Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

UPDATE – Mountains of Lake Louise, Alberta – 36″x24″ Acrylic Landscape Painting by Calgary Artist Melissa McKinnon – Work In Progress

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Custom painting – Work in progress.

My client commissioned this painting as a surprise gift for her husband. The concept and location are incredibly meaningful to him. I feel an intense amount of pressure to make this painting perfect for them!

That being said, I am attempting to combat that pressure by being very expressive and free with my mark making. The Rocky Mountain landscape is a fresh subject matter for me so I am pushing the creative limits of color and texture to suggest mountain forms rather than rely on depicting them realistically. There was an element of fantasy and escape associated with the initial concept, so I wanted to approach the mountains of Lake Louise in an abstracted form.

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“Solitude” Mountains of Lake Louise – 36×24 Acrylic on Canvas
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This painting is all about creating depth and visual interest through layers of color and texture. I have been using a series of palette knives to create and build texture – both visually (through use of color, and physically (by sculpting the paint to create the physical texture of rock).

My client and I discussed a variety of possible color palettes for this piece and finally she settled on this range of cool toned values of blue, cyan and turquoise. The addition of brown and grey tempers the highly saturated pops of color and the hint of purple and green add interest and balance. The overall blanket of soft white unifies the piece and really allows me to build up the physical texture without being visually distracting.

This painting is near completion. There is one last (surprise!) element that needs to be added to make this piece truly custom for my client.

Watch for the final painting to be posted later this week!

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Author: Melissa Mckinnon Artist

I am a Canadian artist and mother of two beautiful, spirited and loving girls, living and working in Calgary, Alberta. I love to paint large scale acrylic paintings with vibrant color and thick texture. To see my work, visit my website and blog at: www.melissamckinnon.wordpress.com

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