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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5th Wedding Anniversary: Wood | A Deserving Wife and Mom Receives a Very Special and Unique Fifth Wedding Anniversary Gift!

Celebrating a 5th Wedding Anniversary: A Unique Gift Idea That Won’t Ever Be Forgotten

Meet Mark and Aynsley.

They’ve been married for five incredible years.

Mark, being the thoughtful and caring husband that he is, wanted to make their 5th Wedding Anniversary spectacular. Mark came up with the genius idea to surprise her with an original painting from my aspen and birch tree collection – the traditional gift for a fifth wedding anniversary is wood after all!

He chose this work of art, “Canadian Autumn 11” a colourful fall aspen tree painting full of vibrant colourful leaves and thick impasto texture. My favourite part of this painting is the little peek of green and gold hidden beneath the peeling tree bark.

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SOLD “Canadian Autumn 11″ 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate one of life’s incredible milestones with great people like Aynsley and Mark. It’s an honour to paint for people who love and enjoy my paintings as much as I did creating them. Thank you for including me on your 5th Wedding Anniversary!

Here’s what the happy couple had to say:

“Let me tell you, pictures do not do it justice; it’s beautiful! My wife will love it. Thanks again, 

-Mark.”

Nothing compares to the feeling I got on Saturday morning when I read this message that Aynsley posted on social media:

“OMG OMG OMG!! Mark just surprised me with a Melissa McKinnon painting for our anniversary! Holy! Words can not describe the simultaneous shock and joy I felt when he gave it to me. I LOVE her work and have been wanting one for so long. It’s already  a part of our home!
‪#‎beaming‬‪#‎besthusband “‬

Thank you from the bottom of my heart you two! I hope your new painting, “Canadian Autumn 11”  brings you a lifetime of happiness and joy. Every time you look at it, may you remember your beautiful wedding day and every incredible anniversary that follows.

Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary Aynsley and Mark!!

 Do you have an anniversary coming up? Here are the traditional and modern wedding anniversary gifts by year. Or you can go rogue and come up with your own unique way to celebrate!

Year Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy/Iron Wood
7th Wool/Copper Desk Sets
8th Pottery/Bronze Linens/Lace
9th Willow/Pottery Leather
10th Tin/Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk/Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textile Furs
14th Animals* Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
60th Diamond Diamond

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Meet My Youngest Art Collector…

How adorable is this baby!?! Officially my youngest collector ever, read her story below…

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Baby Ayla with her first piece of original art – the start of her collection!

Emily wanted to gift her niece with something meaningful and unique to celebrate her first birthday. As a gifted musician and art lover herself, Emily was drawn to the idea of starting Ayla her very own art collection.

It’s not only a beautiful and original way to decorate her colourful bedroom in a way that will grow with her as she ages but also as an investment in her future. Gone are the days of stuffy savings bonds… collecting original art is the way to go!

Emily loves the bright, vibrant colours in my aspen and birch tree paintings as well as the thick application of paint, two characteristics that Ayla (even at one year old!) can appreciate.

Here is the note I received from Emily along with the photo above:

“Ayla Rose the art collector, and her first piece by the fabulous Melissa McKinnon-Artist – and she absolutely loves it!!! Her face lit up the moment she saw it! Thank you Melissa!”

It was an absolute joy to paint for you Ayla Rose, I hope this painting brings you a lifetime of happiness and inspiration!

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A New Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba for “Spring Garden IV” Colourful Birch and Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD!

This painting was recently acquired and is now proudly on display in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“Spring Garden IV” 10″x10″ Original Acrylic Aspen and Birch Tree Painting on Canvas

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SOLD “Spring Garden V” 10″x10″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

I love when collectors send me photos of my paintings hanging in their new environment. I love seeing how they fit into someone else’s life and home.

Deb has a beautiful, growing collection of art and paintings, including some other well-known local Calgary artists. Can you recognize any of them?

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In Situ – “Spring Garden IV” 10″x10″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

I’m thrilled to see my painting in such great company.

Thanks Deb, for adding one of my paintings to your collection and for sending me this photo!

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New Commissioned Beach Painting “Viña del Mar VII” Acrylic Ocean Seascape Painting on Canvas by Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD! 

After seeing some of my previous paintings with big colourful cloudy skies and bright turquoise oceans, this collector commissioned a petite 12″x12″ painting to keep her company in her office while she works.

There’s nothing better than being inspired by a beautiful tropical beach to get you through the work week!

“Viña del Mar VII” 12″x12″Acrylic Ocean Beach Seascape Painting on Canvas

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

This painting has now been completed and is hanging in it’s new home in Edmonton, Alberta.

I was fortunate to receive these kinds words from my lovely collector:

“After seeing Melissa’s series of ocean paintings on her website, I asked Melissa to paint an ocean painting for me. She was great throughout the entire commission. She  sent me pictures of the painting so I could see the progress. She made the whole process easy and fun.

I love my painting – I feel happy every time I look at it.”

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

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SOLD to A New Collector in Los Angeles, California “Morning Hike” 24″x24″ Colourful Rocky Mountain and Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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This painting was recently purchased by a new collector in Los Angeles, California.

Originally from  Colorado, he told me the reason he was so drawn to this painting is because it reminded him so much of his home close to the mountains and surrounded by nature.

“Your paintings bring back to me the beautiful feeling of the Autumn and the poetry of nature that I miss. Your work has always moved me.”

I love it when my paintings find their forever home with someone who loves and enjoys them as much as I did creating them, it’s a great honour as an artist. This match appears to be a perfect fit.

“Morning Hike”24″x24” Original Acrylic Mountain and Birch Tree Painting on Canvas

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SOLD “Morning Hike” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

There is something magical about being close to the mountains.

They provide me with endless inspiration for which I’m very grateful!

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“Morning Hike” (Detail) 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Morning Hike” (Detail) 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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