A BREATH OF SALT AIR 

“Why ‘Pretty’ Art Matters in a Modern World

The question lingers in the air: Must art jostle us to resonate deeply?  I’ve thought about this since I was a student in the Art Practice program at the University of...
Hush of Sunset

Ocean Super Moon

"Ocean Super Moon" 30 x 40 inches oil/canvas by Casey Chalem Anderson   Picture this: the sun is falling fast, and you race to load yourself into a...
"Ocean Super Moon" 30 x 40 inches oil/canvas

Strawberry Super Moon Over the Salt Marsh

Painting a canvas larger than I measure standing up is like leaving for a trip without a map. You might know what town you are heading to, but an openness for how you...

Nightime Flash

Many times, I rush down to the water to catch the sunset. Many times, I'm too late and it has fizzled out to a wispy dud. There are times when I'm too early and I lack...
NIght Flash

It Happens All The Time

It's a familiar story in the world of painting. I reach a point where I believe I've completed my painting, only to find myself drawn back to the canvas by an...
Sapphire Harmony
Stopped in my Tracks

Stopped in my Tracks

I couldn't wait a moment longer. When the newly finished wood floors were dry, I removed my shoes at the door and entered in socks only. In a glance, I devoured the entire living room; the place looked fantastic. It was spare, open, soft, and gentle, exactly how I had...

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“Questioning the Sky”

“Questioning the Sky”

  I was losing energy toward the end of the day. A long one that dragged on. The entire day was drab. All along the road, the tree branches were a colorless taupe. The grass was squeezed out of any possibility of green; it looked like straw. The sky remained...

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When the Sky Floats

When the Sky Floats

  Living in the Hamptons after the official season has enormous benefits. Not only is the traffic thinner, but the skies put on a show of intense color not seen in the summer months. One of the many reasons I love Towd Point so much is the opportunity to witness...

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Life Is Better At the Beach

Life Is Better At the Beach

Now that the winds have blown in the seasonably cool air, a trip to the ocean sounds positively chilling. But we still need it. We need the ocean to prove to ourselves that we can own the world of beauty. We need the ocean to experience the vast power that it holds in...

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You Leave Me Breathless

You Leave Me Breathless

This is that moment right before we lose the light that allows us to see color. The day is turning into night but not before a spectacular show where the sky lights up and reflects all its glory into the water. There's a thin and fragile dark strip of land running...

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Back to the Easel

Back to the Easel

"Spectacular Towd Point " Oil on canvas 24" x 36" by Casey Chalem Anderson It feels so good to be back painting in my studio where it's cool and contained I can paint at a sustained pace. When I saw this sunset I was stunned. My spirit soared, and I experienced a...

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Deep Lavender Fields by the Bay

Deep Lavender Fields by the Bay

I waited all year to get to the lavender fields on the North Fork in East Marion. You must time your visit to coincide with the blooming cycle, or you could be disappointed. The smell of fresh lavender infused the air, and I could smell it as soon as I pulled into the...

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When Mistakes Don’t Matter

When Mistakes Don’t Matter

There are numerous mistakes here, but you may not see them.  It doesn't matter because the overall feeling flows, and the line is sensitive.  Sometimes you must let it go, whatever it is, and let a new solution come in.  Mistakes in a drawing and in life are in the...

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Swept Away

Swept Away

Here's the video of me signing. Click here: IMG_6330  (video will download rapidly, and you can see how big this painting is) https://youtu.be/jkXRTegcXns I signed it. Does that mean I've finished it? Probably not. There is always some little mark that I must add or...

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Gravity Surge

Gravity Surge

  Why do we need the ocean? So many of us crave being by the sea but can't precisely say why. When I look out and stretch my eyes to the horizon, I feel relief. We need the water to remind ourselves of the power and beauty beyond our everyday. It could consume us...

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Timeless Fog

Timeless Fog

I love a gray misty day by the water when ribbons of fog rise up from the water's surface and randomly change shape. The land and trees are concealed and then reappear through the haze. It feels like time is suspended. I could easily be standing in this exact place,...

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”Don’t Be “tsaka tsikyi”

”Don’t Be “tsaka tsikyi”

Cut, chop, grab the right pan. Taking the least amount of steps as I rush around my kitchen is a little game for me. Flip open the fridge and get the butter, the organic eggs, the cheddar cheese. I was cooking an omelet for my mom, for me a very easy task. My mom’s...

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Brigadoon? or Just Heaven on Earth?

Brigadoon? or Just Heaven on Earth?

  A 2nd storm was coming when I was painting this at the Art Barge in Amagansett this Fall. The clouds whirled by. The fog lifted, and you could see deep into the distance. The next moment, the fog descended and all was impenetrable.   When I first started to...

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The Commission Quandary- in a pickle or an opportunity?

The Commission Quandary- in a pickle or an opportunity?

Some artists will never ever take on a commission. For me it is a solemn pact. The person who engages me is putting their trust in my ability to create something that they are going to love. That’s a huge honor for me, an opportunity to reciprocate on a deep level by...

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A Look Under the Hood (How I Start a Painting)

A Look Under the Hood (How I Start a Painting)

  After my 10th Cover on Dan’s Paper’s this summer, someone called to ask about seeing more of my work. She visited the studio and liked quite a few pieces. But the one she really loved, where the colors made her feel so good, was small, just 12 x 12 inches. She...

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