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


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SOLD “Quiet Autumn” 30″x40″ Colourful Fall Birch and Aspen Tree Painting By Calgary Contemporary Abstract Landscape Painter Melissa McKinnon

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A huge thank you and shoutout to Bryan at F2 furnishings here in Calgary, Alberta for finding “Quiet Autumn” it’s forever home.

I absolutely adore it when new customers are introduced to my work for the first time and instantly fall head over heels in love {Isn’t that the best feeling ever!?}

Looking to add style and beauty to your home?

Bryan is a master at connecting his customers with the perfect high quality furniture pieces and beautiful home decor accessories they are searching for.

Whether you are a long time fan favorite of F2 Furnishings or have yet to meet Bryan, I highly recommend stopping in for a visit to see how he can work his design magic for you and your home!

“Quiet Autumn” 30″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Quiet Autumn” 30″x40″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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NEW! Painting Commission “Passion” 5ft x 5ft Colourful Acrylic Abstract Painting on Canvas by Canadian Artist Melissa McKinnon

New Commission Painting!

“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Abstract Painting on Canvas

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“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

This painting was commissioned by local Calgary, Alberta, interior designer extraordinaire Monika S to celebrate her 29th wedding anniversary and she wanted it to be big, bold and beautiful! Monika has a passion for colour and creativity that she exudes in her life and through her work and she wanted this painting to be an expression of those qualities.

Monika first sent me this photo and explained that she has an open concept home and would like the artwork to be the focal point of the main living space. We decided on a 5ft x 5ft / 60″ x 60″ canvas to fill the space above her dining room hutch.

Design Tip: Big artwork makes a BIG statement in any room. Find a large painting you LOVE and it will turn the room from drab to fab, instantly!

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The Before Shot

She loved the colours and concept of one of my previous paintings “Lust” and wanted to use it as an inspiration for her custom painting.

Design Tip: Art doesn’t have to match your home! Choose artwork that you LOVE and allow the art to inspire your decor.

Fantastic works of art are likely going to be one of the biggest investments you will make in your home decor so you should connect with it in a big way, it should make you feel something, be an inspiration to you… after all you are going to be living with it for many, many years to come.

Choose art that you LOVE and NOT just because it matches your sofa!

(You can always buy a new sofa!)

And that’s just what Monika did! She changed a few things in her space that would really make the painting stand out, including moving some furniture around and painting an accent wall and island base to compliment the bold and vibrant colours in the painting.

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Art doesn’t have to match your home! Instead, allow your artwork to inspire the design of your home.

While Monika was painting…so was I!

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Painting In Progress – It all begins with an inspiration and a sketch!
“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Purple  – ‘Passion’ – is the ultimate expression of a creative person’s world. This painting, with its myriad shades of purple and red hues nourishes and inspires the soul. I often  like to pay a game with friends  by having them guess how many paint swatches went into the piece. ”  —Monika.S.

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

After several weeks of painting and over 4000 “marks” later, I happily delivered and installed Monika’s painting, “Passion” in her freshly painted home. It really changes the entire feel of the space – the large size and vibrant colours add vitality, energy and warmth to her home. Most importantly it expresses Monika’s personality and passion for life.

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“Passion” 60″x60” Acrylic Painting on Canvas Installed in Collector’s Home

One special request that Monika had was to incorporate two hearts into the painting to symbolize her and her husband and celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary. They are small and subtle (see if you can spot them!) and it makes this custom painting all the more special to them!

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Two hearts + Two people in love = One very special custom painting!

 

If you are looking for an interior designer to inspire your home decor, check out Monika’s designs and services HERE.

 

P.S. Custom painting commissions are available and can be created in any size and any colour palette.

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

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Interior Designer, Monika Siebert, with her Melissa McKinnon original painting.

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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”

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NEW Mini Paintings Available from Canadian Contemporary Landscape Painter Melissa McKinnon (10″x10″ and 12″x12″)

NEW Mini Paintings Available!

