Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

Work In Progress – Birch / Aspen Tree Painting by Alberta Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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Today’s work…

Since many of you were interested to see the progress of this painting, here is an update!

I worked on building up the layers of tree leaves; working small to large; cool to warm, unsaturated to saturated colour. Turquoise, aqua, through the green colour spectrum, and finally into a variety of yellows.

For me, adding the bright yellow tones is the most thrilling. Adding such light and bright colours completely changes the relationship of the colours within the painting. When creating defined circular shapes with such thick paint, there is no room for error. Each mark at this stage is permanent and can’t be painted over. Now that my lightest leaf value has been established, I will continue to work through the mid tones to bridge the gap between the darkest darks to the lightest lights,Β layering color and value to create depth and of course – more texture!

Now to let this layer of paint dry so I can continue adding more leaves on top tomorrow.

36″x24″ Currently Untitled

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This is how the painting looked before today’s session:

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Painting – In – Progress: The newest addition to my Aspen / Birch Tree Series. Commissioned Painting

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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

2 thoughts on “Work In Progress – Birch / Aspen Tree Painting by Alberta Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

  1. Thank you for sharing the process. I appreciate it when artists let us in on some of their secrets.

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