Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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A closer look at the details of “My Dream For You” Original Abstract Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“My Dream For You” 36×48 Original Abstract Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

My Dream For You

This is the most abstract and conceptual painting in my Aspen / Birch Tree Series. My husband doesn’t “get” it, but I love it. I am absolutely in love with it. This painting is very personal for me not only because of the process that I went through to create it but also because it represents everything wonderful that I could ever dream and wish for my girls.

To read more about my painting process and my inspiration for this painting, click HERE.

Please click on an image to view it larger and for more information about this painting.

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“A Beautiful Mess” Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

“A Beautiful Mess” 60×48 Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon.

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“A Beautiful Mess” 60×48 Acrylic on Canvas

Please contact me HERE for more information and to purchase. PayPal and all major credit cards accepted.

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How To Order a Custom Painting – Commission an Original Painting from Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

How To Order a Custom Painting

Have you ever wanted a painting created just for you, in the size that fits your home perfectly?
Do you like the style of my paintings and would like to have a painting similar but with the colors that suit your home décor?
Do you have a special memory or a photograph that you would like turned into an artistic work of art?

I am now accepting orders for new custom paintings in 2013.

Ordering a custom painting from Melissa McKinnon couldn’t be easier!

I will work with you throughout the entire process and guarantee your satisfaction completely. Best of all, there are no additional fees for this service! Pricing is based on the size of the painting and approximately how much time it will take to complete, just like all of my non-commissioned works of art. I am happy to work creatively with you and your budget to create a custom, one-of-a-kind painting just for you!

I am very easy to work with throughout the creative process, from helping you choose a size, color palette, and subject matter all the way through to delivering/shipping your finished painting with the utmost care.

I am happy to work with you to create the painting of your dreams! I can paint any subject matter, any size and work with any colors that you wish. I am also very open to suggestions and feedback from my art collectors – this is a two-way partnership. In turn, I will always be open and honest with you, offering my artistic point of view and drawing on my experience as a painter to help you to turn your vision into a beautiful work of art. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want I am happy to work with you to find your inspiration, be it a color, a mood, a feeling, or a cherished photograph that you may have. Together we can turn your inspiration into a beautiful painting that you will cherish forever.

3 Steps to Order Your Custom Painting

1. Decide on the size of your new painting:

Do you have a particular space where you’d like to hang your new painting? Does that space call for a horizontal or a vertical painting? I recommend using a measuring tape to determine the size of your space and then leave a minimum of 6”-1’ around all sides. This is a general rule of thumb and sometimes rules were made to be broken. If you have any questions or would like my input to help determine the size of painting that best suits your space, I am happy to help! There is no painting too big or too small.

Although pricing is mainly determined by the size of your painting, I am very flexible and I can work with any budget. Just send me a note with your ideal size and the budget that you are working with and we can go from there.

2. Find your inspiration for subject matter:

I am currently working on a series of Aspen / Birch trees but I love to paint ALL subjects including landscapes, people portraits, and abstracts.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

-Browse my gallery of current paintings for inspiration, pick and choose elements and colors that you like and we will work together to create a unique original just for you.

-Do you have a photograph, a memory, or a special place that you love to visit? I can use any of these things as inspiration for your custom painting. If you have ideas that you’d like to discuss, send me an email, I’m happy to combine different elements into one custom painting.

3. Approve your custom painting:

Once we have decided on a size, subject and color palette, I can start painting!

It can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to create your custom painting. Once complete, I will send you a photograph of your finished painting for approval. At this point we can make any minor adjustments before your new painting is professionally packaged and shipped with the utmost care.

It’s that easy!

If this is something that you have ever dreamed of doing for yourself or as a gift for someone else, contact me HERE or call me directly 403-808-8825. I look forward to working with you to create the painting that you have always dreamed of!

Sincerely,

Melissa McKinnon

Email me at: melissamckinnonart@hotmail.com

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Aspen / Birch Tree Painting (Detail) by Calgary Artist Melissa McKinnon. Custom painting commissions available.

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“My Dream For You” Original Abstract Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“My Dream For You” 36×48 Original Abstract Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

My Dream For You

This is the most abstract and conceptual painting in my Aspen / Birch Tree Series. My husband doesn’t “get” it, but I love it. I am absolutely in love with it. This painting is very personal for me not only because of the process that I went through to create it but also because it represents everything wonderful that I could ever dream and wish for my girls.

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My Dearest, Isabella and Valentina,

As your parent, I want the very best life experience for you. So much so that it hurts when I think about the possibility of any hardships that you might encounter.

