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Breath of Salt Air – Saltspray Roses – June 3, 2013

Saltspray Roses with Blue Bay at Sag Harbor

Saltspray Roses with Blue Bay at Sag Harbor

Small Dune with Saltspray Roses

Small Dune with Saltspray Roses

“Those that find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.”

L.W. Gilbert

Now that the weather is warmer, I’ve been able to get outside to paint.  When you are plein air painting the challenges can be enormous.  The weather can be too wet, the sun too hot or the wind can make standing by your easel hazardous. Not to mention biting insects and lugging your paint and easel a bit farther than you want to get to a prime spot. But when it works out and you find yourself in front of an inspiring subject, it can be glorious!

I had so much fun painting this small dune blooming with rosa rugosa (aka saltspray rose) by the bay in Sag Harbor.  Without hesitation I jumped in and started to carve the shape of the dune with my brush.  I was furiously mixing the colors I observed, creating new mixtures and combinations I haven’t used before.

Until next time,

Casey

Want to see more blue water? click here: http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/immense-cloud-print/

This month I will donate 10% of my sales of prints and paintings to the Peconic Bay Keeper. They do crucial work to protect and restore Long Island’s drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters.  Please go to www.peconicbaykeeper.org to find out how you can help. It’s all about clean water!

 

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Your Mood and the Water

Ripples Left to Right at North West Harbor, Easthampton ,NY

Ripples Left to Right at North West Harbor, Easthampton ,NY

Your Mood and the Water

I like to go down to the water, any water, when I’m feeling stressed.  So many of us do and it always seems to help. I’m so curious about why that should be. Can those drifting tides and ripples moving speedily along the water wash your cares away?

Today at the bay it is relatively flat but there is a lot of left to right movement. Here is flow illustrated. Nothing stays the same. The universal energy the Chinese call “chi” is moving, reminding me that I can let go of my worries at least for the moment.   Let them be free to bounce along the tide and be carried to a new place. It works every time!

Until next time,

Casey

Click here to relax   http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/cerulean-dream-print/

The East End Hospice Box Art Auction will be held September 7

This month I will continue to donate 10% of my sales of paintings or prints to East End Hospice.  They are an exceptional organization of caring and skilled people that support so many of us when a loved one is very sick and near death. You can learn about their services here: www.eeh.org

 

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Breath of Salt Air – Listening to Water – May 20, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson "Crashing Wave"  Cigar Box for Hospice Art Auction

Casey Chalem Anderson “Crashing Wave” Cigar Box for Hospice Art Auction

Listening to the Water

Is the reverberating crash and boom of an ocean wave soothing to you? Some people would love to live by the ocean.  One friend remarked that she had “the best night’s sleep ever” by the sea. To some, that incessant thud is just annoying. Some people prefer tranquil waters like an inlet or bay where the gentle muffled lapping you hear can sound soft and comforting.

Personally, I love both! For me arrival at the water’s edge is a complete sensory experience and sound is a huge part of it.  Next time you are at the water, listen. At the ocean that first smash can be thunderous with a long finish. The roar continues after the initial slam, forcing you to synchronize your breathing with the rhythm. A calm day on the bayside usually means the soothing sounds of peaceful water.  Those whooshing, ebbing and splashing sounds get you to take it easy.

Whether you are at a serene bay or rolling ocean, the squawking of a bird is often overlaying the percussive water beat. When you are alert to the richness of sound by the water’s edge, it’s easier to unwind and connect to the natural world.

Until next time,

Casey

 

The East End Hospice Box Art Auction will be held September 7

 

This month I will donate 10% of my sales of paintings or prints to East End Hospice.  They are an exceptional organization of caring and skilled people that support so many of us when a loved one is very sick and near death. You can learn about their services here: www.eeh.org

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Breath of Salt Air – Water to the Shore – May 13, 2013

Casey Chalem Anderson "Rugged Green Wave" 8 x 10 oil

Casey Chalem Anderson “Rugged Green Wave” 8 x 10 oil

 

My friend Christina Daub, poet and professor of creative writing sent me this “whole little perfect poem”. I felt this small oil painting with its big insistent boom went with the words. Click here to view see it on my site  http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/rugged-green-wave/

(Even better when you say it aloud)

“Devotion”

The heart can think of no devotion

Greater than being shore to ocean-

Holding the curve of one position

Counting an endless repetition.

