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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Friday, December 17, 2010


"Dixie" 9 x 12 oil on canvas Plein Air by Terry d. Chacon
Another beautiful evening of painting on location at the beautiful Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside, Ca. My painting buddy Patricia Rose Ford and myself arrived around 5 pm and set up on the corner of Lime and Mission Inn Ave.
I had painted this view a couple years ago and wanted to try it again. My focus of course was the to capture a horse drawn carriage.  Last week, on our 38th anniversary (Dec. 9, 2010), my husband treated me to a wonderful evening. First we ate at Mario's, he requested a table by the window, right across from the Mission Inn.

Dec. 9, 2010  (Eddie and Terry at Mario's)

After a wonderful dinner we walked around to enjoy the beautiful lights and festivities going on.   A quick stop at the wonderful  "Casey's Cupcakes"   If you have not been to this cupcake place, you have to go.   It is fabulous and addicting.   We purchased our favorite cupcakes and then headed to the Carriage stop. 

A photo moment with my darling husband.

   Now you know why I wanted to paint the painting, but there is a little more to the story.   As we set at Mario's we watched the carriages going by.   There was one particular horse that was a little on the heavy side and she has such attitude and wears a yellow plume on her head.   We have an afghan hound that is a little on the heavy side and has this same attitude.   As she went by both of us said she reminded us of our  "Tootsie".   So when we got to the Carriage stop we asked if we could have a particular carriage, the guy laughed and said oh that's  "Dixie".   

So there you have it, my interpretation of the beautiful Mission Inn  and "Dixie". 

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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Oh Christmas Tree"

"Oh Christmas Tree"   9 x 12 oil on canvas board by Terry d. Chacon

Terry painting at the Mission Inn Festival of Lights Dec. 8, 2010.

Each year our Plein Air group (Plein Air Artists of Riverside) paints in Dec. downtown Riverside, CA around the Mission Inn.   A painting is available anywhere you look.   This is my 3rd year of painting and I am building quite a collection of night time painting scenes of the beautiful lights, horse & carriages, people walking, talking, visiting Santa and just having a great time.   I hope to be at the Mission Inn painting every Wed. evening until Christmas.   Come by and watch me paint.   

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

If you are interested in any of the collection of night time paintings of the Mission Inn Festival of Lights, please contact me at:   

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Three Wisemen

"The Three Wisemen"  Oil on canvas 16 x 20 by Terry d. Chacon

This is my Christmas painting to add to my collection.   Each year I have added a new painting to the collection.  It is always great fun to design these paintings and watch them come to life.   In trying to figure out a theme for this years painting, I received some photos from a friend in Peru.  He had recently traveled to Natal to judge and had gone camel riding.   I have always wanted to paint a camel theme and decided to design a Christmas painting from the reference photos.  

It was such fun to paint this painting, giving life and character to the animals and to also relay a Christmas message.   Notecards and giclee prints will be available in Jan.   However, notecards and giclee prints from previous Christmas paintings are available on my website at:   Look under giclee prints and go to seasonal. 

Hope your holiday season is going well.   Stay tuned for more posting during the Christmas season, I will be doing some night paintings at the Mission Inn in Riverside.   Updates on completed plein air paintings will be posted.

Until next time, please enjoy the art.    Terry d. Chacon