Paint what you know—Mabry Farm

Mabry HouseLike writers, painters should paint what they know. Plein air painters should paint the places they live near. In my case, I have a wealth of interesting subjects just outside the door. So much in fact that I will leave out the mounds work that I do here on my own property for another post. Instead I’ll show you some of the paintings done just about a block from my neighborhood at Mabry Farm over on Wesley Chapel Rd.

Spring PastureMabry FarmThere is a small group of homes and a few farms owned by theMabry Park#1 relatives of the Mabry family who have been in these parts for over 100 years and have had the forethought to keep their land as rural as they could considering the economic pressures. As you turn on to Wesley Chapel Rd. off Sandy Plains Rd. the entire area here —was once a large landholding of 220 acres. It’s on of the last farms in this part Mabry House _Ed Cahillof the county and it’s still used an apiary and a horse pasture with boarding stables. It’s been subdivided here and there but there is still a large tract of pasture facing Wesley Chapel and another behind that with a pond and some forest. Cobb County recently purchased this property and Friends of Mabry are trying to raise enough funds to provide some access to it off Wesley Chapel. I’m not sold on this idea, but if they minimize the footprint then access will be easier and all will benefit. Right now you cannot get back to the pasture without trespassing on private property.

Over the years I’ve done about a dozen paintings here, mostly of the pasture and the original Mabry farmhouse (built 1910) that sits right off the road. I’ve gotten to know some of the family and thankfully they welcome my interest—what painter wouldn’t be enticed by the idyllic views of what once was common place but now is just a romantic reminder of times gone by.AutumnonWeselyChapelweb

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  1. aloha Ed
    Mahalos for the note and of course I remember you – I run into your brother nearly every boat day and always call him Ed. Like your site and your work. I’ll be sending out the Kona Plein Air schedule for the West Hawaii Plein Air Painters through my new website as a newsletter and the site requires me to get permissions from all of the recipients. If you’re interested, drop your email off at the website or email me at the above eddy. Hope to see you Painting Out There (here) soon.

    aloha nui loa

    richard

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