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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist 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

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