Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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How One Color Can Change Everything – A Closer Look at “A Night To Remember” Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting by Calgary Artist Melissa McKinnon

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One day, I was in one of my happy places – the art supply store, and I spotted a new tube of metallic copper paint. I instantly had to buy it and brought it home where it sat for a few months untouched. This happens often and it drives my husband nuts. But for me, sometimes just having a beautiful color or an extra blank canvas is just as good as using it. I know one day those items will inspire greatness, until then I am happy just having them close by.

When I started this painting, I set out to paint with a palette of reds, yellows, and white. However, when I saw that tube of copper paint from the corner of my eye, I just had to use it. From that moment on the entire look and feel of the painting changed and took on a life of its own. Because my paintings are so thick with texture, most of the metallic copper layer is hidden under layers and layers…and layers of paint, but in just the right places it peeks out and shimmers in the light giving this painting a stunning and truly unique look.

To see  my other paintings that feature a subtle metallic sheen, view “Little Seeds” and “My Dream For You”.

Author: Melissa Mckinnon Artist

I am a Canadian contemporary landscape artist. I love to paint large scale acrylic paintings with vibrant color and thick texture. To see my work, visit my website and blog at:

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