Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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


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SOLD to A New Collector in Los Angeles, California “Morning Hike” 24″x24″ Colourful Rocky Mountain and Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD!

This painting was recently purchased by a new collector in Los Angeles, California.

Originally from  Colorado, he told me the reason he was so drawn to this painting is because it reminded him so much of his home close to the mountains and surrounded by nature.

“Your paintings bring back to me the beautiful feeling of the Autumn and the poetry of nature that I miss. Your work has always moved me.”

I love it when my paintings find their forever home with someone who loves and enjoys them as much as I did creating them, it’s a great honour as an artist. This match appears to be a perfect fit.

“Morning Hike”24″x24” Original Acrylic Mountain and Birch Tree Painting on Canvas

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SOLD “Morning Hike” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

There is something magical about being close to the mountains.

They provide me with endless inspiration for which I’m very grateful!

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“Morning Hike” (Detail) 24″x24″ 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
$3050

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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SOLD! Peaceful and Calming Ocean and Beach Seascape Painting by Contemporary Artist and Landscape Painter Melissa McKinnon “Dreaming Of Being Seaside”

Inspired by my recent travels along the beautiful coast of Eastern Canada, this new painting offers a calm and peaceful interpretation of the rocky shores and vibrant blue ocean view.

On a windy day, everything seems to blend softly together making it appear as though the sky  pours into the sea and the sea becomes absorbed into the land. A beautiful reminder that everything in nature is connected.

“Dreaming of Being Seaside” 16″x40″ Original Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

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“Dreaming of Being Seaside” (Detail Image) 16″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Dreaming of Being Seaside has found a new home with a local Calgary art collector. The painting has been hung in it’s beautiful new home, surrounded by an impressive collection of Canadian art and other family treasures.She was kind enough to send me this note along with a few photos of their newest painting:

“Melissa, my husband and I are so pleased to welcome your painting into our home.

We enjoy its presence every day!”

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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
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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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New Prairie Paintings for Hotel Saskatchewan by Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

I’ve been commissioned to create two large scale prairie‬ landscape‬‪ paintings‬ for the lobby of the newly renovated Hotel Saskatchewan‬. They wanted the paintings to be warm and welcoming, to inspire‬ guests on cold winter days in ‪‎Regina, SK‬. 

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Contemporary Prairie Landscape Paintings by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon – For the Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina, SK.

If you are in Regina, Saskatchewan and happen to see my paintings, leave a comment below and let me know how they made you feel.

The Radisson Plaza Hotel Saskatchewan is a historic hotel, one of Canada’s grand railway hotels located in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, overlooking Victoria Park.

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Honoured To Be An Inspiration: My Tree Paintings Interpreted By 8-9 Year Old Students Half-way Around the World In Canterbury, England

This morning I received the most beautiful letter that made my heart soar!

I’ve had classes research my work and use my paintings as inspiration for various projects in the past but I just had to share this one! The sheer volume of work, attention to detail and the depth of exploration and experimentation with materials is phenomenal – AND these artists are only 8 and 9 years old!!!

Aren’t these kids amazing!?!

I also want to acknowledge and thank Miss Apps for choosing my work as an inspiration. (It’s not every day that I get chosen over Monet and Picasso!) Her students are very lucky to have such a dedicated teacher who is passionate about the arts and who encourages her students to express themselves creatively. That is the greatest gift! Cheers to you, Miss Apps!

A mixed media piece.

A mixed media piece.

A letter from Miss Apps:

“My name is Roxanne Apps and I am a primary school teacher in Canterbury, Kent (England) and I teach a class of 30 8-9 year olds. For the last 2 weeks we have had what we call ‘Arts Week’ in our school, where each class is required to pick an artist and base all of their work around that one artist for 2 weeks. 

Most classes pick a classic artist such as Monet or Picasso but this year I decided to choose a contemporary artist for a change. I browsed the internet with my class for a creative contemporary artist with a set ‘theme’ that could inspire our work. We stumbled upon your website and instantly fell in love with your paintings (in fact I have become a bit obsessed!). We immediately decided to choose you as our inspiration.

We quickly set about gathering ideas for how we could recreate and interpret your work in our own individual ways. We made oil pastel pictures with black backgrounds and chalk birch trees, we made finger painted leaves with newspaper trees and we also wrote poems about how the colours of the trees make us feel or what they remind us of. There were many other things but it is too much to list! Our favourite piece of all was our joint class canvas. We used thick paints and glue sticks to create the leaves and used masking tape to create the outline of the trees before we scraped card dipped in black paint across to create the effect of the bark on the birch trees. Each child had a go at adding on the layers of leaves and we think you will agree that the finished result looks pretty amazing! 

At the end of the 2 weeks all the children and teachers worked hard to display our work in an exhibition in the school hall. Parents and members of the public were welcomed to come and peruse our artwork and also to buy some of it. The exhibition is still going and all of the money raised will go to a local charity that supports young adults with Downs Syndrome. 

Hundreds of people have turned up over the last few days to look at our beautiful exhibition and many commented on how lovely the work turned out. People were especially intrigued to hear about your work and commented on how stunning your paintings were! It was a nice change from all of the classic artists which surrounded us in the school exhibition. My class’ work sold like hot cakes and I believe this is because they were so passionate about your work that this was reflected in their beautiful pictures. 

I hope you are pleased to know that you have inspired little people who live thousands of miles away (and their teacher!) with your absolutely gorgeous paintings! The class are aware that I am writing to you and would love to hear a comment back from you if you have the time. 

I have copied and pasted some pictures of our hard work and also of the exhibition to show you what you have inspired us to create! 

I hope you enjoy looking through them!

Yours,

Roxanne Apps (Miss Apps)
Teacher and English Coordinator
Wincheap Primary School
Canterbury, Kent”

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England

My Response Letter To the Class:

Dear Miss Apps and the very creative and hard working students of Wincheap Primary School,

Thank you so much for choosing my paintings to inspire you during Art Week.

I am SO proud of all you!

The paintings you created are so beautiful and creative. I love how you used different materials to create variations of your tree paintings, each one is unique and in your own style. I especially loved reading the poems that you wrote to accompany your paintings, beautifully done.

You must have worked very hard to create all of those works of art and I commend you for it! Above all, I hope that you had fun while doing it!

Making art is not about being born with talent, it is about being happy while you create. It’s about being dedicated and passionate about what you create. It’s about making art even if others (or yourself!) tell you it’s not worth it or it’s not good enough. Not everyone has to like what you create. Do what makes you happy and share it with the world, you never know who might see what you create and be inspired by it! 😉 (Like a class full of young artists from halfway around the world!)

Whatever you do, don’t stop creating!

I heard that your art exhibition was a huge success, congratulations! If you have any paintings left for sale, I would love to purchase one for my studio.

I also love that you are donating all of the proceeds to charity. I am a big believer in giving back to your community and I donate artwork to various charity fundraisers throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way to use your passion for art to help others.

Thank you again for sharing your beautiful artwork and poetry with me. I can’t tell you how happy it made me.

I wish all the best and please keep in touch. I’d love to see what you create next!

Creatively yours,

Melissa McKinnon

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England inspired by Melissa McKinnon

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England inspired by Melissa McKinnon

Poetry inspired by their tree paintings.

Poetry inspired by their tree paintings.

The inspiration…

The inspiration…

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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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