Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

Back In My Art Studio: A Fresh New Perspective and My First Completed Painting of 2014

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I opened my painting studio for the first time yesterday, after being away from it for almost 2 months while traveling with my family through Chile, South America. I can’t tell you how exciting and invigorating it was to be back after what seemed like forever.

There is something about traveling – being away from everything that you know and which makes you feel comfortable and secure – that wakes you up and opens your eyes to the greater picture of what the world has to offer. My favourite thing about traveling is the perspective that I gain, not only from the new places I’m seeing and people I’m meeting, but also the ability to compare and reflect on my own life.

I can’t think of anything else that makes me feel so alive and passionate than traveling the world. I definitely had bittersweet feelings about coming home but the moment I stepped through the door of my studio I felt right at home.

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Work In Progress – Colourful Aspen Birch Tree Painting On Canvas

When I left this painting back at the beginning of December, I felt that it was close to being finished. I had planned to add a few more brights on the upper right and more colour and texture to the foreground but that was pretty much it.

Of course when I came back feeling so fresh and alive, I started painting with a new vision. I started adding these bright greens and vivid colours that reminded me of my time in South America.

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Close-up detail of tree trunks and leaves – New layers added

The painting took on a life of its own as I painted, mesmerized, all day and all night until it was finished. Here is the final product as of 2am.

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Painting – nearly finished

A title and proper photos coming soon! This painting is 24″ x 36″ and available for purchase.

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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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