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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saluki Painting

"Untitled"  36 by 36 oil painting on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

New painting of Saluki's playing in mud puddles after a rain.   I met Hasnul on Facebook and he has a pack of Saluki's that he takes out and lets them run free. I was so taken with this that I asked him to send me some photos.   It was such a hard choice to pick just one photo, but this particular photo captured my attention.   Can you guess why?   I am having a contest on Facebook, if you join my fan page you can take a guess on the focal point of the painting.  All who guess correctly will be put in a drawing for a free piece of artwork from me.   The drawing will be Aug. 6.  

Hasnul is from Malasia, he is veterinarian.    If you are on facebook, you will want to be his friend.   Very interesting man.   

I have put a link to one of his video's of his dogs running and playing in the mud.   I am hoping you can view it by pressing the title to this post.  

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

Thursday, July 29, 2010

El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA

"El Matador"   9 x 12 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

Terry with her "El Matador"  Painting

Wednesday we took off for another wonderful day of painting at the beach.    This time Pat and I  were meeting another plein air artist Nita Harper for a painting day at El Matador State Beach in Malibu.  This is a new painting site for us, and we were very excited about going.     When you arrive you are up on a bluff that overlooks the ocean, I mean way up.  Come closer to the edge, oh my, a view you cannot imagine.  
Our friend Nita had prepared a beautiful lunch for us.  We set and talked about painting and family and caught up on the months that we had not seen Nita.   After eating we hiked down the canyon to a level  view that all of us were happy with and found our space for a painting.   There are several vista's to paint on the way down, but of course we had to walk clear to the bottom and check out each spot.    I chose this huge rock as I loved the archway underneath that led to the beautiful light on the other side under the rock.   The light hitting the rock was so beautiful and I wanted to capture the beauty of the rock as well as the ocean in the back ground.   (Painting above) 

After our first painting session we decided to hike back up to the top, I am so sore this morning using muscles that I forgot I had!    Nita then treated us to a special desert as we waited for the beautiful late afternoon light.   

                                       Pat and Nita enjoying an afternoon break before starting another painting.

We walked over to the side of the bluff and looking west, we all painted the view with the beautiful light on the ocean.   I loved the variations of the cliffs distant and close as they were back lit by the sun and the beautiful way the water sparkled in the water and the ground cover  lit up on the bluffs.  

"Looking West"   El Matador State Beach 8 x 10 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon
Patricia Rose Ford
Nita Harper

It was a fabulous day of painting, thank you Nita for a wonderful time and for fixing us lunch to enjoy at the beach.   Until next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!  Terry d. Chacon

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Painting at San Pedro Harbor

"Gloomy Day" San Pedro Harbor by Terry d. Chacon

The Plein Air Artists of Riverside ( painting location was San Pedro, Ca.   A group of us headed out early morning and arrived at the harbor around 9 am.   After a quick trip to find the restroom and grab another cup of fresh coffee we scoped out the area to find a place to paint.   We chose the area where the Fisherman boats were located because of the nice reflections in the water.    It's hard for me to find something of interest on gloomy days so the reflections were inviting along with the turquoise green boat.  

I set up my easel, sketched in my composition and proceeded to start my painting.   Oh no!   Where is that boat going?   Yes, the turquoise boat packed up and left the scene.   Luckily I had enough information to finish the painting.   

It was a great day painting in nice cool weather and I enjoyed eating at the Fisherman's Market.   My friend Louise bought a Red Snapper and brought it home to her family.   I have never seen such huge fish in my life.      When going to the San Pedro Harbor be sure to check out the fish market as well as the Maritime Museum.  

I took these photos at the harbor.    Talk about huge, amazing how big these freight liners are. 

San Pedro Harbor

Until next time be sure to ENJOY THE ART!   Terry d. Chacon

PS:   SOCAL PAPA PAINTS BACK BAY Reception is July 23, from 6 to 8 pm at the Muth Interpretive Center in Newport.    The following 2 days 60 plein air artist will set up to sell their paintings to the public.   Hope you can come.            

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Newport Back Bay Revisited

"Back Bay Bluffs" by Terry d. Chacon 6 x 6 oil on canvas board.
Last week I decided I needed just one more painting of the Back Bay for my plein air collection I will be exhibiting at the SOCALPAPA Paints Newport Back Bay show & sale.   I will add the flyer for the event at the end of this post. 

