On Vacation with the Boys and Girls
Featuring artwork by Don Hartman
January 8th – February 16, 2018
Imagine other worldly critters on vacation with family and friends taking selfies and vacation snaps and then sharing them. That is the show you see today. Included in this show are photos of my painting process.
Starting from a simple sketch, I transfer the sketch to canvas, making minor changes in design and space layout. I then fill the canvas with color in what I call a “block out”. In this sitting, I fill the canvas with paint, not worrying about if it is the right color or not. The goal of the “block out” is to cover the white gesso primer with color and begin to envision the painting’s first breath. The next step is refinement of both color and design. Typically, my paintings take eight to ten sittings to finish. These sittings can be anywhere from four to six hours each with a total time to complete a painting being 40-50 hours.
The handmade frames are of my design and construction. Crafted from redwood and poplar, with a natural finish, the frames are intended to evoke memories of “knotty pine” walls in club basements, decorated with family photos.
It’s true, last January I participated in a show here at Littleton Town Hall Arts Center. The show, which was entitled “On Vacation” included six paintings featuring the boys on vacation. At the time, I was working on “girls on vacation” to complete my envisioned series of “On vacation with the boys and girls”. The 13-painting series is now complete.
To differentiate between the two, I used two different colors of illustration board for the placards with the photos of my painting process. The boys are on the white ones and the girls are on the black ones. I sincerely hope you enjoy the show.
Littleton Town Hall Arts Center: January, 2016, Littleton, CO.
The Avenue Theater: One Man Show, June, 2016, Denver CO.
Pranamor Yoga Arts: One Man Show, August, 2015, Santa Fe Arts District, Denver, CO.
Littleton Town Hall Arts Center: One Man Show, May, 2015, Littleton, CO.
The Art Center: Annual Members Show 2007-2010, Grand Junction, CO.
Born in Baltimore, MD., Don studied fine arts and photography at The Maryland Institute College of Art. Don’s daytime job is developing affordable housing for the homeless. Don has developed affordable housing in Maryland, Arizona, and Colorado. Don also developed “American Style Homes” in Takamatsu, Japan. Don is often asked when he has time to paint…” I find the time, but generally I paint on Saturday and Sunday mornings”.