Monday, 12 August 2013

Photo To Pencil Sketch

Photo To Pencil Sketch Biography

     Albert Pieczonka and Granddaughters at Ocean Grove, NJ circa 1908 Albert loved the New Jersey shore and rarely missed a day of swimming in the summer. Here he is surrounded by Emily’s daughter Lily, Eva’s daughters Margaret and Dora, Alice’s daughters Alice and Irene, and Margaret’s fiancé, George.    

      Albert Pieczonka          
Albert Pieczonka's daughters
Nanny Wohlgeboren Pieczonka - Albert Pieczonka spouse
      Albert Pieczonka with Kempa Ladies' Orchestra           Albert Pieczonka with the Kempa Ladies’ Orchestra circa 1880 Named after Albert’s maternal grandparents, the Kempa Ladies’ Orchestra made their American debut in the early 1880s. Members of the Pieczonka Family L-R : Helene (‘cello), Alice (violin), Albert (piano), Kaethe (‘cello), Nanny (vocals and piano), Eva (violin), Emily (violin), and Fanny (viola). The Kempa Ladies’ Orchestra disbanded in 1887.    

      Albert Pieczonka Family Photos - Pencil Sketch of Fanny Pieczonka           Pencil Sketch of Fanny Pieczonka by Frederick Görtelmeyer June, 1882 Very little is known of Fanny’s life but this portrait reveals one clue. It is inscribed on the back, “Pencil Sketch of Fanny by her fiancé, Fred Görtelmeyer—June, 1882.” Görtelmeyer (1848-1882) was the best friend of Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), the celebrated American sculptor, and was the son of Henry Görtelmeyer, a virtuoso oboist in New York and one of the founders of what would become the first Musicians’ Union in America. Fred studied in Paris with the famous painters Gérôme and Carolus-Duran; he exhibited at the National Academy Exhibition in NY in 1877 and became, according to Saint-Gaudens, an accomplished lithographer. Fred and Fanny never married as Fred died six months after drawing this portrait of his fiancée.    

Albert Pieczonka Family Photo
Albert Pieconzonkaand Nanny Pieczonka Photo
Albert and Nanny Pieczonka photograph circa 1875
      Fanny Pieczonka - Albert Pieczonka's eldest daughter           Fanny Cosima Pieczonka (1858-1886) Albert Pieczonka’s eldest daughter, born in East Prussia, was named after Fanny Mendelssohn and Cosima Liszt-Wagner. This photo was taken in Berlin probably prior to her moving to the United States in 1881. Primarily a pianist, reviews of Fanny’s performances in England in the 1870s were all favorable. She was also a teacher at a private school in Kensington. Her tenure with the Kempa Ladies’ Orchestra, playing viola, was short for she started to lose muscle control around 1883 and was completely paralyzed by 1886, when she died of infected bedsores at 28 years.    

      Albert Pieczonka with Chess Association photograph           Albert Pieczonka (front row, 3rd from right) at the NY State Chess Association meeting, Murray Island Hotel, Thousand Islands, NY August, 1897    

      Ernst Pieczonka - Albert Pieczonka's eldest son photograph           Ernst Pieczonka (1856-1876) Ernst was Albert Pieczonka’s son, born in Memel, East Prussia. As the consequence of a childhood fall, he was partially paralyzed and continued to suffer from a festering infection in his hip. According to his sister Kaethe, Albert would carry Ernst around the house in London, which describes his disability. The infection in his hip killed him by the time he was twenty.    

      The Pieczonka Sisters Photograph - Albert Pieczonka family photo           Three Pieczonka Sisters in Waco, Texas L-R Alice, Eva, and Helene 1885 The Kempa Ladies’ Orchestra had a successful tour of Texas in the spring of 1885. The three girls were joined by Albert and Nanny in a variety of venues—from Houston German Halls to San Antonio gardens. All three daughters died early. Helene ('cellist) died in 1892 at age 27, Alice (violinist) died in 1908 at age 49, and Eva (violinist), the youngest of the Pieczonka daughters, probably died in 1898 at age 31.    

      Alice Pieczonka Hamiliton and family photograph - Albert Pieczonka family photo           Alice Pieczonka Hamilton and family, 1899 Albert’s daughter Alice with her husband, Herman Hamilton and their children (L-R) Thomas Erastus, Irene, Hanson Gertrude and
I am an artist, presently, working in the mediums of colored pencil drawing and digital photography. Sometimes my photographs are used as inspiration for future drawings in colored pencil. Other times, my photos stand alone as a documentation of reality. They may capture a poignancy of person or place that might, otherwise, be lost to an imperfect memory. Often, my work reflects a new reality, which I have envisioned. A goal is to combine a sense of surreal with the real. I want the viewer to enjoy making discoveries while looking at my work and want him/her to linger a few extra seconds to ascertain what is true.

My drawings and photographs present simple subjects, but I infuse them with complex undercurrents. I like to think the work part literary. As I begin and elaborate on the narrative, the audience will supply the last chapter.

I draw on 30x40 illustration board or 20x30 watercolor board. Drawing that size with pencil takes many hours. My drawings are, generally, 100% colored pencil.

Close cropping and images reduced to a minimum of essential elements characterize my photographs. I print each photograph, which affords me almost complete control over the creative and technical process.

art bio
Born - Virginia
Bachelors Degree- Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, -Art Education
Masters Degree-Parsons School of Design & Bank Street College, NYC-Art Administration
Additional art coursework, workshops and seminars-Parsons in Paris, France,
    Art League School, Alexandria, VA, NVCC, Manassas & Alexandria, VA.
Graphic Design Instructor- Arlington Public Schools & Arlington Adult Education
Colored Pencil Drawing Instructor-Alexandria Art League, Torpedo Factory
Volunteer Drawing Instructor- Fairfax County Public Schools.
Co-own Blair, Inc, Springfield VA, an exhibit design and fabrication studio
Founder and President, Metro Washington District Chapter, Colored Pencil Society of    America
Colored Pencil Instructor, Goodwin House

The Best of Colored Pencil III, Rockport Publishers
The Best of Colored Pencil IV, Rockport Publishers
Out Of Chaos, NVCC

Fourth International Colored Pencil Exhibition, San Diego, CA
Eighth International Colored Pencil Exhibition, Dallas, TX
Summer Exhibition, Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC
Cox Communications Headquarters, Herndon, VA
Explore This 2, Experimental Colored Pencil, Stuart FL
Winter Exhibition, Strathmore Hall Art Center, Bethesda, MD
Fairfax County Invitational, NVCC, Annandale, VA
Phoenix University, Reston, VA
Montgomery College, MD
Fairfax County Invitational, NVCC, Annandale, VA
Fourteenth International Colored Pencil Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM
Colored Drawings, Chestertown Art League Gallery, Chestertown, MD
Explore This 4, Experimental Colored Pencil, Brea, CA
Plus All-Media Exhibitions at the Alexandria Art League, Torpedo Factory
Ratner Museum, Bethesda, MD
Sandy Springs Museum, Sandy Springs, MD
Goodwin House, Falls Church, VA
Glenview Mansion, Rockville, MD

solo exhibitions
Glamorama Salon- Georgetown, Washington, DC
Friendship Heights Community Center- Bethesda, MD
National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
HotCakes, Charlottesville, VA
Artomatic, Arlington, VA

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