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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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Breath of Salt Air “How I Make An Abstract Painting” July 9, 2016

Small Compass 8" x 10" oil on wood

Small Compass 8″ x 10″ oil on wood by Casey Chalem Anderson

As you can see, colors in my abstract works are closely aligned with my representational paintings. But there is an important distinction. In the abstractions, I don’t envision how the finished painting will look. It’s all about trial and error.

Here, the proportions are in a consistent state of re-evaluation as layer over pigmented layer is scumbled on to the surface. Lines of graphite are drawn and then painted over. I obscure with paint; rubbing, removing and adding texture which ultimately leaves a trail of how the work is created.

I stop when I feel tension held in suspension and chunks of colored space breathe fluently.

Here is a link to some more of my abstract paintings:



Three of my new ocean wave paintings will be on auction this weekend.

The Bridgehampton Museum

Silent Art Auction and Cocktail Party

Saturday, August 13- 6:00-8:00pm

call 631-537-1088 for tickets

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Breath of Salt Air “Pool Side” July 26, 2016

"Pool" by Casey Chalem Anderson 24 x24 oil/wood

“Pool” by Casey Chalem Anderson 24 x 24 oil/graphite on wood

There is an engaging emotional lift on viewing a turquoise swimming pool. It’s the color of amusement. It makes us happy to just look at!

Dive in and we immediately feel younger, almost weightless. Buoyed by water all our senses come alive. Our skin registers the temperature and the pleasant pressure against our body. Unlike life on dry land, we can explore the world in multiple directions. In water we can move up and down and sideways in any direction.

It is difficult to fully see on a screen but the painting above portrays that kind of space. Within what is literally a flat surface, you can imagine moving in multiple dimensions.

You can get an up close view of the actual painting “Pool” at the Invitational. I hope to see you all at the reception.

All the best, Casey

49th Annual Invitational Exhibit At Ashawagh Hall

August 5-21

Reception: Friday, August 5 5-8pm

525 Springs Fireplace Road

East Hampton, NY


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Breath of Salt Air “Taking the Summer Plunge” July 12, 2016

"Icy Lime Wave" oil/wood 24 x 24 by Casey Chalem Anderson

“Icy Lime Wave” oil/wood 24 x 24 by Casey Chalem Anderson

When you were a child and arrived at the beach, did you jump right in?

I wouldn’t think of going to the beach and not getting wet. If my bathing suit was on, no gray sky, seaweed thick water or cool air could stop me from taking the plunge.

I can’t believe that I haven’t been in yet this summer. But it’s true!

I’ll go in any minute now because there is absolutely nothing that makes you feel so much like a kid as diving right into a wave. Except maybe eating an ice cream cone!

How about you?

Write me and let me know,



*This is a brand new wave oil painting, still in the studio. I have others at Romany Kramoris Gallery 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. Stop by, they are usually open late now that the summer is really here.


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Breath of Salt Air “Hydrangea, Sag Harbor” June 27, 2016

"Follow Me" 11 x 14 oil on birchwood by Casey Chalem Anderson

“Hydrangea, Sag Harbor” 11 x 14 oil on birchwood by Casey Chalem Anderson

All over the Hamptons this summer you see the hydrangea in full bloom. I’m lucky enough to have 3 bushes planted right in the front of my home where the shades of lavender and cobalt are infinite.  Each blossom is an expression of exquisite color.

The colors dazzle even under an overcast gray sky.  In this painting, I explored just a few variations of violet by layering the oil paint on the surface. There is a narrow depth of space implied by the transparent stripe that moves across. The pigments found in fine grade oil paint parallel the colors of the natural world so beautifully. I just love the chunks of colored space!

I hope you’ll have a chance to see my large abstract oil paintings at Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor through July 7. All the paintings are inspired by the colors we experience everyday living by the beach.

(Just left of the American Hotel and open late on the weekend)

Until next time,


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Breath of Salt Air “Ocean and Sky Space” June 13, 2016

"Yellow Sliver" by Casey Chalem Anderson   48" x 48" oil on canvas

“Yellow Sliver” by Casey Chalem Anderson 48″ x 48″ oil on canvas

In these very challenging times of anger and confusion, taking some time and space can help to bring clarity.  Expanses of water and sky at the ocean are a gift to your psyche, a place to rest for just a moment.  Looking at a painting that parallels that experience can help.

You can lose yourself in the sweep of uninterrupted colored space. Come back refreshed and centered with a plan to go forward and do something positive in the world.

