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Breath of Salt Air “Triple Wave” July 28, 2014

"Double Wave" by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on 2 panels

“Triple Wave” by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on 2 panels

The big wide horizontal of the ocean stretches wider than your peripheral vision can take in.  You have to turn your head all the way left and then all the way right to take it all in. No wonder you feel such vast space.

Then the charge of the wave rumbling toward you, each time they break is a slight variation from the time before.  You can anticipate that it is going to happen, yet exactly how it divides is unpredictable.

Here’s a small wave panel: http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/billow/

and a 3 panel horizontal http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/three-panel-wave/

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Kids at the Beach” July 21, 2014

Kids at the Beach by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on panel

Kids at the Beach by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on panel

Kids at the beach are so free.  You can see it in the way they move their bodies.  On the wide beach parents can let them run, cartwheel, jump and roll on the soft sand.  The children own freedom in a way that they cannot anywhere else.

At the uncrowded beach you can take the space you need.  Walk as far away from people as you need, or sit intimately close with someone you care about.  The space between yourself and others is a choice.  You may have to take a short stroll, but at the beach you can take all the space you need to live in.

Click below to see the most popular “Atlantic Wave” Digital Fine Art Prints-contact me about other sizes, delivery, etc.

http://caseyart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Wave-Burst-Green-Tiff.jpg

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/green-glass-print/

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Sea of Lavender, the Painting” July 14, 2014

Sea of Lavender Painting by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on canvas

Sea of Lavender Painting by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on canvas

I promised to get back to this sea of lavender that I photographed last week and paint it.  I must say, spending the week in the city only intensified my love for this stunning flower field by the ocean.

It’s not quite finished but after a few hours painting in the field I’m pretty happy.  The rich quality of oil color captures the exhilaration I felt when I first discovered this spot. Painting on location keeps the fervor of my initial reaction alive. As I dash against wind, sun and bugs while trying to get it all down on the canvas, I’m electrified.

Here are a couple of flower field paintings to view:

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/seps-flower-field/

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/saras-garden/

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Sea of Lavender”

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I was driving the less traveled road from a foggy morning at the ocean. The sun got brighter as I drove north toward Sag Harbor. I was thinking about how amazing it is to have sandy ocean beaches butting up against lush green farm fields when I came upon this sea of lavender.

Seeing this swath of unexpected color just fills me with delight and wonder.  Varied shades of royal purple to a pink violet are incredible against fields of brilliant  green.  Overhead the layer of cobalt blue sky and the darker green foliage of the distance hill make a sparkling scene.

I’ll be back with my paints.

I love lavender. To see another lavender field click here: http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/lavender-by-the-bay/

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “On A Roll” June 24, 2014

 

"On A Roll" by Casey Chalem Anderson 12 x 12 oil on wood

“On A Roll” by Casey Chalem Anderson 12 x 12 oil on wood

You would think that spending more time in the city would shift my artistic point of view away from the sea.  Quite the opposite occurred.  I crave the water more than ever.  When I finally came back to the ocean it was such a lift and a relief. What a treasure to be able to capture a little piece of a rolling wave in paint.

If you love the beach, you need the sea to restore yourself.  I’ve been keeping this little painting in the city apartment as a reminder. Each time I pass it I get a boost remembering how being at the shore can take a load off one’s mind.  It makes you happy.

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air Outdoor Painting April 29, 2014

Casey Painting Outdoors

Casey Painting Outdoors

 

What a world apart from the rough and noisy city where I am at the moment.  Painting by the open salt marsh is a kind of quiet meditation.  Your mind opens, ready to breathe in all that you can see, hear, smell.  To create a good painting you want to absorb everything your senses can discover, and then let the brush ride over the canvas. A successful outdoor painting brings all of the artist’s experience of nature in that moment with the artistic skills refined over time.

I can’t wait to be out there again.

Until next time,

Casey

 


	
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Breath of Salt Air * Owning the Sea *April 14, 20014

"Green Burst"  Fine Art Print  24 x 24 by Casey Chalem Anderson

“Green Burst” Fine Art Print 24 x 24 by Casey Chalem Anderson

No one can really own the sea, it belongs to all of us. We can’t own it in the way we own land.

We can all have access to the changing blue-green gray colors, the frothy white of cresting waves and the unpredictable movements of ebb and flow.

Even if you can’t get yourself to the shore, remember it.……and drink it in.

Want a little more time at the sea? Click here: http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/rugged-green-wave/

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air – Aqua Beach- March 31, 2014

Casey Chalem Anderson Aqua Storm 30 x 48 oil on canvas

Casey Chalem Anderson Aqua Storm 30 x 48 oil on canvas

I bet you can’t wait to get to the beach on a day that is warm enough to sink your feet right into the sand and feel a warm breeze relax your whole body. Just imagining what that will be like helps while the weather is still so raw. Looking a painting or photo of what you are craving can bring you right into a moment like that. You can feel so peaceful that your shoulders drop, your breath slows and you settle back into yourself.

I’ve been spending much of my time in New York City and truly loving every moment. The rhythm, the lights, the tall buildings shooting straight up and the energy of people everywhere is staggering. I love it but I need balance. Gazing at a painting I brought along of the tranquil horizon line where the sea meets the sky, I can access calm instantly.  How it works? I’m not sure , but it helps ground me every time. See if it works for you no matter where you are!

Want to see another relaxing image? Click here:  http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/towd-point-calm/

Until next time,
Casey

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Breath of Salt Air – December Ocean – December 16, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson "December Ocean" photo

Casey Chalem Anderson “December Ocean” photo

It is always a surprise when late on a dreary gray day the Sun drops below the clouds and lights up the sky. It lifts your heart.  The December ocean beach is desolate and glorious.  It makes me tune into a force I know is so much larger than myself.  And yet I’m here, a small part but connected to all of it.  Breathing in the magnificence of the sea never fails to ground me and ally me with my internal life, even in winter.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and safe holiday.  I’ll be back with more about the sea next year.

Until then,

Casey

This month I will be donating 10% of my sales to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry who have been lovingly providing food to those in need since 1987.

http://sagharborfoodpantry.com/

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Breath of Salt Air – The Winter Sea – December 9, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson Winter Sea

Casey Chalem Anderson        ” Winter Sea” 

 

The Winter Sea

It’s a cold rain coming down on a sage green sea.  It isn’t cold enough yet to make beautiful floating snowflakes. It is just wet, the kind of chilled dampness that gets into your bones.

But it is still so beautiful and surprisingly colorful.  Against the backdrop of grayed aquamarine, the yellow ochre of the sea grass is more pronounced. Two seagulls glow bright white against the glasslike water as it shifts from icy blue to pale jade green all within five minutes of quiet.

Until next time,

Casey

This month I will be donating 10% of my sales to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry who have been lovingly providing food to those in need since 1987.

http://sagharborfoodpantry.com/

 

 

 

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