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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The River Bed

"The River Bed"  8 x 10 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

Yesterday we celebrated Patricia Rose Ford's birthday by taking her painting.   We went to a new place to paint,  the Irvine Regional Park.   SoCalPapa is painting regional parks for their upcoming event in May.  This is one of the parks on the list and it is only about 45 min. from my house.

We left out around 8:30, giving me the much needed time to get my puppies in order before leaving them for the day.   Boy are they a handful and so active.   But I am enjoying every minute.   Here is a photo of them taken last week. 6 weeks old already.  

Puppies 6 weeks old.
Their mountain that they play on is getting smaller and smaller, or they are getting bigger and bigger.

Anyway we arrived at the park and was told to go to Lot 15 which was at the very end of the park.   We hiked out to the river bed where we found the river was flowing and the beauty of the distant mountains was exactly what I wanted to paint.  

After painting the above painting, I saw other painters had arrived.   Alfted Tse and Gordon Luce.   Very nice painters from around the area who were happy to share their experiences in the park and their paintings.  

After completing our morning paintings we headed to Moreno's Mexican Restaurant a recommendation from Gordon.   Gordon it was fabulous!  
I wanted to treat Pat for dessert on the way home so we stopped at Casey's Cupcakes in Riverside, picked our favorite cupcakes and headed home to play with the puppies.  

Another great day of painting, eating, meeting new friends and playing with puppies.  What a day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT!  Hope you had a great day.

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

Monday, January 24, 2011

Inland Empire Sunset #3

"Sunset #3"   6 x 6 on canvas by Terry d. Chacon in plein air.

Sunset #3

My painting buddy Patricia Rose Ford and myself were treated to another great sunset on Sunday night Jan. 23, 2011.   We arrived a little after 4 pm.  I set up a few yards south of our last meeting on Alabama and began putting the initial drawing and first layers on my canvas.   I then waited for the right time to put in the next layers and the beautiful sky. 
They say 3rd time is a charm, however, after completing this painting I was in awe of the beauty of the sky.   It was lit up like you wouldn't believe and becomes softer as the night takes over. 

I will go back again this week and try for a painting one step later than this one.   So far this is the 3rd painting, you can see the other two on a post before this.   Each time I feel I am getting closer and closer to capturing a beautiful sunset.   I suppose one can start and stop at anytime, so funny what you learn and really how much time you have to capture the beauty.

Until Next Time, ENJOY THE ART!

Terry d. Chacon

This painting as well as the 2 prior are available on Paypal.   Please contact me at for details.  

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Jay and His Golden

"Jay and His Golden"   20 x 24 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

It is always fun to create a painting with a scene.   This painting was done from a photograph giving to me by the collectors.   I knew it would be a challenge by the size of the tiny photo given, but I had enough detail to work with and the results are amazing.  

Debbie wanted to present her husband Jay with a painting of him and his special golden for Christmas.   When she gave me the tiny photo approximately 2 inch by 2 inch, I just about fell out of my chair.   But after looking at it I told her there was enough detail that I thought I could work with it.   I brought it home and put it on my copy machine and was able to make it 4 by 4.   After scanning it onto my computer and bringing it up on the screen I could work from this.    I knew I could complete the painting by Christmas but would not be able to ship until early Feb., giving the painting plenty of time to dry.   Debbie and her husband live in Houston.   I sent Debbie photos along the way and the excitement was building.   When I sent her a photo of the finished piece, she was so excited.   I sent her a set of notecards with the image on them to give to Jay for Christmas.   She said he was shocked.   Shocked that she had given him such a beautiful gift and he loved the painting and cannot wait to see it in person.

Well the time is near, I will be shipping by Feb. 1.    So Debbie and Jay your painting full of memories is almost at your door step.

As always, I am always so excited to create a painting for my collectors.   If you would like a painting of your loved one's be sure to contact me.   I have space for 2 more paintings starting Feb. 1, 2011.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, enjoy the art.    Terry d. Chacon 

Monday, January 17, 2011

California Winter Sunset

California Winter Sunset #2-6 x 12  oil on canvas in plein air by Terry d. Chacon

Ca. Winter Sunset 6 x 12 oil

We have been having the most beautiful sunsets and my painting buddy Patricia Rose Ford and I have decided we want to capture this beauty in plein air. 

The first time we went I was really unsure on how to capture this beauty and afraid of the time element in doing so.   As the sun lowers itself the sky becomes filled with this beautiful salmon color, brilliant light and the blue becomes overpowering.    I have also found the ground becomes darker  and the sky becomes lighter and full of color.    Amazing that after the sun actually sets there is quite a while before the sky darkens.   So in saying this, we will be giving it another go this coming Thurs.  

Below is my first attempt.   A 6 x 6 study.  I finished way too fast and afterwards the sky lit up.   Which is what I want to capture.   My second attempt above is moving in the right direction.   :-)  
California Winter Sunset #1  6 x 6 oil on canvas in plein air by Terry d. Chacon

Ca. Winter Sunset 6 x 6

Until next time, ENJOY THE ART!

Terry d. Chacon

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Painting the Desert Landscape

Andreas Canyon-Winter Light  9 x 12 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day in the desert with artist from the Plein Air Artists of Riverside.   Our location for the month of Jan. is Andreas Canyon at Indian Canyon in Palm Springs, CA.  

