James Mann Art Farm. Gallery of narrative illustration. Story telling… the art of telling a story… subjects do vary. Click a painting’s name below for full view of the original art.
Acrylic… Fries Rebellion . The Confrontation . “The Direct Tax of 1798 Upper Bucks” … illustrating the confrontation at the Sign of the Red Lion tavern in Quakertown, Pennsylvania on March 6, 1799, between tax resistant, local residents and tax assessors. To read a short history and saga of John Fries and the ill-fated revolt…… Read more »
Acrylic… Liberty Bell, Col. Thomas Polk’s Overnight Bivouac . Quakertown, Pennsylvania . September 18, 1777 . Acrylic Mural . … a mural illustrating the State House (Liberty) Bell, escorted by Col. Thomas Polk’s cavalry of 200 troops, of the 4th Regiment, North Carolina Continental Line, as it arrives from Philadelphia on the Bethlehem Pike, late… Read more »
Watercolor… the Palestra, on the West Philadelphia campus of the University of Pennsylvania, was designed by architect Charles Klauder and opened in 1927 to became the home of Penn & Ivy League Basketball. It is one of the first steel and concrete sports arenas built in the United States, with no interior structural columns blocking… Read more »
Watercolor… a tough game… three seconds left on the clock and Steve Bilsky sinks it for Penn… breaking a tie and beating Villanova… before a thin, butriveted crowd at the Palestra. Penn Basketball was undefeated during the ’70-’71 season and through the NCAA Tournament before droppingin the East Regional final. Steve Bilsky served as Director… Read more »
Watercolor & Gouache …. Annuities Distribution to the Cheyenne . Circa 1860 . Fort Larned . Kansas . National Park Service . … annuity payments were established by the United States Government throughout the 1800’s as a means of bribing the indigenous Native American People to cease hostilities against the United States… as settlers, the… Read more »
Watercolor & Gouache …. Kiowa and Comanchero Trade . Circa 1860 . New Mexico . National Park Service . Fort Larned . Kansas . … the Comanchero were predominately traders of Hispanic heritage, based around a broad area comprising most of present day New Mexico and Oklahoma. They made a living through the bartered exchange… Read more »
Watercolor… book cover illustration for a Western themed novel: titled: “Kettle of Tears”… authored by Robert Boyce… set in Idaho, sometime after the Civil War.
Pencil… book illustrations… pencil drawings, interior story illustrations for a Western themed novel: titled: “Kettle of Tears”… authored by Robert Boyce… set in Idaho, sometime after the Civil War.
Watercolor… cover illustration for an aviation themed children’s book: “Whopper the Chopper”, written by old school pilot, Francis Meyrick…following and chronicling the adventures and misadventures of “Moggy”, his workhorse, a Hughes 500 “D” helicopter… “Whopper”… and a snazzy little, red and white, aerobatic biplane… a Stolp Starduster “Too”, named… “Dusty Lady”. This illustration wraps around the… Read more »
Pencil… 26 pencil drawings for the children’s aviation themed story book, “Whopper the Chopper”… including the Hughes 500D, a Stolp Starduster Too, a Gulfstream Cougar, Fokker Dr.1, Consolidated Liberator B-24, and a Bell UH-1B. Each chapter is a mini-adventure with its own illustration.
Watercolor… Poster… a follow up illustration to a children’s book about a relationship between a helicopter and a biplane, some other interesting airplanes, a pilot named “Moggy” and their various adventures, titled: “Whopper the Chopper”… as a poster highlighting “Dusty Lady”, an aerobatic Stolp Starduster “Too” biplane. The Starduster Too is Lou Stolp’s, early 60’s development… Read more »
Acrylic… I painted this Starduster N3260, for the owner in 1973, lost track of it and through dumb luck rediscovered it’s whereabouts in 2004… met the owner again (former owner, the aircraft has been sold) and was able to make a digital copy of my old painting. This is one extremely agile, beautiful, aerobatic bird…… Read more »
Gouache… F4C “Phantom II” 0752 . Major Albert L. Page / Major Donald R. Kemmerer . 390th TFS . 366th TFW . USAF .DaNang . SVN . 09:04 . 6 August 1967 . MIA . KIA . Gulf of Tonkin . NVN . … Albert Page Jr. was from Derby, New Hampshire. 32 years old.…… Read more »
Acrylic… World War I… Life and death in the sky. Tenuous at best. A Sopwith F1 Camel chases a Siemens Schuckert DIII SSW, as a Fokker DR-1 rises to assist.
Black Marker… the Piasecki PA-97 Heavy Lift “Helistat”. A conceptual sketch for an integrated heavy lift aircraft platform, proposed for logging and transport of cumbersome materials over difficult terrain. The demonstration airship consisted of four Sikorsky H-34 helicopters arranged symmetrically, at the corners of a truss frame, under a large, balloon type, aerostat. Called the… Read more »
Watercolor… a tugboat pushing a grain barge on the Mississippi River… one of 10 proposed illustrations for a children’s story book… a story about the origins of a breakfast. I don’t know much about tugboats, other than what I’ve seen or researched. During visits to New Orleans in 2011 and 2014 – 2015, I watched tugs… Read more »
Watercolor… a triptych mural… three pieces enlarged, totaling 14 feet x 68-1/2 feet wide, part of the Milton S. Hershey Foundation museum. Applied to an undulating wall, serving as a back drop behind displays of various early equipment and story sections pertaining to the history and development of chocolate. This landscape is meant to depict… Read more »
Watercolor… A banner illustration for the Manning Design website. Cropped sections are also used as headers on individual pages and a promotional mini cd case cover. Manning Design is a manufacturer of quality hand crafted doors and windows, located in New England. (Agency is Ditherdog)
Watercolor… eight irregularly shaped panels, that fit together, painted on three 30″ x 40″ boards, intended as a series to illustrate various influences on the quality of water that flows through the Watershed and into the Chesapeake Bay. At roughly 5 feet x 19 feet, with an overlay of several question and answer flip doors… Read more »
Watercolor… Joyce hosted a tea party for our two granddaughters, Alona and Ashley and a few of their girl friends. Ashley was not amused.