Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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Painting LIVE in Banff, Alberta – A Prairie Inspired Landscape Painting With Colourful Cloudy Sky After a Storm

Painting LIVE in Banff!
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on this gorgeous landscape painting commissioned by a national medical research company. I finished the painting live on stage at the Banff Springs Hotel at one of Canada’s largest medical conferences – an extraordinary experience!

‘From Darkness Into Light’
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
36″x24″

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The finished painting ‘From Darkness Into Light’ 36″x24″

Our intent was to convey the feelings of a person transitioning from the darkness of disease into health and light. The inspiration was a beautiful prairie landscape featuring a big cloudy sky. You can see the dark, tumultuous storm clouds on the left and how they begin to transition into glowing sun lit clouds.

Although the painting “From darkness into Light” has been purchased by the medical company who hired me, it became a study for a larger painting which I created afterward in my studio.

‘After the Storm’
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
48″x30″

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‘After the Storm’ 48″x30″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2900

The billowing clouds and soft light give this painting a dramatic and beautiful atmosphere. The impasto brush strokes capture the feeling of movement and light felt when you are outdoors in the fresh air after a summer storm.

At the time of writing, “After the Storm’ is currently available for purchase.

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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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7 New 12″x12″ MINIS coming soon – Abstract Aspen and Birch Tree Landscape Paintings by Melissa McKinnon

7 New 12″x12″ MINIS coming soon!  Abstract Aspen and Birch Tree Landscape Paintings by Melissa McKinnon

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

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” 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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SOLD “A Vivid Memory” 36″x36″ Colourful Autumn Birch and Aspen Tree Painting By Contemporary Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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A Vivid Memory” 36″x46″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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

 Today, this happy and vibrant jewel of a painting was lovingly packaged and shipped to a new collector in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.

She is an avid art collector and I’m thrilled to have one of my aspen and birch tree paintings included in her growing collection. I’m looking forward to seeing to seeing photos of this painting in it’s new home!

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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

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