Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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


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New Mini Paintings Available – One Already SOLD “Jewel Trees IV” 12″x12″ Colourful Birch and Aspen Tree Painting by Alberta Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“Jewel Trees IV” 12″x12″ Acrylic on Canvas

These mini 12″x12″ paintings are so popular! This little jewel sold as soon as it became available online! It is now on it’s way to a new collector in Hanover, Ontario.

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“Jewel Trees IV” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Most of these colourful mini paintings have been purchased but here are a few new ones that are currently available!

“Canadian Autumn III” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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

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“Little Spring” 10″x10” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Season Of Love” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Autumn Trees” 12″×12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Autumn Trees” 12″×12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $400

To purchase any of these paintings or to order a custom painting, please contact me directly.

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My unique painting technique focuses on combining bright colours, thick layered texture, and intricate patterns throughout each painting.

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

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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”

To learn more about how you can commission a painting with me, CLICK HERE or send me an EMAIL.

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SOLD! “Canadian Autumn II” 10″x10″ Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Alberta Contemporary Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“Canadian Autumn II” 10″x10″ Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Alberta Contemporary Artist Melissa McKinnon

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I Laughed, I Cried, I Gave A Speech and Most Importantly, Raised A TON of Money for The Alzheimer’s Society

Last night I had the honour and privilege to speak at the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Fundraiser in Lethbridge, Alberta.  I’m truly grateful to have had the opportunity to share my experiences and memories of my Grandma and how she inspired the painting “In This Moment” which I donated to this event to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers research. Read more about it HERE. 

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Melissa McKinnon speaking at the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Fundraiser

It amazes me how art has the power to spark emotion and ignite conversation. The highlight of the evening was connecting with other guests and hearing their stories  and experiences with loved ones with Alzheimer’s. It is a heart breaking disease that carries a lot of stigma and shame. It’s wonderful to see so many people uniting together in support.

It is because of events like these that allow The Alzheimer’s Society, a non-profit organization, to fund research, spread awareness and offer community support programs to those who desperately need it.

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Me and my Grandma. At 92 years old she is as funny and beautiful as ever!

My Grandma is and always will be one of the most important women in my life – someone to be admired and respected. She is strong, smart and funnier than most comedians. She is a WWII veteran of the British Army. She raised 5 wild and crazy kids (including my Dad) as a young widow. She is the sweetest and most loving Grandma that I could have ever wished for. You inspire me and I am forever grateful to have you in my life ♥

Fun fact: My Grandma was the one who gave me my first set of oil paints at the age of 9 and thus began my life long passion for painting.

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Artist Melissa McKinnon and her painting “In This Moment” featured in the Lethbridge Herald newspaper.

The final numbers have yet to come in but to date, this painting has raised over $2500! Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The winner of the draw will be announced shortly!

“In This Moment” 24″×36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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About Alzheimer’s disease:

Today, 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with this number expected to increase to 1.4 million in less than 20 years. Although Canada’s aging demographic will continue to fuel these numbers, increasingly people in their 40s and 50s are also being affected. Growing evidence also shows that brain changes resulting in dementia can begin 25 years before symptoms appear. About the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT is working to change the face of dementia in Alberta and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Society educates supports and advocates for those with dementia and their care partners and promotes research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this debilitating disease. Until a cure is found, we are here to help.

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

I am currently accepting CUSTOM PAINTING COMMISSIONS.

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I Made the News! Using My Artwork To Support A Great Cause

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Artist Melissa McKinnon and her painting “In This Moment” featured in the Lethbridge Herald newspaper.

Last week I was invited to Lethbridge to sit down with Global TV and the Lethbridge Herald to interview about my painting “In This Moment” which is being raffled off to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

By donating this painting, I hope to raise a TON of money for the Alzheimer’s Society, so in turn, they can do what they do best and help those affected by this terrible disease. With every $20 donation to the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s 2014 Fundraiser you will receive a raffle ticket and the chance to own this original painting.

Raffle tickets are $20 and available for purchase until FEBRUARY 28, 2014.

To BUY TICKETS and read more about the inspiration behind this painting CLICK HERE.

