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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Melissa
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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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NEW Artwork! Colourful Acrylic Painting of Fall Aspen and Birch Trees By Contemporary Landscape Painter Melissa McKinnon

A New Colourful Acrylic Painting of Aspen and Birch Trees In the Fall ~ Now Available!

I’m insatiably inspired by the vibrant colours and thick lush textures found in nature. You can see it in each and every painting I create.

There are so many layers and shades of colour throughout this painting – from deep, velvety indigo blue to bright lime green and chartreuse – all the way through the colour spectrum to vibrant, passionate red, lush orange and joyful yellow!

This painting has it all (literally, all the colours)!

Using such a wide range of colours allows me to create a wonderful depth in the forest and throughout the leafy foliage.

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“Autumn Hues” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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And the texture… Well, you can’t help but be drawn into the painting with all of that luscious texture!

Each twisting leaf catches the light in a unique way which makes the painting glow and come alive on the canvas.

You can’t help but reach out and touch it!

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I continue the painted image around onto the sides of canvas, making it appear that the forest will go on forever.

Your new painting is delivered ready to hang, no framing needed.

It gives the artwork a fresh and contemporary feel that accents both traditional and modern decor.

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“Autumn Hues” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

With so many beautiful colours throughout this painting, it makes it fool proof to incorporate into any decor and living space.

Just pick your favourite colour (or two) from the painting and add a few accessories (curtains, throw pillows, cancel holders, etc) of the same shade around the room and you instantly have a cohesive, sophisticated, pulled-together design that shows of your unique personality and love of art!

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“Autumn Hues” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Autumn Hues” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
$1500

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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
$750

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
$750

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.

Stay tuned and follow along as I create…

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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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“Dreaming of Being Seaside” (Detail Image) 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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Fall Collection 2015 – 4 NEW Autumn Inspired Aspen and Birch Tree Paintings By Canadian Contemporary Artist Melissa McKinnon

Fall Painting Collection 2015

Crisp cool mornings, beautiful rich colours, piles of crunchy textured leaves…

I can’t help but get inspired!

Allow me to introduce you to four new paintings inspired by my favourite time of year

Autumn in Canada!

First, is “A Vivid Memory” a 36″x36″ square format painting.

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“A Vivid Memory” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
$2495

Layers and layers of thick textured leaves.

The 3-dimensional nature of the painted leaves catch the light in the most beautiful way. As the quality of light changes throughout the day, so will the atmosphere in the painting.

Bathed in bright afternoon sun, the forest appears to have been painted on a warm autumn day, radiating vibrant, golden colours.

In the evening, lit only by indoor house lights, the painting transforms into a study of the forest at night, colours are softer, shadows are darker and the painting has a quiet, calming atmosphere.

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“A Vivid Memory” (Detail Image) 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“A Vivid Memory” (Detail Image) 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

What’s better than owning an original work of art?

Owning a pair!

Meet “When We were Young” two paintings, each 12″x24″.

Did you know that a pair of two paintings is called a diptych? {Pronunced dip-tik}

A diptych can be hung together as intended, or separately – each painting is designed to look beautiful on their own or together as a pair to make one larger work of art.

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“When We Were Young” Diptych (2)12″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
$2200

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“When We Were Young” Diptych (Detail Image) 2×12″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Last but certainly not least…

“Quiet Autumn” a 30″x40″ vertical painting.

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“Quiet Autumn” 30″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

If you would like to add one {or a pair} of these paintings to your collection, please contact me directly.

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SOLD “Head In the Clouds” Abstract Landscape Painting from Contemporary Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“Head In the Clouds” 72″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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This painting was an absolute joy to create!

It’s part of a new series of abstract landscape paintings which explores the beauty of the Southern Alberta landscape. As a native Calgarian, I’ve spent my lifetime studying and enjoying this view – the vast prairies, the majestic Rocky Mountains and of course, the big, beautiful, ever-changing Alberta sky.

As a special gift to celebrate a milestone birthday, my collector wanted a special painting that reminded her of home in Alberta.

When she saw it, she fell in love. She said it captured the beauty, colour and vitality of our unique landscape but with an exciting abstract interpretation. It was a perfect fit!

