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Breath of Salt Air “Sag Harbor Twilight” August 31, 2015

"Floating World" by Casey Chalem Anderson 24 x 24 oil on wood

“Floating World” by Casey Chalem Anderson 24 x 24 oil on wood

There is no doubt that living in NYC left me thinking about what I should be painting. Surrounded by concrete buildings and looking out on the even array of windows had an impact. At the same time, I was still dreaming about the Hamptons and everything that I love about the beach. I missed the fields, the water, the sky, and the dunes.

I started working on paintings that incorporate both worlds. Using veils of atmospheric color enclosed in geometric shapes I sought to translate in paint a parallel expression of being in nature.

I’ll be exhibiting these large canvases (4ft x 4ft) in “Mostly Abstract” September 26th and 27th at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, East Hampton. Please save the date on your calendar, an evite will come soon.

Hope to see you there,

Casey

  • “Mostly Abstract”
  • September 26th and September 27th
  • Ashawagh Hall   780 Springs Fireplace Road   East Hampton (Springs)
  • Reception: Saturday September 26, 5 to 7 pm
  • Open: Saturday , September 26 11am – 7pm, Sunday, 11am – 4pm

 

 

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Breath of Salt Air “Exhilarating Ocean Wave” August 17, 2015

Dune Beach Wave by Casey Chalem Anderson 12 x 12 oil/panel

Dune Beach Wave by Casey Chalem Anderson 12 x 12 oil/panel

Getting in the water is intensely frigid at first. You have to plow past the jade colored wave breaks and before you know it, you are completely wet. Duck under the wave, get your entire head wet and you feel at least five years younger. It’s invigorating and revitalizing!

I feel like a kid and can’t help but smile.  Nothing compares to the ocean!

Hope you have a chance to try this,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Wave Crashers” August 4, 2015

"Three Panel Wave" by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on wood 12 x 36

“Three Panel Wave” by Casey Chalem Anderson oil on wood 12 x 36

Have you ever really watched the waves? Crush, boom, spray- all percussion and so powerful. It is amazing to me that the wave never quite exactly repeats itself.  Some appear similar to the previous ones, then all of a sudden electric all mighty crash occurs and wakes up every cell in your body.

Try to get to the water’s edge and take a deep breath. You will be rewarded for the effort it takes to get there.

All the best,

Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Flower Field, Southampton” July 21, 2015

 

Flower Field Southampton

Flower Field Southampton

Flower Field Drawing by Casey Chalem Anderson

Flower Field Drawing by Casey Chalem Anderson

 

Click here for 1 minute video:   Flower Field Southampton

Finding this field filled to the brim with masses of flowers was so exciting. I had to photograph, then shot the quick video-trying to take it all in. The sounds help take you there so please have a quick look.

But it was when I took a pencil to paper that I started to understand the patterns and rhythm of the field, the feel of the specific place. I wanted to quickly sketch it without getting too bogged down in the details so I could retain the immediate sensation. My attempt to convey the essence of the place, including the breeze blowing through from the ocean close by, needed a light touch.

All the very best,

Casey

Here are some paintings of other flower fields to enjoy:

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/zohn-preserved-property/

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/scarlet-pinks-ablaze/

 

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Breath of Salt Air “What is the Scent of Salt Air?” July 7, 2015

Casey Chalem Anderson "Thunderous Sea" 24 x 24 oil on wood

Casey Chalem Anderson
“Thunderous Sea” 24 x 24 oil on wood

What is the scent of salt air?

You arrive at the ocean and breathe in that briny, bracing, clean smell. It cues the brain that you are in a special environment. Perhaps it sends you back in time, reminding you of other times at the shore.

For me, I’m instantly transported back to being a kid and finally getting to the beach and freedom!

Researchers have been puzzled until recently about what creates that smell. They know now that a gas produced by genes in ocean dwelling bacteria (dimethyl sulfide/DMS) is a huge component.

What ever it is, that scent makes me feel at ease and relaxed. What about you?

Warmly regards,

Casey

 

I’m participating in a panel discussion July 11 on Plein Air Painting and Land Conservation, please come.

Information:

Saturday, July 11, 3:00 pm-5:00

Market Art and Design Fair at Fairview Farm, 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton (by the Ocean)

Connecting Art and Land Conservation

Peconic Land Trust, in partnership with Market Art + Design, is hosting an afternoon conversation on the “en plein air” style of art, made famous beginning with the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art in 1891 by artist William Merritt Chase.

