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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Icelandic Trail Ride

"Thirsty" 6 x 8 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

While my husband and I were in Iceland in November we were treated to a beautiful 3 hour ride on Icelandic Horses.   When we arrived they asked us what our riding experience was and that is how they chose what horse you would be riding.   Eddie was given a very thirsty horse.   He is the one in the orange rain suit, and every time we went through a river or stream his horse would stop to drink, causing a traffic jam.  He did everything he could to get him to move on, but he was thirsty and did not move.   It became a big joke during the ride and after.    I did this painting from a photo I took along the ride and I will be doing more paintings from the trip.   It was cold, windy, rainy and low and behold at one point the sun came out and it was pure delight.   This painting brings back great memories from a beautiful time. 

I have two New Year's resolutions, how about you?  

1- Complete one dog show scene painting a month for a series which I am doing for an upcoming show in 2013.  More on this as we get closer to time, this is very exciting.
2- I will work more with my Fine Art America account.   I cannot tell you how my business has grown this past year since I opened my account.  I have sold prints of my paintings around the world.  People who would have never heard about me in my other networking tools.   This year I will work on putting my paintings up as I finish them to make them more available to the public.  Be sure to keep your eyes open as I will announce it on my blog when they are available in print.   
I have more NY's resolutions, but I feel if I accomplish these two I will be doing great.   What are your New Year's resolutions?   Please share in the comment space so others will know.  They say you will keep your resolutions if you share them with friends.   Well you might as well share them with the world on my blog.
So in saying this, here are my first two entries for 2012.
"Crowd Pleaser"  now available on Fine Art America.
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"Isis" now available on Fine Art America.
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And the new painting above "Thirsty" is also available. 
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Until next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!

Terry d. Chacon

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Merry Christmas from Terry d. Chacon

Plein Air painting "Dixie" of the Mission Inn Festival of Lights, Riverside, Ca. 

"Dixie" is the name of the white horse pulling the Cinderella  carriage that my husband took me on for our anniversary.  I knew I had to go back and do a painting of this beautiful horse, who had so much personality.   Thank you Dixie for sharing our anniversary evening with us.  

Sharing below a few portraits and paintings for the end of the year 2011. 

"The Skye's The Limit" for Dr. Richard Meen of Canada

"Affection" for Bobby Ungar of Colorado.

"Crowd Pleaser"   The first of a series of paintings for 2012 "Dog Show Scene"

Many  thanks to all of you who have commented, purchased and promoted my artwork throughout 2011.  I look forward to sharing my artful journey with you in 2012.   Any special ideas you may have that you would like to hear about or see on this blog, I am open to your comments.  Please share with family and friends.

   IT'S NOT TO LATE-still need a gift for that special person in your life, how about a Gift Certificate for Terry d. Chacon Art.    Contact me for details:    

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

Friday, December 2, 2011

Grand Canyon Painting Trip

"Late Afternoon"   Grand Canyon 9 x 12 oil on canvas

Patricia Rose Ford, Nita Harper and myself left Redlands at 4 am.   The sunset photo was coming into Needles, Ca.  on the 40 interstate on our way to the Grand Canyon.   As you recall in Sept. my friend Abbe Shaw and I stopped at the Grand Canyon so I could do a couple paintings.   When I told my friends about the great time we had, they decided they would like to go as well.   Pat painted painted the Grand Canyon  on her recent trip to Santa Fe and she indeed felt it was well worth another trip.  

This is our arrival, 7 hours later into the National Park.   The line was not near as long as it was in Sept. but there were a fair amount of people at the Park even for a cold winters day. 

I think it is always a lot of fun to bring people to the Grand Canyon that have never been there before.   It is great to see their eyes and their emotion as they take that first view.   Nita Harper on the right had never been here before.   I don't think the excitement ever goes away.  I have been there many times, even as a child and I still have that same gasp, when I see the canyon.   Every time you get out of the car to see another view it is amazing and the feeling is always there.     

"Looking Over the Edge" 9 x 12 oil on canvas.  

                                                     Terry painting "Looking Over the Edge".

This was my first painting from the trip.  Done in late afternoon, cool crisp weather but no wind.   The ledge if you can imagine is a direct drop off into the canyon.  People would come and stand there, take photos, kids jumping around and it would just make me weak in the knees. 
After our afternoon painting we left the sight and checked into our motel.  We stayed at the Best Western and it was wonderful.  Nice spacious rooms, free full breakfast and discounted dinners.   If you go to the Grand Canyon I highly recommend this place. 

The next morning we packed the car and headed out to find the perfect place to catch the morning light.   Upon arrival I spotted these beautiful rocks lit up from the morning light against the canyon if full shade.  It was beautiful and so exciting to paint.  

"Morning Light in the Canyon" 9 x 12 oil on canvas.