~Robert Frost~

Until next time,

Casey

This month I will donate 10% of my sales of paintings or prints to East End Hospice.  They are an exceptional organization of caring and skilled people that support so many of us when a loved one is very sick and near death. You can learn about their services here: www.eeh.org

 

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Breath of Salt Air – Why are we happy at the beach? – May 6, 2013

"Sea Thunder" Fine Art Print

“Sea Thunder” Fine Art Print

Each visitor arriving at the beach does the exact same thing. Stepping over the sand to view the wide expanse of water, they breathe in and then let out a small sigh.

There it is! Undeniably magnificent, the ocean completely arrests our senses. Always slightly different from the last time we visited, it takes a few minutes to adjust to the blinding beauty. Then a familiar sensation sets in.  It could be that you are finally letting go and enjoying a moment away from the routine stresses. It could be the rhythmic pounding like a heartbeat.  It could be something in the air.

That constant crashing of waves at the shore produces high levels of negative ions. Any place by the sea will have an abundance of them. Large scale clinical studies haven’t proved it yet, but there is evidence that negative ions help increase the levels of serotonin, boosting our mood and making us feel at ease.

In our world of electronics and computers, driving on highways and exposure to all kinds of synthetic products, some of us just crave water as an antidote. We want to look at it, smell it, and hear it. We know instinctively that water just makes us feel better.  That’s a very good reason to get down to the sea.

Here’s a link to my fine art prints of tranquil water and dynamic waves so wherever you are you have a view to the sea.

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-gallery/fine-art-prints/

Until next time,

Casey

This month I will donate 10% of my sales of paintings or prints to East End Hospice.  They are an exceptional organization of caring and skilled people that support so many of us when a loved one is very sick and near death. You can learn about their services here: www.eeh.org

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Breath of Salt Air – Great Wave -April 29, 2013

Katsushika Hokusai "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" from 36 Views of Mount Fuji

Katsushika Hokusai “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from 36 Views of Mount Fuji

Does this wave look familiar? It is probably the most famous and extraordinary of all Japanese art, created as a woodblock print almost 200 years ago.  Today we see it everywhere, printed on T-shirts, calendars, coffee mugs. This image has power.

The wave is a menacing one. It dominates the entire rectangle as it towers over 3 small boats caught in the swell. Look closely and you see the sailors hunkering down. Two shades of blue form a curving “c” shape, while the white and ice blue foam branches out like sharpened claws in preparation for destruction.

Peacefully and solidly Mount Fuji sits in the distance.  The stillness of the far-off mountain emphasizes the turbulent danger of life on the sea. By describing a wave as much larger than the mountain we instinctively feel just how unpredictable, untamable and dominant Nature can be.

I realized some time ago that this work is a key inspiration for my own wave paintings. Click here to have a look.

http://caseyart.com/portfolio-gallery/ocean-waves/.

Very dramatically and clearly, the sea reminds us that it is not Man but Nature that is in charge.

Until next time,

Casey

This month I will donate 10% of my sales of paintings or prints to East End Hospice.  They are an exceptional organization of caring and skilled people that support so many of us when a loved one is very sick and near death. You can learn about their services here: www.eeh.org

 

 

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Breath of Salt Air – Moon in the Daylight – April 22, 2013

Daylight Moon at the Point 30 x 48 oil on canvas

Daylight Moon at the Point 30 x 48 oil on canvas

Have you ever noticed the Moon out in the daytime? I always marveled at this since as a child I was under the impression that the moon comes out at night. Not entirely true.

