Canadian Artist Tina Monod in Arabella Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue

canadian artist tina monod in arabella magazine’s 10th anniversary Issue - page 236 - 2018

A Canadian Artist To Collect

ARABELLA Magazine has arrived in the mail and at my front door. It was a nice surprise to find that the latest issue in the bookstores, celebrates this publication’s 10th-Anniversary! The beautiful cover stock beckoned with glossy and sleek pages waiting to be turned. I realized then that this project has carried me on a wonderful journey into loving Canadian art and culture. For almost 3 years I have dreamt of this day and now… here it is! This issue so full of art and design is just so amazing!!

When I first contacted ARABELLA Magazine, I was eager to get a better sense of the work they have done with other artists. Also from a storytelling perspective, I was searching for new meaning in my work. I became very interested in their writing and what we might accomplish together.

Sharing a love of art and storytelling with a larger audience was my goal. Connecting with Debra Usher took some time. Eventually, the time was right and she rang me up from her office in New Brunswick. A beagle barking in the background made me laugh. I asked about the dog and Debra jokingly said that she has several dogs. There was great joy in her voice when she said: “there have always been dogs and there will always be dogs!” This alone warmed my heart.

As my story grew, we spoke about many things that are noteworthy in my work and things that are important to focus on. At the time I was dealing with an injury and found it hard to stand for long periods of time at the easel. Debra mentioned that when painting a landscape one must always paint a way in and a paint way out. This allows the elements of a landscape to naturally unfold.

Focusing on this alone made it easier to paint difficult scenery and with this shift came a positive alignment. I forgot about the landscape challenging me and I stopped worrying about physical pain. Soon I was painting ascents and descents without hesitation. I was climbing my mountains and healing, to enjoy all the things that matter the most.

canadian artist tina monod in arabella magazine’s 10th anniversary Issue - page 251 and 252 - 2018
Canadian Artist Tina Monod in ARABELLA Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue pages 251 and 252 – Vol. 11, Issue 1, 2018

Reaching Elevation

From this moment on, the decisions I made as an artist began to change and take shape with new awareness. I began seeing myself in a timeline of my own creation shaped by choices. My personal relationships with friends and family became more important and my professional relationships with the art world of collectors, buyers, galleries, educators, and artists began to challenge me in new and different ways.

For many years I was privileged to work with and know many brilliant and creative people in my career. Now I felt part of a flow, where I was doing more than just learning and facilitating change. As a creator, I saw how I had influenced others. Life is a dance, an exchange of energy that keeps on giving. Mentoring allows us to help one another give with meaning. When we create we influence someone.

A special artist connection with ARABELLA Magazine evolved from our many hours of thought and effort. When you look back on your life’s work there is always research to fine tune. It is important to get the details just right. Memories of an artist can be so expressive and I really wanted to be as factual as possible. Many of the artists who have inspired me are no longer with us and so I found myself deep in nostalgia – remembering what they had accomplished and realizing how far I had come. My work as an artist and designer, the cities I have lived in and the places I have exhibited at were all special learning experiences.

Fast forward a few years, with snow on snow, long winters and short summers and my story has taken on new meaning. In the months between the first draft and the final version, I was working on 4 different painting series. A lot can change!

In this true spirit of collaboration, I am grateful for the opportunity to add my story and style to the Canadian Art collection that is ARABELLA. Imagine if all the hundreds of artists who rowed this same boat and countless issues could be together in the same room! It certainly feels like we are when I read the latest issue! Whether it be a digital edition or a print edition, there is a real love of art and it translates beautifully.

ARABELLA Magazine is a Canadian Art publication which appeals to many readers. What begins with artists, architects and interior designers grows and nurtures the affections of a vast readership. Subscribers are gallerists and gallerinas, collectors and curators, educators and students, writers and publishers alike. It is an honour to be a part of this much-loved issue featured with so many amazing artists and their art. Thank you and Happy Anniversary ARABELLA!!

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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 24×24

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

Peaceful Landmark

Deeper Wisdom

All in Balance

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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 24×24

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

Peaceful Landmark

Deeper Wisdom

Shop Art and Design

Original Art on Square

Design Collections at VIDA

Design Collections at Red Bubble

Designs at Society6