Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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


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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
$1850

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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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

Inspired by this painting?

To order your own custom painting inspired by the colours and texture in “Autumn Hues” please contact me here.

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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

Inspired by this painting?

To order your own custom painting inspired by the “Seaside” series, please contact me directly.

Worldwide shipping is available.

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To see more of my paintings available for purchase, please visit my PAINTING GALLERY.

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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
$5050

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

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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

Inspired by this painting?

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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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    To see more of my paintings available for purchase, please visit my PAINTING GALLERY.

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