Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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Painting LIVE in Banff, Alberta – A Prairie Inspired Landscape Painting With Colourful Cloudy Sky After a Storm

Painting LIVE in Banff!
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on this gorgeous landscape painting commissioned by a national medical research company. I finished the painting live on stage at the Banff Springs Hotel at one of Canada’s largest medical conferences – an extraordinary experience!

‘From Darkness Into Light’
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
36″x24″

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The finished painting ‘From Darkness Into Light’ 36″x24″

Our intent was to convey the feelings of a person transitioning from the darkness of disease into health and light. The inspiration was a beautiful prairie landscape featuring a big cloudy sky. You can see the dark, tumultuous storm clouds on the left and how they begin to transition into glowing sun lit clouds.

Although the painting “From darkness into Light” has been purchased by the medical company who hired me, it became a study for a larger painting which I created afterward in my studio.

‘After the Storm’
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
48″x30″

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‘After the Storm’ 48″x30″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2900

The billowing clouds and soft light give this painting a dramatic and beautiful atmosphere. The impasto brush strokes capture the feeling of movement and light felt when you are outdoors in the fresh air after a summer storm.

At the time of writing, “After the Storm’ is currently available for purchase.

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Saje Natural Wellness + Melissa McKinnon Contemporary Art

As some of you may already know, I’ve spent the last several months working with one of my favourite Canadian companies, Saje Natural Wellness.Saje natural wellness, wellness products, organic products, essential oils, oil diffusers, nebulizer, nature art, organic essential oils, do terra oils,

Earlier this year Saje invited me to collaborate with them on an incredible creative project. Using my artwork, we would create a series of limited edition nebulizers that would be for sale in all Saje stores across the country. Our goal would be to raise $20,000 from the proceeds of the project and donate it to an Alberta arts based charity. Since I’m already a huge believer in giving back to my community, I knew this partnership would be a perfect fit.Saje natural wellness, wellness products, organic products, essential oils, oil diffusers, nebulizer, nature art, organic essential oils, do terra oils,Landscape Painting, sky painting art, cloudy sky, cloud painting art, sea, seascape,Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, ocean sea painting, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, cloudy sky, blue skies, sunset, sunrise, art,abstract landscape art; abstract landscape painting; prairie painting; prairies; Canadian Prairies; prairie fields; oil painting, acrylic painting, beautiful landscape, western art; western painting; Contemporary Art, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, Calgary artist; Canadian artist; American art, american artist, Canadian art,Melissa McKinnon, Alberta Landscape Painter; Contemporary Artist; Alberta Landscape Painting; Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art; Calgary; Alberta; Canada; Calgary art gallery, Alberta artist, Alberta painting, custom painting; commission painting, commission artist, abstract art, abstract artist, modern art, acrylic Paintings, oil paintings, Abstract paintings, paintings with texture, abstract art, wall art, wall decor, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, Contemporary painting, colourful painting, paintings for sale, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, Nature lover, nature, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, art, landscape paintings; lake; river; water;

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Saje commissioned five paintings in total. {See below} We chose a theme of sea and sky, rooted in the natural elements of water and air which are essential to the nebulizer. {The diffusion process turns liquid essential oil and water and diffuses it into the air we breathe.}

I created five full paintings ranging in size from 20”x20” up to 36”x36”. From here we cropped the images to pick and choose which areas of colour and texture we wanted to highlight. Here are some of the final products:

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As beautiful as they appear here, we eventually ran into technical difficulties during the manufacturing process. We soon discovered that the unique dip-dye printing process they use to adhere the image to the round nebulizers, wouldn’t allow the vibrant colours and the thick texture of my paint strokes to show up accurately.Colourful Ocean Sky Cloud Sunset Beach painting by Canadian Contemporary Landscape Artist Painter Melissa McKinnon, fine art, sea, seascape, Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, sunset, sunrise, sunset art sunrise, cloudy skies, blue skies, beach photography, ocean photography, art, paintings, Contemporary Art, Landscape Painting, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, paintings for sale, colourful art, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, art, wall art, wall decor, modern art,Calgary artist, Canadian artist, Alberta Landscape Painter, Contemporary Alberta Artist, Alberta Landscape Painting, Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountains, mountain art, mountain paintings, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, sky, prairies, mountain, mountains, lake, river, water, ocean, beach, playa, clouds, original paintings, landscape paintings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, abstract paintings, abstract landscapes, national geographic landscapes, modern art, contemporary landscape art, nature art, fine art, art, art gallery,contemporary landscape painting, Melissa Mckinnon, Big paintings, large paintings, impasto, thick paint, paintings with texture, palette knife painting, landscape painting commission, Painting Commission, Commission artist painter, custom art, custom painting, Aspen fine art, red art painting, aqua art painting, teal art painting, turquoise art painting, yellow art painting, green art painting, black and white art painting, fuchsia art painting, orange art painting, blue art painting, bright colors, bright painting, colourful painting, colourful, paintings for sale, home decor trends, art gallery, 

After months of work and dozens… and dozens of attempts later we are now looking into the possibility of using water colour images instead. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted on our progress!

