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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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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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