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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Gallery 225 Opens New Exhibit

Gallery 225 in Greenwich Village, New York introduces its Spring exhibit "MACY'S IS NOT THE ONLY FLOWER SHOW IN TOWN!" April 2-May 15, 2009. Opening Reception: Thursday April 2, 2009 6-8 pm. Click on the link to see more about the exhibit.

Harvard Toback's Gallery 225

I am very pleased to announce that 4 of my plein air works and one still life have been chosen by curator Harv Toback to be in this exhibit.

"Lavender Fields" 9 x 12 oil on canvas, painted on location (plein air) at the Lavender Festival in Cherry Valley, Ca.

"Maloof Gardens" 9 x 12 oil on canvas, painted on location at the very famous Sam Maloof Gardens in Upland, CA.

"Moonshine" 5 x 7 oil on canvas, painted on location (plein air) at Maloof Gardens.

"Iris" 5 x 7 oil on canvas, painted on location (plein air) at Sam Maloof Gardens.

"Bright Florals" 5 x 7 oil on canvas, painted on location (indoors/still life) at the Riverside Art Museum "Art Alive" exhibit.

If you are interested in any of these paintings, please contact Harv Toback at Gallery 225 or me and I will give you Harv's information. I am disappointed that I will not be attending the opening reception, if anyone is able to go, please take photos and share, I will update the blog as I get more news. Until Next Time, ENJOY THE ART! Terry d. Chacon

Comments via email: "Terry every time I see your paintings your personality and love shows. You should be proud of all the beautiful creations you've done." Love you, Betty

Hi Terry,
Congrats.......that's wonderful! Hope you have lots of sales!


congratulations terry d! your work looks great. when will you be flying back for the reception? you can go see lorian's painting at gallery 128 and take in those shows you missed last time!

Congratulations Terry!

Those are beautiful works of art! Good luck on your showing!

All the best, Carol

Great news and good luck! Toni Tucker

Friday, March 27, 2009

Whitewater Preserve 4th day

Boy today was a great day. I absolutely love this painting and I have to thank my friend Pat for asking me to go to Whitewater for an afternoon painting.

When Pat first called I felt I had already done 7 paintings at the preserve and said no, I better spend the time at home. I am working on a large commission of sculptures for the Afghan Hound Club of California upcoming show and felt I needed to spend time doing this. Well luck would have it that all the sculptures were in the kiln, the kiln was way too hot to open and I actually had a little time. I called Pat to see if she would pick me up and she said yes, but she could only be there for a short time. This in mind I knew I would need to paint small. I packed my gear and away we went.

When we arrived we noticed the energy windmills were really going and I said oh no, it might be very windy in the canyon. Pat wanted to hike up to the area Luz and I had painted, but said maybe we should hike up and just take some photos for some future studio paintings. We did. After this we traveled up to the ranger station as Pat wanted to paint the palms and the mountains. That was fine with me as that is one of my most favorite views and I love painting palms. We got set up and I painted quickly as well as Pat. Pat did a wonderful little pastel and I painted this 9 x 12. The tall plants in the foreground actually surround a pond that is in front of the house where the tour guides and director of the preserve live. Looking north to the San Gorgonio mountains which still have snow was very picturesque. What a great afternoon of painting. Until next time, ENJOY THE ART! Terry d. Chacon

Giclee prints and notes will be done from this painting. I want to add this to my Palm Tree collection series.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Whitewater Preserve-3rd Painting Day

Tuesday we got up early and arrived at the preserve before 8 a.m. We decided to paint at the wash as the light from the sun was beautiful and crisp anyway you stood. I wanted to paint the distant snow filled mountains. We had a very cold and windy past few days and snow in the higher elevations, so the San Jacinto mountains were freshly covered. These mountains are the picturesque mountains that surround Palm Springs. There is an aerial tramway up to the top of these mountains that you can take on any given day. When visiting the area be sure to do this, it is unbelievable. Dress warm the temperatures can change 30 degrees from what it is in Palm Springs. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Home

As I painted this scene I really felt the electrical wires and poles added to the composition and decided to put them in for some added interest. The yellow flowers along side the road were in brilliant color and added a nice shadow to take your eye down the road deep into the mountain area. If you look really hard to the right and under the do not copy on the painting you will see a group of windmills. This is the windmill area you see on the side of interstate 10, before arriving in Palm Springs. Wind Energy Windmills - Palm Springs Lots of points of interest in this area. Every place you look is another painting.