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

The texture in this painting is unreal!

Layers, and layers and layers of paint and colour were added to achieve a three dimensional, sculpted interpretation of the terrain.

To create my contemporary landscapes, I sculpt and mould the paint using a variety of palette knives to apply the paint directly onto the canvas, creating a thick texture that can be felt as well as seen. The paint itself, up to one inch thick, becomes a landscape that can be experienced and traveled by touch. Thereby, making the painting come alive on the canvas, engaging the viewer and inviting them into the beautiful world I’ve created.

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

Some of my favourite moments in this painting are in the sky. I love the contrast between the soft, subtle, multi-coloured blends with  bold, thick and chunky impasto marks!

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

And this… this is my favourite moment in the painting. I love the energy and freedom of those swooshing brush marks contrasted with the thick and deliberate masses of cloud!

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

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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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NEW! Painting Commission “Passion” 5ft x 5ft Colourful Acrylic Abstract Painting on Canvas by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

New Commission Painting!

“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Abstract Painting on Canvas

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“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

This painting was commissioned by local Calgary, Alberta, interior designer extraordinaire Monika S to celebrate her 29th wedding anniversary and she wanted it to be big, bold and beautiful! Monika has a passion for colour and creativity that she exudes in her life and through her work and she wanted this painting to be an expression of those qualities.

Monika first sent me this photo and explained that she has an open concept home and would like the artwork to be the focal point of the main living space. We decided on a 5ft x 5ft / 60″ x 60″ canvas to fill the space above her dining room hutch.

Design Tip: Big artwork makes a BIG statement in any room. Find a large painting you LOVE and it will turn the room from drab to fab, instantly!

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The Before Shot

She loved the colours and concept of one of my previous paintings “Lust” and wanted to use it as an inspiration for her custom painting.

Design Tip: Art doesn’t have to match your home! Choose artwork that you LOVE and allow the art to inspire your decor.

Fantastic works of art are likely going to be one of the biggest investments you will make in your home decor so you should connect with it in a big way, it should make you feel something, be an inspiration to you… after all you are going to be living with it for many, many years to come.

Choose art that you LOVE and NOT just because it matches your sofa!

(You can always buy a new sofa!)

And that’s just what Monika did! She changed a few things in her space that would really make the painting stand out, including moving some furniture around and painting an accent wall and island base to compliment the bold and vibrant colours in the painting.

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Art doesn’t have to match your home! Instead, allow your artwork to inspire the design of your home.

While Monika was painting…so was I!

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Painting In Progress – It all begins with an inspiration and a sketch!
“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Purple  – ‘Passion’ – is the ultimate expression of a creative person’s world. This painting, with its myriad shades of purple and red hues nourishes and inspires the soul. I often  like to pay a game with friends  by having them guess how many paint swatches went into the piece. ”  —Monika.S.

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Painting In Progress – Over 4000 “marks” were applied to create this piece!
“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

After several weeks of painting and over 4000 “marks” later, I happily delivered and installed Monika’s painting, “Passion” in her freshly painted home. It really changes the entire feel of the space – the large size and vibrant colours add vitality, energy and warmth to her home. Most importantly it expresses Monika’s personality and passion for life.

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“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas Installed in Collector’s Home

One special request that Monika had was to incorporate two hearts into the painting to symbolize her and her husband and celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary. They are small and subtle (see if you can spot them!) and it makes this custom painting all the more special to them!

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Two hearts + Two people in love = One very special custom painting!

 

If you are looking for an interior designer to inspire your home decor, check out Monika’s designs and services HERE.

 

P.S. Custom painting commissions are available and can be created in any size and any colour palette.

To learn more about the process of commissioning a painting with me, CLICK HERE or send me an EMAIL.

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Interior Designer, Monika Siebert, with her Melissa McKinnon original painting.


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Art Marketing: Crafting A Brand You Believe In With Melissa McKinnon (As Featured on Heather Allen Online)

Earlier this year I was interviewed by author and art marketing guru Heather Allen for her new book “Let Your Creativity Work For You”. Chapter 8 is all about me and how I approach art marketing and branding for my creative business.

