the right. The high valley of the Aude begins here and in mystic correspondence the pentacle of Venus finds one of her starry points.

Original
Oil on canvas
63cm x 84cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud

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
76cm x 61cm
Can be seen at Taigh na Teud