My second painting of the morning was a quick study of the wash. It was around noon time when I quickly put together this little 5 x 7. Looking north up the wash and towards the San Gorgonio Mountains and towards the ranger station which is hidden behind the trees on the right. The Whitewater creek runs down and over the road that I painted earlier.

After a morning full of painting, Luz and I decided we needed a break and took off to my favorite restaurant in Palm Springs. Blue Coyote is a wonderful Mexican restaurant and they have the best margaritas in town. We enjoyed our lunch and took our time. We wanted to arrive back in Whitewater to capture the late afternoon light.

This painting was started after 3 p.m. and was completed around 5 p.m. It was interesting how misty the late afternoon view became looking north towards the San Gorgonio mountains as the sun started going behind the huge mountains on the left which make up part of the canyon where the Whitewater Preserve is located. What drew me to this scene was the beautiful light on the palm tree. But as I was painting I realized it was really the only crisp part of the view.

If you go back and look at all 3 paintings, painted in a different time of day, you can certainly see how the color contrast change throughout the day. I love plein air for this reason. Time, temperature, mood and feelings really play a part in how the painting turns out. It was a great day for painting, great food and margaritas. What more can an artist ask for.

These paintings and more will be available in giclee prints and note cards. If you are interested, please email me at Until next time, ENJOY THE ART. Terry d. Chacon

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Windy Whitewater Preserve

Another day of painting at the Whitewater Preserve. When we were driving at 7 a.m. in the morning towards the preserve we noticed it was getting very windy. When we arrived at the Ranger station, it wasn't bad. A couple of us had planned on hiking up the mountain to a flat area of wildflowers to paint. Our tour guide Frasier Haney accompanied us up the hill to the area and boy what a view. 360 degrees. A full painting anyway you looked at it. I chose to look down in the valley towards the ranger station. If you look to the right and down you will see some tiny specs of burnt orange buildings. That is the ranger station as it sits in the valley below the rock bluffs on the right. Looking beyond are the San Gorgonio mountains. As we started to paint it was beautiful, about an hour into the painting the wind started blowing before we knew it, it was gale force winds. My umbrella took off several times as well as anything that was not fastened down. Luz Perez's painting gear tipped and her painting was full of sand and grass. We decided to pack it up, but first I told her I have to get the beautiful wild flowers in the fore ground. That was about all I had left. I quickly slapped on a lot of paint and put the painting away, hoping it would be fine. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived home that evening to find such a delight. I was very pleased. Amazing what you can do when you are driven to craziness with the wind and the elements while painting on location.

As we arrived back at the car, I must say going down the hill is much easier than going up. Especially with your gear in a back pack. I must have someone take a photo some day of me with a back pack! It's a real hoot! We saw many other painters along the way and stopped to chat. They too were about to pack it in. We all met at the ranger station, had a bite to eat and laughed about the wind. Some of us decided to stay and see if we could get another painting.

The wildflowers are so beautiful I could not resist a little 5x7 of them. The other painting is a small 5x7 of the distant mountains and these 2 lonesome palm trees. I think this is a painting I would like to do larger on my return next week. The mountains were in full sun which was beautiful, but I would like a different time of day.

Our reception for the Whitewater Preserve is April 4, 2009. The paintings will be hung through the end of April. It is amazing how many people come to the Preserve for a day of fun in the open air. Hiking, camping, fishing, just a stroll in the park area. What a beautiful place tucked away in the mountains of southern California.

Until next time, ENJOY THE ART. Terry d. Chacon

Notes and giclee prints of these paintings will be available. Once I decide which painting will go in the exhibit, that painting and all the others will be available for sale.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Whitewater Preserve

The Plein Air Artists of Riverside are painting this week and next at the Whitewater Preserve. This is our first time at this beautiful oasis in the desert and will be our first exhibit at their beautiful ranger station. The exhibit will start April 3, 2009 and be up through the month of April. If all goes well we are hoping this venture will turn into an annual event.