In preparation for her book launch in November, I have been featured on her WEBSITE & BLOG:

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Interview with Melissa McKinnon: Crafting A Brand You Believe In

“Melissa McKinnon is a Canadian artist with a recognizable style. Using a palette knife, she shapes acrylic paint on canvas to create almost magical scenes. She describes herself as a “Mother of two spirited girls,” who loves to paint in vibrant colors and thick textures.

Melissa is featured in my book in Chapter 8, “Crafting a Brand You Believe In.” Having yet to meet her in person, let me tell you how her brand introduced us online…

If you’ve ever used a Google keyword search to find images, you’ll be able to visualize this scenario. While browsing the Google image search results for “handmade cards” and “artist thank you cards,” one picture managed to stop me in my scrolling tracks.

A crisp, clean image of four vertical greeting cards standing boldly against a clean white background looked like something out of a magazine. Just a few images to the right, the same style and vivid colors with white borders against a black background connected the dots and created a lingering impression.

The colors and contrast caught my eye. But the professionally executed photography is what drew me in and elicited a “click.” The image led to a webpage that was equally crisp, clean, and bold. Bright blotches of pure hue saturated the site of independent artist, Melissa McKinnon, who paints and sells out of her home studio in Alberta, Canada.

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Melissa’s images, paired with my Google search terms, introduced us in the right place at the right time. Someone like me—not necessarily searching for artwork at the time—happened upon her website as a result of what I like to call, “Search Serendipity.”

The connection to Melissa’s artwork could have ended right there in the search browser. Instead, the images opened the door for Melissa to gain a new admirer and for me to have another chapter case study.

Here’s what every artist needs to know about branding:

A brand is more than a logo design. In fact, a brand is created from many cohesive elements, much like your artwork. And, if we want to dip into a little analysis, we can divide branding into two categories: (1) explicit and visible branding, and (2)  implied and invisible branding. Both categories work together to open doors and represent you exceptionally well.

And here’s the good news: As an artist, you already have a recognizable and consistent style in your art. So, rather than spinning wheels to come up with a brand style, use your artwork as the baseline for your branding. Here’s where your brand can come to life:

VISIBLE BRANDING

  • your marketing materials and collateral
  • any digital marketing (including your website and social media accounts)
  • your photographs and images of your artwork
  • the fonts and graphics you use in your communications
  • the packaging and/or framing that puts your work on a pedestal
  • your materials, style and craftsmanship
INVISIBLE BRANDING

  • the vision you have for your art business
  • your driving mission that fuels you in creating your work and sharing it with the world
  • the way you interact with people and the business principles that keep you grounded
  • the type of news and press you receive; your overall public relations strategy
  • your pricing strategy and place of sale (which form an impression on buyers)
  • Branding elevates your artwork and opens doors!

    The professional approachability communicated by Melissa’s website, paired with the branding consistency across all of her social media platforms (FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest) quickly converted me from being a mere website viewer just moments earlier to being a fan.

    Melissa’s brand is explicitly stated through her stylized graphics, fonts, and online presence; it is a reflection of her artistic style. Her brand is implicitly shared through her communications, customer relationships, and the thoughtfulness that goes into every detail making her brand a reflection of her personality too.

    So valued reader, use branding to create an irresistible first impression. Creating a well-packaged brand that gives attention to both your artwork and to you as the artist makes a world of difference to prospective buyers, especially those who find your artwork online. Use your artwork and style to inform your brand thoughtfully, and you’ll stand out from the crowd!” ~ Heather Allen

     

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    Interview with Melissa McKinnon Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist

    The book, “Let Your Creativity Work For You” is available for pre-sale now and will be available in November 2015. (Please note that I do not receive any monetary compensation from the sale or promotion of the book.)

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    Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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    NEW Abstract Series of Paintings by Canadian Contemporary Artist Melissa McKinnon Now Available!

    My NEW Series of Abstract Paintings are now available to add to your collection!

    This series is an expression of my LOVE of vibrant colour and thick painted textures.

