It's Been a Long Time
It's been a long time, but I'm back in the saddle. Over the past three years since I've written any posts here I've delved ever deeper into the world of education and teaching digital photography, started a digital photography business shooting portraits and events, helped bring my wonderful son fifteen month old son Maxwell into the world, and have managed to do a few paintings finally after a year of fatherhood on top of everything else.
Summers are a wonderful thing because I can concentrate less on teaching people how to do things and more on practicing them myself, and so far it's been a fairly productive one. Having a child always makes things a bit slower, but he's really wonderful and he's on such a nice schedule I can work around it. Now if I were only impervious to viral infections, we would really be cooking.
I have updated this site with 4 new paintings, all of which but one are already sold as they were commissions, but will hopefully be creating more works for you to view over the next 6 weeks and into the fall and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't lose steam entirely over the winter.
It's good to be back.
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New Paint 2015
It was great fun participating in the Essex Art Center's 17th (i think) annual New Paint! Art Auction. John Budzyna, Al Torrisi, and Patrick Guerrero did a fine job as auctioneers, and David Meehan's descriptions of the works were as vivid as ever. I ran into a former HKO student of mine, and was very happy to see some old friends and meet some new ones.
2015, The New Year
This year will hopefully prove to be very productive. I have begun new drawings in my Unseen: Incomplete Allegories series, further pushing my oil painting in different directions, and have partly by chance broken into the world of professional photography, something which I am very happy about and will hopefully continue ten-fold.
Here's to the new year!
Art on The Mall
This will be my third year participating in a really wonderful outdoor art show called Art on The Mall, at Bartlet Mall in Newburyport Massachusetts. The show may be outside utilizing temporary shelters, but the work is quality, and entirely original. That is to say that there are no reproductions allowed at the event (besides hand-pulled prints), which makes this show very unique. It is a great way to meet artists and gain an understanding of their work in person, and it is wonderful for the artists as the show is not affiliated with a gallery, and dealing with artists directly makes the transaction that much more personal.
If you're looking for something to do on July 26th and 27th from 10-4 each day, come by and see me. It is also the kick-off weekend for the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming festival, which means there will be other great events to drop in on around town, not to mention gluttony inducing street food vendors down in Market Square! Hope to see you there.
Success on The Mall
This year's Art on Bartlett Mall was a success for me, and it is proof that people appreciate the direction in which my art seems to be taking me. I am glad to have found a cornerstone to build from if you will. I want to thank my patrons for making this all possible, and providing wind for my sails. I will certainly be back for next year's event, and if I establish a relationship with a gallery in the meanwhile I will be sure to spread the news! I also would like to thank those who provided some great conversation and helped the days go by more easily and to those who gave me reprieve or a helping hand at the beginning and end of the weekend. I will try to post more frequently!
Until next time,
Art on Bartlett Mall 2013
After last years success, both in selling paintings and meeting some truly wonderful art collectors and artists, I made sure that I got into the show for 2013! Come down to my neck of the woods for a visit and a browse July 27th and 28th, for the kick-off event of the Yankee Homecoming Festival, Art on Bartlett Mall 2013, in Newburyport, Massachusetts. See you there!
Lately I have been working with photography as an art form of its own and not just reference for paintings/illustrations. Go to my Portfolio and check out the new section, if you're facebook friends with me, chances are you've seen some of the work, but check it out anyways!
I now have a tumblr account, and will be updating that with sketches and other works in progress. If you have a tumblr, you should follow me! My tumblr
It's been a while since I posted anything and I apologize to anyone who has visited my site recently! I did well at Art on Bartlett Mall and sold several paintings and made some wonderful local connections. I always enjoy meeting new people and finding out what people who live nearby enjoy when it comes to art. I was surprised by the number of people who were interested in some of my more eclectic or abstract pieces, and people loved the recent architectural work. Which is great, because I love painting abstract architectural paintings! Now that I'm back to work at Wilmington High School I don't have all the time in the world to paint all day, but I am inspired by being in the classroom, even if I'm the teacher, and I am hoping for a very productive winter now that I have more of a direction. Keep an eye out for my works at the Newburyport Art Association Fall Juried show. I don't know whether I'm in or not, but I hope to be, and will post again when I get word.
Anthony Mikkelson and USED CAR studios
My ol buddy Anthony Mikkelson has made a studio space and gallery in his uncles paintball shop/arena and is putting on a show next month called "Fidelity". It's a group show of emerging artists from across the country and Anthony has been so kind as to invite the likes of me. "Skelton's Third Eye" is one of the two pieces I have slated to go into the show and I will be creating another along the same lines shortly for your viewing pleasure.
Art on Bartlett Mall
It seems that I will be selling my work at "Art on Bartlett Mall", a two day arts event, July 28th and 29th, on Bartlett Mall green in Newburyport Massachusetts. The event is one of the kick-off events for the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming week-long festival. There are no reproductions, all artwork sold must be original art. This is a great event to buy art directly from artists like myself since, we don't charge gallery mark-ups. While galleries do great things for publicity and patronage, they can set artists prices out of reach of some potential buyers. It's also a great way for lesser known artists to make it into collections and be noticed, so come by and take a gander. Lots of variety from super traditional to the ultra contemporary. I hope to see you there.
N.A.A. 2012 Regional Juried Show
Two of my paintings, "Crags and The Flow" and "Winter's Grip Tightens" have been accepted into the 15th Annual Regional Juried Show, juried by Brian Allen, director of the Addison Gallery at Phillips Andover Academy, at the Newburyport Art Association on Water Street in Newburyport MA.
The show will be up from May 11th to June 9th, and the opening reception is May 20th from 3-5. This show always seems to bring some interesting things to the table with a wide variety of media and subjects, styles and genre within the media.
Hope to see you there!
New Paint 2012
I will be participating once again in the Essex Art Center "New Paint!" benefit art auction on June 2nd! I will be painting at Maudslay State Park, unless that is I change my mind..
Cutting It Close
I recently submitted an application to Art on Bartlet Mall, part of Newburyport's Homecoming festival. Perhaps you'll see me there on July 28th and 29th rain or shine!
Google Analytics is both awesome and scary. It's really amazing to see so much information displayed visually. Especially information you wouldn't often think about when visiting a website. It is al being collected, coalated, and studied. It is a bit of an art project in and of itself. The future will be analyzed.
the new and improved www.danfionte.com is live!
I couldn't wait to launch this site and go live, this site will soon become www.danfionte.com for real once O.P.P. reviews it, and I redirect my domain. I'm very excited about this service, it's so much easier than making a site from scratch. Besides that it's also made for artists, so it's not just another boring old blog with a place you can stick some images in an attempt to create an online portfolio.
I am quite pleased with O.P.P. and their design and hosting service. I still have about a week and a half left of the free trial, but I am planning on officially relaunching www.danfionte.com with O.P.P and my newly designed website! Lots of big changes in my life right now, and they're all for the better. Holly and I just got the official approval on our mortgage and will hopefully be moving into 121 State Street in Newburyport Massachusetts on March 23rd!