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Don Haggerty    Figurative Painting        Gallery III


I’ve often thought of art as being much akin to alchemy--defined as “an inexplicable, seemingly magical transformation of something common, like lead, into something precious, like gold”.  Painting with an odd concoction of oil and tempera has raised this thought more often than ever.  Here’s how it works…

You crack two eggs into a bowl.  You measure in some varnish (quite stinky), and then add some heavy oil (it looks and pours but doesn’t taste like honey).  You beat it all up, then you add some water (well, oil and vinegar don’t mix either) and beat it some more.  You then squeeze out some paint called Casein (a milk-base paint--to keep things in the dairy family?) and dip your brush.  Then you push the stuff around on a hardboard panel and wah-lah.

You’ve heard of weird science.  Well, now you’ve heard of weird art. 
But weird or not, I like what happens!

--Don Haggerty

   

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

                   

 

         

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Joy Dance
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"
Hop, Skip and a Jump
Oil and tempera on hardboard
11-1/2" x 7-3/4"
Exotica
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"
Into the Light
Oil and tempera on hardboard
11-1/2" x 7-3/4"
Lucy in the Sky
Oil and tempera on hardboard
15" x 30"
Double Vision
Oil and tempera on hardboard
14" x 10"
These Boots Were Made for Dancing
Oil and tempera on hardboard
11-1/2" x 7-3/4"
Nature's Child
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"
I Love Autumn
Oil and tempera on hardboard
11-1/2" x 7-3/4"
The Performer
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"
Red, Yellow, Blue
Oil and tempera on hardboard
7-3/4" x 11-1/2"
Opening Line
Oil and tempera on hardboard
11.5" x 22.5"
Inclusive Forces
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"
Blue Moon
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"
Dream Dust
Oil and tempera on hardboard
24" x 18"