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Breath of Salt Air “Painting Outdoors in the Hamptons” April 21, 2015

Casey in the Sag Pond Dunes

Casey in the Sag Pond Dunes

Painting outdoors is tough.  First you must lug the equipment over sand and then secure the easel and your hat in the changing wind, all while ignoring insects and remembering to apply sunscreen.  The list seems endless.  You need stamina, but there is nothing like it!

When I am on location by the ocean, I drink in the entire experience and start in on the canvas. My genuine exuberance in being there is translated through the brush right on to the canvas.  All the vitality of my response to the place goes into the paint. I like to share that with people who love the sea and want a connection to it wherever they are.

Here is an article about how I help the effort of land conservation in the Hamptons through my paintings and my work with the Peconic Land Trust

http://www.outdoorpainter.com/news/high-stakes-conservation-and-plein-air-painting-in-the-hamptons.html

Warm regards,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Remember the Ocean” April 15, 2015

"Rushing Wave" by Casey Chalem Anderson 24 x 24 oil on wood

“Rushing Wave” by Casey Chalem Anderson 24 x 24 oil on wood

How do you remember your time spent at the ocean?

Is it walking along the shore, heading away from the crowd with a deep exhale?

Or maybe you recall taking a running start off the hot sand and a crash dive into an on coming wave?

Is it hazy and humid or bright and crisp?  We all have our favorite kind of days.

Let me know the way you remember the beach, which kind of days are your favorites?

 

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Casey

*I’m participating by showing my original paintings of Waves and Tranquil Water of the Hamptons

“Home is Where the Heart Is” Designer Showcase to benefit the American Heart Association 

April 17 th-May 31 st, 2015

For info: www.americanheartshowhouse.com or contact me directly

 

 

 

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Breath of Salt Air “Apple Jade Wave” January 6, 2015

 

 

"Apple Jade Wave" oil on wood 6" x 6"   Casey Chalem Anderson

“Apple Jade Wave” oil on wood 6″ x 6″ Casey Chalem Anderson

When snow is predicted, I can’t help but dream about those carefree days of summer at the ocean. This is from my series of small oil paintings to help keep the sea close no matter where you are.

Warm Wishes for 2015!

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Bait Nets on a Blue Bay” 9/22/14

"Bait Nets on a Blue Bay" by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on wood 24 x 24

“Bait Nets on a Blue Bay” by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on wood 24 x 24

Do you have to remind yourself to slow down? I know I do.  I have a blunt reminder to check my pace when I leave my home every day.  I back out of my driveway, ride to the end of the road and 20 feet directly in front of me is the bay.

An official red stop sign on my right blares in case I don’t get the message to stop and take a breath.  If I continue to go straight, I’ll be in the water.

I let the magical beauty of the sea enter and instantly my pace is reset to the proper setting.

Until next time,

Casey

I hope you can come to the 9th annual Plein Air Peconic exhibition and sale “Land, Sea, Sky” on Columbus Day weekend- October 10, 11, 12 at Ashawagh Hall. Reception is on Saturday October 11 5-8pm

All new oil paintings, many Peconic Land Trust conserved lands.

Please save the date.

Evite coming soon……..

 

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Breath of Salt Air “Sammy’s Beach” September 9, 2014

"Sammy's Beach" by Casey Chalem Anderson  oil on linen 24 x 36

“Sammy’s Beach” by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on linen 24 x 36

Sammy’s Beach is surrounded by clear sparkling water. It sits right between Gardiner’s Bay on one side, and 3 Mile Harbor on the other. Light is bouncing and reflecting everywhere making this place one of the most beautiful on Earth.
I started this painting on a very warm day and probably stayed out too long in the sun. I was floating when I finally was able to stop. The open vista is so gorgeous I couldn’t stop trying to capture it.
Until next time,
Casey
Next show ….. I hope you can join us
Land, Sea, Sky
Columbus Day Weekend
Ashawagh Hall – Oct 11, 12, 13
Plein Air Peconic IX

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Breath of Salt Air “Glass Sea” September 1, 2014

"Glass Sea at Davis Creek" by Casey Chalem Anderson 11 x 14 oil on wood

“Glass Sea at Davis Creek” by Casey Chalem Anderson 11 x 14 oil on wood

There is a quiet hush that we feel when the water is still like glass.  You hear only the gentle lapping of the tide and maybe a buzzing inspect going by.  The blues and green are sumptuous and deliver a peaceful softness that allows you to relax.

Until next time,

Casey

Coming up …..

Land, Sea, Sky

Columbus Day Weekend

Ashawagh Hall – Oct 11, 12, 13

Plein Air Peconic IX

 

 

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Breath of Salt Air “Accabonac Harbor” August 25, 2014

"Accabonac Harbor" by Casey Chalem Anderson  oil on linen 24 x 36

“Accabonac Harbor” by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on linen 24 x 36

The day I was out painting at Accabonac Harbor was dreamlike. Out in the distance sitting on the green marsh grass was what I thought was a large piece of gray driftwood.  My eyes went on to scan the panorama, searching for the composition that I would describe on my blank canvas.

Something rustled and all of a sudden, what I thought was a log of wood transformed into a soaring great blue heron with a wing span of at least 4 feet.  He flew across almost overhead of where I stood by my easel and landed on the other side of the creek.

Experiences like that are truly awesome and make me feel a part of the wonder of nature.

Until next time,

Casey

 

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Breath of Salt Air “Beach Sketches” August 11, 2014

"You get reception here?" by Casey Chalem Anderson  pen

“You get reception here?” by Casey Chalem Anderson pen

Reclining Sketch by Casey Chalem Anderson  pen

Reclining Sketch by Casey Chalem Anderson pen

It’s scary to jump in and just start drawing in ink. Sketching at the beach though is perfect.  Nobody is really paying attention to you so you are free to try it.  People are in their own world, lost in their own thoughts and looking very natural.

You have to be quick to capture the moment. There are likely to be mistakes and no way to erase them and refine as you have with a pencil.

What I love though about ink pen is the spontaneity, mistakes and all. For me drawing helps me to analyze, take a deep breath and generally settle into a place.

Until next time,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Silver Wave” August 3, 20014

"Silver Wave" by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on panel 18 x 36

“Silver Wave” by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on panel 18 x 36

I especially love those gray days at the ocean when it is balmy and the sun is trying to shine through the clouds. The colors are subtle and unexpected.

The first thing you do when you get to the water’s edge is take a deep breath.  All of a sudden that is your only “to do”. You do it instinctively. It is OK to just be there, in that moment doing nothing much but taking it all in.

To view another of my gray day waves, available as a print- click here : http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/atlantic-wave-burst-grey/

Until next time,

Casey

 

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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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