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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist Terry d. Chacon

Friday, October 10, 2014

New Jewelry added to the Collection

New lost wax jewelry has been added to the collection.  Clockwise above is "Classy", "Foxy" and "Graceful".    See more of my cast jewelry in Sterling Silver, Bronze and Gold on my website at:
On another note a couple more features on my artwork:  one is in the Oct. issue of Dogs in Review
 and in the Sept. issue of Canadian Dog Fanciers, article written by Dr. Richard Meen about Dog shows around the world.   So wonderful to get such recognition.  Great article too. 
Until next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!  Terry d. Chacon

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Paso Doble" coming to life

(shown in plasticine)

Making it's debut at the 2014 Afghan Hound Club of America National near Austin, Texas Oct. 21.

The Process

A mold is made from the plasticine piece and then a wax figure is made.

The wax is dipped in slurry several time to make a hard shelled mold over the wax.  A drip hole is added.

This mold is placed in a dewaxer and heated to remove the wax.

                                                The heated bronze is poured into the mold.

The piece is cooled in a bed of sand.

The shell is broke away.

After the shell is broke away.

Placed in a sand blaster to remove more debri.

grinding the rough edges.

This is where we have ended, next sand blasting again, adding the patina and mounting on the marble base. 

All who attend the AHCA national will be first to see the finished piece.   Stay tuned for the next blog to see it for yourself.

All orders for this bronze and others can be directed to my email address at

You can view other pieces at

Until next time, please enjoy the ART!

Terry d. Chacon

an ad for the AHCA catalog.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Enchanted Lands Award

Very happy to have received an award at this national juried exhibit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   Best entry depicting Water.  8 x 16 plein air oil on canvas with palette knife  "Pecos River in Morning Light".

Until Next Time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!   Terry d. Chacon

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Santa Barbara Kennel Club 2014


"Santa Barbara Kennel Club featuring the Nonsporting Group"
This years SBKC dog shows were none other than terrific and this painting I am happy to say was auctioned off and brought in $11,000.00.   A portion of the money will help some local and national charities.  
I have been commissioned to do eight paintings for the ever popular Breeder's Showcase sponsored by Purina.   The non regular event which is part of the SBKC weekend is a night event and each breeder can enter two of their dogs of a particular breed and qualify to win over $10,000 in trophies and money.  This even has become a must do event, the exhibitors are also treated to a free dinner as they watch the competition.   This year was my 5th year in doing a painting for their silent auction that is held that evening.   I would like to thank Nancy Shaw and Linda Scott who will take the painting home for their generosity.  
The painting each year is also used on the catalog for the SBKC and Simi Valley dog shows.
It is a wrap around cover and has been well received and quite the collector's item to collect all 8 of them.  
Sweatshirts, totebags and greeting cards are also available during the shows to purchase and trophies for the Breeder's Showcase and Best of Breed on Sunday of the image are also given out.
Banners have been made of all of the paintings and adorn the round  building on the show grounds.

2010 The Hound Group
2011  The Herding Group
2012 The Working Group
2013 The Terrier Group
2014 The Non Sporting Group
Next year I will be painting the Toy Group.  If you were there this year, don't be surprised if you end up in my painting.  I took over 600 photos of the event and I have a wonderful idea in mind. 
Now back to painting.
Until next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!   Terry d. Chacon

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dogs In Review (National Publication)


                     Terry d. Chacon at the AKC Museum of the Dog exhibit "Dog Show Scenes"

A couple years ago I was approached by Gretchen Benardi from the Museum of the Dog about featuring my artwork for an exhibition.  Of course I was delighted and said yes.   The museum worked with me about the artwork for the exhibition and the exhibit opened April 22, 2014. 
After my reception on May 32, 2014 at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog featuring my "Dog Show Scenes" and bronze sculptures I was contacted by Allan Reznik (Editor in Chief) of Dogs In Review about featuring me in their August 2014 magazine.  Allan was also in attendance at the reception. 
Above photo is Allan Reznik and Gretchen Bernardi at the reception.
The following are some photos of the article.   Beautifully put together and I am very proud.
The above photo is from the 1st page of the article.

The above photo is the inside 3rd page contents of the magazine.  My article is on page 54 under.

