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"Tidal Pool" by Casey Chalem Anderson 48 x 48 oil/canvas

Radiant Blue

Hi guys.....Now that we are full on into Winter weather I can't help but miss summer colors, maybe you are feeling that way too? I made this 4 ft x 4ft canvas in the...
Blue Humidity by Casey Chalem Anderson 30 x 40 oil/canvas

Blue Humidity

Some mornings by the water are undeniably blue. There are times when I cannot believe what my eyes see, can the blueness be real? Without exaggeration, it looks...
North Haven Autumn pen and ink 5.5x 8.5

Feeling the Season

Sketching is a profound but simple way to observe the mysteries of the changing season. I dart around the page and capture the rhythm and flow of the place.  The pen...
Golden Rod, Long Beach 10 x 14 pen and ink

Effortless Line

There is mystery held within the beauty of the seashore and it always surprises me.  I take a conscious breath as that is key to capturing the fleeting moment. Even in...
Pairings: Poems by Susan Baran and Images by Casey Chalem Anderson

Pairings: Poetry and Images by the Sea

YOU ARE INVITED! The poet Susan Baran and I finally had the chance to work together to create "Pairings", a small magazine of coordinated images (drawings and...

Radiant Blue

Hi guys.....Now that we are full on into Winter weather I can't help but miss summer colors, maybe you are feeling that way too? I made this 4 ft x 4ft canvas in the summer but recently had to intensify the larger parcel of blue. As I lived with the painting in my...

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Blue Humidity

Some mornings by the water are undeniably blue. There are times when I cannot believe what my eyes see, can the blueness be real? Without exaggeration, it looks heavenly. The water has soft formless edges that flow into each other. The sky is a mist of saturated...

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Feeling the Season

Sketching is a profound but simple way to observe the mysteries of the changing season. I dart around the page and capture the rhythm and flow of the place.  The pen flows and skips across the surface in an attempt to note just the parts that help me to understand...

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Effortless Line

There is mystery held within the beauty of the seashore and it always surprises me.  I take a conscious breath as that is key to capturing the fleeting moment. Even in a quick sketch, the light of the particular moment is present. Only a slender line holds the fragile...

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Pairings: Poetry and Images by the Sea

YOU ARE INVITED! The poet Susan Baran and I finally had the chance to work together to create "Pairings", a small magazine of coordinated images (drawings and paintings) and poetry we made for the 3rd Annual Zine Fair at Ille Arts in Amagansett. The fair will be next...

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Two Minute Ocean Sketches

Ocean Wave 2 minute Sketches 5.5" x 8.5"  ink/paper You might think that by now I would be looking out on the ocean and be almost bored by what I see.  But the sensation is just the opposite. I fall in love again and again. The ocean is always different and...

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Long Island Salt Marsh

This just completed commission of the salt marshes at Landing Lane in East Hampton, New York is a favorite spot of mine.  It is beyond any road noise so all you hear are the sounds of lapping water and a few gulls in the sky. Your eyes can...

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Can the Ocean Be Both Calm and Forceful?

There is something hauntingly calm about this pinkish flat ocean. Then, you feel the pent up energy of the wave coming toward us full and strong. I love how the foam of a crashing wave can be both translucent and almost solidly opaque. It explodes out of the...

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Paintings: My Size

When you are outdoors and experiencing the landscape, all your senses are involved. At the sea it is the colors you see, the salty smell, the feel of humidity on your skin and the sounds of water that come to your awareness. Looking at a two dimensional painting you...

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Tidal Pools and Salt Marsh

You know Spring is here when the morning light creates a radiant blue across the bay and the inlets.   When the fresh green sea grasses reappear after the long Winter it makes me so happy. It's hard to believe that such vivid gorgeous color is real, yet there it is....

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Ocean Wave an Emerald Surge

  It's so exciting to see the sparkling vitality of a wave crashing on to the sand as it surges with an explosive burst of upward motion.  The rhythm of the ocean is steady but every wave is a little different from the next one. I hope you will join me at the opening...

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Beach Sketching

  Getting down to the ocean with my sketchpad makes me feel free and easy. I shift from my usual random thoughts to focus only on analyzing what I see and translating it into line. Sometimes I forget how much I love drawing.  I especially love to quickly capture the...

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Ready to Wake-Up and See Color?

"Fair and Calm" by Casey Chalem Anderson  12 x 12 oil/wood This timeless spot represents the essence of all that I love about the Hamptons. The blues are soft yet vivid and the Spring greens are bright with life. I'll bet you can't wait for these days when we can all...

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Why Are We Drawn to the Ocean?

If you are like me, you can't wait for those warm beach days when an aquamarine wave tumbles in and you can stand with your bare feet in the sand. In the meantime, we will have to do a bit of day dreaming and recall what it was like last summer. Remembering those...

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Breath of Salt Air “Clouded” December 6, 2016

  No matter what drama is going on in your life, nature can help soothe. A painting can also serve that function, especially one that is abstract and has no specific reference to place or time. As a viewer, you can step in with fresh eyes and experience how elegant...

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Breath of Salt Air “Drawing is Thinking” July 23, 2016

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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....

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

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...

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

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “Remember the Ocean” April 15, 2015

How do you remember your time spent at the ocean? Is it walking along the shore, heading away from the crowd with a deep exhale? Or maybe you recall taking a running start off the hot sand and a crash dive into an on coming wave? Is it hazy and humid or bright and...

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Breath of Salt Air “Bait Nets on a Blue Bay” 9/22/14

Do you have to remind yourself to slow down? I know I do.  I have a blunt reminder to check my pace when I leave my home every day.  I back out of my driveway, ride to the end of the road and 20 feet directly in front of me is the bay. An official red stop sign on my...

