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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

6 x 6 at Randy Higbee Gallery

I could have added this information to my last post, but felt it needed its own post because of the excitement involved.   The following 2 plein air paintings, 6 x 6 have juried in to the upcoming, most talked about exhibit in Southern California. 

San Gorgonio Inn   6 x 6 oil on canvas done in plein air

Mobile Produce Stand  6 x 6 oil on canvas also done in plein air

The event which will be held at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa will open with a private reception by invitation only on Friday Dec. 3, 2010.   The following night is an artist reception with awards valued at more than $6600.00.   This was the initial amount and more than $2000.00 has been added to the kitty.   Judges for the event include John Stearn of the Irvine Museum, Jeff Horn talented plein air artist and teacher and you the viewing public for the People's Choice awards.   This should be a very exciting evening.   Meet the artist, have a selection of more than 250 original  6 x 6 pieces to choose from.   There were over 600 entries to this event and approximately 300 were chosen.   I am very happy to have my 2 little gems in the show.

I think both of these pieces show a little nostalgia from my area and proud to represent the Inland Empire. 
Randy Higbee Gallery is located at:

102 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa, Ca.  
You can phone ahead for times.  
Here is the link to their website.

Artist from around the world have submitted works for this event.  So make a point to visit the show.

The following is information from Randy Higbee, gallery owner.
Event (by Randy Higbee)


The Randy Higbee Gallery in conjunction with are hosting a very special event that will bring nationally acclaimed representational artists to a spectacular venue in Orange County, California.

It is one of the gallery's desires to expose it’s broad base of retail and wholesale collectors to a diverse selection of fine artists who do not usually get the opportunity to show in this affluent, Southern California region.

It is my feeling that this combination of small, affordable paintings by a collection of locally and nationally recognized fine artists will create a Holiday buying opportunity that will stimulate most collectors.

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

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Updates and New Works

"Rosie"   special gift for Christmas 6 x 8 oil on canvas.

"Mean Joe"  5 x 7 oil on canvas

The above are 2 new works finished this past week.   I am moving right along and getting out as much as I can before the holidays.  I am not taking any commissions for the remainder of the year.   If you have a painting in mind, please contact me and I can schedule you in for next year.  Looking forward to hearing from you.

"The Three Wisemen"    16 x 20 oil on canvas not finished.

This is my Christmas card painting for 2010.   I am having a special drawing to win a set of notecards on my Facebook Fan Page.   To sign up, just click on the link on this page.   All you have to do is comment on the process and I will put your name in the drawing.   Each year I do a special Christmas theme to add to my collection of paintings for the holidays.   It is so much fun to put them out during the holidays.   Friends and family alike always enjoy seeing them each year.   I came about this idea from a dear friend who lives in Peru.  He and his wife had just returned from a trip to Natal and he sent me photos of them riding camels.   The scenery was similar to what I am capturing here but of course the 3 wisemen are my beloved breed the Afghan Hound.     I will put the finished piece up on my Facebook and also on my blog for everyone to see.   Unfortunately the notecards for this painting will not be available until  next year but I have quite a collection to choose from on my website under seasonal of past Christmas paintings.

Just to bring you up to date on where to see some of my art:

"The Hound Movement"  opened this past week at RCAA.   (3870 Lemon St.. in Riverside, CA).   Open Wed. through Sunday 11 to 2 pm.   Reception to meet the artist is:   Dec. 2, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm.

 "The Aquatics Show"   SoCalPapa Exhibit at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.  600 East Bay Ave, Newport Beach.    I am pleased to announce that 2 of my paintings from Catalina have juried into the exhibit.    This exhibit will be up until Jan. 3, 2011, so if you're in the area please go by.  Open wed. through Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.

Banning Center for the Arts 130 San Gorgonia in Banning, CA.,  is hosting an exhibit of PAAR (Plein Air Artist of Riverside) Riverside National Cemetery plein air paintings until Jan. 4, 2011.   I have one painting in the exhibit.