I also needed to go to King of Frame to pick up some more frames as I didn't have enough at home to use on the 18 to 20 works that I will displaying.    My friend Patricia Rose Ford and I left around 8 am.   Oh the traffic was fierce and the heat was already on.    We arrived at King of Frames  Randy Higbee Gallery  around 10 am, what is usually a 45 minute drive on a good day.    Not only did I need to buy 10 more frames but I also was taking the commissioned painting for Santa Barbara Kennel Club and some posters that they had made to have framed also.   So alot was to be accomplished before we were able to go out and paint.  
If you need frames Randy's gallery is the place to go.   Most of the work they can accomplish either while you wait or you can go out and paint for a few hours and come back and pick up your order.   We were lucky that all my work was taken care of while there and we were free to go out and paint the day away.

We went out to the Back Bay first.   I wanted to pick up some postcards for the event to send to some of my local collectors and see exactly where we were suppose to go on Friday for the reception.   50 plein air paintings were juried into the exhibit by Ann Lofquist.  The paintings not only were to be plein air (strictly enforced) but had to be of the Back Bay.  It should be a very enjoyable evening of art under the stars at the center.    

The Muth Interpretive Center is a large modern building hidden below and backs into the mountain that overlooks the Upper Bay.    I can see why this exhibit is so well thought of by the community and the artist alike.    The scenery is spectacular, a painting anyway you look especially for plein air artists who paint on location.   You just cannot duplicate this view from a photograph, you have to be there to get that beautiful atmosphere and light.    Since I am new to this group SOCALPAPA I am  looking forward to the reception to see all the beautiful works and meet the talented plein air artist that have made it into the show.   I am also looking forward to meeting the 60 avid plein air artist who will be exhibiting their plein air works the following 2 days.      

After looking the place over and drooling over the scenery we set out to find the Back Bay Cafe.  
One has to nourish themselves before a long day of painting.   After a leisurely lunch we were ready to paint.   We traveled up the Back Bay Drive heading north and pulled off to set up to paint the beautiful bluffs.   At our arrival we noticed the beautiful reflections in the water.   What I liked was the little strip of blue water on the side of the bluffs that were lit up in the front and in shadow in the back.    I was very happy with my little jewel and I have the perfect frame for it.   It will proudly be displayed at the exhibit.

We took off from there and headed towards Laguna.   Getting around the point of Crystal Cove we decided an early evening painting would be great so that's where we ended up.   Our friend Lilli was working in the area and said she would meet up with us for a late dinner at the Beachcomber Cafe.   
Pat and I decided we needed a Margarita before starting our late afternoon early evening painting, so after we sipped away we headed out for another painting.   I am not happy with my painting so I will not be displaying it.   I wanted to capture the beautiful sun reflecting on the water, which I did, but I put those horrendous umbrellas in again, they remind me of circus umbrellas and not beach umbrellas.   I really have to learn to paint some umbrellas.   I think I should practice at home a few times so I can get that wonderful beach painting that I have in my mind but just cannot quite get it onto the canvas.  
After a wonderful dinner with Lilli and Pat we headed back home.   It was another wonderful day of painting and I am so happy that this is my job!
Here is the info on the PLEIN AIR event, please let me know if you have any questions!

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

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

SOCALPAPA Paints the Back Bay

6 x 12 plein air painting "Backlit Backbay" by Terry d. Chacon &

9 x 12 "Row Boats in Winter Light" Oil painting by Terry d. Chacon both have juried into the SOCALPAPA Paints the Back Bay juried exhibit and weekend display show.

Terry d. Chacon cordially invites you to attend the reception for awards on July 23, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm at the Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA. Plein Air Events 2010 Announcement This exhibit is for Newport Back Bay paintings only. Directions:
6th Biannual SOCALPAPA Paint Back Bay Art Show - Newport CA Event Calendar � Official Visit Newport Beach Inc.

The weekend display show will be July 24 and 25, 2010 where she will have up to 18 plein air paintings displayed and for sale. Paintings will include many special locations where Terry has painted throughout the past year including Monterey, American River, Catalina, Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove and Newport Back Bay. You do not want to miss this exhibit to see some of her latest works in person.

9 x 12 "Newport Back Bay" painting will be for sale as well as the 2 above during the event.

I look forward to seeing you there, any questions, do not hesitate to ask.

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