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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Segil Fine Art Source and Falkner Winery

4th Annual Plein Air Invitational

"Morning"  6 x 8 oil on canvas board/palette knife by Terry d. Chacon

We arrived at the Falkner Winery in Temecula, Ca. (  ) early to get set up for a day of painting at the 4th Annual Plein Air Invitational.   What a surprise to find that the vineyards were still dormant because we have not had enough rain to get them started this year.   The work crews were busily setting up for the wine tasting as they expected 9 bus loads of people throughout the day.    We were told to bring our artistic color for our paintings.  I chose to paint the vineyards the way I saw them and expand on the beautiful mountains and other lovely settings to enhance the beauty of the vineyards.   The blue mountains were amazing, and I loved the distant trees and the different homes throughout the vineyards.   The painting above turned out quite well with the blue orange palette and it is also very juicy looking with lots of thick strokes of paint.  Yummy!

"Red House Blue Mountains"   9 x 12 oil on canvas board/palette knife.   

What a beautiful setting.   This was painted from the front porch of the wine tasting room.   By this time it was getting very hot and I knew I needed a lot of shade in order to stay cool enough to paint.  I loved the red house and it's components in the distance beyond the vineyards.  Settled amongst the beautiful trees and distant mountains.    

After completing this painting we went to lunch at the beautiful Pinnacle Restaurant on the grounds.   A lovely lunch with new artist friends and the wine was fabulous.   After each painting was complete we framed them and Laura Segil had a beautiful display set up for us to hang our paintings for the wine tasters to look at and purchase.   

"House in the Shade"   6 x 8 oil on canvas board/palette knife

On Sunday we arrived earlier than the caretakers and had to wait for the gate to open.  Once opened we scoped out a place to paint.   The wind was really blowing so we used the car as a shield.   I chose this little cottage up on the hill to paint.  I loved how it was nestled amongst all the beautiful trees and the dirt road.   The mountains again were not disappointing, so beautiful.   Even though the vineyards were dormant, these people have the best scenery any way you look.   Perfect for plein air painters. 

Terry holding onto her hat for a photo moment with her painting and the view she was painting.

We opted for an early lunch as we knew the day was going to be even hotter than the day before.   Afterwards we set up in the garden area which is covered in natural shade.   Quite comfortable for a very hot day of painting.

"Late Afternoon Shadows"   6 x 12 oil on canvas board/palette knife.


My artist friend Patricia Rose Ford and myself painting in the garden at Falkner Winery.

My son Matthew and his girlfriend Vanessa partaking in the wine tasting.

It was a beautiful event and we look forward to painting there again in the fall. 

All paintings are available, contact me for details.  

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

Be sure to check out Fine Art America.   Here you will find prints and note cards of my paintings, both animal and plein air.   If you see a painting that is not on Fine Art America and would like to purchase a print, please let me know.  I would be happy to put it up for purchase.  

Hope to see you at the Afghan Hound Club of America Breeder's Cup.   I will have a small boutique there of artwork featuring hand painted jewelry, bass relief precious metal jewelry, giclee prints and note cards.  Here is a sneak peak of some of the hand painted jewelry.  You can also custom order hand painted jewelry with your pet.  Contact me for prices and jewelry pieces available or see me at the show.


  1. I keep seeing all the lovely paintings everyone did at Falkner. Wish I could have been there, but I was overwhelmed with the Grand Opening of the Wine Country Art Gallery, just down the road. We had tons of people come through, and I just could not get away. Hope you can come by some time. Would like to see your work at the gallery. You would have to speak to Dawn Chemello. She is the owner. Also, I would love it if you would come down and paint with me. it is a nice comfortable place to paint plein air..and if the weather goes south, we can paint looking out the gallery or my studio window.
    I hope I signed this right...

    1. Hi Gabriele, I definitely would like to come down and paint. Please let me know when the vineyards have leaves. It was disappointing to paint the dormant vineyards. But we did have a great time with all the people and meeting the other artists. Talk soon, Terry


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