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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

(Thank you Jen Erickson for designing my web card for me)

It has been great sharing my art and dog life with you during this past year. New events for next year are developing and I cannot wait to share them with you once I have all the details. I feel blessed that so many of you have expressed your joy of viewing and owning my art. I thank you for your continued support.
Until Next Time, (next year) PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!   Terry d. Chacon

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Miniatures 3 x 3! Yep, that's right......

"Palm Canyon" 3 x 3 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon

These are my entries for the upcoming miniature show at Jack's Fine Art and Framing Gallery in Beaumont, Ca.   Sarah Parker will do the judging.   The reception will be Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 pm.  I hope you can make the reception.   Door prizes, snacks and wine.  Who could ask for anything more.  

When I got the prospectus for this event, I was fearful to try an oil painting this small.   I bought a package of 5 - 3 x 3 inch canvas.   I looked at them constantly and just could not imagine being able to paint anything that small.   Jennifer Dunaway the owner of Jack's called to tell me I needed to give it a try.   When out on location at Palm Canyon recently with my artist pal Patricia Rose Ford, I indeed gave it a try.   It was actually fun.   Working with my palette knife I did the following in my studio.   I think I am hooked, these little gems are falling off the knife and looking pretty good.   I will be donating a 3 x 3 as a door prize, so come on out to the reception and take your chance of winning an original 3 x 3 by me!  

"Laguna Beach"  3 x 3 oil on canvas/palette knife - available to purchase through Jack's Fine Art and Framing Gallery.  

"Moody River" 3 x 3 oil on canvas/palette knife available to purchase through Jack's!

"Santa"   Since it is holiday time, I decided to do a Christmas painting for the event.   3 x 3 oil on canvas/palette knife available to purchase through Jack's!

Also in the show will be "Fancy" lost wax bronze 1 1/2 inch in height.   Available to purchase through Jack's. 

This is Jack's Fine Art and Framing Gallery.
226 East 6th Street
Beaumont, California 92223

Jennifer Dunaway will be professionally  framing my little 3 x 3 pieces.  I am sure they will look fabulous.  

So please come to the opening of the exhibit, see all the minis plus artwork by David Fairrington, Sara Parker and myself.   A lot of work for your Christmas giving.  

Please, ENJOY THE ART!    Terry d. Chacon

Be sure to check out my prints and note cards available on Fine Art America.  
Great shopping ideas as well.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Receptions You Do Not Want to Miss!

"Hobie Regatta" 8 x 10 oil on canvas board is on display at Segil Fine Art Source.  Opening Reception Sat. Dec. 1, 5 to 7 pm.   
Segil Fine Arts Source
110 West Lime Ave.
Monrovia, Ca.
(group exhibit)

"Spring Light at the Back Bay" 6 x 6 oil on canvas board,  is on display at the Randy Higbee 6 x 6 show.  Opening Reception Dec. 8, 5 to 9 pm.
Randy Higbee Gallery
102 Kalmus
Costa Mesa, Ca. 

"Winter Light at the Back Bay"  11 x 14 oil on canvas, on display at The Well's Fargo Bank in Laguna Beach.   Laguna Plein Air Painters LPAPA Holiday Exhibit.  Opening Reception Dec. 8, 11 to 2 pm.
Well's Fargo Bank
260 Ocean Ave.
Laguna Beach, Ca.

"Fancy"  Miniature Lost Wax Bronze on display at Jack's Fine Art and Framing Gallery in Beaumont, Ca.  Opening Reception for the Miniature Show is Sat. Dec. 8, 5 to 8 pm. 
Jack's Fine Art and Framing Gallery
226 E. 6th St.
Beaumont, Ca.   92223

Also on display at Jack's Gallery is a group of my plein air works.   Enjoy the holiday season, holiday cheer and purchase artwork from your favorite artists.  

