Sentimental Journeys

true clarity and mystic cradles by tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 36x36x1.5 - sentimental journeys series - banff sojourns

Banff Sojourns

“Sentimental Journeys” is a series about a love for mountains. These new mountain culture paintings are a continuation from the series “Mapping the Great Divide”. The work is consistently vibrant in nature. “Wilderness Expressions” was the original spark for these images of altitude and elevation. What began with nocturne paintings, mountains and stars to wish upon, has lead me to paint uniquely and boldly beautiful, Canadian landscapes.

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.

Mystic Cradles

True Clarity

Beyond the Dream

Pure Magic

Following Destiny

Bow Legends I

Bow Legends II

true clarity and mystic cradles by tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 36x36x1.75 - sentimental journeys series - banff sojourns
“True Clarity” and “Mystic Cradles” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 36x36x1.75″ – Sentimental Journeys series – Banff Sojourns
beyond the dream and pure magic by tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5 - sentimental journeys series - banff sojourns
“Beyond the Dream” and “Pure Magic” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″ – Sentimental Journeys series – Banff Sojourns

Bow Legends II

bow legends 2 - acrylic painting 24x24 by tina monod - diptych right

Bow Falls in Banff National Park, Alberta

Painting Bow Legends II is a feeling of free flowing energy. This painting rushes into the world with life, depth and colour. In my lifetime, I have been reunited with many of my paintings. All are near and dear to me, truly special. Part of honing one’s skills is to continuously be growing with new experiences. It always feels really good to learn from my paintings again. Large or small, each has a purpose and a story.

bow legends 2 - acrylic painting 24x24 by tina monod - diptych right
Bow Legends II – Acrylic painting 24×24 by Tina Monod – Diptych Right

Legends happen in the most amazing places. Many times I have walked along the beautiful Bow River and Bow Valley Trail. There is so much history here. Even the footprints of my parents have been here. For me they will always be legends. I have been here also with my sister. As we passed through as a family, time passed through us. Paintings connect the memories.

To help translate this beauty into energy I have created areas with sparkle. As always the light above glows in various parts of the alpine forests. An impressionistic style of brush strokes helps to achieve just the right atmosphere. Whether it be moonbeams or sun beams, there is always an abundance dancing with light and sparkle.

Mount Rundle is a majestic and mysterious vista. There is a feeling of peace when it quietly and gracefully disappears into the veils of mist. The Bow River rushes below while the banks become lush and the forests grow. As I complete the 2 paintings which comprise this diptych – I feel so grateful. These paintings bridge old and new, helping me to unlock passion, capability and spirit in all that I do. My art is a contribution to the world.

bow legends diptych paintings by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.52
Bow Legends diptych paintings by Tina Monod – acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.52

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″ 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.

Mystic Cradles

True Clarity

Beyond the Dream

Pure Magic

Following Destiny

Bow Legends I

Bow Legends I

bow legends 1 - acrylic painting 24x24 by tina monod - diptych left

Bow Falls in Banff National Park, Alberta

Nature has its own narrative and transforms us when we connect with it. Certain places shape us with experiences, which lead to wonderful stories, storytellers and listeners. I have learnt that the more we connect with our natural environments… the more our energy grows in new and interesting ways. Everything in life is an exchange of energy and from that spark something special and unique will often grow. Bow Falls is a special place where I have been walking in my father’s footsteps. It is part of a sentimental journey.

bow legends 1 - acrylic painting 24x24 by tina monod - diptych left
Bow Legends I – Acrylic painting 24×24 by Tina Monod – Diptych Left

So how does an artist harness all the energy of nature, emotion and memories? How can an ordinary canvas contain all that fills one’s dreams, heart and soul? It is never enough for me to take photographs and create sketches. Nor is it ever enough to journal impressions, words and ideas. It is canvas which breathes and provides the right means for my visual expression. I choose a perfectly square format that is equal in all dimensions. I connect this painting with another painted similarly to carry the view onwards. Furthering and flowing with the Bow River.

When I contemplate art, I see paintings as forms of energy contained. So full of infinite details, experience and memory. I wonder will my art on the walls share a sense of rhythm and movement? Will my brush strokes travel beyond their canvas appearing more lively and interactive? In my endeavour to give people a fresh experience, it is colour which truly brings my stories to life. My brushes interplay with the light, a breeze, pending weather and unique mountain atmosphere. When completed, each of my pieces will appear different and full of energetic movement.

What I paint is more than a scenic postcard to scribble on and send far away. Every time I stand at the easel to paint, there is a merging of mind, soul and senses. My body has a memory of the places I am painting, I have been here recently and also as a young girl with my family. I feel all this when I am painting mountain paths and routes – ascending, traversing and descending. My awareness of time enters a state of flow where present, past and future become one on the canvas surface. I feel this story in the beginning of a journey, a place for adventure, and finally a place to sit or rest. A place to be.

Landscapes contain many elements. A sense of the weather to come. An event that has just happened such as snow, frost, rain and the direction of the sun. It is something passed down in my family from generation to generation, to always be reliable. Always be wise and one step ahead. A Swiss Guide always knows what to expect and is prepared for every probability. When I choose to paint a landscape, I am guiding. I am Gerry Monod’s daughter and he has taught me well. There is a sense of something beautiful and intuitive in this brushwork… and the best is yet to come.

bow legends diptych paintings by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.52
Bow Legends diptych paintings by Tina Monod – acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.52

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″ 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.

Mystic Cradles

True Clarity

Beyond the Dream

Pure Magic

Following Destiny

Bow Legends II