After our morning painting session we went out in search of our afternoon painting site.   As you can see from the photograph about that mid day the canyon is very flat because there are not very many shadows to make the beautiful formations.   We went to the Hopi Tower and had a picnic.   After eating and resting a bit we headed down the road to our afternoon site.

As above this was my late afternoon painting.   It is amazing how as the day goes by the canyon becomes more and more atmospheric.   I love this spot, I painted here the last time I was at the canyon. 

I took this photo as we were leaving.   Might have to do a studio painting of this, love the light on the couple enjoying the view.  
As we were leaving and heading to El Tovar for a nice dinner we saw a herd of deer.  

I thought it was very nice of them to stop and look at us, long enough for me to get my camera out and take a photo.  At El Tovar there were a couple more just grazing on the lawn.  I think they know they are protected and therefore are not afraid of us.   And they look very healthy. 

We got up early to get a head start on the day because we needed to leave by 3 pm in order to get home at a decent hour.    Oh boy were we surprised when it was 17 degrees and the wind was blowing like crazy.   We bundled up and decided to give it our best shot.   Burrrrr was it cold.   

"Canyon Light"   6 x 12 oil on canvas.   

 This painting was a disaster.   I don't know if it was the wind or the cold or trying to hurry so I could fit in two paintings before leaving or what the problem was.  I finally scraped the paint off, put on some basic under painting and called it quits.  I finished it in my studio.  Guess I had enough info that it was very easy to complete.  

We went back to El Tovar for lunch.  I was dying for a Navajo Taco and boy was it good. 

"Midday"   9 x 12 oil on canvas.

I really don't like painting in the mid day.   This painting was also finished up in my studio.   As I stated before the light in the canyon is very flat at midday, but there was enough shadow in the foreground to give this painting a little depth.   It was cold and very windy so we hurried to get this second painting in and packed the car to head home.   But as we were leaving a beautiful herd of Elk came out to greet us.  I bet there were 30 of them.  Such a sight to see. 

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

Prints and note cards are available from these 5 Grand Canyon paintings and 3 others are available on Fine Art America.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Segil Fine Art 9th Annual Small Works Show

Segil Fine Art Gallery
So very happy to announce that these 2 plein air paintings have juried into the ever popular
Segil Fine Art 9th Annual Small Works Show.
"Wave Watchers" 6 x 8 oil on canvas board palette knife.

"Spring" 9 x 12 oil on canvas palette knife.

Segil Fine Art Gallery
110 West Lime Avenue
Monrovia, California  91016

Opening Reception:  Dec. 3, 2012  5 to 7 pm
Show runs through Dec. 31, 2012

Gallery hours:  Tues. through Sat. 1 to 6 pm
Hope to see you at the opening. 

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

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Holiday Shopping Ideas

Christmas Cards available in packs of 4 for $12.00.   9 x 12 Giclee holiday prints $75.00 ea. 
The Comforts of Home

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

The Three Wise Men

Wait, I think I hear Santa

The Man In the Moon

The Night Before Christmas

Holidays Forever

He Knows if You've Been Good or Bad

Afghan Hound Jewelry

"Precious Metal"

Polished Bronze and Polished Sterling Silver, Sterling Silver in an antique finish, Jeweler's Bronze. Available in pendants, pins, lapel pins and tie tacs (smaller pieces).
More photos on my website:  Polished Bronze and polished SS prices are not on my website yet.  It is a new finish available.   Contact me for prices at:

Samples only, some of these pieces may be sold, but custom pieces can be painted from your photo or mine.  Pieces are limited so contact me ASAP.

Samples only.    Custom orders, any breed or animal painted.   Contact me for jewelry available for paintings.  Starting at $60.00 ea. 

Lost Wax Bronze Sculptures

View individual pieces on my website, contact me for prices.

Ceramic Sculptures

Music Box "Jingle Bells" Green Verdigris Patina

Music Box "Jingle Bells" Bronze Patina

Rolling Afghan Hound Bronze Patina

Rolling Afghan Hound Green Verdigris Patina

Miniatures Green Approx. 1 1/2 inch Verdigris Patina

Pet portraits in Oil 
   Working from your photo or mine.  
                                                    "Debbie and Tyson"

All size canvas available to suit your needs.   Contact me to discuss your next painting of your beloved pet.

Plein Air Paintings

  Originals available as well as giclee prints and note cards.  

Art Prints

Ceramic tiles from plein air paintings available on my website at:  Only a few left.

"Kimberly Crest"

Calendars: Plein Air Paintings and Dog Paintings

  $30.00 ea.   Order by Dec. 1.
(12 different paintings on ea. calendar, 1 per month)

My new book  
The Beauty of a Plein Air Painter
Summer of 2011
View the preview below, click on the link to order.

Mission Inn Paintings during Festival of the Lights.  
Christmas Note Cards 4 pk. $12.00, giclee prints and originals for sale.


"The Christmas Tree"

Locals please contact me at 909-798-0567 for an appointment to come by my studio to shop, the coffee pot is always on.

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