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

Be sure to check out my work on Fine Art America.   Prints and greeting cards available.  Perfect gifts for the holiday season.   Plus Holiday Greeting Cards. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

America's Parks Selection

"Sunrise at Turtlehead Peak"  8 x 16 plein air.   Painted at the Redrock Canyon Conservancy, Redrock, Nevada.

Terry painting at Sunrise.

Finished and time for coffee.   Thank you Lilli Miles for the fabulous photos.

As you recall, last April my art friend Patricia Rose Ford invited me for a week of painting in Nevada.   We painted everyday in and around Redrock Canyon and Valley of Fire.   The special occasion was to include a birthday celebration for our photographer Lilli Miles.   I think she really enjoyed herself as did we.

While painting this particular painting which literally just came together so easily I felt it might be a good one to enter in a special show.   So I did.   This week I was notified that this painting has been selected to be part of a traveling exhibit in 2013 with America's Parks.    Here is the press release.

"Sunrise at Turtlehead Peak" by Artist Terry d. Chacon has been selected

for display in AMERICA'S PARKS Through the Beauty of Art, an international

competition and exhibition, the purpose of which is to recognize and promote excellence in

original artworks depicting any park (national, state, provincial, county, city) in Canada,

Mexico and The United States. Selections were made by a professional jury consisting of: M.

Stephen Doherty, Editor, PleinAir™ Magazine; Susan T. Fisher, Past President American

Society of Botanical Artists and former Director, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute;

and Todd Wilkinson, Managing Editor, Wildlife Art Journal.

AMERICA'S PARKS will premiere at The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Bolivar,

MO, and tour to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 15 miles from Chautauqua in western New

York, and the Kenosha Public Museum, mid-way between Milwaukee and Chicago.


March 17 - April 14, 2013

Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art

Bolivar, MO

May 18 - July 28, 2013

Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

Jamestown, NY

August 17 - October 13, 2013

Kenosha Public Museums

Kenosha, WI

Thank you for allowing me to share my excitement.   

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


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Temecula Valley Art League Art Demo

Last night I had the pleasure of doing an art demo for Temecula Valley Art League in Temecula, Ca.   I love doing demo's and sharing with other artists my style of painting.  

TVAL Demo 2012  9 x 12 oil on canvas board w/palette knife by Terry d. Chacon
(Early Evening after a Storm at Lake Arrowhead)

Although I am set up to demo inside and at night, my demo was about painting on location in Plein Air.  I brought some paintings to show the late afternoon light.   When I painted in Lake Arrowhead for their Plein Air paint out I had drawn on a canvas board a scene I wanted to paint, but before I knew it the light was changing so fast that I had to take a photo in hopes that someday I could capture the scene and the feeling I had when I was there painting.  

Because I was set up under the trees, my camera made everything look very dark, but I was so impressed at the time of what I was seeing that I thought I could pull it off in a demo.  But just to be sure I did a painting the night before in my studio.  (below)

When you do demo's the art groups need to raise money for your fees. People bring raffle items to help with the costs.  I decided to frame the studio painting and take if for their raffle.    It was very well received and people bought lots of raffle tickets.   

Starting the scene.

After the first layer of color I invite the attendees up to view the painting.   At this point they are really confused, because it looks like an abstract painting with shapes of color.  

Now we are moving forward and before finishing the painting I invited the group back up.  Now they are understanding the technique.

Putting on the final details.  

Sadly the flash took away the color on the painting.  

This is Gabriele Baber, she was the lucky winner of the raffle for my painting. 

I would like to thank TVAL, they were a great group of artists that asked the best questions and kept the demo informative and amusing.   They also seemed very appreciative of my work and made the evening very enjoyable.   And boy do they put on a spread of beautiful food.   If you ever go to one of their meetings, don't eat before hand.   

Thank you to Carol Landry who helped me with all the details.   Love your accent, you do a great job as President of your group.  

