Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

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

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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.

Paintings In Progress – Detail photos:

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

Paintings In Progress – Detail photos

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

Paintings In Progress – Detail photos

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

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

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

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

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

“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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colurful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuschia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca.

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

Beach painting, paintings of beaches, water paintings, ocean painting, colourful painting art, bright colours, colourful art, blue, teal, turquoise, green, yellow, orange, pink, fuchsia, purple, lilac, purple orchid, beach, sand, ocean,mountains rocks, colourful sky painting, sunset painting, sunrise painting, Alberta landscape painter, Alberta landscape artist, Calgary artist, Melissa McKinnon, Canadian artist, landscape paintings, acrylic paintings, oil paintings, Canada, contemporary landscape painter, contemporary landscape paintings, paintings of prairies, Prairie landscape paintings, Canadian prairies, abstract landscape paintings, big sky paintings, clouds, cloud paintings, Big Alberta Sky, Alberta skies, thick texture paint, impasto painting, paintings with impasto, colourful mountain painting, abstract mountain art, Mountain painting, mountains, custom painting, painting commission, landscape painting commission, mountain paintings, Mountain Painting, abstract mountain painting, art gallery, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, contemporary art, contemporary painting, quadro, playa, pintura, Chile, south america, Viña del mar, valparaiso, con con, reñaca, montañas, el mar.
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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

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

  1. I love these paintings! The colours are spectacular. I feel like I’ve hit a wall and need to go on a vacation to be inspired…or maybe I’ll just visit this post again.

  2. I am in awe of your work! I can stare at your paintings for hours! The colors and textures are amazing, they inspire me beyond anything I’ve done before. I’ve never taken classes, I’m totally self taught (thank God for the Internet)! Getting this kind of texture still has me stumped, I will continue playing with mediums and different paint types (and drooling over your paintings)! One day I can only hope to be half as talented as you…

    Thank you for sharing your art with us!

    Honoree P.

    • Thank you very much Honoree for your kind words, I appreciate it very much!

      I love connecting with people from around the world who share the same passion for color and texture that I do!

      A quick tip regarding creating texture in your paintings, don’t be afraid to use lots of paint!!! I know it’s expensive and you’ll go through copious amounts of paint, but it really is the best way to achieve thick layers of texture in your work.

      I wish you all the best and please keep in touch!

      M.

      • Hi Melissa!

        I’m just now seeing that you replied to my post! I guess I forgot to check the notify me button!

        It’s so funny that you decided to give that tip, this is exactly what I’m struggling with! I was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclorosis and had to stop working. So I’m living on a quarter of my past wages, but refuse to give up on my passion for painting. I just can’t do it everyday like I’d like to… Nor can I buy supplies like I use to. I keep my eyes out for sales and buy the best paint my budget allows…

        I still struggle with the amount of paint I use, not wanting to waste a drop! But, now I understand that there is no way to get the kind of texture I want without using a good amount of product.. For now I will just paint smaller paintings when I want lots of texture!

        Thank you for taking the time to respond, it made my day!

        Honoree

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