On Wed. a group of us headed out to Whitewater, many of us have never even heard of this place until I was phoned by Asia Horton earlier this year. She explained that they would love to have some association with an artists group in the area and when she found out about PAAR she knew we were the one to ask. After many phone calls between our locations chair Ada Passaro, Asia and myself the event is now taking place. Unfortunately Asia has been put on maternity rest and will be unable to help with the event, but Frasier Haney the preserve manager and his assistant Jack have stepped up to the plate and welcomed us with open arms. Jack took a group of us on a tour of the location, telling us a little about the preserve and what they hope to accomplish. Believe me they have accomplished so much and this is worth the drive to see. As the president of PAAR I am very happy with this new association and look forward to our exhibit and reception. Our reception will be April 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. I hope all of you will be able to make it out.

As Jack was taking us on our tour I spotted this wonderful algae pond, with the distant San Gorgonio snow packed mountains. I knew this would be the perfect place to set up and paint for me. As I was telling fellow painter and friend Susan DeArmond she agreed this would be the spot for her as well. The sage in the foreground had a wonderful shadow underneath (I was hoping that was all as Jack had warned us to be careful and on the lookout for rattle snakes). Yikes something I did not want to even hear! The middle mountain had some patches of wildflowers that I am hoping will be out even more next week.

I also wanted to bring your attention as you traveled upward into the painting to the snow packed mountains. Although they were subtle they seem to have a glow about them in the distance. I will be making giclee prints of this painting and notecards. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing. I am not sure if this is the one that will be for sale in the exhibit, but if not, it will be for sale from me privately.

All in all it was a beautiful morning for painting and I cannot wait to go back Sat. Mar. 21 for a second try. Frasier has said there are more beautiful wild flowers beyond the first mountain in my painting. A group of us will hike up to get a different view and paint the wildflowers on Sat. I can't wait!!!!

Until then, Please enjoy the ART! Terry d. Chacon

Whitewater Preserve is 2,851 acres surrounded by the Bureau of Land Management San Gorgonio Wilderness and is part of the Conservancy’s 33,000-acre Sand to Snow Preserve System. Please check out the website for more information on Whitewater.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Frenchies are back!

"Darling" the French Bulldog is back. Yesterday at my life drawing class I wanted to try out some new paper that I purchased and also try the watercolor samples that I received during the recent paint out from Holbein. During a coffee break I spotted Darling looking very bored with all of us and she seemed to be the perfect candidate for a watercolor painting.

As you recall from a previous post, "Darling" was my subject for a pastel. I feel so lucky that I can try different mediums in my life drawing class. The poses are not long enough for oils so it makes me try different mediums. Of course, "Darling" the French bulldog does not hold a pose for very long, so I have to quickly get her pose and then work on the details from memory.

The following painting of "Darling" juried into the National Juried show "Art Show at the Dog Show". The exhibit is going on now in Wichita, Kansas. You can view this piece at the downtown City Arts Building 334 North Mead from Mar. 3 through April 1, 2009 and at the Kansas Coliseum April 3, 4 & 5. It is always an honor to be accepted into this exhibit. Canine Artist from around the globe send in their entries of which only 130 entries are accepted.

Thank you Darling for being such a good model for me. I enjoy drawing the live human models, but you give me great joy. Darling is 17 years old.

Until next time, ENJOY THE ART!

Terry d. Chacon

Note cards from both of these paintings are available in my eBay store eBay Store or by contacting me at Giclee prints are coming soon. Please let me know if you would like to reserve one.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

"Peaceful" Reworked

"Peaceful" Plein Air

Sometimes I look at a plein air painting and see that I really didn't capture the moment as I remember it. One of the things about "Peaceful" was the people walking down the pathway, which I neglected to put into the scene. The whole time I was painting I would watch the people jogging or just out for a beautiful days stroll. So I reworked the painting in my studio to bring it to more of my memory and added the people strolling in the foreground. To me the painting now is finished. Enjoy the art! Terry d. Chacon

"Peaceful" Reworked in my studio.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Website Sale!!!!