The second half of the interview with  Mark Burhart is now up on Show Biz 4 Dogs.   This part is about my exhibiting in dogs shows and my art.   You can view it at

I will also be at Eukanuba on Dec. 4th and 5th  this year.  If anyone would like to order something from my website, including Christmas note cards please email me at   I will bring them for you to pick up there.  I will be staying at the Hyatt.    

Well I think that about does it here.   I hope you can go by and see some of my art at one of the venues.  If you do, please drop me a line.  

I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving, enjoy your treasured time with family and friends.

Until next time, ENJOY THE ART!

Terry d. Chacon

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Hound Movement

The much awaited exhibit "The Hound Movement" opens this Thursday Nov. 18, 2010.  The exhibit runs through Jan. 7, 2011. 

 A personal collection of bronze sculptures and a 3 ft by 3 ft painting "Summer Fun" also  from the artist personal collection will be on display at Riverside Community Arts Association through Jan. 7, 2011.

When the artist was asked to do this special showing she was delighted.  This is the first exhibit of the hound collection that has been on display for the public to see in the Inland Empire.  

The painting "Summer Fun" was added to show diversity in the artists different mediums.   

Terry's artwork has been shown from New York City to Los Angeles in recent years.   Her artwork is in households and businesses  in 15 countries and she continues to win awards at local and National shows.  

Artist Reception is Dec. 2, 2010 6 to 9 pm.  

View other artist works at RCAA including works from artist who attended the Ensenada, Mexico trip to the Riviera Cultural Center where they painted, photographed and enjoyed special margaritas. (Terry has 2 paintings and some photos in this exhibit).    Also a special showing of  artwork from Jiangmen, China and the RCAA Patrons Members Exhibit.  The gallery is full of fabulous work, be sure to stop by. 

RCAA is open from 11 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Sat. and by appointment.   (951) 682-6737. 

RCAA 3870 Lemon st. Downtown Riverside, CA. 

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

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pass Artist Demo

                                         "Red Bench"  9 x 12 oil on Canvas Pass Artist Demo

Today I was honored to demonstrate my approach to Plein Air before the PASS Artist Association in Beaumont, Ca.   This is the 2nd time I have demonstrated for this group, the last time being 2 years ago this month.   A very nice group of artist, who were attentive and curious about Plein Air and more importantly about Impressionistic work.   I set up inside and worked from a photo explaining my approach if I were actually painting outdoors on location. After painting many times at Ford Park I took the photo that I worked from on one of my outings. I liked the rhythm of the scene, the high contrast of darks and lights, the red bench and the reflections in the water.   A great combination for a good composition.

Some of the early viewers, the house was packed by the time I started the demo.   They quickly had a meeting and then I was announced by Clidene Roper the curator of the Banning Center for the Arts in Banning, CA.

Terry waiting to start the demo.   (Photos by Artist Louise Smith, thank you Louise!)

A little discussion about Plein Air.   There were only 2 people in the audience that were plein air painters out of around 40 members present.   But they were very interested in my approach and asked some great questions. 

First I sketched in the large shapes with a piece of charcoal.

Then I started the first layer of paint in the big shapes paying close attention to color masses and value.

Discussing the ever so importance of getting the values right from the get go.   Each mass must differ in color, warm or cool, bright or dull, light or dark.   Evaluating as you continue to capture the scene, each mass may have up to 5 or 6 different colors added to before the value is correct.   You can see just after the first few layers and the value changes the painting is coming to life.   Once these are accomplished the painting is ready to start adding the bands of color and final details. 

Terry working on bands of color in each of the masses to start the final process of the painting.

Continuing to paint.

Looking good.

I donated a painting to the Pass Artist for a raffle.  The lucky winner was Roz.  She was so excited, I signed the back of the painting especially to her as a remembrance of the day.   

 It was a great day and I want to thank the members of the Pass Artist for their warm welcome and hospitality. 

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