My abstract paintings will be on view this weekend. I hope to see you there!

Romany Kramoris Gallery

41 Main Street (left of American Hotel), Sag Harbor  NY

June 17-July 7.

Reception Saturday, June 18, 4-5:30





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Breath of Salt Air “Hampton’s Ocean Colors” June 7, 2016

"Glow"  36 inches x 36 inches oil on canvas by Casey Chalem Anderson

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

The sapphire, lime and cerulean of my palette creates a positive emotional charge whether it’s in the curve of a realistic wave, or in the arc of a rounded form.

You can see that the abstract paintings draw from my many years as a landscape painter. They rely my love and passion for the seaside here in the Hamptons.  The circular shapes seem to refer to my awareness of living on a planet that is suspended in space. These are large studio paintings where the possibilities of working with oil paint in new ways is thrilling.

You can see these new works at Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor starting June 17-July 7. Please come to the reception June 18, 4-5:30.



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Breath of Salt Air “What Draws Us to the Ocean?” May 23, 2016


"Aquamarine Curl" 3 PANELS oil/wood 24 x 36 by Casey Chalem Anderson

“Aquamarine Curl” 3 PANELS oil/wood 24 x 36 by Casey Chalem Anderson

The ocean is forever mysterious.  Our peripheral vision can sense the size but cannot grasp the whole.  You can stretch your eyes out to the horizon and imagine what is under it but never know. The ocean baffles as it entices us.

And yet the ocean sound is predictable.  Regular intervals of waves synchronize with our breath and our heartbeat.  We calm down.

I love to paint the ocean waves knowing that each wave is always slightly different than the next.

Enjoy the painting and let yourself imagine until you can get to the beach!


You are invited to see “Ocean and Flower Field Paintings” in East Hampton!

Fashion and Art to Benefit Peconic Land Trust

Sunday, May 22- Saturday, May 28      (stop in anytime)

Reception with the Artist:

Saturday, May 28  4-7 pm

Shop on May 28 and EILEEN FISHER will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds to the Peconic Land Trust.

(10% of all art sales donated to Peconic Land Trust)

26 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
Store Hours: 10:00 am-5:00pm

Read outstanding article about show here:






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Breath of Salt Air “Studio by the Sea” May 9, 2016

Working in Bay Point Studio

Working in Bay Point Studio                                                                                        photo credit Gary J. Mamay

Most of you who know me know I love to paint outdoors but of course that isn’t always practical.  I’m so lucky to have my studio by the sea.  I can actually see a postage stamp view of the water through the glass doors.  That’s really important to me, as I can gauge the mood of the sea with just a glance.

Even when I’m working on a painting that isn’t water, I have a very strong sense of where I am in the world.  It all goes into the mysterious mix in ways that can’t be analyzed with any certainty.  I’m quite sure that if I lived in the middle of the country, or even on the West Coast,  I would not be creating the images I make here.  Where an artist lives and works is an essential part of the what makes their art unique.

Living at the beach makes me happy and that goes into the paintings!

Until next time,


Upcoming Show:

Art & Fashion Benefit for Peconic Land Trust
“Ocean and Flower Field Paintings”
by Casey Chalem Anderson
Tuesday May 24-Monday May 30
Reception:Saturday, May 28, 4-7 pm
(10% of sales Clothing and Art donated to the Peconic Land Trust)
Eileen Fisher
26 Newtown Lane, East Hampton

Store Hours: 10 am-6pm


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Breath of Salt Air “Sketching at the Beach” April 26, 2016

Sketch Long Beach by Casey Chalem Anderson

Sketch Long Beach by Casey Chalem Anderson

Seeing the bay in various shades of teal sparkling in the sunshine made me appreciate the sea all over again. I didn’t realize just how much I missed it when I spent last Spring in the city.

As I move the pen across the paper I attempt to capture the thrill of being there.  I felt those tenderly overlapping squiggles depicting the movement of the water gently reach back into space. I didn’t think about it, I just went there.

Not every sketch works. It is so easy to overdo with details and take the life out of it. But when it works, I fall in love with the language of line . In the span of 5 minutes, a sketch can express energy and calm simultaneously.

All the best,


P.S. Don’t forget to check out my original oil paintings at Romany Kramoris Gallery on Main Street in Sag Harbor while the show is up through May 5.

There are ocean waves and lush flower fields of the East End.

Romany Kramoris Gallery

41 Main Street (near Sen and American Hotel)

Hours Open 11-7pm and sometimes later     631-725-2499





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