Just a quick note to let you know I am having a website sale. All 9 x 12 giclee prints (animal or plein air) reduced to $50.00 ea. This is a $25.00 savings! All note cards are $2.00 off the regular price of $12.00.

My website link is: Please contact me with your order at Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or check accepted. Plus shipping and handling.

All prints are based on availability.

This sale ends Friday Mar. 13, 2009.

Be sure to take advantage of this great savings! Terry d. Chacon

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

9-Day Paint Out

Plein air artists of Riverside have completed their 9-Day Paint Out. As chair of the event my job was never ending and it was even more difficult to stay focused on painting with so many other things on my mind. We had 48 artists sign up for the event and most of them painted every day. The weather started out with some rain, we had some very cold days where the artists bundled up and then the last couple days we had temperatures in the 80's. Typical S. Cal weather! So glad we did not have the 60 mph winds that we had last year.

A couple posts ago, I gave you a run down of the first weekend which included the check in. As I post the paintings from the week, I will post some photos of the artists. I want to thank the photographers/artists who submitted photos from the event. Joan Coffey, Patricia Rose Ford and Alberto Vareli did the majority of photo taking. The above photo of me was taken by John Schulz. John took several photos on a couple days of the paint out and sent me a copy on the cd. John, thank you so much. It was fun to relive the days again in your photos. I will add photos to this post as time goes and I receive them from different artists.

Monday - Old Spaghetti Factory

6 x 12 framed $450.00

I wanted to wait for the rain to go through so set up and waited for the rain to stop. As the morning went on I sketched in the building and waited patiently. You can still see the beautiful clouds, but the sun would come in and out throughout my painting time and make these wonderful shadows on the building. My focus was the entrance and I got it! That is my favorite part of this painting. The play on colors and the shimmer of the posts and the garden area beside it really draw you into the painting. I am very happy with this painting. A big contender for the exhibit at the Riverside Art Museum.

Tuesday- Coffee Depot in the morning & Mi Tortilla in the afternoon.

9 x 12 framed $500.00

Loved the catering truck on the front side of the building. Nice shadows today but still very cold.

9 x 12 framed (not available, can purchase through the museum)

This is the painting I chose for the exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum. It was sunny in the afternoon so the shadows were great. When I set this painting up next to all the others it had a certain charm about it and it seemed to glow. Also I liked the play between the light and dark and of course the umbrella's captured my attention, especially the broken one in the foreground.

Wednesday - Taco Station

9 x 12 framed $500.00

This was an extremely cold day with no sun. Shadows were limited but I loved the play with all the reds in the scene. The two old gas pumps were just adorable and brought back such memories of when my dad owned a Richfield station when I was just a little girl. I also, like the arrow in the road that point right to my subject. Made for a nice composition. This painting was also a contender for the exhibit ar RAM!

Thursday- Carlson Park/Mt. Robidoux

9 x 12 framed $500.00 "Peaceful"

The view was captivating when I saw the walking path amongst the brilliant yellow Eucalyptus trees and the great shadow in the foreground. The colors played in and out as the sun kept peaking through.

Flabob Airport

9 x 12 framed $500.00 "Aviation"

Flabob airport was a delight. I had never painted planes before, but after arriving I could certainly understand why our locations chair chose this quaint little airport. The planes were colorful, tiny and the people were wonderful all day.

The "Quick Draw"

6 x 12 framed (not available, can purchase through the Museum)

"Blue Door Reflections" This painting will also be in the exhibit. Each year the Museum has a contest called the "Top Dog". Our focus for the "Quick Draw" was the Julia Morgan building in honor of the 80th Anniversary. This painting will hang in the Divine section of the Bobbi Powell Gallery at the Museum.

Evergreen Cemetery

"The Visitor"

9 x 12 framed $500.00

Another new painting location for me. The view of the distant mountains captured me for this scene. This is a historical cemetery in Riverside. The car was an addition as I finished the painting the people drove up and I like the shadow. Added more interest for the foreground.

There you have it. If you are interested in purchasing any of these original paintings, prints or notecards, please let me know. A very long 9 days, a lot of fun, new friends, new contacts for future exhibits and now to catch up on my sleep.......ENJOY THE ART! Terry d. Chacon