James Mann paints life on the farm as he lives and sees it. Click on a painting’s name below for a larger view of the original art. Giclee prints are available of most of these paintings.
Watercolor… Plein air, June 15, 2021. Pasture viewed south. Currently grazing 2 alpaca, a bunch of goats & a flyby vulture. The thing standing upright is an old street sweeping, bristle brush, which the alpaca use as a scratch post.
Watercolor… Corn Picker. Fall harvest… a little train consisting of my Oliver 550 tractor, the New Idea 323 one row corn picker and the old wagon with some side boards to hold in the ears. It wasn’t fancy, it took a while, but the job got done. The following poem was written and sent to… Read more »
Watercolor… early morning… looking south… the sun has just cleared the east ridge… Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. This is the same field, as painted in July Alfalfa…. now planted in soybeans…
Watercolor … baling hay… freshly baled alfalfa hay… looking south across my lower field.
Watercolor… the morning of October 23, 2020… looking east, downhill. The air is so humid and thick with fog, that nothing is visible beyond the fuzzy silhouettes of trees along the fence line between fields and the pasture. In the foreground is newly sprouted, roughly 4-inch tall, winter barley, drilled through disked, corn stubble.
Watercolor… “Ollie Dances With Chickens”. A still life… with the 1964, Oliver 550 tractor. Actually, the chickens don’t keep all that still.
Watercolor… Oliver 1655 tractor with subsoiler… early Spring 2008, outside of Coopersburg, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Although no-till cultivation is now the norm almost everywhere… every few years it’s necessary to run through the fields with a long shank harrow and break up the deeper hard pack.
Watercolor… The Oliver 77 Row Crop tractor was manufactured from 1948 through 1954. Here, we’re taking down a field of alfalfa with a New Holland mower/conditioner… the first part of turning forage vegetation into hay.Alfalfa is a high protein legume.
Watercolor… the Massey Ferguson 285, Row-Crop Tractor, was manufactured from 1974 to 1982. Power comes from a 4 cylinder Perkins, 318 cubic inch, diesel engine, providing 69.5 hp at the drawbar and 81 hp off the PTO. This one… pulling a New Idea 324, 2 row corn picker, with a trailing, small gravity wagon in… Read more »
Watercolor… Lehigh County, Pennsylvania… chopping corn for silage, late September, 2020. International Harvester 1086 tractor, GEHL 1265 chopper, GEHL 970 forage wagon… the top of the middle field.
Watercolor… autumn on the hill… across the valley… November of 2019. International Harvester 1086 tractor, a GEHL chopper and forage wagon… chopping some corn for the steers. This is not for silage… which is cut green, siloed and allowed to ferment. Basically, this corn can be left standing in place, well into winter and a… Read more »
Watercolor… fall 2017 … chopped corn… out of a GEHL forage wagon… through a New Holland 40 blower… and up into the silo.
Watercolor… chopping corn silage… Ford 7710 tractor with a GEHL chopper and forage wagon… late September, 2015… sun setting over the upper field.
Watercolor… Lehigh County. Horace chopping silage corn, early October 2013. A fairly cold day.
Watercolor… making hay… baling hay… I don’t know where the term “bucking hay” originates… that’s just what it’s always been called. But I do know it’s hot, sticky, sweaty, dirty, hard work… and after you get one wagon loaded, you go back and get another… until it’s all picked up and put away.
Watercolor… “On the Verdant Highway”. Long hours on the tractor & miles to go… in this instance, on an International Farmall 560D.
Watercolor… the regimen… pull the corn… grind the feed… feed the cattle…
Watercolor… the Clover Leaf Feed Mill was established in 1926, by the Rosenberger family, along the original 1858 “Steinsburg and Milford Square Turnpike” in Upper Bucks County. A road that was eventually extended to connect Quakertown with Pennsburg at Milford Square and rerouted to bypass the village altogether. Clover Leaf Mill operated as an Agway… Read more »
Watercolor… after Edwin F. Stover had already established a feed enterprise in various, leased Perkasie locations in the late 1890’s, this much larger, consolidated, state-of-the-art milling complex was built in 1938, by his heirs and family on 7th Street in Perkasie. The Stover Feed Company provided and moved bulk shipments of grains and feeds throughout… Read more »
Watercolor… the Richland Feed Company was established in 1940 in a former Richlandtown shoe factory building, constructed in 1878, about two miles northeast of Quakertown on the Richlandtown Pike. The mill was owned and operated by Richard and Margaret Sames who, after many, many years on the job, have sold the business to new owners… Read more »