When you look at the Moon you are seeing the bright light of the Sun reflecting off it. Two conditions must be present to see the Moon during the day. First the Moon, the Earth and the Sun must be positioned in such a way that the brightness of the Moon can penetrate the scattered blue light of the daytime sky. And second, the Moon must be high enough in the sky to see it.

Have a look in the upper left hand region of the painting, there is a mysterious not quite full Moon in the clouds. I have another painting with a crescent moon over an ocean wave here: http://caseyart.com/portfolio-items/ocean-crescent-moon/

One of the wonderful things about being by the open beach is that you begin to take notice of the everyday miracles in nature. There is a sense of wonder that grows when you begin to tune in. See if you notice the Moon out when you least expect it and let me know what that was like.

Until next time,

Casey

This month I will donate 10% of my sales of paintings or prints to East End Hospice.  They are an exceptional organization of caring and skilled people that support so many of us when a loved one is very sick and near death. You can learn about their services here: http://www.eeh.org/

 

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Breath of Salt Air – Long Beach Sketch-4/16/13

Bay at Long Beach pencil sketch

Bay at Long Beach pencil sketch

Sketching in pencil by the side of the beach takes me back in time.  I feel connected to the art of the past. After all, making marks on a surface is one of the most basic human expressions of communication. We have drawings in caves and on rocks dating back to prehistoric times. Drawing is an alternative to words.
I take a rectangular sheet of paper, and with the point of some graphite describe an approximation of what I am seeing and feeling.  When the lines and the scratches are in the right place, the water is liquid and the ground is solid enough to walk on.

Somehow in viewing a drawing we can suspend our usual reality, relax and allow ourselves an easy tour through a space.

Until next time,

Casey

Special Art Offer: This year I decided that each month I would take 10% of my art sales and donate it to a different charity that I know.  This month that charity is “Have A Heart Community Trust” in Southampton, N.Y.  http://www.haveaheartcommunitytrust.org/

They give direct emergency relief to residents of the East End of Long Island in times of crisis.

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Breath of Salt Air-Blue Vapor-April 9, 2013

Blue Vapor oil sketch on paper 11 x 14

Blue Vapor oil sketch on paper 11 x 14

Sometimes there is a haze of blue humidity hanging over the bay.  It’s a soft light but also persistently bright all in the same instant.  Take a moment to watch it and it appears to shift right before your eyes.

This morning there was a veil of cerulean haze obscuring the horizon.  You couldn’t exactly read where the line of the sea ended and the sky began.  Blue vapor just hovered over the glassy water inviting me, then coercing me to be still and take it in.

The sea seems to be saying, “nothing is more important than this very moment ”.

Until next time,

Casey

Special Art Offer: This year I decided that each month I would take 10% of my art sales and donate it to a different charity that I know.  This month that charity is “Have A Heart Community Trust” in Southampton, N.Y.  http://www.haveaheartcommunitytrust.org/

They give direct emergency relief to residents of the East End of Long Island in times of crisis.

 

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Breath of Salt Air April 2, 2013

Rough Surf 30 x 40 oil on canvas

Rough Surf 30 x 40 oil on canvas

When you get down to the ocean you never quite know what to expect. Will it be peaceful and flat, or rough and churned up?  The sea with its changeable and unpredictable moods will confound you every time.

It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of temper the water is in. When we take it in and watch the action, we feel better.

I like to face the waves head on so that the horizon, the waves and the shore line up in horizontal bands.  You might notice most of my wave paintings are composed this way. There is something brave in facing the tangible force of the wave that helps to strengthen the backbone.

Until next time,

Casey

Special Art Offer: This year I decided that each month I would take 10% of my art sales and donate it to a different charity that I know.  This month that charity is “Have A Heart Community Trust” in Southampton, N.Y.  http://www.haveaheartcommunitytrust.org/

They give direct emergency relief to residents of the East End of Long Island in times of crisis.

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