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Breath of Salt Air “Sammy’s Beach” September 9, 2014

Sammy’s Beach is surrounded by clear sparkling water. It sits right between Gardiner’s Bay on one side, and 3 Mile Harbor on the other. Light is bouncing and reflecting everywhere making this place one of the most beautiful on Earth. I started this painting on a very...

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Breath of Salt Air “Glass Sea” September 1, 2014

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,...

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Breath of Salt Air “Accabonac Harbor” August 25, 2014

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “Beach Sketches” August 11, 2014

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “Silver Wave” August 3, 20014

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “Triple Wave” July 28, 2014

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “Kids at the Beach” July 21, 2014

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “Sea of Lavender”

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...

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Breath of Salt Air “On A Roll” June 24, 2014

  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...

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Breath of Salt Air Outdoor Painting April 29, 2014

  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...

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Breath of Salt Air * Owning the Sea *April 14, 20014

No one can really own the sea, it belongs to all of us. We can't own it in the way we own land. We can all have access to the changing blue-green gray colors, the frothy white of cresting waves and the unpredictable movements of ebb and flow. Even if you can't get...

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Breath of Salt Air – Aqua Beach- March 31, 2014

I bet you can't wait to get to the beach on a day that is warm enough to sink your feet right into the sand and feel a warm breeze relax your whole body. Just imagining what that will be like helps while the weather is still so raw. Looking a painting or photo of what...

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Breath of Salt Air – December Ocean – December 16, 2013

It is always a surprise when late on a dreary gray day the Sun drops below the clouds and lights up the sky. It lifts your heart.  The December ocean beach is desolate and glorious.  It makes me tune into a force I know is so much larger than myself.  And yet I’m...

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Breath of Salt Air – The Winter Sea – December 9, 2013

  The Winter Sea It’s a cold rain coming down on a sage green sea.  It isn’t cold enough yet to make beautiful floating snowflakes. It is just wet, the kind of chilled dampness that gets into your bones. But it is still so beautiful and surprisingly colorful.  Against...

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Breath of Salt Air – Hunter’s Moon – October 21, 2013

Hunter’s  Moon I didn’t want to miss it. As soon as I returned from the city I put my camera in the car so I wouldn’t forget.  I was on the look-out for the Hunter’s Moon, the common name for the 2nd full moon of Autumn. Anticipation did not prepare me for the...

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Breath of Salt Air -Light in the Fields- October 14, 2013

Light in the Fields There is something different about the fields here on the East End in the Hamptons precisely because we are near the sea.  There is a unique quality of light, a quality that is created by sunlight reflecting off the ocean, the bays and the salt...

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Breath of Salt Air – Ocean World – October 7, 2013

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."                                                                                                     Jacques Yves Cousteau                                        Just a short note this time but...

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Breath of Salt Air – Salt Marsh- August 26, 2013

Salt Marsh It seems that places by the sea are more changeable than anywhere else.  Always in transition, the mysterious salt marsh waters fill and fall with the tide.  All this activity is orchestrated by the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun and the...

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Breath of Salt Air – Familiar Places – August 19, 2013

The Familiar Sea Land shapes jutting out into the sea can look so similar sometimes you can’t quite be sure of where you are. The Hamptons, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Chesapeake Bay can all feel so similar. Maybe you have been here before, or maybe it just reminds you of...

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Breath of Salt Air – Why is water blue?- July 23, 2013

Why is water blue? I was looking out on the water the other day and could not believe how blue it was.  I’m still stunned that the color is so intense, so truly blue.  Compared to the sea the sky is pale, maybe half as vivid.  I’m wondering once again, what makes them...

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Breath of Salt Air – My Color Palette – July 15, 2013

How do I choose the colors I use in my paintings? It is the color that first inspires me and magnetizes me to the scene. I'm always on the lookout for something gorgeous. Colors in nature are astounding. I cannot even believe that a color in a tube of paint can match...

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Breath of Salt Air – Flowers by the Sea – July 8, 2013

Flowers by the Sea One of the ultimate luxuries is to have a flower garden by the sea.  My friend Sara has a dazzling example. When I first saw the colorful profusion of blooms set against tranquil blue water under an open sky I was astounded.  I knew I had to paint...

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Breath of Salt Air – Why Paint a Dune? July 2, 2013

Why paint a dune? Stepping along the wooden walkway over the beach pines that grow right out of sand and knowing that I am heading toward the ocean is exhilarating. Even if  I am lugging 20 lbs of painting equipment. At the aptly named Dune Beach in Southampton, one...

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Breath of Salt Air – Temper of Water- June 17, 2013

It is shocking how rapidly the temper of open water can change. Early this morning the entire bay was a glassy cerulean blue punctuated with soft aqua green strokes. Only a couple of hours later and the winds have radically changed direction. A dark teal, ultramarine...

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Breath of Salt Air – Scallop Pond – June 10, 2013

I’m out here on another adventure in plein air (outdoor) painting at Scallop Pond in Southampton.  Here is a broad expanse of magnificent salt water marshland that is property conserved by the Peconic Land Trust.  Far enough removed from the sounds of cars and trucks,...

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

“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...

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Your Mood and the Water

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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Breath of Salt Air April 2, 2013

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....

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Breath of Salt Air, March 26, 2013

Living by the water all year round in New England has its challenges.  There is the flooding, the Nor'Easters, piercing wet weather and whipping winds.  But after a dismal unrelenting gray day, very often a mini miracle takes place. It happened just now. The sun drops...

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March 19, 2013

What is it that is so captivating about the sea? Right from that first glimpse of blue-green to the curling edge of iridescent white foam, you are transported, electrified, alive! And it doesn’t really matter what time of year it is (Although warm weather sounds good...

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