THE HOME OF JAMES DRONENBURG, MUSICIAN AND PLANTSMAN, & DANIEL WEIL, PAINTER, PHOTOGRAPHER AND ARCHITECT

PHOTOGRAPH OF JIM BY DANIEL WEIL IMAGES

Jim dronenburg

Wintersweet House


Located in Knoxville, Maryland.  It is our home, but we love to share it with other lovers of plants, music, art and photography. We host occasional gatherings of plants people, musicians and artists/photographers and welcome visitors with a bit of notice.

JIM PLAYS THE HARP AND KEYBOARDS.  HE PERFORMS AT PARTIES,

WEDDINGS, RESTAURANTS.

Daniel Weil Images


Daniel Weil Images is a painting and photography studio, with an emphasis on portraiture.

Description of Services:      First, a note about my harp. You will notice from the pictures that I do not have a concert harp, but rather a Celtic (Irish, Scottish, Welsh, folk) harp, which I normally play in my lap. Although the harp is smaller than a concert harp, the sound is large and I can “fill” a large space (including out-of-doors) easily. However, the Irish harp does not have pedals. This makes it somewhat less chromatic than the big “gilded ladies”. I have sharping levers on each string, which allows me to change keys, but highly chromatic music is sometimes impossible due to the nature of the instrument— I would find it hard to play something from the “Phantom of the Opera” score, for example, as written. However, I can adapt and simplify arrangements for most music. And my harp can be taken- and played- in conditions where a concert harpist would refuse to take their instrument. I regularly perform at outside weddings. For myself—I can play the harp alone, or sing with it. I am both a note and an “ear” player, which means that I don’t have to have sheet music in front of me. I will cheerfully learn new music, if I judge that it is within the capability of my instrument (see above), and take on-the-spot requests. I can go without noticeable breaks for several hours, and will not repeat myself in that time unless requested to do so. I usually don’t have a set order of things to do; instead, I consult with you in advance, get general guidelines as to what you want, and then choose things on the spot based on audience reaction.
      My repertoire is eclectic; I have a special interest in British and American folk songs. I can play and/or sing things from the period 13th C. on, through Elizabethan, 18th C. English and American, a fair bit of Civil War, and some things from the 1900’s-1930’s. Plus all the usual “classical”instrumental pieces and some show tunes.
      I live in southern Frederick County, MD. My normal travel range extends to all of the Baltimore and Washington areas, south to hunt country Virginia, the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania.

Background:      I studied voice, bel canto, 3 years under Deborah Kieffer. I held the brunch spot 1.5 years at Ireland’s Own (now Pat Troy's Restaurant) in Old Town Alexandria; was 6 years at the Catoctin Inn in Buckeystown, MD, and have done weddings and other functions throughout the tri-state area over 20 years.
For more information, please contact: jim@jamesdronenburg.com or telephone (301) 834-6515.  Mailing address: 3536 Cemetery Circle, Knoxville, MD 21758

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wintersweet house

Description of Services:   I am a painter, photographer and architect.  I paint primarily in oils, and do some drawing, usually in charcoal or pastels.   I do my portraiture on commission and always welcome new commissions, with the understanding that this is slow and careful work and may take more than a year, depending on the complexity of the painting.  I do photography on location and in my photo/painting studio in Knoxville, MD.

Background:       I have been photographing people and painting portraits since the late 1980s, although I began painting as a teenager.  I took some art classes in Toronto, where I received a degree in architecture from the University of Toronto.  I have taken workshops in photography in the Washington DC area.  For the most part I am self-taught in photography and artwork, and have studied books and other resources.  I love painting and photography and approach each project with excitement and passion.


Membership:

  • The Portrait Society of America, a nation-wide society with educational programs, conferences and publications about photography
  • The Frederick Camera Clique, an organization dedicated to sharing knowledge of photography