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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Untitled" Signed and Finished

"Untitled" 18 x 24 oil on canvas by Terry d. Chacon
"Dog Show Series 2012"

Finished and signed but this painting has no title yet.  I have posted on my facebook fan page a contest to name this painting.   The winner will receive a set of note cards of the painting.   
You can join in all the fun, click on the link below, join my fan page and comment on the post with the completed painting.

"Thought you might enjoy the process start to finish of this painting."

The drawing.

The wash-I mix color and turpentine to lightly wash the whole painting.

I wait for the wash to dry and come back through with some color.  Paying great attention to shadow, light and value.

The last step is to refine the painting.  Adding the darkest darks, lightest lights and value paying close attention to my focal point.  The focal point is the main focus of a painting, all the other subjects are part of just part of the crowd so to speak.   Can you pick out the focal point?

This painting is now available in prints and cards on my Fine Art America page.

I am also excited to announce that my artwork was featured in an article written by Peter Belmont in the Dec. 2011 issue of Sight and Scent.   The article is about Sighthound artists from the past and now.   Here are a few photos of the national publication.  

It's a great feeling to be recognized by your peers in a national magazine and to be mentioned with some of the great masters.   Thank you Peter Belmont for including me in your article.  This magazine is available online, at dog shows and at bookstores.  Here is a link to purchase online.

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


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Painting Assistencia in Redlands, CA

"Gateway to Assistencia"  9 x 12 oil on canvas board by Terry d. Chacon

Painting a sunny day.  (Photo by Joan Coffey)

A few weeks ago we went to paint at Assistencia.   Assistencia is a part of the San Gabriel Mission and is located in Redlands, Ca.   more info on the mission:   

                                     "The Bell Tower"   9 x 12 oil on canvas board by Terry d. Chacon

Photo from the cloudy day.  (photo by Pat Ford)

Now my reason for writing this blog is to show you the difference a day makes.   When I arrived a couple Sundays ago it had been raining early in the morning and it was cloudy and cool.   The Bell Tower was created on that day.   Because of the weather I really didn't see a lot to paint so settled on focusing on the Bell tower.  

Today when I went to paint, it was bright and sunny.   Although the Bell Tower was still inviting to paint, there was a lot more going on that made for a nice landscape.   The fence, the Mission Bell, the trees in the background and of course the San Bernardino mountains.   The fun of plein air is to set a mood.  I think I accomplished that in these 2 paintings.   Your comments are welcome.   I plan to go back again on Friday, lets see what that day will bring.  I will add that painting to this posting so be sure to check back.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, please enjoy the ART!

Terry d. Chacon

New paintings will be added to my Fine Art America account where you can order prints and note cards.   They make great gifts for you or someone special.  Here is the link.  Also, if you have a favorite painting and do not see it on Fine Art America, be sure to let me know, I will put the painting on FAA right away so you can purchase a print or note cards.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

"Winter at the Back Bay"    10 x 10 oil on canvas (Plein Air) by Terry d. Chacon

It is great to be back outside painting again.   We have an upcoming event with SoCalPapa at the Back Bay so we are making sure we have a selection of paintings to offer not only for the juried exhibit, but to sell at the event.  

The holidays left me with a nasty cold, which I am sure a lot of you have had the same thing.    My artist friend Patricia Rose Ford and I went to the Back Bay on Tuesday for a wonderful afternoon of painting.   We first stopped in at King of Frame to purchase a couple frames for some paintings and then went to the Hyatt for a wonderful lunch.   Crab Cake sandwich with sweet potato fries, if you're in the area, I highly recommend.  

We arrived around 2:30 to start painting and by 4:30 it was getting very cold.   Each of us had completed one painting and decided to go ahead and call it a day.    Getting back out to Redland's on the 91 freeway at this time is not advisable, so we stopped at Starbucks and drank a latte waiting for the time to pass.   Smart thinking, a usual 2 1/2 hour drive in traffic was just about an hour home.   We were happy with our decision.


I have two paintings going on in the studio.   One is my 2nd in a series of Dog Show Scene paintings.   Photo reference submitted by Joanne Sternhell.   The other is a commissioned piece which I cannot share, but I will once I get approval from my clients.  

18 x 24 in progress

18 x 24  The Wash in progress.

Also, in the studio is a life size head study of an afghan hound which I will complete to debut at the Afghan Hound Club of America Nationals in Atlanta in October.  

The holidays are always exciting, but I am excited to be back creating in my studio and out in the open air.


Terry d. Chacon

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