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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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Breath of Salt Air – Connoisseurs of Blue – November 18, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson "Blue Times Five" photo

Casey Chalem Anderson “Blue Times Five” photo

Casey Chalem Anderson "Blue Towd Point" photo

Casey Chalem Anderson “Blue Towd Point” photo

“There are connoisseurs of blue just as there are connoisseurs of wine.”  Colette

Reading this quote made me realize that studying blue in all its nuances is my life-long passion. I’m definitely a blue fanatic and just might be on my way to becoming a connoisseur. Something about being by the sea makes you fall in love with blue.  Or maybe being in love with blue brings you to the sea.

 

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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Breath of Salt Air – The Precious Salt Marsh – November 11, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson "Bridge View Towd Point" 24 x 24 oil on panel

Casey Chalem Anderson “Bridge View Towd Point” 24 x 24 oil on panel

Salt Marsh

Looking out on the plush and radiant green of the marsh grasses here on the Eastern End of Long Island, it is hard to believe that coastal areas like these were once considered suitable as waste disposal sites.  It wasn’t until the Clean Water Act of 1972 was passed by our federal government that salt marshes were acknowledged as one of the most biologically productive habitats on earth.

As an artist living here, I find the marshes a consistent source of ever changing beauty. Changes in water levels, daylight, and season always make it fascinating.

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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Breath of Salt Air – The Golden Gate Bridge – November 4, 2013

The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California

Expanse

Expanse

The Golden Gate

From very high up on the Marin Headlands looking through the triangular top of the Golden Gate Bridge everything is dwarfed. The city buildings are tiny white and gray blocks, sailboats bob like microscopic toys and miniature cars on the bridge dart across with manic energy. The red bridge links the city of San Francisco to the rest of Northern California. Here is also the waterway entrance to the Pacific Ocean.

How is it possible that mere mortals built this bridge? It is a testimony to the brilliance, perseverance and creativity of mankind living in harmony with Nature. There is something incredibly extraordinary about this terrain and the energy it took to shape it for man’s benefit. Comprehension is beyond my grasp, I am blown-away. This dazzling bridge is one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

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.

 

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Breath of Salt Air – Edge of Twilight – October 28, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson "Edge of Twilight" oil on canvas

Casey Chalem Anderson “Edge of Twilight” oil on canvas

I love twilight! It sparkles, it’s brilliant, and it displays an exquisite range of  blue. I always thought of twilight as an evening event but it actually occurs twice in a day.

In evening twilight comes after sunset. It begins at the point at which the earth has rotated just enough so that the sun is no longer visible on the horizon. As the Sun slips further below the horizon the brightness gets dimmer until the sky fades to night.

The morning twilight is the time of illumination, a little before the leading edge of the Sun appears above the horizon. It is a reverse of what happens in the evening. As the Sun rises the sky fills with light and the deep ultramarine blues shift to lightness.

Each day we have the good fortune of two chances to take notice of these spectacular blue moments.

Until next time,

Casey

 

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Breath of Salt Air – Hunter’s Moon – October 21, 2013

Hunter's Moon Sag Harbor , New York

Hunter’s Moon Sag Harbor , New York

Hunter’s  Moon

I didn’t want to miss it. As soon as I returned from the city I put my camera in the car so I wouldn’t forget.  I was on the look-out for the Hunter’s Moon, the common name for the 2nd full moon of Autumn.

Anticipation did not prepare me for the intensity of the moment. As I drove toward Sag Harbor over the small bridge that leads to Main Street I gasped. I saw a large orb of pinkish orange light hanging low against a twilight blue sky. Turning left onto the wharf it was still there.  A supernatural site to take in, affirming the true meaning of awesome.

Until next time,

Casey

Through October I will be donating 10% of my sales to the Peconic Land Trust. I am a founding member of Plein Air Peconic, the artist group dedicated to helping the Peconic Land Trust conserve the natural beauty of the East End of Long Island.

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Breath of Salt Air -Light in the Fields- October 14, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson  "Sep's Flower Field" oil on linen 24 x 36

Casey Chalem Anderson “Sep’s Flower Field” oil on linen 24 x 36

Light in the Fields

There is something different about the fields here on the East End in the Hamptons precisely because we are near the sea.  There is a unique quality of light, a quality that is created by sunlight reflecting off the ocean, the bays and the salt water inlets and coves.

Whenever you are looking at a field of corn, a row of potatoes, or an explosion of colorful flowers all lined up in geometric rows, the light sparkles. Even if you can’t see the water from where you are standing, you can feel it in the air. You understand it is close and that makes all the difference.

Until next time,

Casey

 

This month I will be donating 10% of my sales to the Peconic Land Trust. I am a founding member of  Plein Air Peconic, the artist group dedicated to helping the Peconic Land Trust conserve the natural beauty of the East End of Long Island.

 

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