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My special Christmas time is painting at the Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA.
I believe this is my 7th or 8th year having this opportunity, and I was not disappointed.
6 x 12 oil on canvas board/palette knife "Nutcracker Greetings" by Terry d. Chacon
My friend Patricia Rose Ford setting up before dark to get ready to paint. This is in front of Mario's restaurant, right across from the Mission Inn.
I like to get in a little information before they turn the lights on and it gets really dark. Setting up in front of Mario's I did not have to use my night lights as the lights from the building helped. Painting at night is an experience, you really don't know what you have until you get home. So a lot of guessing going on.
The lights are on, it is dark and we are painting away.
It's a magical scene and so hard to choose what to paint. When my husband and I had dinner here recently we had our picture taken by the mechanical Nutcrackers. I thought it would be fun to paint them. The nutcrackers are at the drop off for valet so quite a busy spot. The cars were coming in constantly, so what did I do, I finally just painted a car in the scene.
Afterwards we walked around trying to find a place to eat. I highly recommend reservations, otherwise it is a 2 to 2 1/2 hour wait. My plans are to go back later this week. Hoping for another night of warm weather it was 65 degrees.
Until Next Time, please enjoy the ART. Terry d. Chacon
A few photos of my studio for the Studio Tour 6. This was a great experience and I do thank everyone who came by. It was fun to open up my studio to the public. This was my first time doing this and I am eager and ready to do it again next year. Hoping for better weather next time.
First off the studio became a huge mess as I decided what I wanted to show at the Studio Tour. I didn't realize when I agreed to do this how much work was involved. The nice thing is everything was cleaned and either stored in appropriate boxes for later, or made the cut to be in the Tour.
When people arrived we took them on a tour of my collection, starting with the bronzes, leading to my ceramic and glass collection.
I displayed some magazines that had featured my work in them the past couple years. Also, catalog covers for Santa Barbara Kennel Club and Skyline Dog Fanciers. One thing about putting together a Studio Tour, it makes you realize how much you have done and accomplished. Putting together interviews for magazines, sending images to publications all of this takes a lot of time and sometimes months in advance. I do appreciate the publications and all they have done to promote my work as an artist.
We wanted to set up out side on the patio as an extension to my studio, however, Saturday it rained like crazy all day. The weatherman said it would start at 9 am, and it did! Stopped at 9 pm. The next day it did not rain but it was bitter cold. I was amazed at the people who ventured outside to look at the framed paintings.
My painting space in my studio.
A few unframed paintings, 5 x 7 prints which were on special for $20.00 ea., a nude sculpture I am working on and some framed pieces.
Just a few of the many paintings I have done in the past couple years, these are some of my favorites. This was also an amazing moment when I realized how many paintings I have done in the past few years. I also set out some ceramic tiles with a special price of $20.00. This is all I have left and I will not be doing them anymore. They are so pretty and make great gifts.
Now these bins held some past paintings, they were reduced significantly in price.
When you made it this far you were able to grab a little snack and listen to me talk about building a bronze sculpture.
This is a start of a lost wax bronze. I am working in plasticine using a wire armature. Stay tuned for this new piece to debut Spring/Summer of 2014. A lot of people took photos of this and are truly excited to see it when finished.
Some sculpture in the making and past models of completed pieces.
My last wall is a group of Dog Show Scenes that I am working on for my upcoming exhibit at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, Mo. May and June 2014, reception to be announced.
Just in case you were not able to come to my studio tour, I hope you have enjoyed some of the highlights. One always learns a lot about putting on an event like this. Changes will be made, additions will be added and we look forward to presenting our studios to the public again.
Until Next Time, Please ENJOY THE ART!
Terry d. Chacon