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.
Next in this colourful archive is “Bright Into the Night”
Wilderness Expressions is a series of acrylic paintings created on black gessoed gallery wood panels. There are 10 paintings 24x24x2″ in this starry sky painting collection for those who love stars. This art work by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod takes viewers and collectors into some of the more hidden and remote adventure trails, lakes and oceans on the west coast of British Columbia. Views from the Okanagan Valley with familiar wide open spaces and the majestic mountains of Banff and Jasper, Alberta complete this adventure. All are precious gems in the landscape of Canada for us to protect, explore and enjoy.