Mapping the Great Divide

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Western Canadian Landscapes

These paintings of the great continental divide are both a mapping and a collection of Canadian Landscapes. Painted with acrylics on to gallery canvas 24×24″ and 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″, each painting has a painted edge of warm earth tone and is ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke and Yoho National Parks, in British Columbia… to Banff National Park, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

In total there are 11 images in this series. Already these are embracing the change of seasons and the beautiful colours which make the early falling snow, budding trees, colourful leaves and distant skies appear warm or cooler. Currently Mount Revelstoke and Yoho National Parks are part of the series; as well as the area between Lake Louise and Banff National Park.

Climbing mountains and painting mountains is an important part of this series. In life we climb many mountains, set goals, achieve them and then look back on just how far we have come. I hope that as you climb these mountains, you will gain a sense of beauty and elevation which makes living in Canada and exploring Canada’s majestic national parks such a joy.

Mapping the Great Divide

Cloud Forest

Reaching Elevation

Aspen Glow

Luminescent Divide

Journey Into Radiance

Alpine Illumine

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall

mapping the great divide painting series by tina monod - 3
Mapping the Great Divide painting series by Tina Monod

Luminescent Divide

luminescent divide by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Wapta Lake – Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Cathedral Mountain glows brightly, even from its peak as the sun begins to set. Snow in the upper elevations is luminescent. The glacier is beautiful and the surrounding area so scenic. Clouds unfurl and begin to settle around the summit for the night. They uniquely reflect part of this brightness creating a spectacular evening sky. This place is ideal for stargazing.

Cathedral is magical in the pink light. Dusk softens the vibrant colours and surroundings with deeper shadowed greens and violet shades. The upper valley, larch meadow and plateau are lovely. This is the Great Divide! Wapta Lake sparkles and adds a charm to this impressive view. The glacial lake is formed from Cataract Brook and Blue Creek in Yoho National Park, and is the source of the Kicking Horse River. The word Wapta means “running water” in the Cree language (Stoney Indian).

My brushes ascend and descend adding last light to the landmarks, which are about to sink into the velvety shadows. There is a true feeling of freedom here, reaching upwards into the sky. The waves below are playful in their motion. Movement is an important energy in this painting. Not only does it connect to the energy of this beautiful landscape, it links all the elements with a nice rhythm. Green blue glacier colours of the rockies tell us that we are at the continental divide, between Alberta and British Columbia. This area has been an important leg in many journeys, throughout my life.

luminescent divide by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
“Luminescent Divide” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Paintings are 24×24″ and 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke and Yoho National Parks, in British Columbia… to Banff National Park, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Cloud Forest

Reaching Elevation

Aspen Glow

Journey Into Radiance

Alpine Illumine

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall

Journey Into Radiance

journey into radiance by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5

Ancient Forests of Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Listen to the wind whistling through the forests of Yoho National Park. See the leaves catch the light and watch it filter down through the mountains to the subalpine valley below. Much is concealed by this pale green and gold canopy. Here in the park Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, western red cedar, hemlock, Engelmann spruce, larch and subalpine fir trees all thrive at various elevations. A radiance of many colours grows here.

Branches of silver white bark reach out from the foliage with a rainbow sheen. The leaves create a golden landscape. Rain drops glisten in a metallic, reflective way. They shower the moss covering rocky slopes and shale. Tall blue and green spruce trees soak in the moisture. In this rich habitat their branches grow outwards reaching for the sunlight. Every day in this short growing season the trees become stronger, older and more firmly rooted.

The terrain is rugged and tells many tales of time, with fossils going back 500 million years. More than 200 bird species are recorded within the park each year, living deep within the ancient forests. My brushes explore the opulent light and vibrant life here. I work quickly to capture the essence of this beauty in nature, so full of renewal.

journey into radiance by tina monod - acrylic on gallery canvas 24x24x1.5
“Journey Into Radiance” © Tina Monod, Acrylic on Gallery Canvas 24x24x1.5″

Mapping the Great Divide

Mapping the Great Divide is a collection of landscapes painted with acrylics onto gallery canvas. Paintings are 24×24″ and 16×20″ with a depth of 1.5″ and a painted edge, ready for hanging. These paintings explore some of Canada’s most beautiful national parks and Unesco world heritage sites. Each mountain image explores the Canadian Rockies from Revelstoke and Yoho National Parks, in British Columbia… to Banff National Park, Alberta. This series by Canadian artist and designer Tina Monod is about mountain culture, elevation and the beauty of mountains in Canada.

Cloud Forest

Reaching Elevation

Aspen Glow

Luminescent Divide

Alpine Illumine

Guided Grandeur

Prismatic Pass

Palliser Trail

Odaray Mountain Light

First Snowfall