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Weekly Paintings By National Award Winning Artist 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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Dog Show Scenes" Opening May 14, 2014 at the AKC Museum Of The Dog

It's official and on the AKC Museum Of The Dog website.

It is such an honor to have been asked to exhibit my work at the American Kennel Club Museum Of The Dog.  My "Dog Show Scenes" represent some of the most prestigious dog show events around the country and the collection is a series I have been working on for the past few years.   Also in the exhibit will be some of my bronze work. 

  I am looking forward to attending the reception on May 31, 2014.  I hope to see you there.   DogMuseumInvitationweb.jpg (376×580)

The reception will be hosted by Mississippi Valley Kennel Club in conjunction with the Saluki
Club of America supported shows and the 42nd Specialty show of the
Afghan Hound Club of St. Louis.

For further information on the reception and to RSVP, please contact Stephanie Gamble
( or Jarnell Carter (

For further information regarding the exhibit, please contact the AKC Museum Of The Dog.  Info on my card above.

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

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yucaipa Valley Art Association Demo by Terry d. Chacon

"Andreas Canyon"  9 x 12 oil on canvas plein air by Terry d. Chacon

Painting Andreas Canyon

To prepare for my demo for YVAA, Patricia Rose Ford and myself took a ride out to Palm Canyon near Palm Springs, Ca.  The wind was really blowing through the passes and we were afraid it might be bad in the canyon.  It was perfect.  We hiked about a 1/4 to 1/2 mile up stream and found this fabulous spot to paint.    We arrived a little late and the lady at the entrance gate said we would need to leave by 5 pm. which only gave us about 1 1/2 hours to paint. 

The next day as I was preparing for my demo (they only give you 45 minutes), I thought about what I really wanted to show them and that was painting water.   So I started the painting in my studio and took photos as I went so I could explain to the group my approach to a plein air painting. 

 Starting from the right side I drew in my composition.  Laying in some ground colors to get a visual of light and dark pattern areas in the scene.   Next I started working on values, I then stopped at this point and waited until the demo at the Sherrer Center in Yucaipa to continue painting.

Explaining to the group my approach.

Continuing with the values and adding variation of color.  The group was large but they could all see as they have a great monitor system that reflects my painting on a big screen. (to the left)

At this point I was telling them about the different people you run into while painting on location and some of their remarks to my style of painting. 

Not sure what I was saying here, probably answering a question or two.  They were a great audience.

I must have been praying here......hahahaha

As you can see here the values are coming together with variations of color.

Starting to add the water in the foreground.

Contemplating the question I presume.

My painting on the big screen.

More talking.  They only give you 45 minutes for the demo.  I was wondering if any of them if any of the board members who came up with that timeline have ever given a demo.  It is hard enough to do a painting in 45 minutes, let alone talk and answer questions at the same time.  I did my best.

This is what I finished at the demo.  

And this is the finished piece.  I had about 45 minutes more at home to finish the painting.  I was quite pleased with the finished piece.

9 x 12 oil on canvas board, palette knife painting by Terry d. Chacon

Thank you YVAA, you were a great group of artist with great questions.  After the demo I was there another hour or more to answer questions.  I hope they enjoyed the evening as much as I did.

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

(thank you Louise Smith for taking the photos at the demo)

My upcoming oil painting plein air workshop on Catalina Island is filling up fast, I have a couple spots open.  Contact me ASAP to reserve your space.  Hotels are filling up fast on the island as well, July is very busy there. 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

9 x 12 oil painting with palette knife demo.
                            Oceanside/Carlsbad Art League Demonstration by Terry d. Chacon. 
Rita Pacheco, introduced me to her group.  Prior to the demo I was asked to judge their exhibit at the Coal Gallery.   What a great group of artist and some beautiful work in the gallery.  I had some very hard decisions to make.  They will have their reception tomorrow (Sunday Feb. 9, I hope they are happy with the choices).  
I started out with a quick drawing of my photo.  I had painted in Idyllwild a couple years prior.  I always enjoy painting Strawberry Creek in plein air and had a nice photo from one of my trips up the mountain and decided to use that photo and a painting I did as my reference material.

                                            Putting some paint on the canvas. 

Starting my abstract design with large shapes.  By this time I am sure the group thought I was nuts. 
This was the left side of the center, they have an overhead projector so the audience was able to see my painting up on the screen in the front.   In the beginning they had lights on me and my painting which made for a glare, after they turned the overhead lights on and turned those lights off I was able to see what I was doing and avoid the glare. 
I have to thank Patricia Rose Ford for taking some video of the demo.    
This short video shows the beginning of the painting with blocks of color.

                                 This one shows adding more layers of paint to the blocks of color.
This short video is starting to make the design of the painting come alive.
Adding more details to finish the painting.
The finished painting with the buyer.

A few artists wanting more information.

Heidi was the winner of my painting that I donated for the group raffle. 

My new collector "Pilar Grammer".  She bought the painting right off the easel and took it home.  Thank you!
I would like to thank Rita and her artist group for inviting me to share my passion of painting with a palette knife. 
Until the next time, PLEASE ENJOY THE ART!
Terry d. Chacon
For info on my upcoming plein air oil painting using a palette knife workshop on Catalina Island, contact me at


Friday, January 24, 2014

Come Paint With Me-Catalina Island July 8 through 11, 2014

Terry is eager to share with you her experience of painting in plein air on Catalina Island.   She has been painting the island for the past 8 years and will share with you how to capture the light in your plein air paintings. 

Once you experience the light on Catalina you will know why the Plein Air Painters of America started their group there many years ago.   Early morning fog, afternoon sun or late afternoon sunsets you will enjoy the breathtaking beauty and not want to put your brush or palette knife down.  Be prepared! 

Terry is an avid Plein Air painter and has painted throughout the California, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Puerta Vallarta and is now headed to South Africa.  Terry has studied for 7 years with Susan Sarback continuing the legacy of Henry Hensche and Charles Hawthorne. Terry has won many awards in Plein Air Competitions and her work traveled around the country with America's Parks (The Beauty of Art) exhibit 2013.  She also received a special recognition through the event for her painting of "Turtle Rock" Redrock Canyon, Nevada.
Terry is looking forward to sharing her favorite places to paint in Avalon and surrounding areas.    Although Terry will demonstrate in oil with her palette knife she is able to help you learn to paint alla prima with a brush capturing the beautiful light in a short amount of time.     It's all about large shapes and values.  The workshop will also include talks on plein air, video's and a night time painting excursion.  We plan a full 4 days, rest up and be ready.

                                                       Pebbly Beach

Sunset from Avalon
Descanso Beach
 you can take a look at my latest book featuring my paintings from Catalina. 
Price for this exciting 4 days painting with Terry is $350 until May 1, 2014 or the class is full.  Space is limited so book now.  $495 after May 1.   Travel, lodging and food is on the artist, not included in the workshop fee.
For more Info, please contact Terry at
Until next time, please ENJOY THE ART!   Terry d. Chacon