Casey Chalem Anderson "Salt Marsh Sketch"

Casey Chalem Anderson “Salt Marsh Sketch”

Salt Marsh

It seems that places by the sea are more changeable than anywhere else.  Always in transition, the mysterious salt marsh waters fill and fall with the tide.  All this activity is orchestrated by the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun and the rotation of the Earth.

Every locale has a different pattern to the tides. Some have 2 equal high tides and 2 low tides each day.  Some places have only one high and one low each day.  Some have a combination, the mixed tide.

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to explore an expansive section of tranquil water salt marsh as it swoops and loops through vivid green grasses. Long footbridges of narrow cedar planks hover over the blue water that ultimately leads to the open bay.  It is breathtakingly beautiful and completely inspiring.

Here is the study in pencil for the oil color painting I plan on creating.  Spending time out there drawing allows me to get intimate with the surroundings.  I sink into the place and merge into it. Drawing is a way of planning, deciphering and making decisions about what aspects are important to consider.

Until next time,


This month I’m donating 10% of sales of my sea prints or paintings to Paddlers for Humanity (  My friend Sinead Fitzgibbon, you may know her from her Physical Therapy shop in Sag Harbor, has been involved with this excellent charity helping to raise funds for worthy nonprofit organizations that focus on East End youth.

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