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Breath of Salt Air “Ready to Wake-Up and See Color?” March 20, 2017

“Fair and Calm” by Casey Chalem Anderson  12 x 12 oil/wood

This timeless spot represents the essence of all that I love about the Hamptons. The blues are soft yet vivid and the Spring greens are bright with life.

I’ll bet you can’t wait for these days when we can all just relax into a warm breeze and be revived.

Warm regards,


My show of abstracts and seascapes at the John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor’s beautiful new library continues through April 22. Check out the dramatic installation in the modern stairwell and on each of 3 levels!

201 Main Street, Sag Harbor.

Hours: M-W  10:00am-7:00pm, Th 10:00am-9:00pm, F, S 10:00am-5:00pm, Sun 1:00pm-5:00pm

Art Talk: Sunday, April 9 @ 2:00pm

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Breath of Salt Air “Why are we drawn to the Ocean?” March 7, 2017

Triptych Aquamarine Curl 24 x 72 oil on wood -3 panels

Triptych Aquamarine Curl 24 x 72 oil on wood -3 panels

If you are like me, you can’t wait for those warm beach days when an aquamarine wave tumbles in and you can stand with your bare feet in the sand.

In the meantime, we will have to do a bit of day dreaming and recall what it was like last summer. Remembering those incredible colors always lifts my spirits.  Look at a painting of the sea and feel a similar sensation to being there. Imagine just what it smells like, how the wind feels against your skin, and how the sound of a pounding wave resonates through your body.

Please come and see the show listed below. I’ll have both abstract paintings and seascapes throughout Sag Harbor’s newly designed library. The building itself is a gorgeous treasure to discover.

There is an entire world to explore through our library.  You never know what you will find there and it’s all free!

Warmly, Casey

Art Exhibit at John Jermain Library Main Street Sag Harbor

Exhibit: March 12-April 22

Reception: Saturday, March 18, 3:00-5:00pm 

Artist Talk: Sunday, April 9, 2:00pm


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Breath of Salt Air “Can the Ocean Set You Free?” February 21, 2017

 Morning Wave Dune Beach by Casey Chalem Anderson

Morning Wave Dune Beach by Casey Chalem Anderson


What is it about getting down to the ocean that sets you free?

Is it the feel of the sand under foot?  The rhythmic pounding of the waves landing at the shore?  The salty clean air you can breathe in deeply?

Or is it all that space that allows you to release a bit of whatever you’ve been carrying around that you don’t need?


All the best,


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Breath of Salt Air “Craving Spring Green” December 20, 2016

"Green Window" by Casey Chalem Anderson  36" x 36" oil on canvas

                          “Green Window” by Casey Chalem Anderson 36″ x 36″ oil on canvas

Happy Holidays Everyone!

My mood and thoughts are still with late Summer and craving the bright green of new energy.  Just completed this painting and let out a sigh of relief and hope for the future.

Wishing you all an easy and relaxed holiday filled with a bit of magic!

Until next time,


Holiday Shows where I have artworks are at Romany Kramoris and Ille Arts run through the New Year.  Also, I’ll be here in my Sag Harbor studio, let me know if you would like to come by.


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Breath of Salt Air “Clouded” December 6, 2016

Casey Chalem Anderson "Graya" 24" x 24" oil on wood

                                                Clouded   24″ x 24″ oil on wood


No matter what drama is going on in your life, nature can help soothe. A painting can also serve that function, especially one that is abstract and has no specific reference to place or time.

As a viewer, you can step in with fresh eyes and experience how elegant layered color and fluid line can visually hold the space.  The influence is one of calm and ease.

Breathe it in and let go,


To see more abstracted paintings click here:

Holiday Shows where you can see my abstract and representational work:

171 Main Street
Amagansett, NY 11930

November 26 – January 2, 2017
Thursday through Monday 12-6pm

Romany Kramoris Gallery

41 Main Street   Sag Harbor, NY

November 25-January 15, 2017

Thursday- Monday 11-7pm



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Breath of Salt Air “Learning the Ocean” November 8, 2016

"Children by the Sea" by Casey Chalem Anderson 8 x 10 oil on wood

“Children by the Sea” by Casey Chalem Anderson 8″ x 10″ oil on wood

Looking out on the bustling ocean I wonder, how did man ever figure out that he could safely swim, surf or play in the waves? We must have learned by trial and error.

I love to watch children at the beach. We bring our babies to the shore, holding them tightly and dip a tiny foot into the froth. We let them get used to the sensation. When they can walk, we hold their hand and just stand there watching the waves roll in. When they can run, we graduate to playing tag with an incoming wave – trying not to get caught in the deep.

