Selkirk Mountains, Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
When it snows, I see how everything is connected. That soft gray backdrop behind the falling snowflakes becomes a veil of softest blue and pale green. Elements of this landscape become strong and forever… while others swirl and transition.
Painting “First Snowfall” is about a journey I made last September to reconnect with family and the amazing power of mountains. The greater the elevation, the happier I became. It was good to be back home in western Canada and fuelled with artistic inspiration. This piece is the first in my new series “Mapping the Great Divide” which celebrates places in the Canadian Rockies. So many of these majestic spaces simply and endlessly inspire the O’ Canada in all of us!
This image from Mount Revelstoke National Park really captures my imagination with all the elements of rock, wind, sky and forest. Snow has so many variations to capture and makes this view so captivating. Some areas are distinctly snowy and others gently merge with the divisions of white space and colour. As a painter my challenge was to work with the changing fog and mountain air. So with conditions both atmospheric and mysterious I began to recreate this experience on canvas. As I explored this terrain, there was a focus on the couloirs. My one thought was that this landscape should be skiable. If I can ski it, I can paint it – and off I go!
Much of my time in the studio was spent seeing the many shades of white that this piece allows. There is a feeling of peace in these mountains and a purposeful wind carrying that first snowfall downward and into the valley. Behind the layers of transparency my brushes lift nature’s veil. Wisps of snowy powder filter through the treetops. Pure magic! The brushwork stands on its own, silent with a light echo. Such a thrill to experience the snow falling in September at the beginning of this journey home.
Sometimes I think that mountains are a means for achieving our personal goals in life. That said I believe that they are landmarks of strength, which we embrace through ascents and descents. That good fortune is a true give and take, exhilarating and a true reward. Painting a sky that relates to the strength of this mountain and changing weather patterns was a creative lesson of its own. It is also just the beginning of many perceptions and recognitions.
“First Snowfall” is part of a new painting series called “Mapping the Great Divide”. This new collection by artist and designer Tina Monod celebrates a journey, majestic mountains, family heritage and Canada’s 150th birthday year. These fresh O’ Canada landscapes help one to appreciate and enjoy the incredible beauty and freedom of a country rich in nature, history and culture. We are so fortunate to have national parks like these to explore.
Mapping the Great Divide – Painting Series: