Bow Falls in Banff National Park, Alberta
Nature has its own narrative and transforms us when we connect with it. Certain places shape us with experiences, which lead to wonderful stories, storytellers and listeners. I have learnt that the more we connect with our natural environments… the more our energy grows in new and interesting ways. Everything in life is an exchange of energy and from that spark something special and unique will often grow. Bow Falls is a special place where I have been walking in my father’s footsteps. It is part of a sentimental journey.
So how does an artist harness all the energy of nature, emotion and memories? How can an ordinary canvas contain all that fills one’s dreams, heart and soul? It is never enough for me to take photographs and create sketches. Nor is it ever enough to journal impressions, words and ideas. It is canvas which breathes and provides the right means for my visual expression. I choose a perfectly square format that is equal in all dimensions. I connect this painting with another painted similarly to carry the view onwards. Furthering and flowing with the Bow River.
When I contemplate art, I see paintings as forms of energy contained. So full of infinite details, experience and memory. I wonder will my art on the walls share a sense of rhythm and movement? Will my brush strokes travel beyond their canvas appearing more lively and interactive? In my endeavour to give people a fresh experience, it is colour which truly brings my stories to life. My brushes interplay with the light, a breeze, pending weather and unique mountain atmosphere. When completed, each of my pieces will appear different and full of energetic movement.
What I paint is more than a scenic postcard to scribble on and send far away. Every time I stand at the easel to paint, there is a merging of mind, soul and senses. My body has a memory of the places I am painting, I have been here recently and also as a young girl with my family. I feel all this when I am painting mountain paths and routes – ascending, traversing and descending. My awareness of time enters a state of flow where present, past and future become one on the canvas surface. I feel this story in the beginning of a journey, a place for adventure, and finally a place to sit or rest. A place to be.
Landscapes contain many elements. A sense of the weather to come. An event that has just happened such as snow, frost, rain and the direction of the sun. It is something passed down in my family from generation to generation, to always be reliable. Always be wise and one step ahead. A Swiss Guide always knows what to expect and is prepared for every probability. When I choose to paint a landscape, I am guiding. I am Gerry Monod’s daughter and he has taught me well. There is a sense of something beautiful and intuitive in this brushwork… and the best is yet to come.
Sentimental Journeys is a collection of alpine landscapes painted with acrylics on to gallery wrapped canvas. Paintings are 24×24″ and 36×36″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a granite gray painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore trails, both nostalgic and new. Their locations will forever be sentimental and special. This landscape series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about the beauty close and far, near and within Banff National Park and surrounding areas.