Beneath the Stars

2016 beneath the stars by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Chesterman Beach – Tofino, British Columbia

Pacific National Rim Park Reserve of Canada is a place infinite in its mystical beaches and powerful tides. For an artist it is a landscape forever changing and full of treasures. The white sand paradise of Chesterman Beach and tidal pools of marine life offer hours of fascination. The waves are magnificent and the fine sea mist is so refreshing. When night time fog blends with the salty air, you can hear hundreds of barnacles opening and closing. All at once hidden life forms shift with the tide.

Beneath the Stars, this cradle of salt water and sand is all I need. As darkness falls, I take one last look of this rugged west coast. My vision adjusts, my mind roams. There is so much beauty to mingle with here. My eyes traverse the paths of the constant stars. The skies open up with an evening show of constellations. Time stretches on forever. It is no surprise that few people have ever wanted to leave Tofino, British Columbia.

Each morning I have awakened to the language of the ocean, its roar and rhythm, which wrap and envelop all life. To be one with this coastal landscape adds new focus and inspiration to my work. Painting these inner souvenirs will eventually grow like the sand and grit in a mussel shell. Something perfect like a pearl, and all in good time.

2016 beneath the stars by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
BENEATH THE STARS by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Stars Come Out

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Over the Moon

2016 over the moon by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Spirit Island – Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta

On a moonlit night I am drawn to Maligne Lake, the second largest glacier-fed lake in the world. Many people I know have also visited the surrounding peaks and 3 glaciers above the lake. My first introduction to this special place was leafing through the page of a vintage photo album. A sepia photograph here connected me to a rich and vibrant history. I will always feel “over the moon” about this breathtakingly beautiful destination. While my words really can not describe the beauty of this place, the emotion on my palette and brushes can. When painting the colours of the lake I experience a feeling for nature that is full of wonder, so calm and dear.

Mere words cannot totally describe the beauty of Spirit Island. It is a delight to explore. Everything has its place and maintains a perfect balance of colour harmony and composition. All the elements come together like a rich tapestry weaving in transitions and seasons. There is a timeless strength in this island with the positioning of tall trees. Light is reflected in the most beautiful ways through the pines, around the mountains and here on this starry, starry night of wishes.

2016 over the moon by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
OVER THE MOON by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Beneath the Stars

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Bright Into the Night

© 2016 bright into the night by tina monod, acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Bedwell Harbour – Pender Island, British Columbia

All is sleeping under the cosmos. A perfect order is traced in the patterns of heavenly bodies and charted star clusters. Bedwell Harbour is a beautiful place to take in both astronomy and marine harmony. What an amazing day it has been. Harbour seals swam with us everywhere. Now and then they would break the surface of the water and share their thoughtful faces. Softly they appear and even their whiskers do not ripple the water. We have also enjoyed watching a baby loon ride safely on its mother’s back. Together their feathered water taxi navigated all with grace. Sea otters in their slumber holding paws and floating in their connected way delighted us also.

Summertime on Pender Island is forever magical and the perfect remote place for observing the millions of little stars. Each in their sparkle make up this glowing, sky of luminosity. On this beautiful evening I am counting a trillion stars, collecting as many as I can in my mind’s eye for this painting… which at long last has come into being. Nature has made me a star catcher and only when I have filled my soul with stars will I sleep the best of all sleeps, dreaming deep into a soft, soft night. Stars are always in the process of becoming. They hold years and years of galaxy secrets. How beautiful this is when you really think about it.

© 2016 bright into the night by tina monod, acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
BRIGHT INTO THE NIGHT by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Over the Moon

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Campfire Sings

2016 campfire sings by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2

Nitinat Lake – Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Like a torch in the night, this campfire illuminates the beauty of the Nitinat River Provincial Park. This image is the first painting in a new series called the “Wilderness Expressions”. Come sit around the fire’s glow overlooking the lake and listen to this boldly beautiful collection of adventures. I’d love to hear about yours also. The journey into this Pacific Rim National Park Reserve was physically challenging and extremely rewarding. Back in the day, we planed 6 foot waves in a canoe and portaged without bridges or boardwalks. The scenery was spectacular, especially when walking across a log just 30 feet above the forest canopy carrying our canoes. Needless to say we fell in love with the West Coast Trail (WCT).

Sometimes memories of this coastal wilderness come back to find me curious and eager to return and explore much more as it was such a great experience. There were lots of fun things to do like climbing, diving off the cliffs and enjoying the relaxing cool water. We even built a sweat lodge that worked on a 3 body rotation. On our last night we opened a bottle of red wine to enjoy with a dinner of stroganoff. There was even a home made cheese cake baked in the sand by the fire pit. We paddled a bit afterwards in our canoes and then laid down flat drifting along the quiet waters. There can be no greater feeling of peace than when buoyant, weightless and invisible in the indigo darkness surrounded by the reflections of stars and gazing into the heavens above.

As a painter, my brush is telling the stories. Fluid in my process, I will come back to this circle of fire when the last painting is done.