I definitely want to go back to Temecula in November to paint the beautiful wineries.   And I was also impressed with Old Town.   A new place to paint as well.    

UNTIL NEXT TIME, Please enjoy the ART!   Terry d. Chacon 

I have put the demo painting on Fine Art America.  There you can order prints and note cards.  Also the painting is available For Sale.   Here is the link:      

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jewelry By Terry d. Chacon

This year I have worked really hard on my jewelry line to bring you some wonderful new pieces.   I will just get right to it by posting the new brochures for you to see all the choices available, including prices.  

The above pieces I designed off of my bronze sculpture "Harmony".    I have visioned something like this for a long time and it is so wonderful to see it come to life.    The first two pieces you can choose a birthstone or any color stone for your piece.  All of these pieces are hand finished and available in Sterling Silver or 10k Gold Plate over SS.   They are beautifully weighted to make the jewelry wearing experience perfect.   

The above pieces are each hand cast from a  bass relief design.  The process is the exact same process of the Lost Wax Bronzes that I do.   These bass relief miniatures are each hand finished and come in Sterling Silver or Bronze, in an antique patina or hand polished.   The Bronze metals when hand polished look similar to gold.  The new gold that is affordable. 

Now if you want 18k gold in any of the designs Bass Reliefs or Die Cut, it is available.  

Looking forward to hearing from you, orders are being taken now and you can pick them up at the Nationals in Atlanta or I can ship them to you when complete. 

Any questions, please direct them to me at:


Terry d. Chacon

Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Afghan Hound Review

Painting by Terry d. Chacon

"The Hound Group" with Abbe R. Shaw and Multiple Group Winning, Multiple Specialty Best In show, Grand Champion Abaca ShaCone Native Spirit "Apache"  is the cover for the last issue of the Afghan Hound Review.   Nothing more exciting than to have your painting adorn the cover of an International Magazine.   Afghan Hound fanciers from around the world have loved this magazine for over 30 years.   It is sad to say that we now have to say GOOD BYE!    Which makes this issue the last issue and a true collector's magazine.  I am very proud that my painting is on the cover. 

When I first started in Afghan Hounds in 1973, yes almost 40 years ago there was a magazine called "Our Afghans" published by Ruth Weddle.   It was a cute little magazine and published for many years of which I advertised many times.    Later came Bo Bengston and Paul Lepianno who started The Afghan Hound Review.   They reached out to the World.    I could not wait to get my first magazine which was page after page of all the dogs I had heard about but had never seen.   Back in those days we didn't travel far to dog shows.    As I became more involved I did start traveling and from ads in this magazine I could not be more excited to see these beautiful dogs in the flesh.  Then to advertise a new champion or upcoming breeding was a dream come true.  

As time went by Francine Reisman was hired to the publication and she was there to take your ads and help you in advertising your beautiful dogs.   I can't tell you the excitement this magazine brought to the Afghan Fancy.   Month after month and before the Internet this was our only way of advertising special wins, breeding programs and that special future star.    As the Internet became more popular and the immediacy to get that win or breeding out to the world and new people to the breed, the magazine was beginning to lose momentum with some.  It was very sad as each issue diminished in size, but it was still full of articles and up to date show results and some beautiful ads.    Fran kept it going for many more years but has finally said good bye.    The last magazine (cover above) is very special with most of the top dogs being advertised, some new people to the breed advertising and some great articles from the past.  A special Tribute to the Afghan Hound Fancy, a coffee table magazine, one you want to share with all of your family and friends.   When the word went out that Fran was calling it quits everyone came through to make this last magazine fabulous.    It is truly a collector's magazine for the world to see.   

(This is our final ads for The Afghan Hound Review)

Great News!

Excited to also announce-now  there is talk of a possible "Afghan Hound In Review" a yearly publication where the fancy can advertise that special win, special breeding or future star.   If this is a go we can expect to see this out by Sept. of next year.  
A magazine can never be topped by the Internet.   How often do you want to cuddle up with your laptop in the afternoon, not me, I prefer a hard copy magazine or a good book.  
So maybe the Internet will not take our beautiful magazine away.   Something to think about.  