In the meantime, these five beautiful paintings are varnished and ready to go to new homes.

To purchase a painting from the SAJE Collection ORDER HERE

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“New Horizons” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2600

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“Dark and Stormy” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1200

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“Sky Gazing” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1200

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“Carried Away” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1200

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“Kiss the Sky” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2600

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NEW Birch and Aspen Tree Painting by Calgary Artist Melissa McKinnon “Misty Morning” 48″x36″

“Misty Morning” 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Misty Morning” 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
$3050

This piece is (temporarily) hanging in my living room… and it’s wonderful!

Why so wonderful?

Because it’s so calming and peaceful to look at. 

(Previously, we had a selection of bright, colourful birch tree paintings which were lively and energetic however they have since sold and now…)

This piece has turned my living room into a tranquil haven (with the help of a few new throw pillows and some strategically placed candles). It’s now a place where I can sit in peace with a glass of wine and a good book or engage in stimulating conversation with friends (no loud tv’s, no lego to step on, no distractions!). 

I can’t help but slow down to enjoy it every time I enter the room.

It’s transformed the space completely.

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“Misty Morning” {Detail} 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

As much as I love using vibrant, bold colours in my artwork, I absolutely love the soft, subtle colour palette in this painting.

The warm shades of green with a hint a turquoise is both calming and serene.

I’ve also mixed in a bit of gold mica pigment into some of the leafy colours to add a soft shimmer. It’s a very subtle effect but I think it adds to the mysterious quality of the forest.

The light catches on the textured surface and creates a very realistic three dimensional effect.

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“Misty Morning” {Detail} 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Life is busy these days and it’s becoming even more important to carve out time and space to relax and enjoy the quiet moments. I find that when I do, I feel re-energized and inspired.

Can you relate?

Try carving out a space in your home that makes you feel good. Surround yourself with soothing colours, beautiful artwork that you love and some of your favourite things. 

If you have any tips on how you take time for yourself , leave a comment and let me know!

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NEW! Three Seascape Ocean and Beach Paintings by Contemporary Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

This new series of ‘seaside’ paintings is inspired by my recent travels along the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you haven’t been, let me tell you, the Canadian east coast is so beautiful and inspiring! Keep reading and see why and how it captured my attention…

“Seaside II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Seaside II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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Nova Scotia is known for its hospitality, lively culture and breathtaking scenery.

It’s a diverse province with stunning geography and vivid colours, a perfect source of inspiration for my paintings! In this series, I’m focusing my attention on the rugged ocean shoreline and the calm serene lakes that captured my heart.

 I would spend hours wandering, stumbling and exploring this rugged coastline along the sea. Hand in hand with my two daughters, we walked and searched for seashells, sea creatures and other sea ‘treasures’, amazed by all we discovered – I felt like a kid again!

“Seaside I” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Seaside I” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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The power and intensity of the ocean is unbelievable to an Alberta prairie girl like me. Add in the constantly changing and sometimes volatile weather, I found the whole experience to be rather overwhelming at times.

Feeling humbled by the experience, I stopped and sat staring off into the horizon, completely mesmerized.

Sketchbook in hand, I began to draw.

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Sketching the sea, Nova Scotia, Canada.

These three paintings are the first studies in the ‘seaside series’ with several larger paintings to come in the New Year.

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“Dreaming of Being Seaside” 16″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Dreaming of Being Seaside” (Detail Image) 16″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

 

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Summer Update + NEW Landscape Paintings from Canadian Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

It has been an incredible summer for me and my family – full of wild, crazy adventures and a few blissful lazy days too 😉

My biggest passion (after painting!) is travel. Exploring the culture and landscape of different countries is extremely fulfilling and inspiring for me. This summer, I had the opportunity to visit one of my favourite countries in the world – Italy! The art, the food, the wine, the people…it was incredible!

Then, my husband and I packed up our two daughters and spent some time traveling around Nova Scotia in eastern Canada, also beautiful and spectacular in every way.

Each trip was unique and inspiring. I had the opportunity to document my experiences through sketches and paint. Stay tuned for photos, stories and a new series of paintings inspired by my travels through Italy and eastern Canada.

How was your summer? Did you visit anywhere new and exciting? Leave a comment and let me know what your summer highlight was!

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“Burst of Day” (Detail Image) 60″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

In the meantime, I have three new paintings that I’m so excited to share with you!
I’ve been documenting my creative process and sharing it on Facebook and Instagram. The feedback on these new paintings so far has been enthusiastic!

Have a look and tell me what you think…

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“Drift Away” 72″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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“Head In the Clouds” 72″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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Here are two new landscapes + a sneak peak at one that I just completed and is currently drying in my studio.

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“Burst of Day” 60″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

P.S. If you love it… You can reserve the painting now and I will deliver (or ship!) it to you by the end of next week once it’s completely dry.

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“Head In the Clouds” (Detail Image) 72″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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Honoured To Be An Inspiration: My Tree Paintings Interpreted By 8-9 Year Old Students Half-way Around the World In Canterbury, England

This morning I received the most beautiful letter that made my heart soar!

