Casey Chalem Anderson "Dune Beach Morning" 8 x 10 oil on panel

Casey Chalem Anderson “Dune Beach Morning” 8 x 10 oil on panel

Why paint a dune?

Stepping along the wooden walkway over the beach pines that grow right out of sand and knowing that I am heading toward the ocean is exhilarating. Even if  I am lugging 20 lbs of painting equipment.

At the aptly named Dune Beach in Southampton, one of the early Peconic Land Trust conserved and protected properties, you ramble on the narrow boardwalk for quite a long way.  It is hot and still.  Once past the dense gathering of beach pines and shrubs and into the open space, the wind picks up and it is perfect. I can see a glimpse of a dreamy muted blue ocean in the distance.  Lime green grasses flutter in the breeze.

There are great heaps of sand in assorted mounds creating a miniature desert.  Each is a unique specimen showing a precise shape silhouetted against the sky. You can clearly see the drift of sand swoop down and across the face of the dune. There is a startling variation of vegetation that has managed to root down into the sand and sustain itself.

How does this constantly changing place continue to exist? Dunes tell a dynamic story that is in constant flux. Painting here where the dunes run right up to the sea is both thrilling and calming at the same time. The longer I look, the deeper I can investigate the mystery here.

Until next time,


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