All in Balance

all in balance © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Spray River in Banff National Park, Alberta

Nothing speaks more to me than the colour harmony! I am drawn to the warmth and turquoise here. Part of this 3 painting harmony is finding similar strengths… unity. Unique nuances surface and the feeling of earth and sky encompass, drawing me in, keeping me here in this place regardless of the time passing through us.

So great when a canvas is on the easel! My journey into the underpainting of Payne’s Gray is creative and reminds me of my first camera, shooting and developing black and white film. These trees are a dance of their own and the light coming through their branches is playful. Makes my heart feel light to experience this connection with what is tangible and yet so spiritual here in nature. Art for the soul, soul scape! 

This is a very impressionistic painting with miles of brushwork to go. I can’t wait to bring this light-filled forest to life. Tomorrow we move onto colour. The sky sections are luminous like stained glass designs.

Light is such an important element for the photos I take and the paintings they become. This is an incredible combination of golden light and emerald shadows. 

Palette and perspective. Always good to step back and realize how each painting is a process and has lead up to painting this moment! 

Painting is a love, it is a language. It’s moments like these that make me feel so grateful to have time in the studio to explore colour, texture, shapes and form.

all in balance © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
“All in Balance” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″
all in balance by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
ALL IN BALANCE 24X24

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 II

Peaceful Landmark

Deeper Wisdom

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Deeper Wisdom

deeper wisdom © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Spray River in Banff National Park, Alberta

A successful work of art is something that awakens the senses. In this painting “Deeper Wisdom” I can almost hear the echoes surface from the heart of this forest. I am really pleased with the flow of this piece, right down to the original layer of Payne’s Gray. It is this initial underpainting that whispers with a deep blue shade of indigo – nature’s denim. No matter how I feel about this painting, there is a big grin on my face. I can’t help but think that some paintings just paint themselves!

The tall tree trunks and whispering branches here are so intriguing. Patterns are created from the rhythms of positive and negative space. I’m finding beautiful tensions in this composition as my brushes weave both light and shadow. This kind of forest light is really special to work with. The stage is set with just beautiful light filtering down through the trees. Earth tones and rare violet hues blend on my woodland palette.

Painting in natural light is so important, especially when navigating landscapes. On rainy days the light seems to be best in the afternoon. Today will be one of those days. I simply love the robin’s egg blue in this palette. There is a dreamy quality to these free-floating colours. Working the paint with just the right viscosity, lightness and freedom. Fresh from the easel!

The complexities of this piece are numerous, deep in this forest of “Deeper Wisdom”. Everything in this painting is a network, connecting and talking to one another. A nice colour harmony. To be an artist is a privilege and it has been wonderful to stand in these spaces collectively with nature. Every painting is a sentimental journey for me.

deeper wisdom © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
“Deeper Wisdom” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″
deeper wisdom by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
DEEPER WISDOM 24X24

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 II

Peaceful Landmark

All in Balance

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Peaceful Landmark

peaceful landmark © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

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. 

peaceful landmark © tina monod, acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
“Peaceful Landmark” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″
peaceful landmark by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
PEACEFUL LANDMARK 24X24

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 II

Deeper Wisdom

All in Balance

Shop Art and Design

Original Art on Square

Design Collections at VIDA

Design Collections at Red Bubble

Designs at Society6