Mount Ishbel, Sawback Range in Banff National Park, Alberta

North of the Bow Valley Parkway and east of Johnston Canyon in Alberta, life grows in the cradles of the Canadian Rockies. Mount Ishbel is at the heart of this and something rare to behold. These mystic cradles are often admired at a distance and up close. There are so many interesting angles here for an artist to sketch and paint.

Back in 1926, this mountain inspired Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris to create a majestic painting of strong geometrical elements. The results were fascinating, spiritual and almost mystical. Many individuals have appreciated and loved these distant peaks. Thirty years later, Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald of Great Britain named this mountain after his eldest daughter Ishbel, in 1956. Just last fall on November 25, 2016 the painting “Mountain Forms” by Harris sold at auction for $11.2 M with Heffel Fine Art. These moments in history are as amazing as this great Canadian landscape.

Wider brush strokes, like bigger steps help me to explore these rugged peaks freely. To emphasize strength I have painted with long, diagonal brush strokes. This vibrant place is more than rock and granite. A paynes gray underpainting and edge give a nice feeling of stone throughout the piece. Some of this gray wraps around the front of the canvas. As a result, there is a feeling of a page being turned in a book. Crevices in the rock face could be shadows, but become creative spaces for introducing bright jewels of colour. I add these to emphasize light and form.

mystic cradles © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 36x36x1.75
“Mystic Cradles” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 36x36x1.75″
mystic cradles by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 36x36x1.5

Sentimental Journeys

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 – 1.75″ 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.