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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Beauty of a Plein Air Painter (Canyons and Lakes)

I am very excited to announce my newest book has been published and is now available. Beautiful photos of my paintings from the Grand Canyon, Redrock and Valley of Fire in Nevada, as well as some of my favorite local spots including Lake Arrowhead and Idyllwild, Ca. A perfect coffee table book to share with family and friends. If you did not order my first book, it is still available. Both books compliment each other and make great gifts.

As always, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART,  Terry d. Chacon

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Santa Barbara Kennel Club 2012

"Breeder's Showcase 2012"  by Terry d. Chacon
(photo by Julie Lynn Mueller)

This is the 3rd in a series of 8 that I have been commissioned to paint for Santa Barbara Kennel Club.   Each painting represents one of the 7 groups recognized by the American Kennel Club.   So far I have done the hound group-

"Breeder's Showcase 2010" by Terry d. Chacon
(Notice the lighting, these lights were up in the arena at Earl Warren Show Grounds since the 1940's, they have since removed them and put in stadium lighting.) 

The Herding Group

"Breeder's Showcase 2011"

and now the Working Group.

"Breeder's Showcase 2012" by Terry d. Chacon
(photo by pro photographer Julie Lynn Mueller)

 The winner of the silent auction 2012 at the Breeder's Showcase  for 5K was Elois Veltman.   Thank you Elois for your support of my artwork and Santa Barbara Kennel Club.      Welcoming party at the home of  Dr. and Mrs. Gary Shaw. 

The table decorations featuring my bronze sculptures were designed by Glen Lajeski, former VP executive for Disney Studios.   We are so happy to now have Glen as part of the Santa Barbara Kennel Club family.   His attention to detail is remarkable as you will see in some of the photos below. 

Another one of the tables with "Free Spirit"

Even Dr. Shaw's chickens shared in the enjoyment with fresh sod added for their enjoyment and ours. 

The beautiful scenery from the Shaw's home in Montecito, Ca. 

My son Matthew was hired to bartend the party.
(photo by Julie Lynn Mueller)  

Desmond Murphy and Abbe Shaw
(photo by Julie Lynn Mueller)

This painting was featured on the invitation for the party.

Some of the guests.

Saturday morning we arrived early to work the first day of SBKC.  

This is Jose Luis Cunhade Vasconsellos  from Brazil.   I was appointed his ring steward for the morning judging, he was such a gentlemen to the exhibitors and a wonderful judge. 

The arena was ready for the festivities of the evening of the 4th annual "Breeder's Showcase"

The image from my painting adorns many items for sale through SBKC.   Catalogs, totebags, greeting cards and sweat shirts were available to purchase at the shows.   The image is also on posters that are placed throughout Santa Barbara and surrounding areas to invite spectators to the event.

The night time festivities, judging the dogs for the Breeder's Showcase.  Over 1000 exhibitors and breeders were invited to a free dinner paid for by the patrons of SBKC.  A beautiful evening under the stars in Santa Barbara, Ca.

Terry already designing the painting for 2013.
(photo by Julie Lynn Mueller)  

This is Sunday evening after Best In Show.   All good things must come to an end.   Another successful dog show put on by Santa Barbara Kennel Club.   Hope to see you there in 2013.  

While in Santa Barbara I stopped by the Gallery that shows my plein air work.   Was excited to see that my work was being featured in the gallery.   I have 20 paintings in the gallery, please stop by if you are in the area.

Montecito Village Frame and Gallery
1485 East Valley Rd.
Montecito, Ca.

More exciting news as my photographs were selected for Bo Bengston's latest article in Dogs In Review.  Guess I am now a published photographer.   They say checks in the mail!  

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