I’ve had classes research my work and use my paintings as inspiration for various projects in the past but I just had to share this one! The sheer volume of work, attention to detail and the depth of exploration and experimentation with materials is phenomenal – AND these artists are only 8 and 9 years old!!!

Aren’t these kids amazing!?!

I also want to acknowledge and thank Miss Apps for choosing my work as an inspiration. (It’s not every day that I get chosen over Monet and Picasso!) Her students are very lucky to have such a dedicated teacher who is passionate about the arts and who encourages her students to express themselves creatively. That is the greatest gift! Cheers to you, Miss Apps!

A mixed media piece.

A mixed media piece.

A letter from Miss Apps:

“My name is Roxanne Apps and I am a primary school teacher in Canterbury, Kent (England) and I teach a class of 30 8-9 year olds. For the last 2 weeks we have had what we call ‘Arts Week’ in our school, where each class is required to pick an artist and base all of their work around that one artist for 2 weeks. 

Most classes pick a classic artist such as Monet or Picasso but this year I decided to choose a contemporary artist for a change. I browsed the internet with my class for a creative contemporary artist with a set ‘theme’ that could inspire our work. We stumbled upon your website and instantly fell in love with your paintings (in fact I have become a bit obsessed!). We immediately decided to choose you as our inspiration.

We quickly set about gathering ideas for how we could recreate and interpret your work in our own individual ways. We made oil pastel pictures with black backgrounds and chalk birch trees, we made finger painted leaves with newspaper trees and we also wrote poems about how the colours of the trees make us feel or what they remind us of. There were many other things but it is too much to list! Our favourite piece of all was our joint class canvas. We used thick paints and glue sticks to create the leaves and used masking tape to create the outline of the trees before we scraped card dipped in black paint across to create the effect of the bark on the birch trees. Each child had a go at adding on the layers of leaves and we think you will agree that the finished result looks pretty amazing! 

At the end of the 2 weeks all the children and teachers worked hard to display our work in an exhibition in the school hall. Parents and members of the public were welcomed to come and peruse our artwork and also to buy some of it. The exhibition is still going and all of the money raised will go to a local charity that supports young adults with Downs Syndrome. 

Hundreds of people have turned up over the last few days to look at our beautiful exhibition and many commented on how lovely the work turned out. People were especially intrigued to hear about your work and commented on how stunning your paintings were! It was a nice change from all of the classic artists which surrounded us in the school exhibition. My class’ work sold like hot cakes and I believe this is because they were so passionate about your work that this was reflected in their beautiful pictures. 

I hope you are pleased to know that you have inspired little people who live thousands of miles away (and their teacher!) with your absolutely gorgeous paintings! The class are aware that I am writing to you and would love to hear a comment back from you if you have the time. 

I have copied and pasted some pictures of our hard work and also of the exhibition to show you what you have inspired us to create! 

I hope you enjoy looking through them!

Yours,

Roxanne Apps (Miss Apps)
Teacher and English Coordinator
Wincheap Primary School
Canterbury, Kent”

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England

My Response Letter To the Class:

Dear Miss Apps and the very creative and hard working students of Wincheap Primary School,

Thank you so much for choosing my paintings to inspire you during Art Week.

I am SO proud of all you!

The paintings you created are so beautiful and creative. I love how you used different materials to create variations of your tree paintings, each one is unique and in your own style. I especially loved reading the poems that you wrote to accompany your paintings, beautifully done.

You must have worked very hard to create all of those works of art and I commend you for it! Above all, I hope that you had fun while doing it!

Making art is not about being born with talent, it is about being happy while you create. It’s about being dedicated and passionate about what you create. It’s about making art even if others (or yourself!) tell you it’s not worth it or it’s not good enough. Not everyone has to like what you create. Do what makes you happy and share it with the world, you never know who might see what you create and be inspired by it! 😉 (Like a class full of young artists from halfway around the world!)

Whatever you do, don’t stop creating!

I heard that your art exhibition was a huge success, congratulations! If you have any paintings left for sale, I would love to purchase one for my studio.

I also love that you are donating all of the proceeds to charity. I am a big believer in giving back to your community and I donate artwork to various charity fundraisers throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way to use your passion for art to help others.

Thank you again for sharing your beautiful artwork and poetry with me. I can’t tell you how happy it made me.

I wish all the best and please keep in touch. I’d love to see what you create next!

Creatively yours,

Melissa McKinnon

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England inspired by Melissa McKinnon

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England inspired by Melissa McKinnon

Poetry inspired by their tree paintings.

Poetry inspired by their tree paintings.

The inspiration…

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Busy Studio and a Sneak Peak at My 2015 Spring Collection!

 

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My Studio – A Sneak Peak at my new collection of paintings!

Although I have been quiet lately, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy!

For the past 4 months I’ve been spending most days (and nights!) hard at work in my studio creating my Spring 2015 Collection! Stay tuned for the official launch.

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