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Thank you Mark Campbell from Scene and Heard on Global TV  and Nick Kuhl  and David Rossiter from the Lethbridge Herald for helping me raise awareness for Alzheimer’s (and for making me look so good)!

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I am currently accepting CUSTOM PAINTING COMMISSIONS.

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Here Is Your Chance To Buy A Melissa McKinnon Original Painting For $20 AND Support An Amazing Charity That Is Close To My Heart: Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s 2014

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“In This Moment” 24″×36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Purchase Your Raffle Tickets Here For Your Chance To Own This Painting – Fill out this form and I will send you a PayPal invoice to pay by debit or credit card.

Let me tell you a little about the woman who inspired this painting:  My Grandma.

My Grandma is and always will be one of the most important women in my life – someone to be admired and respected. She is strong, smart and funnier than most comedians. She is a WWII veteran of the British Army. She raised 5 wild and crazy kids (including my Dad) as a young widow. She is the sweetest and most loving Grandma that I could have ever wished for.

My Grandma also has Alzheimer’s.

I don’t remember when the symptoms first started,  but over the years her condition worsened and it became more and more difficult to hold a conversation. She now lives in a long term care facility because it’s not safe for her to be alone. When I go to visit her she often doesn’t recognize me and sometimes confuses me with one of my aunts. My Grandma never remembers my daughters, but every time she sees them she falls in love with them as if for the very first time.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that interferes with memory, thinking and behaviour. Symptoms can become severe and often interfere with daily tasks. Currently, there is no cure.

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I am honoured to be the Featured Artist for the 2014 Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Charity Art Auction and Fundraiser Gala.

I created this painting specifically for this event and I have dedicated it to my Grandmother, Patricia. The title, “In This Moment” represents the wide spectrum of emotions and experiences of caring for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s. “In This Moment” captures the time we have in the present with our loved ones – which is the only moment that matters because with someone with Alzheimer’s memories are fleeting.

By donating this painting, I hope to raise a TON of money for the Alzheimer’s Society, so in turn, they can do what they do best and help those affected by this terrible disease. With every $20 donation to the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s 2014 Fundraiser you will receive a raffle ticket and the chance to own this original painting.

Raffle tickets are $20 and available for purchase by filling out the form at the TOP OF THIS PAGE.

Please “LIKE” and SHARE this post via email, Facebook and Twitter to help me spread the word. Just click on the social media buttons at the bottom of this page.

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If you would like to join me at the Dinner and Art Auction on March 1  Tickets are $125 and includes an original work of art for you to take home.

Doors open at 5:30 on March 1 at the Lethbridge Lodge for the 6th annual Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s. The evening starts with an art preview at 5:30 followed by a buffet supper, silent auction, 50/50 draw, art raffle, entertainment, all followed by the art draw. For every ticket purchased for $125 your ticket number goes in a draw. When your number is called you will be escorted to chose the piece you want then it will be wrapped with care ready for you to take home. Most of the art is valued at over $200 which means the ticket price of only $125 is a great bargain.

To purchase tickets to the event, contact Diane Herrick, 403-329-3766| dherrick@alzheimer.ab.ca 

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About Alzheimer’s disease:

Today, 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with this number expected to increase to 1.4 million in less than 20 years. Although Canada’s aging demographic will continue to fuel these numbers, increasingly people in their 40s and 50s are also being affected. Growing evidence also shows that brain changes resulting in dementia can begin 25 years before symptoms appear. About the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT is working to change the face of dementia in Alberta and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Society educates supports and advocates for those with dementia and their care partners and promotes research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this debilitating disease. Until a cure is found, we are here to help.

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

I am currently accepting CUSTOM PAINTING COMMISSIONS.

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

To be the first to hear about new paintings, works in progress and news from my studio, 

Sign Up For My Monthly EMAIL NEWSLETTER!

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SOLD! “A Beautiful Mess” Abstract Aspen / Birch Tree Painting by Canadian Contemporary Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“A Beautiful Mess” 60″ x 48″ Original Abstract Aspen Birch Tree Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

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“A Beautiful Mess” 60×48 Acrylic on Canvas

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