Most importantly, as kids we learn to judge the force of the wave. We listen for the crash and recognize the authority in the rhythm. We find out early that the ocean is to be respected.

It’s a kind of magic to see someone approach the waves and skillfully dive in. When done well, the body appears to be synchronized perfectly, there is no hesitation. When a swimmer internalizes a respectful awe of the ocean, they become one with the sea.

Until next time,


Click here to see Ocean Wave Paintings :

I’m in 2 Holiday Shows this month- Romany Kramoris, Sag Harbor and Ille Arts, Amagansett

Invitations coming

“Catching the Light” Sun Storm Gallery, Center Moriches continues through 11/22


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Breath of Salt Air “October Ocean, A Gift” October 25, 2016

October Sea 8" x 10" oil on wood

                                           October Ocean    8″ x 10″   oil on wood

Sitting on the sand and observing the traveling curve of the breaker, I see elegance and raw power.  The percussive sound, the scent of clean salt, and a soft breeze all impact my body and my psyche. I realize my breathing has synchronized with the crashing of the waves.
It is a perfect day to steal a few minutes and allow the mystery of the glorious sea to sink in.

On this special day, a friend who was stuck in the city instructed me to make getting to the ocean a priority. I literally had only 10 minutes of a busy day to spare,  but it was definitely an effort worth making.

Not only was it the high point of my week, but I thought about the experience and accessed the sensation many times over.

Wishing you this gift too,


To see more of my ocean paintings click here:






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Breath of Salt Air “Craving the Emerald Green of the Ocean” September 27, 2016


"Emerald Surge" 12 x 12 oil on wood

“Emerald Surge” 12 x 12 oil on wood

It takes at least 15 minutes to unwind once you get settled at the beach. Sometimes it takes even longer. You run through your mental lists of what you still have to do, groceries, calls/emails to make, people to touch base with, doctors appointments, on and on.

When you finally take a breath you realize it’s all noise. Now you can take in the sand, the sky and the sea lapping up to the shore. The air temperature, wind direction and humidity are all registered by your body-there is no thinking required.

How much time do you allow yourself to do what on the surface looks like nothing much?  It could be the most important time of your day.

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Breath of Salt Air “Moon Glow in Gray” September 6, 2016

Moon Glow in Gray by Casey Chalem Anderson

Moon Glow in Gray by Casey Chalem Anderson

The combinations of gray that can be made with oil paints are infinite.  They are never just black mixed with white out of the tube. Some of the most intriguing color combinations are grays that are achieved by mixing complements like blue and orange, purple and yellow or green with red.  All the fun and confusion lies in which blue to choose, should I select one with violet tones or green tones.  Exactly which orange mixed into the blue will create a sensation of color that stimulates the eye in a pleasing way. Then I must add white.  Will it be a soft white, titanium white, or radiant white – all shimmering with a different quality?

In this painting I’m working with thin veils of transparent oil color reminiscent of humid air. Most of the time I can’t pre-think how the painting will change with each layer. Pre-planning doesn’t work.  I keep at it if it works or wipe it out and try again if it doesn’t. Through this process the painting gains a rich surface history, one that you can trace if you look closely.

Please stop by to say hello and check out my seascapes and soft geometric abstracts at my Sag Harbor studio during the FREE East Hampton Artist Alliance Studio Tour. Refreshments will be served

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday September 18

Hours 10 am -4pm

50 Cliff Drive   (Bay Point, across from Long Beach in Sag Harbor)


It will be great to see you, Casey


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Breath of Salt Air “Drawing is Thinking” July 23, 2016

Main Beach on a Napkin, East Hampton

Main Beach on a Napkin, East Hampton

I had a little unaccounted for time this morning and decided that what I should do is drive down to the beach and sketch. I had my favorite pen but my sketchbook wasn’t in the car. I reached into the glove compartment for any paper, receipt or back of an envelope. I found a napkin.

When I was younger I drew all the time. Even though I paint regularly, getting back into drawing can be intimidating. But putting a mark to a napkin? That takes all the pressure off.

What I realized this morning more than ever is that drawing is thinking. You analyze what you are looking at and create your own signature marks to represent the view. Personally, I must slow down as I’m so often racing. I must look, hold the thought and then get it down. It’s thrilling even when the result is not a masterpiece. The reward is really in the doing.

Next time, I’ll be sure to grab my sketchbook – although I do have a whole stack of napkins just in case.

Please mark your calendar and stop by my Sag Harbor studio on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday September 18 when I’ll be on the East Hampton Artist Alliance Tour.

It’s FREE and I would love to see you!

More info to come soon,


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