Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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It’s LIVE! Visit my new website and online art gallery

My new website is LIVE!!!

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Shop original paintings and fine art prints on canvas by contemporary artist Melissa McKinnon new website

I’m head over heels excited to share my new website with you. As you know, I’ve spent the last several months dreaming, designing, writing and fine tuning every aspect of my new online home. It’s one of the biggest projects I’ve ever accomplished (did I mention, I’m not a tech-y type person?!) But with the help of several incredible people who shared their wisdom and talents with me, I’m proud to announce that my new website and online gallery is *LIVE* and ready for visitors.

Head over to the new and improved www.melissamckinnonart.com and see what all the fuss is about.

I invite you to learn about me and the story of how I became and artist, the inspiration behind my original paintings, and even how to start your own art collection.

Also, be sure to check out the Fine Art Prints page to see my brand new collection of prints on canvas and the Prints With Purpose page to read about the inspiration to use my *art for good* and donate proceeds from the sale of each and every print to a special charity I’m deeply passionate about.

Thank you. It’s because of your support that allows me to live my childhood dream of making beautiful, uplifting art each and every single day and gives me the ability to give back to our community and make life better for those who need it most. ❤️

P.S. As a thank you for supporting my art, right now I’m offering FREE shipping within North America on all Melissa McKinnon Fine Art Prints.

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Interview with Melissa McKinnon contemporary landscape artist about her colourful abstract landscape paintings full of vibrant color and layers of thick impasto texture, her new collection of fine art prints on canvas are available now.


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Listen to an interview with Melissa McKinnon contemporary landscape artist on the Girl Tries Life Podcast

A HUGE thank you to Victoria from the ‘Girl Tries Life’ podcast + blog for coming to my studio for an afternoon of art and great conversation.

Victoria is a wonderful interviewer and I’ve been a fan of her podcast for ages. I’m honoured to now be a guest on her show!

Listen to our conversation here “The Business of Being an Artist with Melissa McKinnon”

Interview with Melissa McKinnon contemporary landscape artist about her colourful abstract landscape paintings full of vibrant color and layers of thick impasto texture, her new collection of fine art prints on canvas are available now.

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Painting of Fall Aspen and Birch Trees in an Autumn Forest by Contemporary Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon “Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″

 

“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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Painting of Fall Aspen and Birch Trees in an Autumn Forest by Contemporary Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″

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“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

This sweet little 12″x12″ painting is part of my aspen and birch tree collection. Set in an autumn forest surrounded by trees and fall foliage, this painting is a close up study of a paper birch bark tree trunk and thick, dense layers of crisp yellow autumn leaves.

Using my signature impasto painting technique, I’ve used palette knives to sculpt and layer acrylic paint to create a semi abstract, thickly textured interpretation of a birch tree in nature. The leaves have turned from their summer greens to a variety of autumn yellow shades ranging from deep sienna, yellow ochre to a bright and vibrant lemon yellow. The brightness of the leaves stand out from the dark depths of the dense forest. At this time of year, the surrounding bushes and forest ground cover turn fiery shades of deep red which add a velvety richness to the painting.

The painted surface of the painting is thick and textured, creating a three dimensional effect of the leaves. The leaves literally jut out from the surface of the painting and the rough texture of the birch bark can be felt by touch as well as seen – adding a bit of realism to this otherwise abstract landscape painting.

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“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Autumn Trees II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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NEW PAINTING Cloudy Skies and Prairie Fields Landscape Painting by Contemporary Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon “Soft Summer Light” 48″x36″

“Soft Summer Light” 48″x36 Original Acrylic Landscape Painting on Canvas

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“Soft Summer Light” 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $3050

Cloudy Skies and Prairie Fields Landscape Painting by Contemporary Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

Light… Modern… Peaceful… are the words that come to mind when I look at this painting.

In this painting, the landscape has been interpreted in a fresh contemporary style using a combination of soft, subtle brushwork contrasted with thick, impasto texture, creating a work of art that can be felt with your hands as well as your heart.

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“Soft Summer Light” (Detail) 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

 

The unique colour palette includes an endless variety of pale tonal greys that capture the subtle nuances of the sky on a cloudy overcast day mixed with pops of eye-catching vibrant, bold colour that add interest and a bit of drama to this overall serene and calming landscape painting.

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“Soft Summer Light” (Detail) 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Growing up in Alberta, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, endless rural prairie fields and wide open, constantly changing sky has instilled within me, a deep appreciation of nature and the beauty that surrounds us. I believe that beauty is in the details – be it a stunning sunset sky full of vibrant colour or the tiniest prairie flower reaching for the sun in a sea of grassy field – all we have to do is pause for a moment and look. The beautiful colours and textures of the landscape have become a huge inspiration in my artwork and my aim is to show you that beauty in a new way.

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“Soft Summer Light” (Detail) 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Soft Summer Light” 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $3050

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A Personal Look Into My Creative Process and Inspiration for Two New Aspen and Birch Tree Paintings – From Contemporary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

New Paintings and a Personal Look Into My Creative Process and Inspiration

I don’t normally share much about the inspiration behind each of my paintings; I want the viewer to have their own personal connection with my art, allowing the paintings to speak for themselves.

That being said, these paintings have become very special to me and symbolic of how I want to live my life and the impact I wish for my art to have on others. To give you a glimpse into my thoughts, and the process that I go through in my studio when I’m not painting, I’ve taken an excerpt from my sketchbook writing and I’ve expanded upon it below. Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts with me, I’d love hear your response. As always, I hope my art brings you happiness and joy!