2016 campfire sings by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
CAMPFIRE SINGS by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″

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Wilderness Expressions

Wilderness Expressions is a star filled collection painted with acrylics onto black gallery wood panels. Each painting is 24×24″ with a depth of 2″ and a polished black edge ready for hanging. These nocturne paintings explore some of the most beautiful and remote trails in Canada. Each image of the west coast and Okanagan Valley explores the lakes, oceans and wide open spaces of British Columbia. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod also adventures into the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta.

Next in this colourful archive is “Bright Into the Night

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Interview with EAST of the City

Monod Art & Design as seen in EAST Magazine

Art & Recognition

Early this February we were pleasantly surprised to receive an email from writer Amanda Walsh asking us to appear in EAST of the City magazine. Without hesitation, we said yes and became very interested in appearing in a feature article written by her. It is always a pleasure to leaf through the print issues of this local Durham publication. We see it on the coffee tables of every local business, inside Starbucks and outside of the GO Transit stations.

As a small business, we are greatly interested in lifestyle articles and unique individuals that EAST of the City magazine features. It is a people-to-people publication and the pages of every issue are about entrepreneurs sharing their inspiration and life’s lessons. We are so proud to be a part of this collection of artists and business owners who add value and sustainability to their community daily. Now the issue is in circulation and has been delivered to over 25,000 local homes.

Today we are very excited with how Amanda has featured our art. She was very thoughtful, asking about those main inspirations to become an artist. We had to really think about this, as creativity has really been a footprint everywhere that we go. The truth is when you are born into an artistic family… there is no greater love! We come from several entrepreneurial Monod generations that are talented in art, design, music, teaching, coaching, guiding and loving the great outdoors.

Creative DNA is in every inspiration, design thought and team-based collaboration of what we do and the project flow. Each brush stroke on canvas is a decisive moment, a calculated risk and a path carved into unchartered terrain. There have been many important lessons with developing a style. It is like nature forever adapting, growing and changing. Some elements of training one never forgets. Special teachers and teams whom we have shared cool experiences are a part of us everywhere we go in life. That said, credits go out to special fearless leaders, passionate in their examples as parents and mentors.

Artistic influencers are so, so many. It is hard to say that just one artist in history has shown us something truly revolutionary, when we see so many great examples every day. Design has taught us that it’s great to be part of history and making history every day. Art is a fantastic adventure. It whispers to create change in the world around us. We are forever designing for change… and through art and design creating change.

The artists that we will especially be most grateful to are those who could see a child’s potential, eager for creative expression. What stands out is a love and active listening of people and their stories. We listen carefully and commit words to memory.

The art of listening has served us well in truly understanding what is at the heart of a client’s business and the value that we bring to our customers. The same holds true with the portrait commissions and art that we create for people’s homes. So many interesting questions! We are really very grateful to have been interviewed by Amanda Walsh. It was refreshing to find someone who loves to talk about the technical and emotional aspects of an artist’s creative process.

A week or so after Amanda’s first draft, winter delivered much more snow and arctic cold to all of Ontario. A true western flower misses having spring come sooner. On the coldest days, we think of ski instructing on the hills at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Every day there regardless of the weather, is a day of fun. So, we were busy clearing a lot of snow that week, but when it came time to rendezvous with photographer Jason Chow, the roads were smooth and clear.

It was a sunny and crisp day with most of the snow plowed when we met the artful complement to Amanda’s story. Jason Chow did not mind the winter trek that day. It was very enjoyable to meet this fellow snow and ski enthusiast! Not only was Jason a real high note in our day Jason Chow Photography, he truly captured some great moments. With a little patience, our wire fox terrier gave up on testing this new guest.

It was also nice that Jason made it to our art exhibition “Hearts & Gardens” on its very last day. One always feels like an empty shell on a beach when an art exhibition has run its course. Jason however left us with some great advice afterwards, that we are the sum of the people we meet. After that, we could not wait to see the final editorial version, layout, and design! Metroland Media Durham Publication Manager, Annie Henderson was quick to respond to every thought and change in the digital process. Now the results of our efforts are published and if you missed the print magazine you can find the digital version online!!

EAST of the City, Interview with Tina Monod – PDF

A Year in Modern Dog

Monod Art & Design in Modern Dog Magazine

Digital & Print

Modern Dog is the lifestyle magazine for dogs and their companions. From 2014 to 2015, it was a pleasure to be featured in their print publications and part of a thriving industry of people who love and respect their pets. Along with creating print ads and banners for their online market place our art and design was featured online in their “FAVE Finds” reviews. Here are some of the designs we did with inspiration from our studio wire fox terrier Joey Manno, whom as you can see loves all four seasons of romp and play. It was a real pleasure to be a part of this fun loving Canadian publication, receiving each issue in the mail and purchasing their very affordable app versions for mobile viewing. It was really great interfacing with Julia Klymenko and the Modern Dog team in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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“If you’re true dog-lover, you should definitely consider decorating your home with some cool looking dog art. Monod Art & Design is all about exploring the facets with digital illustration, digital design, and acrylic painting. Tina Monod, the artist, will help you catch the best feature of your best friend!”

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Monod Art & Design in Modern Dog Magazine
Monod Art & Design in Modern Dog Magazine