Casey Chalem Anderson "Paddle boarder" oil on panel 10 x 8

Casey Chalem Anderson “Paddle boarder” oil on panel 10 x 8

It is shocking how rapidly the temper of open water can change. Early this morning the entire bay was a glassy cerulean blue punctuated with soft aqua green strokes. Only a couple of hours later and the winds have radically changed direction. A dark teal, ultramarine blue mixed with jade fills the bay to its brim. The water is suddenly pushed in a great hurry, traveling horizontally until exploding in little white frills against the shoreline.  Could this really be the same place?

The wind shift also dictates how the water can be enjoyed.  Just a few hours earlier paddle boarders leisurely stood on the glossy blue surface.  Now the tilted white triangles of sailboats in the distance strain against the force of the wind.

This radical switch is something many of us experience in our feelings each day. I always have to remind myself, wait a little while and everything can shift.

Until next time,


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