Melissa McKinnon: Artist

Melissa McKinnon is a Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist living and painting in Calgary, AB.


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Give the gift of ART this season!

My large scale paintings are now available as Greeting Cards!

Greeting Cards printed from Melissa McKinnon Fine Art Paintings

Greeting Cards printed from Melissa McKinnon Fine Art Paintings

 Artist Greeting Cards printed from original acrylic paintings by Melissa McKinnon. 5” x7” cards are professionally printed on high quality card stock with archival ink. Blank inside. Envelopes included.

 Each card is individually signed on the back by Melissa McKinnon in black ink.

 Printed artist cards are suitable for framing. Looks great in a 5 x 7 frame or matted into an 8 x 10 frame.

 Now available and ready to ship!

$3 each

6 for $15

12 for $25 Boxed Set

 Shipping is available worldwide. S&H charges extra.

To purchase, please email me directly. PayPal available.

 Use them as your family holiday cards or give them as a gift or stocking stuffer!

 Individual cards and sets of 6 are packaged in a sealed cellophane envelope. Boxed set of 12 cards are packaged in a high quality clear plastic box for presentation and protection during shipping.

Multiple images are available on these high quality greeting cards and you are free to mix and match, please specify with your order by “painting title”. If there is an original painting that you like but not available as a greeting card, please email me as custom orders are available.

Discounts available on orders over $100.

Thank you for supporting a local and independent artist!

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“Into the Deep” 30 x 40 Aspen / Birch Tree Acrylic Painting

"Into the Deep" 30 x 40 Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Into the Deep” 30 x 40 Acrylic Painting on Canvas

This is Isabella’s favorite painting.

Isabella is my 3-year-old daughter.

She commissioned this painting and helped inspire the unique color choices with her very unique flair for fashion.

Isabella, my 3-year-old daughter.

Some of the outfits that this girl puts together are unlike no other! She is never afraid to take risks and her creations always look great.

She has graciously agreed to share her painting with others (sharing is a big deal for a preschooler!) and put it up for sale. We agreed that the proceeds of the sale of this painting will go into her Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) so that one day she too can pursue her big dreams, whatever they happen to be…and turn them into reality, just like her Mommy.

“No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.” – Anonymous
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“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of painted side) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of painted side) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of texture) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of texture) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of texture) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of texture) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of texture) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas

“Into the Deep” (Close-up detail of texture) 30 x 40 Acrylic on Canvas


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“Remember Me” Poppy Field Series – Acrylic Paintings

"Field of Red" Poppy Field - Acrylic Painting on Board $395

“Field of Red” Poppy Field – Acrylic Painting on Board $395

This time of year is important for so many reasons. Tomorrow is Remembrance Day here in Canada (Veterans Day in The USA) and it is a significant day for our family to remember and give thanks to all who fought for our freedom.

Both of my Grandparents as well as my husband’s Grandfather fought and survived WWII. His great uncle James McKinnon fought on the beaches of Normandy, was captured by the German forces and was later executed.

Our family has a lot of people and many sacrifices to remember. When I was younger, Remembrance Day / Veterans day didn’t have such a significant meaning to me as it does today, but now that I have children of my own, I have a better understanding of the gravity of war. I want to impart a sense of soberness and ultimately ensure our family has a tremendous amount of gratitude for all of our brave veterans.

As I was thinking about the significance of Remembrance Day I felt the need to express all of my emotions through paint.

What began as one painting soon grew into five.

 Like all flowers, the poppy is a symbol of life and resilience. Every winter, particularly here in Canada, the flowers are beaten down by the elements but every spring they come back in full bloom bigger and stronger than the year before. Its this persistence, resilience  and hunger for life that I wanted to capture in these paintings.

"Remember Me" 10 x 10 Poppy Field - Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Remember Me” 10 x 10 Poppy Field – Acrylic Painting on Canvas $125

"Brave" 10 x 10 Poppy Field - Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Brave” 10 x 10 Poppy Field – Acrylic Painting on Canvas $125

"Gratitude" 10 x 10 Poppy Field - Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Gratitude” 10 x 10 Poppy Field – Acrylic Painting on Canvas $125

"Freedom" 10 x 10 Poppy Field - Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Freedom” 10 x 10 Poppy Field – Acrylic Painting on Canvas $125

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“Remember Me” Series of red poppy flower acrylic paintings.
$125 each or $300 for all 4 Paintings

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Series of red poppy flower acrylic paintings.
$125 each or $300 for all 4 Paintings

 

 

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
   
The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.”