If you’d like to skip the chatter below, feel free to dive deep into the paintings right away.

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Paintings in progress – “With Wild Abandon” and “Love Is Love”

June was a busy month, full of year end school activities with my daughters and finishing my studio works in progress in preparation for our new summer schedule.

June was also a time of unrest in many parts of the world. War, terror attacks, mass shootings, the list goes on. In a time of uncertainty, divisiveness, and constant change in the world, it’s more important than ever to seek moments of peace and positivity in our lives. As humans sharing this great big planet we call home, we are all connected, regardless of age, race, gender or religion. When others are suffering, we are all affected.

I was in the studio painting when I first heard about the mass shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida. It stopped me cold in my tracks.  I was overcome with sadness, worry and a deep feeling of helplessness. Another mass shooting…another horrific senseless tragedy…more precious lives lost. It’s challenging, to say the least, to keep moving forward and to stay positive and optimistic in the wake of such tragedy.

For me, creating art is my way of making sense of the world. In times of darkness or sadness, I can go into the studio and lose myself in the paint. The sheer act of creating brings me joy. Often it’s less about the end product and more about the the journey of the creative process to find that source of joy and uplifting positive energy.

I’ve learned that looking at art and experiencing it first hand has the ability to change ones emotional state in the same way it does while creating it. I’ve witnessed people brought to tears while standing in front of a painting, myself included. Art has the ability to connect people and to change people.

My aim is to create works of art that connect with people. Paintings that are full of life and positive energy, that uplift and inspire. The greatest compliment I could ever receive as an artist is that one of my paintings made someone happy just by looking at it. How powerful is that?! I think we could all use more positive experiences like this in our lives.

“Melissa, we received our painting today and it’s gorgeous, even more beautiful than we saw online. The colours are so bright and cheerful, it makes me happy every time I look at it. Your painting has brought such joy to our home. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” A+G

That brings me to latest creations and how they’ve become a metaphor for life…

Originally started over a year ago, these particular canvases were soon left behind only half finished, as my attention was devoted to commissioned pieces and managing the deadlines of a busy studio.

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“Love Is Love” Painting in progress – the ‘before’.

Fast forward to June 2016, when I rediscovered the paintings.  They were dark, dull and lifeless. I no longer felt a connection to them and that wasn’t the message I wanted to send out into the world.

Hearing the news of yet another mass attack on innocent people was heartbreaking. Like many others, I felt overwhelmed and full of sadness for the world. The ray of light that day was the incredible amount of love and support that was shown from people all over the world standing in solidarity with the victims and their families. People not afraid to voice their opinion and stand up for those they love. Because love is love. The one thing we all need more of in this world, is love.

With that as my inspiration and driving force I completed the paintings, giving them new life. I put everything I had that day into these pieces.They have been completely transformed, from dull and dark to gloriously brilliant and full of unabashed colour. You can still see bits and pieces of the dark underneath but they now stand tall and proud, offering a bright beacon of light where once there was only only darkness.

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Love is in the air!

So, I have to share this with you…! This is a close up detail of one of the paint strokes in “With Wild Abandon”. In this process, I use a palette knife loaded with a selection of various colours and as I ‘pull the stroke’ the colours blend and create the varied blends and texture. The result is spontaneous, always different and could never be duplicated. It’s one of the things I love most about this series – each and every stroke is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. 

Do you see the heart?

It was completely a serendipitous ‘happy accident’ but once I saw it I had to leave it! It’s become a symbol of everything these paintings and my work as a whole, stands for.

With that, I’m pleased to present the two newest paintings in my aspen and birch tree collection, “Wild With Abandon” and “Love is Love”. May they fill your heart with happiness and joy.

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“With Wild Abandon” 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $3450

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“Love Is Love” 36”x48″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $3450

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“With Wild Abandon” {Detail} 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“With Wild Abandon” {Detail} 48″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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NEW PAINTING – Colourful Spring Birch and Aspen Tree Art by Calgary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon “Where the Light Lingers” 48″x60″

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“Where the Light Lingers” 48″x60″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $5775

Colourful Spring Birch and Aspen Tree Painting by Calgary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

This painting is loaded with layers and layers of vibrant, colourful leaves and thickly textured tree bark. Hints of metallic gold mica pigment makes this painting shimmer and shine as the light changes throughout the day.

Quite possibly my favourite to date!

“Where the Light Lingers” 48″x60″Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Where the Light Lingers” (Detail) 48″x60″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

My goal when painting is to create a picture that is beautiful, bold and interesting enough from afar that it entices the viewer to move in and investigate the painting up close and personal. It’s in the details where the magic happens.

The surface of my paintings are so thickly textured that the landscape can be felt through touch as well as seen. The smooth shiny areas of tree bark contrasts with areas of thick, rough, papery layers creating a very realistic sensory experience.

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“Where the Light Lingers” (Detail) 48″x60″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

I encourage you to get up close and immerse yourself in the forest of colour, pattern and texture.

As the title “Where the Light Lingers” suggests, here you can see how the sunlight grazes across the surface of the sculpted leaves creating areas of shimmery light and shadow.

As the quality of light changes throughout the day, so does the mood and atmosphere of the painting, it’s really quite beautiful!

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“Where the Light Lingers” (Detail) 48″x60″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Where the Light Lingers” (Detail) 48″x60″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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

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