    After years of exploring this mark making technique with my aspen and birch tree series, I became curious to see what would happen if I took away the subject matter and just focused on colour and composition.

    This series is very liberating for me as an artist. I love being able to play with paint and have fun with colour. The paintings that evolved are charged with energy and emotion. From the hot vibrancy and passion of “Lust” to the cool calmness of “Surfacing” each painting has it’s own story to tell.

    You will also notice that all of the paintings in this series have one word titles. They are meant to give you a reference as to what I was feeling when creating the work. They act as a starting point to view the paintings but I encourage you to experience them from your own point of view and allow your own experiences to interpret the work.

    How do they make you feel? Which one are you drawn to the most?

    Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of this new series, I’d love to know!

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    “Lust” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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    “Daydream” 36″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1295

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    “Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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    “Surfacing” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas
    $2600

    To purchase one of the paintings in this collection, please contact me directly.

    P.S. Custom painting commissions are available and can be created in any size and any colour palette.

    To learn more about the process of commissioning a painting with me, CLICK HERE or send me an EMAIL.

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    Name Game – The Inspiration Behind the Painting “Learn From the Fall” and How I Choose the Titles For My Artwork

    A collector recently wrote to me and asked about the inspiration behind the painting “Learn From the Fall” and the meaning behind the title.

     
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    “Learn From the Fall” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    The title of the painting, “Learn From the Fall” is from a song that I adore.

    I am often inspired by literature and music lyrics. When I read or hear a phrase that speaks to me, I will make a note of it for future reference (occasionally on the wall of my studio, like how it happened with this one!).

    Sometimes the phrase will inspire a new painting and sometimes the title is chosen after the painting is complete as a way to describe the emotion or life experience that I was inspired by while creating. In this case the title came to me in the beginning stages of the painting. I love the title and everything that it represents to me.

    “Learn From the Fall” inspires me to learn from challenging life experiences and to persevere. 

    As in life, love and art – we fall.

    Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we had hoped. The best thing we can do is embrace those experiences and learn from them.

    Visually, in the painting you can see the green leaves falling on the left hand side and sweeping up through the middle of the painting and turning a brighter shade of yellow as they rise. The painting has a cyclical feel to the composition – as leaves fall down towards the earth in death, they are just as soon lifted up as if carried by a gust of wind for a second chance.

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    Close-up detail photo of the colourful leaves and thick painted texture of the tree trunks.

    It reminds me of falling head over heels in love with reckless abandon… and then… inevitably learning from that experience, yet still choosing to do it all over again the next time. 😉 It’s a beautiful thing.

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    Close-up detail photo of the colourful leaves and thick painted texture of the tree trunks.

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    Here is the song that started it all…

    “Learn From the Fall” by Noah Guthrie – Only1Noah

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    SOLD! “My Dream For You” 36″x48″ Abstract Aspen Birch Tree Painting by Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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    “My Dream For You” 36″x48″ Acrylic on Canvas

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    “My Dream For You” 36×48 Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    Close up detail photos of the colour and texture throughout the painting:

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    “My Dream For You” (Close-up detail of color and texture) Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

    I mixed a combination of gold and silver mica pigment into my paint to create a glowing translucent shimmer to several of the leaves and throughout the tree trunks.

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    NEW! “Learn From the Fall” 48″x36” Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

    NEW! “Learn From the Fall” 48″x36” Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

    Spring Is Here! 

    Bring the beauty and inspiration of nature indoors with this beautiful spring inspired painting.

    “Learn From the Fall” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting On Canvas

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    “Learn From the Fall” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas
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    My unique painting technique focuses on combining bright colours, thick layered texture, and intricate patterns throughout each painting.

    I mix each colour by hand and use custom made (by me!) palette knives to apply the acrylic paint onto the canvas to create vibrant bursts of colourful leaves. Each colour combination is unique and one of a kind – no two leaves are exactly the same!

    Get up close and personal!

    Here are some close-up detail photos of the vivid colour combinations and layered textures throughout this painting.

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    Close-up detail photo of the colourful leaves and thick painted texture of the tree trunks.