Capturing the landscapes that have been both protected and those that are no longer here but live on through their works, the artists of Plein Air Peconic continue a longstanding tradition that was born on the East End.

The panel-style discussion will focus on the artists’ inspiration, the role land conservation has played in protecting the heritage landscapes, and the work of the Trust to save views that we all know and love.

Moderated by Hamptons Art Hub Publisher & Executive Editor Pat Rogers, the panel will include John v.H. Halsey, President of the Trust, Vice President Rebecca Chapman, founding Plein Air Peconic members Gordon Matheson, Casey Chalem Anderson, Kathryn Szoka, and special guests, Laura Grenning of Grenning Gallery, and artist Marc Dalessio.

www.artmarkethamptons.com

 

Call the Trust ( 631-283-3195) to RSVP and for a FREE pass to Market Art + Design for Saturday, July 11 – including access to the panel presentation!

 

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Breath of Salt Air “Feet in the Sand” June 23, 2015

Soft Aqua Wave 24 x 24 oil on wood

Soft Aqua Wave 24 x 24 oil on wood

When you first put your feet in the sand it’s warm. A sensation like no other, the warmth travels up your body. All while you look out on to an ocean curling forward of colors that are sparkling bottle green, deep viridian with pearly white foam exploding at the edge.

It smells good without any defined smell. Breath in deep and at the bottom of the breath it feels clean almost like menthol. When you breath out, just a feeling of well being.

Enjoy the view,

Casey

I’m participating in a panel discussion July 11 on Plein Air Painting and Land Conservation, please come.

Information:

Connecting Art and Conservation – a Panel Presentation
Market Art + Design, Fairview Farm, Horsemill La, Bridgehampton

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Peconic Land Trust, in partnership with Market Art + Design, is hosting an afternoon conversation on the “en plein air” style of art, made famous beginning with the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art in 1891 by artist William Merritt Chase.

Capturing the landscapes that have been both protected and those that are no longer here but live on through their works, the artists of Plein Air Peconic continue a longstanding tradition that was born on the East End.

The panel-style discussion will focus on the artists’ inspiration, the role land conservation has played in protecting the heritage landscapes, and the work of the Trust to save views that we all know and love.

Moderated by Hamptons Art Hub Publisher & Executive Editor Pat Rogers, panel will include John v.H. Halsey, President of the Trust, Founding Plein Air Peconic members Gordon Matheson, Casey Chalem Anderson, Kathryn Szoka, and special invited guests.

Call the Trust ( 631-283-3195) to RSVP and for a FREE pass to Market Art + Design for Saturday, July 11 – including access to the panel presentation!

 

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Breath of Salt Air “A Quick Pause” June 9, 2015

A Quick Pause

A Quick Pause

One of the lucky advantages of living by the sea is enjoying a quick bite to eat in your car. You can drive right up to where the asphalt ends and the sand begins and see the vast ocean. If you are in your car it doesn’t matter if the rain is bearing down or the wind is whipping up. There is peace.

Look out on the ocean as far as your eyes can see and enjoy a reflective moment, all yours before the summer crowds descend.

xo Casey

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Breath of Salt Air “Vertical vs. the Horizontal” May 26, 2015

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

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

New York City is emphatically vertical. The buildings are jammed in close sometimes right on top of each other. In the Hamptons it is exactly the opposite. After being in the city for some time I was struck with the stretched span of horizontal space, making me feel much calmer. And not just at the ocean where the sensation is more expected but over the land too.

The fields are wide open, luscious and deep. A tremendous zone of space hovers over the land and reaches far up in to the open sky.

Looking out on to a field and absorbing the space is the perfect counter balance to being compressed in the city.

If you can, take a breath

Warm regards,

Casey

Show Extended

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-June 14, 2015

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

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Breath of Salt Air “Infinite Horizon” May 12, 2015

Green Slide by Casey Chalem Anderson

Green Slide by Casey Chalem Anderson

What do you see when you get to the shoreline? One of the spectacular things about the Hamptons ocean beach is that you see infinity at the horizon. Your eyes stretch out and relax with no barriers or blockages to obstruct your view.  You have arrived and all you have to do is breathe.

Life is limitless and full of unknown possibilities.

Enjoy,

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 “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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