Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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‘Land Sea Sky’ A Solo Art Exhibition of Abstract Landscape Paintings by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

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Thank you to everyone who joined me in celebration at the opening reception for ‘Land Sea Sky’. It was a record turn out and many paintings from the new collection found their forever homes!

It’s the final week of the exhibition and there are a few paintings still available for purchase – view the collection now to find your perfect painting.

VIEW COLLECTION HERE

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‘Land Sea Sky’

A beautiful collection of expressive landscape paintings full of light, movement and optimism. The vibrant colours, rich thick textures and expressive brush strokes make each piece unique and unforgettable. So whether you’re drawn to the soft, calming and elegant skyscapes or prefer to explore the great outdoors in a flurry of energetic and expressive colour, my aim is to show you the beauty of Mother Nature in a whole new and exciting way.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them!

Here are a few photos in the event you aren’t able to see the gallery exhibition in person.

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With my two beautiful daughters at the opening reception for ‘LandSeaSky’

To see which paintings are available for purchase, visit the PAINTING GALLERY

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You’re Invited! ‘Land Sea Sky’ Solo Art Exhibition by Contemporary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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A beautiful collection of expressive landscape paintings full of light, movement and optimism. The vibrant colours, rich thick textures and expressive brush strokes make each piece unique and unforgettable. So whether you’re drawn to the soft, calming and elegant skyscapes or prefer to explore the great outdoors in a flurry of energetic and expressive colour, my aim is to show you the beauty of Mother Nature in a whole new and exciting way.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them!

VIEW COLLECTION HERE

 

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*Exhibition runs from March 6 – April 28*

 Opening Reception

Saturday, March 25, 2-4pm
{Artist in attendance}

Join me for an afternoon of refreshments, music and beautiful nature inspired art, located in Fish Creek Park, one of my favourite places in the city.

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To view my current collection of paintings visit my online GALLERY

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

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FREE Shipping on all Melissa McKinnon Original Paintings – 5 Days Only!!!

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Monday December 5, 2016 – Friday December 9, 2016

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Visit my online gallery to start shopping or continue reading below to see what I’m grateful for this year… {Hint: We have a new addition to our family!}

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Thank you…

for making this year the best one yet! It’s because of you that I’m able to live my dream of creating art everyday and share it with the world to enjoy.

2016 has been monumental, filled with so many incredible opportunities for which I’m eternally grateful for including:

~ First and foremost, the opportunity to meet so many new people who enjoy and support my artwork – thank you from the bottom of my heart!

~ The opportunity to place my artwork in the homes and offices of several new collectors this year (including the largest painting I’ve created to date for Ernst & Young – 8 feet long!).

~ An incredible, once in a lifetime, painting retreat in southern Italy (an email recap still to come!)

~ This year, I started a public art collective called DDM Connective with brilliant artists Dave McLeod and Dawn Ford. Our first project “Abridged” has been shortlisted as 1 of 3 for the cSpace + King Edward site here in Calgary, Alberta. (We’ll find out any day now if our project was selected for installation!)

AND my most recent blessing…

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Our family has agreed to foster a six-month-old baby girl!

It was an emergency situation and therefore unexpected and very short notice. She is the sweetest baby and we love her already! She’s been living with us for several weeks now and is happy and thriving.

It’s amazing to see how someone so little can bring our family even closer together. Everyone is pulling together to help care for her and my daughters, Isabella and Valentina, are thrilled to be “big sisters” for a while!

So, if you haven’t heard from me in a while, you now know why! Please join me in welcoming this sweet little blessing into our lives!

As a token of my gratitude for your continued support AND to celebrate all of life’s blessings – BIG and small – I’m offering for the first time ever

FREE SHIPPING on all original paintings shipped within Canada and the USA until Friday December 9, 2016.

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The Perfect Gift, When Words Aren’t Enough ~ SOLD “Spring Garden I” Colourful Aspen and Birch Tree Painting By Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD! “Spring Garden I” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Spring Garden I” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Thoughtfully chosen, generously given.

This painting was purchased as a gift for an incredibly strong, beautiful and resilient woman whom I’ve never met but have heard a lot about. Enough to admire, respect and care for her.

A daughter, mother, sister and a dear friend to many.

Currently battling stage 4 cancer, she is defying all odds and surpassing everyone’s expectations.

Every day is a gift.

This painting will soon be on it’s way to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to bring love, support and encouragement to one very special lady and her family.

My greatest wish is that it brings you happiness, strength and peace.

Most of all, when you look at this painting, I hope you feel all of the love that surrounds you. One thing I know for sure, the person sending it to you loves you more than his words can say.

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“Spring Garden I” 12″x12″ (Detail Image) Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Spring Garden III” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas
$750

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“Spring Garden II” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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SOLD! On It’s Way To Newport Beach California “From Here I Can Go Anywhere” 48″x36″ Colourful Prairie Landscape Painting by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD!

Tomorrow this painting will be packaged with care and sent to it’s new home in Newport Beach, California!

My newest landscape painting was inspired by the big skies and open prairies of western Canada.

The sunrises and sunsets that we see in Calgary are incredibly stunning. The sky is so big and full of colour that it often feels like you are engulfed inside of it. I can’t help but stand in awe of the beautiful, rapidly changing shapes and colours. It’s breathtaking.

This painting is big, colourful, optimistic and definitely makes a statement!

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“From Here I Can Go Anywhere” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas
$2600

This painting (along with a colourful aspen and birch tree landscape) was originally commissioned by the City of Calgary as a public art installation for the YYC Utility Box Program. The original paintings are available for purchase.

These colourful works of art will be reproduced as a vinyl wraps to cover the utility boxes in the community of Queensland, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Painted image wraps around the sides of canvas, so your new painting is ready to hang. No framing needed.

When I met with the residents of Queensland to discuss what their community means to them and what qualities they would like to see expressed artistically – some of the most common responses were optimism, nature, bright colour, and “the gorgeous sunsets”!

This painting is my way of expressing all of these beautiful qualities.

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In addition to the big skies and wide open landscape, the prairie crocus flower is a beautiful symbol of our Western landscape – they are wild and they are everywhere!

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

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There are magical moments hiding in every painting, you just have to explore and find them.

In this painting, the spontaneous burst of pink emerging from behind the cluster of clouds is my favourite magical moment of the entire piece. It could be a painting all on it’s own.

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“From Here I Can Go Anywhere” 48″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas (Detail Image of Colourful Sky and Clouds)

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NEW! Painting Commission “Long Journey Home” 72″x36″ Colourful Acrylic Aspen and Birch Tree Painting Commissioned by a New Art Collector In Providence, Rhode Island

This autumn Aspen and Birch Tree Painting was commissioned by a new collector from Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

She loved the colours in my previous painting “A Beautiful Mess” and chose to commission a custom painting to make it a personal experience for her and her family.

She wanted to display the painting prominently in her living room and the 72″x36″ canvas was the perfect size to hang above her sofa.

“Long Journey Home” 72″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Long Journey Home” 72″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Long Journey Home” (Detail Image) 72″x36” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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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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