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Don Haggerty    Figurative Painting        Gallery II


I've never ceased to be amazed at the boundless possibilities for expression in figurative painting.  There are five elements, no six, that make figurative work such an ongoing joy for me as an artist.  They are...

  • Gesture--This is the pose, the "attitude" struck by the model, so often so subtle but oh what power a gesture holds!

  • Composition and Pattern--This is the lay of the figure within the four walls of the canvas, the wonderful play of positive and negative spaces, lines that enter the canvas then exit it, and shapes--often provided by simple elements of clothing--that make a painting bold.

  • Asymmetry--When it comes to asymmetry, there's nothing like the human form to offer the very best.  Add a turned head and raised chin to a thrown-back shoulder and a twisted torso and you can't help but have a painting.

  • Drapery/Clothing--Some artists feel clothing detracts from the human form.  I find it to be a wonderful addition to the creative mix and an extraordinary context for expressive brushwork.

  • Lighting--Perhaps from multiple sources, of varying intensities, sometimes direct, sometimes reflected, strong, subtle, varying in color--place a human form within such light and...wow!  It makes me glad to be a painter.

  • Magic--And finally, that element that no painter can explain but that we all celebrate when it happens.  Magic.  Surprise.  That most important element of "I don't know how it happened but I was there and it did".  For me, figurative painting invites magic.

--Don Haggerty

   

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

         

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                  

 

                   

 

                   

 

                  

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

         

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Interior Design
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Summoning Angels
Oil on canvas  30" x 40"
Thirty Seconds Alone
Oil on canvas  30" x 15"
A Very Present Moment
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Wings
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Way, Way Back
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
The Traveler
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Still Waters Run Deep
Oil on canvas  30" x 15"
Barefoot
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Evening Jazz
Oil on canvas  30" x 15"
Tribute to Beauty
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Rest Stop
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Shadow Play
Oil on canvas  24" x 30"
Time Travel
Oil on canvas  24" x 30"
Softly Comes Morning
Oil on canvas  24" x 30"
Sign Language
Oil on canvas  30" x 40"
Sweet Silence
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
She said she'd always been a dancer--
Oil Sketch
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
She said she'd always been a dancer
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Distant Journey Inward
Oil on canvas  28" x 22"
Curtain Call
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Platinum Heat
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
State of Being
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Portrait of a Day
Oil on canvas  24" x 36"
Study in Form and Blue
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
At the Louvre
Oil on canvas  24" x 12"
Shelly's World
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Magic Circle
Oil on canvas  24" x 18"
Contemplating Light
Oil on canvas  24" x 18"
Pink T
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"
Self Awakening
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Sophie's Dream
Oil on canvas  30" x 24"
Study in Turquoise and Pink
Oil on canvas  40" x 30"