Mabry Farm Revisited: Painting with Friends Holmes & Kapasi

I spend so much time here that I have to occasionally update my work. Last week Cobb County announced that the construction of the access road back to a portion of the property that the county now owns will start. This is big news for the association that has been trying to raise money, but […]

The Grand Trip: Plein Air Out West

Along the Rim —Yavapai Pont. 8 x 16, oil on linen. This was painted on a day that I went out with Dario. Just about ten minutes from the lodge we were staying in. I started this plein air and finished it up in the studio. I got this idea the day before while walking […]

Sloan Street: Painting Homes of Historic Roswell

Over the last several years I have spent quite a bit of time on Sloan Street in Roswell. The road reaches back east towards Big Creek ( or Vickery Creek, as some call it) from Atlanta Rd. and is about a mile long. Many of the houses are original and date back to the 1850s […]

The Oxbo: Vintage Roswell Landscapes

As Big Creek meanders through Roswell GA in loops back on itself to form an oxbo. Oxbo Rd. intersects Atlanta Street and runs east along the creek for several miles. This is one of the older sections of town and has escaped the development that has affected most of Roswell—for now at least. I was […]

Historic Homes of Roswell

Barrington Hall, Ed Cahill, Plein Air Painting

I’m a bit of a fanatic and tend to do things to the extreme, good or bad. Of course, painting is one of those things. My subject matter is not all that radical though—I like architecture. My first plein air classes were with John Guernsey, who lives here in Marietta and I consider him very […]

The Chattahoochee Estuary in Winter

Chattahoochee Sunrise, Ed Cahill, Georgia Landscape Painting

It’s Winter or stick season as we plein air painters call it. Trees are hard enough to paint let alone when they are just brown sticks in the sky. At least we have plenty of pines in Georgia to keep a haze of green in our paintings. I’m always perplexed as to where to go […]

Finally, Fall in North Georgia

Colors of Fall, Ed Cahill, Georgia Landscape Painting

It’s been an unfortunate Fall. Way too much rain, especially on the weekends. The leaves have just been washed off the trees and without some sunlight, there is little to see. Saturation takes bright light and without it all you have is a two-dimensional pattern of reds, grays, oranges, and an occasional yellow. Still, I […]

Limited Palette —Big Results

Reflections in the Alley, Ed Cahill, Marietta Painting

Anders Zorn, the famous 19th-century Swedish painter is said to have painted most of his work with a very limited palette—ivory black, cadmium red, yellow ocher, and white. Blue is the big missing ingredient and in my book, it’s pretty important, but I’ve been looking for something to give me a fresh approach, so for […]

A Busy Month: Forgotten Coast & Olmstead

Ford in a Field, Ed Cahill, Georgia Landscape Painting

For the last month or more I have been busy with visitors and painting as much a possible. The Olmsted Plein Air event was here for a week and I attended the Quick Paint on Sunday 4/26. They had a very impressive list of painters and I was able to spend some time with the […]

Paint What You Know—Mabry Farm, Marietta

Mabry House, Ed Cahill, Plein Air Painting

Like 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 of work that I do here on my own property for another […]