John McCrae 
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I Dream In Paint…

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.” – Andrew Wyeth

Whenever I am consumed by something in life, it inevitably ends up in my dreams but ever since starting my new           Aspen / Birch tree series of paintings my dreams have all centered around paint. It’s like my dream world has transformed into a technicolor world of textured paint, it’s pretty spectacular. This is how I know that I am onto something great, I can’t stop thinking about it even while I sleep!

Here are some close up images that showcase all of the incredible texture in “Tonight I Dream in Color”. I used a series of palette knives to sculpt on the paint in several thick layers adding more and more depth and texture. This series of paintings is beautiful to look at but also exciting to touch!

"Tonight I Dream In Color" (Close-up detail of texture) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” (Close-up detail of texture – leaves) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

"Tonight I Dream In Color" (Close-up detail of texture) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” (Close-up detail of texture – tree trunks and leaves) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

"Tonight I Dream In Color" (Close-up detail of texture) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” (Close-up detail of texture – tree trunk) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” (Close-up detail of texture) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” (Close-up detail of texture – trees and leaves) 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

Texture.

Color.

Paint.

Big globs of glossy wet paint.

The kind of stuff dreams are made of.

 Here is the full view of “Tonight I Dream In Color”:

“Tonight I Dream In Color” 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

Calgary artist, Calgary painter, Calgary paintings, original paintings, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, birch tree acrylic paintings, tree paintings, aspen tree acrylic paintings, thick texture painting, art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff, canmore, lake louise, Edmonton, artist, painter, professional painter, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, aspen artist, limited edition giclee prints, Aspen paintings, Aspen art, Aspen painter, Aspen tree forest painting, birch tree painting, birch tree paintings, Autumn Aspen trees, Aspen forest, Aspen landscape, Aspen tree art, Aspen tree artist, Aspen tree paintings, Autumn, Autumn Aspens, Autumn birches, Aspens, Autumn leaves, Birches, big aspen art, birch tree art, birch tree paintings, lanscape painting commission, fine art, Aspen fine art.


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“Tonight I Dream In Color” 48 x 60 Aspen / Birch Tree Acrylic Painting

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” — Paulo Coelho

Thank you for visiting my shiny new website and blog!

I am so excited to launch my new collection of large scale acrylic paintings inspired by the ever changing beauty of our Canadian landscape. I hope that you will follow me as I share each new painting as it comes fresh off the easel.

"Tonight I Dream In Color" 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

“Tonight I Dream In Color” 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

Calgary artist, Calgary painter, Calgary paintings, original paintings, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, birch tree acrylic paintings, oil paintings, tree paintings, aspen tree acrylic paintings, art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff, canmore, lake louise, Edmonton, artist, painter, professional painter, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, aspen artist, limited edition giclee prints, Aspen paintings, Aspen art, Aspen painter, Aspen tree forest painting, birch tree painting, birch tree paintings, Autumn Aspen trees, Aspen forest, Aspen landscape, Aspen tree art, Aspen tree artist, Aspen tree paintings, Autumn, Autumn Aspens, Autumn birches, Aspens, Autumn leaves, Birches, big aspen art, birch tree art, birch tree paintings, lanscape painting commission, fine art, Aspen fine art.


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Welcome! Life, Work and Art of Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

I am Melissa McKinnon, a Canadian artist, wife, and mother of two beautiful and spirited girls. I paint large scale acrylic paintings with BOLD color and THICK texture.

 This is my creative website and blog, a place to share my recent artwork, my inspirations, as well as my personal artistic journey.

To stay in touch and get beautiful artwork delivered to your inbox, follow my blog via email. Just click the link in the sidebar on the left side of this page and you will get a first hand look at each of my new paintings as they are posted!

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