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Breath of Salt Air “Learning the Ocean” November 8, 2016

"Children by the Sea" by Casey Chalem Anderson 8 x 10 oil on wood

“Children by the Sea” by Casey Chalem Anderson 8″ x 10″ oil on wood

Looking out on the bustling ocean I wonder, how did man ever figure out that he could safely swim, surf or play in the waves? We must have learned by trial and error.

I love to watch children at the beach. We bring our babies to the shore, holding them tightly and dip a tiny foot into the froth. We let them get used to the sensation. When they can walk, we hold their hand and just stand there watching the waves roll in. When they can run, we graduate to playing tag with an incoming wave – trying not to get caught in the deep.

Most importantly, as kids we learn to judge the force of the wave. We listen for the crash and recognize the authority in the rhythm. We find out early that the ocean is to be respected.

It’s a kind of magic to see someone approach the waves and skillfully dive in. When done well, the body appears to be synchronized perfectly, there is no hesitation. When a swimmer internalizes a respectful awe of the ocean, they become one with the sea.

Until next time,


Click here to see Ocean Wave Paintings :

I’m in 2 Holiday Shows this month- Romany Kramoris, Sag Harbor and Ille Arts, Amagansett

Invitations coming

“Catching the Light” Sun Storm Gallery, Center Moriches continues through 11/22


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Breath of Salt Air “October Ocean, A Gift” October 25, 2016

October Sea 8" x 10" oil on wood

                                           October Ocean    8″ x 10″   oil on wood

Sitting on the sand and observing the traveling curve of the breaker, I see elegance and raw power.  The percussive sound, the scent of clean salt, and a soft breeze all impact my body and my psyche. I realize my breathing has synchronized with the crashing of the waves.
It is a perfect day to steal a few minutes and allow the mystery of the glorious sea to sink in.

On this special day, a friend who was stuck in the city instructed me to make getting to the ocean a priority. I literally had only 10 minutes of a busy day to spare,  but it was definitely an effort worth making.

Not only was it the high point of my week, but I thought about the experience and accessed the sensation many times over.

Wishing you this gift too,


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Breath of Salt Air “Craving the Emerald Green of the Ocean” September 27, 2016


"Emerald Surge" 12 x 12 oil on wood

“Emerald Surge” 12 x 12 oil on wood

It takes at least 15 minutes to unwind once you get settled at the beach. Sometimes it takes even longer. You run through your mental lists of what you still have to do, groceries, calls/emails to make, people to touch base with, doctors appointments, on and on.

When you finally take a breath you realize it’s all noise. Now you can take in the sand, the sky and the sea lapping up to the shore. The air temperature, wind direction and humidity are all registered by your body-there is no thinking required.

How much time do you allow yourself to do what on the surface looks like nothing much?  It could be the most important time of your day.

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Breath of Salt Air “Moon Glow in Gray” September 6, 2016

Moon Glow in Gray by Casey Chalem Anderson

Moon Glow in Gray by Casey Chalem Anderson

The combinations of gray that can be made with oil paints are infinite.  They are never just black mixed with white out of the tube. Some of the most intriguing color combinations are grays that are achieved by mixing complements like blue and orange, purple and yellow or green with red.  All the fun and confusion lies in which blue to choose, should I select one with violet tones or green tones.  Exactly which orange mixed into the blue will create a sensation of color that stimulates the eye in a pleasing way. Then I must add white.  Will it be a soft white, titanium white, or radiant white – all shimmering with a different quality?

In this painting I’m working with thin veils of transparent oil color reminiscent of humid air. Most of the time I can’t pre-think how the painting will change with each layer. Pre-planning doesn’t work.  I keep at it if it works or wipe it out and try again if it doesn’t. Through this process the painting gains a rich surface history, one that you can trace if you look closely.

Please stop by to say hello and check out my seascapes and soft geometric abstracts at my Sag Harbor studio during the FREE East Hampton Artist Alliance Studio Tour. Refreshments will be served

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday September 18

Hours 10 am -4pm

50 Cliff Drive   (Bay Point, across from Long Beach in Sag Harbor)


It will be great to see you, Casey


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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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