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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Original art makes a unique and memorable Valentine’s day gift – FREE Shipping on all mini paintings until February 7

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“Chasing Clouds” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1500

Anybody can give flowers and chocolates BUT…

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So this year, step it up a notch and give them a Valentine’s Day gift they’ll never forget – a one-of-a-kind work of art. Every time they look at their beautiful new painting, they’ll think of you and remember how much you truly love them.

To make it even easier for you to become a Valentine’s Day hero, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on all small paintings (20″x20″ and smaller) until February 7 only.

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SOLD! “Viña del Mar VIIII” is off to it’s new home in Oklahoma, USA – Abstract Cloudy Sky Painting by Contemporary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

This lovely little seascape painting has been packaged and shipped to it’s new home in Oklahoma, USA!

This collector recently purchased a new home and wanted a beautiful work of art to bring colour and inspiration to the walls. I think she found the perfect painting! Congratulations on your new home!

“Viña del Mar VIIII” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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SOLD “Vina del Mar VIIII” 12″x12″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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

FREE Shipping – 5 Days Only!

Monday December 5, 2016 – Friday December 9, 2016

{Free shipping on all original paintings shipped within Canada and the USA}

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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Now is the best time of year to treat yourself or someone you love.
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9 Reasons To Buy A Painting – A Fantastic Article From Houzz

Why Buy An Original Painting vs. Prints?
Here are 9 Fantastic Reasons From Houzz That Will Change the Way You Buy Art

There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 10 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood gallery to peruse the paintings instead.

1. Buying a painting supports the artist directly. Painters pour their hearts into their work, and it can be difficult to make ends meet in such a labor-intensive and competitive field. Enrich your home and feel good knowing your purchase is helping to support a local artist by shopping at local galleries.

2. Paintings are tactile. A print’s surface can never match the luscious textural variations of a painting. Whether done on canvas, wood or mottled watercolor paper, original paintings have a touchable quality that sets them apart.

3. Paintings are perfect for renters. If you rent, it can be difficult to personalize your space when you’re not allowed to paint the walls or make certain other changes. But hang a painting or two, and the space instantly feels more you. And unlike bulky pieces of furniture, a painting will fit in any home you live in, making it a wiser investment if you move frequently.

4. Paintings are one of a kind.There’s something satisfying about having a piece of unique artwork in your home.

5. Paintings are handmade. Like handmade knits, hand-thrown pottery and handcrafted furniture, paintings show the hand of their maker. This quality brings richness and personality to the home — factory-made furniture and slickly printed posters simply cannot compete.

6. A painting can make the room. A painting begs to be the focal point of a room. Whether your artistic taste runs to the bold and graphic or to vintage landscapes, the painting you choose is bound to have a big impact on your space — I can’t think of another thing that has such an ability to bring that wow factor to a room.

7. Paintings make a house feel like home. Paintings you’ve owned for a while become like old friends. Simply pulling out your paintings and putting them up can make any space, no matter where you are, feel like home — even more so if you happen to have paintings handed down to you from your parents or grandparents.

8. Paintings inspire. Looking at a painting you love refreshes your spirit. Why not give yourself the gift of daily inspiration by saving up for a small painting you adore?

9. Curating your own art gallery is fun! Will you find yourself drawn to pastels, portraits, still lifes or landscapes? Representative art or abstract? Choosing paintings helps hone your personal aesthetic. And let’s face it, being the curator of your own personal art gallery is a really fun job.

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Painting In Progress – Over 4000 “marks” were applied to create this piece!
“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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SOLD and On It’s Way to Mississauga, Ontario! “Last Days of Summer” 30″x40″ Colourful Autumn Birch and Aspen Tree Painting by Canadian Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

SOLD!

Well, that was fast! This painting was just released this week and already a new collector in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada has purchased it!

“Last Days of Summer” 30″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Last Days of Summer” 30″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1850

She said:

“I’ve been looking for a painting which captures the memory I have of north of Lake Superior in autumn. “Last Days of Summer” does it…!”

And with that, this vibrant and colourful, autumn inspired aspen and birch tree painting will now be packaged with love and on it’s way to it’s new home in Mississauga, Ontario!

If you love the colour palette and style of this painting, “A Gentle Influence” 36″x36″ was also released this week and is currently available!

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“A Gentle Influence” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1950

 “A Gentle Influence” 36″x36″ Colourful Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Painting on Canvas by Contemporary Alberta Abstract Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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“A Gentle Influence” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas (Detail Image)

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Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Forest Painting by Melissa McKinnon, bright, colorful painting, red, purple, green, turquoise, fall colors.


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You Must Run Before You Can Paint, My (Sort of) New Year’s Resolution as an Artist

You must run before you can… Paint!?

The life of an artist, wife and mother of two toddler girls is hectic to say the least. We live a very full life and we enjoy every minute that we get to spend with each other. But every precious moment that I have to myself, I paint. I have even resorted to bargaining with my husband for extra “time off” to paint.  Even though my passion and work ethic has made me very productive in the past few months, I find that I am leaving behind some key activities that I love and miss doing. I need to find time to fit these ignored activities back into my life, the most important one being exercise. Exercise (a.k.a. yoga, running and walking) is my way of relieving stress, getting energized and sometimes it’s the only quiet time in my day that I have to think and reflect.

Lately the temptation to paint (or blog, lol) has been winning out over my desire and obligation to exercise. The answer to my dilemma… I must run before I can paint! Before every painting session I have vowed to spend at least 30 minutes on the treadmill. I have set up my treadmill in my studio facing my workspace. This allows me to reflect on my previous days painting session and contemplate what I will create next. By the time I am done on the treadmill, I am focused, energized and ready to rock my time on the canvas! It’s my win-win solution.

Here are a couple of photos from my most recent running / painting sessions:

Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Forest Painting by Melissa McKinnon, bright, colorful painting, fall colors, tree drawing, sketch, trees.

Work In Progress – Initial sketch on canvas of my newest Aspen / Birch Tree Painting

Having time to study my previous days work has really helped me focus on where to go next with the painting.

Original Acrylic Aspen / Birch Tree Forest Painting by Melissa McKinnon, bright, colorful painting, red, purple, green, turquoise, fall colors.

Work In Progress – Aspen / Birch Tree Painting – The first several layers of the underpainting.

I’m curious to know from other artists and/or parent’s, how do you find balance between the things that you should do and the things that you LOVE to do? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

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