Spray River Loop in Banff National Park, Alberta
This unique painting is about many things both compelling and marvelous. Bringing something majestic and beautiful from the outdoors – indoors is a creative and peaceful feeling. Beauty has so many layers for an artist to reveal. Finding the wind in the clouds with my brushes is a good place to start. Working top-down, sky to forest… rapid brushwork begins to fill up the base surface of Payne’s Gray. The underpainting, connects us to the granite beneath and the mountains above.
Mapping the terrain and progressing is a special part of landscape painting. Some details you embrace and some you leave behind to simplify what the viewer will see. That is important when it comes to creating a feeling of peace. Less is more, works best with a peaceful scene. This painting has just the right amount of details. The river winds gracefully and invites the viewer to explore its banks.
Layering in the sky adds both energy and mystique. There is a traveling expanse of clouds lifting. It is this atmosphere of moisture that adds a freshness. The sky is opening up while the layers are deepening. My paintbrushes are lifting the beauty here. Such a spirited image!
All is unfolding wonderfully with this landscape of tiny brush strokes. Lots of detail to cover with just the underpainting. It’s a lot to focus on, but this step always smooths the painting process. Every step from research to hiking, photographing, creating brings the viewer closer to this special place.
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.