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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dogs In Review (National Publication)


                     Terry d. Chacon at the AKC Museum of the Dog exhibit "Dog Show Scenes"

A couple years ago I was approached by Gretchen Benardi from the Museum of the Dog about featuring my artwork for an exhibition.  Of course I was delighted and said yes.   The museum worked with me about the artwork for the exhibition and the exhibit opened April 22, 2014. 
After my reception on May 32, 2014 at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog featuring my "Dog Show Scenes" and bronze sculptures I was contacted by Allan Reznik (Editor in Chief) of Dogs In Review about featuring me in their August 2014 magazine.  Allan was also in attendance at the reception. 
Above photo is Allan Reznik and Gretchen Bernardi at the reception.
The following are some photos of the article.   Beautifully put together and I am very proud.
The above photo is from the 1st page of the article.

The above photo is the inside 3rd page contents of the magazine.  My article is on page 54 under.

The above photo is the 2nd page of the article.  It was nice they included my bronze sculpture "Full Circle" and a photo of me judging in South Africa in April of 2014.  The photo at the top left is the painting I did for Santa Barbara Kennel Club which will be auctioned off at the Breeder's Showcase Aug. 23, 2014.   Here is a poster for the SBKC shows that will be in businesses through Santa Barbara. 
Thanks again Dogs In Review for this wonderful article and the opportunity to showcase my artwork.
UNTIL NEXT TIME, please enjoy the art!
Terry d. Chacon  The article will be online within the week.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Catalina Island Workshop 2014

Demo painting from Descanso Beach Presidential Cabana

The artist arrived on Monday and I invited them to my condo for a meet and greet.  We served Pizza, beer, wine and soda along with some munchies.   I also showed a video made in 1976 on Henry Hensche.   Handed out some supplies donate by my sponsors: Holbein, Raymar Art Panels, Strothmore.  
The next morning we met at the casino and I did a demo explaining my approach to plein air.   Using large shapes and keeping the painting simple.  Some of the artist had never used a palette knife so wanted to make sure they didn't get discouraged.
The artist started painting, had lunch and continued painting in the afternoon.  They all did great.
2nd day we painted in Avalon close to the water.   Class was 1/2 day, we would meet at 7 pm to do a night painting.
Night painting is always fun.   At first you think the sun is never going to go away.  But you better be ready as when it goes away it is very dark on the island.  I did a quick demo for the artist to have something to go by. 
The artist were equipped with a drawing on their canvas, their paint set up and some lights to give them a little guidance.   They all really enjoyed the evening and were surprised how well they did.  
The next morning we met at the Presidential Cabanas at Descanso Beach.  
The artist were treated to their own server "Johnny" who was at their beck and call all day.  Brought them drinks and food whenever they wanted and all they had to do was paint and have fun.  
The view of the casino was fabulous.  We waited until the sun came out to get started as I knew by the time the class would paint the sun would be out which would be a whole different painting from the view in the photo.  

The sun is out!
Demo painting from Descanso beach.
The artist were treated throughout the day with munchies.  This was cantaloupe and jalapeno peppers.  Yummy......
We all made it through the day of being pampered and painting, what more can an artist ask for. 
Last day was by the Green Pier.  Artist set up in the shade at the veteran memorial and painted in the morning.  The artist brought out their paintings from the past 4 days and we had a critique session.  They all were so pleased with how much they had progressed in the 4 days and the paintings reflected this.  Smiles and excitement all around.  The artist were then able to finish their paintings from the morning.  We all said our good byes and everyone headed to the Catalina Express to catch their boats to the mainland. 
The workshop was a huge success.  I will be doing another workshop on the island next year starting July 7 through July 10, 2015.  If you are interested in learning how to paint in plein air using oil paints and a palette knife to add luminosity and color to your paintings, please contact me ASAP to sign up and receive  more information. I have room for 3 more artist for 2015.   
UNTIL NEXT TIME, please enjoy the art.   Terry d. Chacon

Monday, April 7, 2014

Art Demo- Loma Linda Art Association

Today I had the pleasure of doing an art demo for the Loma Linda Art Association.  A very nice group of artist who had great questions and was very interested in my approach to plein air using a palette knife.

Giving a little talk about my background in art and about the paintings I brought for them to see.