New mini 10″x10″ and 12″x12″ acrylic paintings from my Abstract Landscape Collection as well as my Aspen & Birch Tree Collection have been added to the gallery. Prices range from $250-$500.

Click on any image to view it larger as well as prices for each painting.

Paintings can be reserved with a 50% deposit. To purchase, please contact me directly.

Custom Painting Commissions are available.

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One Of The Happiest Days Of My Life: The Successful Opening Of My Solo ART Exhibition In Calgary, Alberta: Featuring Contemporary Abstract Landscape Paintings By Canadian Painter Melissa McKinnon

As I am writing this, I am mid-flight on my way to San Francisco. Immediately after the opening of my Solo ART Exhibition this afternoon, my husband and I left for the airport and arrived just in time to board our flight.

I am on a HIGH, both physically and metaphorically.

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I am amazed and in awe of how many people came out to support me and see the exhibition of my paintings. We had well over 150 people in less than 2 hours! It was the biggest turn out the gallery space has ever had.

8 paintings were purchased and several commissions booked, which is outstanding!

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Solo ART Exhibition: “Tonight I Dream In Color”

It was like a hurricane of people. Exciting, overwhelming, and I loved every minute of it (which is saying a lot, coming from an introvert like me!)

I did my best to socialize with as many people as I could but unfortunately time passed way too quickly and I didn’t get to spend as much time with each person as I wanted. The good news is that my paintings are up for another two months, until April 29.

If you would like to spend more time with me I would love to give you a personal tour of the exhibit. Contact me to schedule an appointment.

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Me and my MiniMe’s at the opening for my Solo ART Exhibition

A quick pic of me and my two daughters just before the exhibition opened. You can see the love and pride bursting from my face.

This moment was the highlight of my entire experience. Being an artist for a living is my childhood dream come true. It means the world to me to share my dream with my girls and to teach them that you can do anything and everything that you could possibly dream of with your life – all it takes is passion, dedication and perseverance.

I am an independent artist  which means that I don’t rely on galleries to promote and sell my work. It is because of people like you who love and support my work, that I am able to live my lifelong childhood dream and create each and every day.

Thank you!

Thank you for:

Coming to my exhibition – it was incredible to share my passion with you in person

Reading my blog- I love sharing my artistic journey and process with you

Interacting with me on social media, “LIKING” and sharing my paintings, because every time you do, it helps to share my work with new people who might never have had the opportunity to see my paintings otherwise.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Contemporary Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon Featured At The Calgary Woman’s Show

I was graciously invited by Eaglesmed Wellness Center to showcase some of my art work at The Calgary Women’s Show this weekend. We will be in booth #511/610 – a fabulous location, front and centre near the entrance of the BMO Centre. Please stop by and say hello!

I am featuring NEW paintings from my Aspen and Birch Tree painting series as well as gift sets of greeting cards printed from my original paintings – just in time for the holiday season!

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12×12 Mini Paintings – $280

10×10 Mini Paintings – $200

Greeting Cards – $15 for a pack of 6 assorted 5″x7″ cards

If you won’t be at the Woman’s Show this weekend but would still like to purchase one of the featured paintings or a gift set of greeting cards, contact me HERE.

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Package of 6 Greeting Cards

Also at the Woman’s Show –  one of my large scale paintings, “Inside Peace” 5’x4′. You really must see the colour and texture of this painting in person.

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“Inside Peace” 60×48 Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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Contest Ends Tomorrow! WIN a Gift Pack of Art Greeting Cards Printed From Original Landscape Paintings by Calgary Contemporary Artist Melissa McKinnon

I will be launching a NEW line of cards just in time for the holidays!

VOTE for your favourite painting and help me choose which cards will be included in my new series.

‘LIKE’ my Artist Page on Facebook, then leave a comment on your favourite painting(s) to vote.

One lucky commenter will WIN an assorted pack of cards from the new line!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

www.facebook.com/MelissaMcKinnonArtist

Good luck and stay tuned for the launch of my new line of cards!

Contest ends Wednesday, October 23, 8pm Mountain Standard Time.

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Package of 6 Greeting Cards