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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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.

“Art is compassionate. It’s about life… loving, forgiving, nurturing. It’s about nature and connection. An unconditional love for the earth, the mountains. Every brush stroke is a flow of kindness, adding value to the moment.” – Tina Monod.

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

Peaceful Landmark

Deeper Wisdom

All in Balance

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

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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

Shop Art and Design

Original Art on Square

Design Collections at VIDA

Design Collections at Red Bubble

Designs at Society6