Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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


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Painting For Myself This Time: NEW Aspen and Birch Tree Painting In Progress By Alberta Contemporary Landscape Painter Melissa McKinnon

Sometimes taking a break to do something for ourselves is the perfect way to gather energy and inspiration for what comes next.

This month I completed and delivered two custom painting commissions, one of which was a massive six-foot painting!

I’m taking a quick break before I start another three commissions in May.

For the remainder of April I have been using my time in the studio to paint for myself. I find this is necessary to do often, especially when I spend the majority of my time painting commissions. It is relaxing, rejuvenating and inspiring!

Here is my NEW Aspen and Birch Tree Painting In Progress:

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I am using a new colour palette of rich jewel toned blues and purples combined with earthy greens, contrasted with bursts of bright lime green as accents.

I looooooove these colours and I can’t stop looking at this painting as it develops.

Tell me, what are your favorite colours of the moment? What colours would you like to see in my next painting?

Share your ideas in the comment section below or send me a note directly and if I use your suggestion I will give you a shout out in my next blog post!

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SOLD! “Field Of Red” 20″x30″ Original Acrylic Painting Field of Red Poppy Flowers by Contemporary Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD!

This painting has purchased by a collector in New York! I am in the process of preparing the painting for shipping and it should arrive at the collectors doorstep early next week.

This is the last poppy flower painting from my current collection however, I do accept Custom Painting Commissions if you would like to own one of your own. Contact me and we can chat more about it.

GREETING CARDS that feature this painting are also available for a limited time.

“Field Of Red” 20″x30″ Original Acrylic Painting Field of Red Poppy Flowers by Contemporary Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

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SOLD ”Field of Red” 20″x30″ Poppy Field – Acrylic Painting on Board

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Inspiration and New Plein Air Paintings From the Beaches and Coast of Viña del Mar, Chile, South America

I recently packed up all of my necessary art supplies and hauled them, along with my family of five to Chile, South America for six weeks. In addition to touring the land, spending time with our wonderful family and friends, I am also thankful to have had a ton of time to relax, paint, and be inspired by this beautiful country. I have been painting small studies 10″x10″ and 12″x12″ which I am using as inspiration to reinterpret on a larger scale now that I have returned home to Canada. Here is a sneak peak at some of my en plein air paintings from Viña del Mar, Chile, South America.

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One of the many spectacular beaches along the coast of Viña del Mar, Chile.

“Viña del Mar – Study I” 10″x10” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Viña del Mar – Study II” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Viña del Mar – Study III” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Viña del Mar – Study IV” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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Here is the newest painting in my new series that was inspired by the majestic ocean and beautiful beaches of Chile, South America. This is a larger painting 24″x24″ that was painted in my studio back home in Canada.

“Se AbrÍo, The Sky Opened” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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One Of The Happiest Days Of My Life: The Successful Opening Of My Solo ART Exhibition In Calgary, Alberta: Featuring Contemporary Abstract Landscape Paintings By Canadian Painter Melissa McKinnon

As I am writing this, I am mid-flight on my way to San Francisco. Immediately after the opening of my Solo ART Exhibition this afternoon, my husband and I left for the airport and arrived just in time to board our flight.

I am on a HIGH, both physically and metaphorically.

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I am amazed and in awe of how many people came out to support me and see the exhibition of my paintings. We had well over 150 people in less than 2 hours! It was the biggest turn out the gallery space has ever had.

8 paintings were purchased and several commissions booked, which is outstanding!

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It was like a hurricane of people. Exciting, overwhelming, and I loved every minute of it (which is saying a lot, coming from an introvert like me!)

I did my best to socialize with as many people as I could but unfortunately time passed way too quickly and I didn’t get to spend as much time with each person as I wanted. The good news is that my paintings are up for another two months, until April 29.

If you would like to spend more time with me I would love to give you a personal tour of the exhibit. Contact me to schedule an appointment.

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Me and my MiniMe’s at the opening for my Solo ART Exhibition

A quick pic of me and my two daughters just before the exhibition opened. You can see the love and pride bursting from my face.

This moment was the highlight of my entire experience. Being an artist for a living is my childhood dream come true. It means the world to me to share my dream with my girls and to teach them that you can do anything and everything that you could possibly dream of with your life – all it takes is passion, dedication and perseverance.

I am an independent artist  which means that I don’t rely on galleries to promote and sell my work. It is because of people like you who love and support my work, that I am able to live my lifelong childhood dream and create each and every day.

Thank you!

Thank you for:

Coming to my exhibition – it was incredible to share my passion with you in person

Reading my blog- I love sharing my artistic journey and process with you

Interacting with me on social media, “LIKING” and sharing my paintings, because every time you do, it helps to share my work with new people who might never have had the opportunity to see my paintings otherwise.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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To see more of my paintings available for purchase, please visit my PAINTING GALLERY.

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My Painting Is Going To Be On The Cover Of A BOOK! Colourful Aspen and Birch Tree Painting by Contemporary Canadian Painter Melissa McKinnon

This painting is going to be on the cover of a BOOK!!!

After months of design edits and licensing negotiations, I just signed a deal with Nelson Education Ltd. – Canada’s leading Educational book publisher!

“Tonight I Dream In Color” 48″ x 60″ Original Acrylic Painting of Aspen & Birch Trees on Canvas by Contemporary Canadian Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“Tonight I Dream In Color” 48 x 60 Acrylic on Canvas

The book, Organization Theory & Design is  scheduled to be published in September 2014. I’ve seen the rough draft of the layout and it looks amazing!

The painting will be the entire front cover accented with subtle text – very colourful and eye catching. I’m proud of Nelson for making such a bold and contemporary choice!

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To see more of my paintings available for purchase, please visit my PAINTING GALLERY.

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