This is my dream for you:

I want you to know love. To love and be loved. Deeply. To love yourself and all those who are lucky enough to share their lives with you.

I want you to dream BIG. I have always believed that anything you want for your life is possible, work hard to make your dreams come true and they will. I want you to believe in yourselves, to have the confidence to take chances, on life, on love, on yourselves.

I want you to love what you do, to discover and cultivate your passion. Never give up on your dreams. You deserve to be happy.

This painting is for you. It represents my dream for you – that one day all of your dreams will come true. When you look at it I want you to see a bright and welcoming world with endless possibilities.

I want you to live in a world where forests are painted with colors that inspire you,

a world where trees become leaves

and leaves become birds

and those birds are you,

free to fly wherever your heart takes you.

I love you.

Love always and forever,

Your Mom

~

Trying to express all of my hopes and dreams for my children visually in a painting has been my biggest challenge yet as an artist. There were many times when I felt frustrated, I felt the painting wasn’t working – I wanted to walk away.

I wanted this painting to be beautiful.

Magical.

Inspirational.

And if it couldn’t be those things, I didn’t want to do it. The entire process of creating this piece was a challenge. In the end, I released my insatiable desire for perfection and allowed my heart to lead, instead of my mind.

This is the outcome and I love it. It represents all of the qualities that I want to instill in my girls… as well as myself.

When something is challenging, don’t give up. Persevere and eventually you will achieve your goals.

If you are passionate about something, don’t sacrifice it for anything.

In life, do what makes you happy.

I hope you enjoy this painting as much as I do.

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My Paintings are on Pinterest! Are you a Pinterest Fanatic?

Find My Paintings on Pinterest!

Ok, I caved and created a Pinterest account. I can already see hours of my life drifting by as I search for all things beautiful and inspirational. I am on the Pinterest bandwagon!

I’ve added most of my paintings as pins to be shared on my board, Inspiration: Melissa McKinnon Artist. Please feel free to re-pin your favorites and help me share my artwork. Better yet, follow me on Pinterest as I will be adding new paintings as soon as they are finished as well as new painting “How To” tutorials!

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What are your other favorite boards to follow? What do you like most about Pinterest (or dislike!)? Help me start building my personal boards by leaving me a comment in the box below.

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Work In Progress – Newest Aspen / Birch Tree Painting from Calgary Artist Melissa McKinnon

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Today I tried something new – getting up at 6am to paint! Usually I am a stay-up-all-night-painting type of girl, so this is a BIG change for me.

Here is a ‘work in progress’ photo of the newest painting in my Aspen /Birch Tree series. It is a horizontal variation similar to “Tonight I Dream In Color”. It is the perfect size for over a fire place, couch, or bed.

The tree trunks are almost finished and soon I will add the last several layers of leaves to add contrast to the bottom half of the painting.

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You Must Run Before You Can Paint, My (Sort of) New Year’s Resolution as an Artist

You must run before you can… Paint!?

The life of an artist, wife and mother of two toddler girls is hectic to say the least. We live a very full life and we enjoy every minute that we get to spend with each other. But every precious moment that I have to myself, I paint. I have even resorted to bargaining with my husband for extra “time off” to paint.  Even though my passion and work ethic has made me very productive in the past few months, I find that I am leaving behind some key activities that I love and miss doing. I need to find time to fit these ignored activities back into my life, the most important one being exercise. Exercise (a.k.a. yoga, running and walking) is my way of relieving stress, getting energized and sometimes it’s the only quiet time in my day that I have to think and reflect.

Lately the temptation to paint (or blog, lol) has been winning out over my desire and obligation to exercise. The answer to my dilemma… I must run before I can paint! Before every painting session I have vowed to spend at least 30 minutes on the treadmill. I have set up my treadmill in my studio facing my workspace. This allows me to reflect on my previous days painting session and contemplate what I will create next. By the time I am done on the treadmill, I am focused, energized and ready to rock my time on the canvas! It’s my win-win solution.

Here are a couple of photos from my most recent running / painting sessions:

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Work In Progress – Initial sketch on canvas of my newest Aspen / Birch Tree Painting

Having time to study my previous days work has really helped me focus on where to go next with the painting.

Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Forest Painting by Melissa McKinnon, bright, colorful painting, red, purple, green, turquoise, fall colors.

Work In Progress – Aspen / Birch Tree Painting – The first several layers of the underpainting.

I’m curious to know from other artists and/or parent’s, how do you find balance between the things that you should do and the things that you LOVE to do? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

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