Adding the first layer of paint into the large masses.  Nice they had the video playing so everyone was able to see the painting on the overhead screen while I worked.  On the side table a few of my paintings that I took and the photo I was working from.   The reference photo was taken by my brother at the Balloon Festival in Lake Havasu City, Az. in Jan.   I plan to go there and do some plein air so it was fun to work from his photo.

The first layer of paint.

Adding the water and working on overall values.

2nd layer of painting, adjusting values and adding some bands of color.

Doing some adjusting while adding more color.

Starting to come together, nice looking at the overhead.

Adding more and more color.

 Looking to make sure the painting was as far as I could take it at the demo.

Last photo of the day.  

 Here is the completed painting.  11 x 14 "Up, Up and Away"
I would like to thank Loma Linda Art Association for asking me to share my approach to Plein Air using a palette knife.  The deadline is approaching May 1, 2014 to sign up for my Catalina Oil Painting workshop using a palette knife.  So contact me now to reserve your space. 

Until next time, please enjoy the ART!   Terry d. Chacon

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Dog Show Scenes" Opening May 14, 2014 at the AKC Museum Of The Dog

It's official and on the AKC Museum Of The Dog website.

It is such an honor to have been asked to exhibit my work at the American Kennel Club Museum Of The Dog.  My "Dog Show Scenes" represent some of the most prestigious dog show events around the country and the collection is a series I have been working on for the past few years.   Also in the exhibit will be some of my bronze work. 

  I am looking forward to attending the reception on May 31, 2014.  I hope to see you there.   DogMuseumInvitationweb.jpg (376×580)

The reception will be hosted by Mississippi Valley Kennel Club in conjunction with the Saluki
Club of America supported shows and the 42nd Specialty show of the
Afghan Hound Club of St. Louis.

For further information on the reception and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Gamble
( or Jarnell Carter (

For further information regarding the exhibit, please contact the AKC Museum Of The Dog.  Info on my card above.

Until next time, Please enjoy the ART!  Terry d. Chacon

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yucaipa Valley Art Association Demo by Terry d. Chacon

"Andreas Canyon"  9 x 12 oil on canvas plein air by Terry d. Chacon

Painting Andreas Canyon

To prepare for my demo for YVAA, Patricia Rose Ford and myself took a ride out to Palm Canyon near Palm Springs, Ca.  The wind was really blowing through the passes and we were afraid it might be bad in the canyon.  It was perfect.  We hiked about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile up stream and found this fabulous spot to paint.    We arrived a little late and the lady at the entrance gate said we would need to leave by 5 pm. which only gave us about 1 1/2 hours to paint. 

The next day as I was preparing for my demo (they only give you 45 minutes), I thought about what I really wanted to show them and that was painting water.   So I started the painting in my studio and took photos as I went so I could explain to the group my approach to a plein air painting. 

 Starting from the right side I drew in my composition.  Laying in some ground colors to get a visual of light and dark pattern areas in the scene.   Next I started working on values, I then stopped at this point and waited until the demo at the Sherrer Center in Yucaipa to continue painting.

Explaining to the group my approach.

Continuing with the values and adding variation of color.  The group was large but they could all see as they have a great monitor system that reflects my painting on a big screen. (to the left)

At this point I was telling them about the different people you run into while painting on location and some of their remarks to my style of painting. 

Not sure what I was saying here, probably answering a question or two.  They were a great audience.

I must have been praying here......hahahaha

As you can see here the values are coming together with variations of color.

Starting to add the water in the foreground.

Contemplating the question I presume.

My painting on the big screen.

More talking.  They only give you 45 minutes for the demo.  I was wondering if any of them if any of the board members who came up with that timeline have ever given a demo.  It is hard enough to do a painting in 45 minutes, let alone talk and answer questions at the same time.  I did my best.

This is what I finished at the demo.  

And this is the finished piece.  I had about 45 minutes more at home to finish the painting.  I was quite pleased with the finished piece.

9 x 12 oil on canvas board, palette knife painting by Terry d. Chacon

Thank you YVAA, you were a great group of artist with great questions.  After the demo I was there another hour or more to answer questions.  I hope they enjoyed the evening as much as I did.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, PLEASE enjoy the ART!   Terry d. Chacon

(thank you Louise Smith for taking the photos at the demo)

My upcoming oil painting plein air workshop on Catalina Island is filling up fast, I have a couple spots open.  Contact me ASAP to reserve your space.  Hotels are filling up fast on the island as well, July is very busy there.