The above photo is the 2nd page of the article.  It was nice they included my bronze sculpture "Full Circle" and a photo of me judging in South Africa in April of 2014.  The photo at the top left is the painting I did for Santa Barbara Kennel Club which will be auctioned off at the Breeder's Showcase Aug. 23, 2014.   Here is a poster for the SBKC shows that will be in businesses through Santa Barbara. 
Thanks again Dogs In Review for this wonderful article and the opportunity to showcase my artwork.
UNTIL NEXT TIME, please enjoy the art!
Terry d. Chacon  The article will be online within the week.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Catalina Island Workshop 2014

Demo painting from Descanso Beach Presidential Cabana

The artist arrived on Monday and I invited them to my condo for a meet and greet.  We served Pizza, beer, wine and soda along with some munchies.   I also showed a video made in 1976 on Henry Hensche.   Handed out some supplies donate by my sponsors: Holbein, Raymar Art Panels, Strothmore.  
The next morning we met at the casino and I did a demo explaining my approach to plein air.   Using large shapes and keeping the painting simple.  Some of the artist had never used a palette knife so wanted to make sure they didn't get discouraged.
The artist started painting, had lunch and continued painting in the afternoon.  They all did great.
2nd day we painted in Avalon close to the water.   Class was 1/2 day, we would meet at 7 pm to do a night painting.
Night painting is always fun.   At first you think the sun is never going to go away.  But you better be ready as when it goes away it is very dark on the island.  I did a quick demo for the artist to have something to go by. 
The artist were equipped with a drawing on their canvas, their paint set up and some lights to give them a little guidance.   They all really enjoyed the evening and were surprised how well they did.  
The next morning we met at the Presidential Cabanas at Descanso Beach.  
The artist were treated to their own server "Johnny" who was at their beck and call all day.  Brought them drinks and food whenever they wanted and all they had to do was paint and have fun.  
The view of the casino was fabulous.  We waited until the sun came out to get started as I knew by the time the class would paint the sun would be out which would be a whole different painting from the view in the photo.  

The sun is out!
Demo painting from Descanso beach.
The artist were treated throughout the day with munchies.  This was cantaloupe and jalapeno peppers.  Yummy......
We all made it through the day of being pampered and painting, what more can an artist ask for. 
Last day was by the Green Pier.  Artist set up in the shade at the veteran memorial and painted in the morning.  The artist brought out their paintings from the past 4 days and we had a critique session.  They all were so pleased with how much they had progressed in the 4 days and the paintings reflected this.  Smiles and excitement all around.  The artist were then able to finish their paintings from the morning.  We all said our good byes and everyone headed to the Catalina Express to catch their boats to the mainland. 
The workshop was a huge success.  I will be doing another workshop on the island next year starting July 7 through July 10, 2015.  If you are interested in learning how to paint in plein air using oil paints and a palette knife to add luminosity and color to your paintings, please contact me ASAP to sign up and receive  more information. I have room for 3 more artist for 2015.   
UNTIL NEXT TIME, please enjoy the art.   Terry d. Chacon

Monday, April 7, 2014

Art Demo- Loma Linda Art Association

Today I had the pleasure of doing an art demo for the Loma Linda Art Association.  A very nice group of artist who had great questions and was very interested in my approach to plein air using a palette knife.

Giving a little talk about my background in art and about the paintings I brought for them to see.

Adding the first layer of paint into the large masses.  Nice they had the video playing so everyone was able to see the painting on the overhead screen while I worked.  On the side table a few of my paintings that I took and the photo I was working from.   The reference photo was taken by my brother at the Balloon Festival in Lake Havasu City, Az. in Jan.   I plan to go there and do some plein air so it was fun to work from his photo.

The first layer of paint.

Adding the water and working on overall values.

2nd layer of painting, adjusting values and adding some bands of color.

Doing some adjusting while adding more color.

Starting to come together, nice looking at the overhead.

Adding more and more color.

 Looking to make sure the painting was as far as I could take it at the demo.

Last photo of the day.  

 Here is the completed painting.  11 x 14 "Up, Up and Away"
I would like to thank Loma Linda Art Association for asking me to share my approach to Plein Air using a palette knife.  The deadline is approaching May 1, 2014 to sign up for my Catalina Oil Painting workshop using a palette knife.  So contact me now to reserve your space. 

Until next time, please enjoy the ART!   Terry d. Chacon