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    I looooove the vibrant colour combination of purple, green, magenta, blue and turquoise throughout this painting. Everything about it reminds me of spring and being outdoors enjoying nature – so fresh and rejuvenating!

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    ART COLLECTOR SNEAK PEAK: A behind the scenes look into the process of commissioning “Spring Glimmer” an Original Acrylic Birch and Aspen Tree Painting by Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

     Art Collector Sneak Peak: Rob & Sarah, Frodsham, England

    A behind the scenes look into the process of commissioning “Spring Glimmer” an Original Acrylic Aspen and Birch Tree Painting by Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

    “Spring Glimmer” 18″x14″ Acrylic on Canvas

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    “Spring Glimmer” 17″x13” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    This lovely little painting of aspen and birch trees was a custom work of art commissioned by new collectors, Rob and Sarah, from Frodsham, England, UK. They recently sent me this letter and shared their heartfelt gratitude and enjoyment of the commission process:

    “Dear Melissa,

    We love our painting. It is fantastic that we get to wake up to it every morning. Perfectly timed to hit the clocks going forward to ‘summer-time’ here in the UK, so it really does feel like spring!

    It was a lovely experience working with you and getting to see the updates of the picture. We really feel that we were part of the process and appreciate how responsive you’ve been especially whilst you’ve had so many exhibitions going on and been creating other impressive paintings (not quite as nice as ours of course… :)).

    Thank you again for our painting!

    Best wishes,

    Rob and Sarah

    P.S. we also loved that you included the cards and the hook and nail – it meant that we did not have to wait another second to put it up and is a really thoughtful little touch.”

    If you have ever thought about commissioning an original painting and were curious about what to expect, here is a look into the process of commissioning a custom work of art with me.

    THE INSPIRATION

    Rob and Sarah wanted a painting that showcases the vibrant colours of spring with lots of green, turquoise, aqua, and yellow.

    They had fallen in love with the colours and texture of one of my previous birch tree paintings “Little Seeds”. However, that painting had already been sold and was too large for the space they had in mind to display the work of art. We used “Little Seeds” as our colour inspiration to create a smaller painting, custom made for Rob and Sarah’s home.

    THE SKETCH

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    The winning sketch for commissioned painting “Spring Glimmer”

    I sent Rob and Sarah this sketch along with a note:

    “After several drawings which experimented with the composition for your painting, I enjoy this one the most! I feel that the number, size and placement of the trees suits the size and proportion of an 18″x14″ canvas. It also allows for a lot of depth to be built into the painting as well as room for the viewers eye to flow throughout. Have a look and let me know if we are on the right track. I welcome any feedback that you may have.” ~Melissa

    Their response was enthusiastic:

    We think that it looks fantastic! Very happy to go ahead and would love to see it in different stages as it progresses. It makes it even more exciting.

    THE PROCESS

    With that, I started the painting process, adding layers and layers…and layers of brightly coloured leaves! I added gold mica pigment to the paint which brought out a subtle ‘glimmer’ in some of the leaves, as if they were glistening in the spring sunlight.

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    “Spring Glimmer” 17″x13” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    It takes about 4-6 weeks to create a custom painting. Throughout that time my paintings go through many stages and drastic changes.

    My artistic process when creating an aspen and birch tree painting is lengthy. I build up layers and layers of colour and texture to create depth and visual interest throughout the painting. I start by applying the darkest colours first and work my way through the colour spectrum to the lightest and brightest colours.

    I send weekly photos to my collectors of their painting in progress so that they become involved in my artistic journey. I love that even though my collectors might be in a different country, in this case England, they still feel like they are in the studio creating with me.

    Here is “Spring Glimmer” in the very early stages of creation.

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    The early stages of creating commissioned painting “Spring Glimmer”

    Not so pretty! But that soon changes and the painting begins to develop further…

    Here is “Spring Glimmer” in it’s final stages of completion.

    “We are absolutely delighted, and with the last few lighter colours I think it’ll look exactly like we had hoped.” ~Rob

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    Almost finished!
    The final stages of Commissioned painting “Spring Glimmer”

    THE FINISHED PAINTING

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    “Spring Glimmer” 18″x14” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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    “Hi Melissa,

    The picture has arrived in perfect condition and is now in place. Really, really delighted with it – just how we had hoped and the colours are amazing!

