Into the Alpine Forest of Yoho National Park, British Columbia
High up in the mountains is where I would rather be. The alpine air feels so pure and the environment is living and growing in harmony with the seasons. Here the many colours inspire endless colour relationships in my paintings. The research for this painting of Yoho National Park, explores subalpine meadows, carpets of colourful splendour and mountains in their spontaneous bloom. The Canadian Rockies are a stunning vista to capture with sketches and acrylic painting on canvas.
Where the rock is harder and stronger the palette shifts to yellow ochre and a lighter cream shade with a pale sap green. In areas of weaker and softer rock due to alpine erosion brushes find a tint of quinacridone magenta and cerulean blue. Deeper shades in their blue violet nestle in with the many forests.
This alpine valley is a sight to behold! Full of thick forest and rocky glacial moraines, my paint brushes are busy dipping into the trails and sloping the vertical areas of tree line and rock faces. In Yoho Valley the glorious hiking trails weave gently along several high alpine plateaus. The small mountain village of Field, British Columbia offers a deep connection to the surroundings of this great continental divide. It is my deepest intent to brighten and illuminate those connections in this painting.
Mapping the Great Divide
Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Paintings are 24×24″ and 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke and Yoho National Parks, in British Columbia… to Banff National Park, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.