Water of the Spirits

Lake Minnewanka – Banff National Park, Alberta

This is a peaceful place. Walking along the water or climbing up the rocks, the scenery here is so beautiful. The Stoney people called this lake “Minn-waki” which means “Water of the Spirits”. This part of the Bow Valley is rich in history, going back 10,000 years. The colours of the lake are always changing with the flow of silt and the angle of the light. The less silt, the paler the colour of the lake. Often this is the case when fall approaches. When the evening sky is reflected the turquoise and green of day become deeper blue at night.

How wonderfully Lake Minnewanka captures the light at sunset and twilight. These glacial fed waters originate and flow not only from the Cascade Mountain and River, but also from the streams of Mount Inglismaldie, Mount Girouard and Mount Peechee. Clouds above are very animated from the wind gusts in the valley. Elements and altitude are thoughtfully mirrored with angled brushwork, carving out the mountain terrain and rendering the spacious, reflective sky. At night so majestic in presence and full of stars.

Next in this colourful archive is “Mountain High”

insitu for 2016 water of the spirits by tina monod - acrylic on wood panel 24x24x2
Insitu for © 2016 WATER OF THE SPIRITS by Tina Monod, Acrylic on Wood Panel 24x24x2″ Available

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.

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