James Mann Art Farm. Gallery of various subjects… buildings, structures & landscape painting. Click an image below for full view of the original art.
Watercolor… Arizona… from my pencil sketch, February 2000… the Signagua built this cliff dwelling and many like it, within the natural formations of limestone along the Verde Valley in central Arizona, in the 12th or 13th Century.
Watercolor… Bryce Canyon Natural Bridge, Utah… color sketch (plein air) on site July, 2006. Limestone, siltstone, dolomite and mudstone erode over very different amounts of time. And this process, that is responsible for all of these hoodoos, arches, ravines, washouts and whatever else is out there… has been going on for more than 60 million… Read more »
Watercolor… the second of two color sketches I made of Mount Robson in the Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia… from my trans Canada road trip, 2008. This was in July. The snow covered peak disappeared in the clouds.
Watercolor… Point Sublime on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. The view from Point Sublime, looking east… a color sketch (plein air), on site, July 10th, 2006. Point Sublime juts out into the abyss from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at the very end of 18 miles of a rather quaint… Read more »
Watercolor… the stern wheel steamboat “SS Natchez IX” is the 9th New Orleans, Mississippi Steamboat, to carry the name. She was launched in 1975 and is powered by a pair of engines, originally built in 1925, for the riverboat “Clairton”. The steering gear, the bell and whistle are also salvaged from earlier, deceased steamboats. The… Read more »
Acrylic… around 1920, the Reading Railroad built this steel, box truss, pedestrian bridge in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, as a crossover its Philadelphia – Bethlehem trackage which divided the town, linking east and west Church Streets. This bridge was located about a 1000 feet north of the Sellersville Train Station and just south of the location of… Read more »
Watercolor… Located on St Louis Street in the heart of the French Quarter, founded by Antoine Alciatore in 1840… Antoine’s Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans. It is known for its astounding French-Creole cuisine and is the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller. We dined here. Admittedly, it is difficult to find any food in… Read more »
Watercolor… the Jacksonville Beach American Red Cross Life Saving Corps Station was designed by architect Jefferson Davis Powell and built in 1947. The Station was a regional headquarters for training the Red Cross Corps in life saving skills and first aid and served as the medical clinic for the Jacksonville community. This station, run by… Read more »
Watercolor…Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Quad granite towers and their connecting arched bridgeway are all that remain… of the original and once spectacular, 1888 Narragansett Casino, designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White… following a devastating fire that started in the adjacent Rockingham Hotel and burned everything to the ground. Nearby… on the… Read more »
Watercolor… Berks County… a lighting study…
Watercolor… Dark Hollow Road, Bedminster Township, Bucks County. The original hydro powered mill facility was built by Jacob Stover around 1800 and upgraded and expanded in 1855 by Christian Myers. The Stover – Myers complex continuously milled local grains and sawed lumber, utilizing a water wheel, then a hydro turbine… and finally by steam. By… Read more »
Watercolor… Giant’s Causeway was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986 and a National Nature Reserve, covering roughly 200 acres, in 1987, by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. It is a coastal geographical mass of mostly hexagonal, interlocking basalt columns, some reaching as high as 39 feet. The columns were formed… Read more »
Watercolor… on the shore of Matanzas Bay, St. Augustine, Florida… sits Castillo de San Marcos… the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Designed by Ignacio Daza, the fort was constructed by Spain between the years 1672 and 1695. The fort was briefly named Fort St. Mark, during the English occupation of Florida from 1763… Read more »
Watercolor… Ephrata Cloister, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania… part of a well preserved cluster of buildings, built by members of Conrad Beissel’s religious sect, founded in 1732, following his immigration to the American Colonies from Germany.
Watercolor… both Perkasie and Sellersville are split by the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. Lake Lenape was created between the banks of the Perkiomen… water that backed up behind a dam built above the Main Street Bridge in Sellersville to the Walnut Street Bridge in Perkasie. A widened lake formed where the Pleasant Spring… Read more »
Watercolor…. once upon a time, this was a cabin. Now it’s a shack. Out in the woods, next to the Tohickon Creek.
Watercolor… this chair is located as far from human habitation as I can get on my farm. In the shade of a very old and twisted Mulberry Tree, the chair faces East, looking across a small, shallow valley of farm land and pasture. The kids call the structure behind the chair, “The Fort”. It lies… Read more »
Watercolor… Airstream International. This iconic, streamlined, stainless steel travel trailer, with Maine plates, is parked in snow in the Tohickon woods of Pennsylvania… no doubt it has traveled South to escape those harsh Northern winters.
Gouache… a hotel on the northeast corner of East Broad Street, one block from the train station, at a traveler’s junction… to the east, the head end of the Doylestown Pike & to the north… the road to Hellertown, winding through Richland and Springfield Townships, with a split toward Easton… originally built about 1795 and… Read more »
Gouache… on the north side of East Broad, a short walk across the street from the Quakertown Train Station (built 1902)… located between the former Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) tracks and Belmont Avenue… built in 1827 as the Strawn House… rests the Globe Hotel. The old Globe predates the railroad track, laid through Quakertown… Read more »