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.
As a painter, my brush is telling the stories. Fluid in my process, I will come back to this spirit island when the last painting is done.
Next in this colourful archive is “Beneath the Stars”
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.