We started out around 10 am and drove into Palm Springs for a nice late breakfast early lunch.   After eating at Sherman's Deli a fabulous place in the desert to eat, we drove out into the canyon.   Other artist had arrived earlier and caught the morning light.   My painting buddy Patricia Rose Ford and I had painted here before and realized that the light in the afternoon was captivating.   But, when you arrive early and paint all day, you are really tired by this time and it is hard to get enough energy to paint what you are seeing and feeling.

My first painting (above) I loved the way the light was side lighting the trees and the flowing water through the canyon.   The light was extremely brilliant around the cement wall that leads to some sort of a water plant on the far right.   It was a beautiful scene and I had a great time painting it.   I then moved to the other side of my car and wanted to capture the mountains.   The mountains by this time were lit up at the top and most everything else was in shadow, which really made them shine.   I liked the foreground road that leads back into a picnic area which gave me an entrance for the painting.  

"Mountain Light-Andreas Canyon"  Palm Springs, CA.   6 x 6 by Terry d. Chacon.  

Both these paintings are available from the artist. for more information.  

It was another great day of plein air painting.  So happy to get back to the easel after the holidays, and so happy to have some warm sunshine. 

Until next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART! 

Terry d. Chacon

SALE SALE SALE:  On another note.  I will not longer be offering ceramic tiles on my website  to go to my website.  to go directly to the ceramic tile page. 
I have lost my supplier.   However, I have a few images still available.   The reg. price is $45.00, but you can p them while they last for $22.50.   They are great 6 x 8 tiles which make wonderful gifts and great for displaying in your home on counters, in curios, dressers etc.   You can also attach wall hangers for hanging on the wall.   Great little decor of some beautiful images from original paintings by Terry d. Chacon.      

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Closing Reception "The Hound Movement"

They say all good things must come to an end.   Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 was the closing reception at RCAA for The Hound Movement.
Apache and Terry at the reception. 
Apache and April were invited to the reception.   April the greyhound, unfortunately she was unable to attend because she hurt herself earlier in the day.   Didn't hurt Apache's feelings, he was the king of the event.   He stole the show.  When people walked into the gallery they could not believe their eyes.   He was such a gentleman and allowed everyone to pet him, love on him and take photos.   What a ham!

"Summer Fun" the painting in the exhibit.   This painting is 36 x 36 and just plain full of fun.  

"The Hound Movement" exhibit. 

Friends Abbe Shaw my partner in dogs and Fran Reisman both from Santa Barbara came down for the event. 

Guitarist and singer Ellie Joy Schwartz, singing to Apache and Abbe.   Ellie is always a joy to have at an event.   She is wonderful.   Everyone should hire her to play, you will not be disappointed.  

My friend Adeola and Apache.   Adeola is an artist and has an exhibit at the deli across the street.   Also, a couple paintings in the Ensenada exhibit.  

Clidene Roper from Beaumont.   Clidene is the director of Banning Center for the Arts.   Thank you Clidene for driving all that way to see the exhibit. 

This little guy came in with postcards of his mothers artwork.   He walked up and said I want to give you a postcard of my mom's artwork.   I told him he should be very proud of his mom, he said he was.  Then he promptly said "now can I have a picture taken with your dog".......He was a true character and I really enjoyed him.

At times the crowds were huge, no room for anyone, but they had to pet the dog and have their photos taken with him.

These two beautiful little girls got on the floor with Apache to give him some love.   By this time Apache was starting to wear down.  

Apache and Fran Reisman.  Fran is the editor of the Afghan Hound Review a national publication.  It was great to have her at the event.   Especially when Apache had enough.  

The End
to a beautiful exhibit and a wonderful evening with friends at RCAA.   Thank you Mark Schooley for the opportunity to have been a part of this International Exhibit in Riverside, CA.   Also thank you to all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to support me by coming by to see the exhibit either during one of  the 3 receptions or during the 2 months that it was on display.  I also want to say thank you to my out of the area friends and family who really wanted to see the exhibit but were unable to make it.  Your notes of encouargement were so thoughtful.    I really appreciate each and everyone of you.     Thank you!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

First Painting for 2011

Untitled   12 x 24 oil painting by Terry d. Chacon

Happy New Year everyone!    Let's get the year started out right!

This painting needs a titles.   Email me by Monday 5 pm with a name.   You could win a set of notecards if your  name is chosen.

About this painting.   I took this photo of this litter that is now over 2 years old.  I always wanted to paint it and actually used the photo on my blog for the past 2 years.   Please note the change.  

The puppies spend the first few weeks in this whelping box and then sleep in it at night.   Every morning this is the view I get when I open the door.   Notice the area that is chewed on the left side.   Yep, this whelping box is old.   I bought it from Margie Pugh probably 20 years ago.   And she had used it for 20 years before.   I don't think they make wood this good anymore.   The only bad spot is the chewed area on the door.   Each litter seems to put their own stamp in the same spot.   

Now I have another litter growing in this box.   The litter is out of Jubilan's Somerset (Seti) and Am., Mex. and World Ch. ShaCone Abaca Delightful  (Lolita).    They are growing like weeds and are now going on 3 weeks old.   We are enjoying them and cannot wait to see how they mature.  

Well I tried to upload a photo of the new litter and it won't let me, so stay tuned for photos in another post.

Until next time, please enjoy the ART!   Looking forward to another great year and wishing you the very best.    2011

Don't forget to send me your choice for a name for this painting.

Terry d. Chacon