    Thank you so much for making it for us, you’ve been a pleasure to work with and we absolutely love the end result.

    Rob & Sarah”

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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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    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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    Flying High – Goodbye Calgary, Hello San Francisco!

    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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    Solo ART Exhibition: “Tonight I Dream In Color”

    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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    Back In My Art Studio: A Fresh New Perspective and My First Completed Painting of 2014

    I opened my painting studio for the first time yesterday, after being away from it for almost 2 months while traveling with my family through Chile, South America. I can’t tell you how exciting and invigorating it was to be back after what seemed like forever.

    There is something about traveling – being away from everything that you know and which makes you feel comfortable and secure – that wakes you up and opens your eyes to the greater picture of what the world has to offer. My favourite thing about traveling is the perspective that I gain, not only from the new places I’m seeing and people I’m meeting, but also the ability to compare and reflect on my own life.

    I can’t think of anything else that makes me feel so alive and passionate than traveling the world. I definitely had bittersweet feelings about coming home but the moment I stepped through the door of my studio I felt right at home.

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    Work In Progress – Colourful Aspen Birch Tree Painting On Canvas

    When I left this painting back at the beginning of December, I felt that it was close to being finished. I had planned to add a few more brights on the upper right and more colour and texture to the foreground but that was pretty much it.

    Of course when I came back feeling so fresh and alive, I started painting with a new vision. I started adding these bright greens and vivid colours that reminded me of my time in South America.

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    Close-up detail of tree trunks and leaves – New layers added

    The painting took on a life of its own as I painted, mesmerized, all day and all night until it was finished. Here is the final product as of 2am.

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    Painting – nearly finished

    A title and proper photos coming soon! This painting is 24″ x 36″ and available for purchase.

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    SOLD! Painting Commission “From Where We Come” 48″×36″ Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Calgary Contemporary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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    Custom Painting Commission: “From Where We Come” 48″×36″ Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas

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    “From Where We Come”” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    This painting was commissioned by a local Calgary collector. She loved my existing painting “A Beautiful Mess” but chose to commission a custom painting to make it a personal experience.

    We worked closely together to establish the inspiration for this painting and how best to communicate her ideas visually. The colours would remain similar to “A Beautiful Mess” but she wanted the number and placement of the trees in her painting to represent the members of her family. The two largest trees in the centre represent her parents standing tall and proud with their branches reaching out, encompassing all of their children and grandchildren.

    This painting is a beautiful tribute to the memory of her late Father.

    My collectors tell me that commissioning a painting is  a very unique and surprisingly personal way to experience art collecting. What they may not know is that my experience working with them is also very personal and rewarding. I love getting to know my collectors, learning about what attracted them to my artwork in the first place, working with them to identify their inspiration and how they want to feel when they look at their custom painting once it’s finished. I am inspired by their ideas and excited by the challenge of expressing them in a painted image as seen through my eyes and artistic style.

    I view every commission as a collaboration with my collector. They are very special to me because I know how important these paintings are to them. These commissioned paintings are likely to be the ones passed down from generation to generation often becoming part of their family history. How cool is that!?

    I have real love and appreciation for this painting, both symbolically and aesthetically. I feel like there are moments of spontaneous magic all throughout. I love how opposing colours were juxtaposed on the palette knife to create these beautiful and energetic marks, like little exclamation points that guide the viewer in and around the painting. These small moments are the things that make my heart beat faster and excite me as an artist.

    What are the things that excite you most when looking at a beautiful piece of art?

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    SOLD! “A Night To Remember” Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting by Contemporary Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

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    This painting was purchased by a wonderful naturopathic doctor  to hang in her new clinic in Taylor, British Columbia! I’m so happy that my work will be seen and enjoyed by so many people while visiting her clinic. It will certainly add warmth and create an inviting, cozy atmosphere for all of her patients.

    This painting has been a favourite of many and I’m sad to see it go. Although, I look forward to see it hanging in it’s new home in Taylor, BC.

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