A peek inside the studio and upon the latest works by Cassi Namoda reveals a reverence for the sea. It’s an inescapable influence for the artist, who ultimately put down roots in East Hampton, finding comfort in its tides, which recall the coast of her native Mozambique. “My favorite thing is to walk the shore and see the ebbs of the ocean,” she says. “It’s very special and will usually reveal itself in my work.” Portrayed across The sun has not yet burned off the dew (a suite of arresting paintings for a solo exhibit at Mendes Wood in São Paulo), figures from conjoined twins to ritual bathers walk fuchsia shores. Here, Namoda shares the East End routine that keeps her grounded, inspired and elevating her art.
7:30 a.m. Start with the Wake Up Vinyasa at Mandala Yoga Center for Healing Arts in Amagansett.
9 a.m. Cycle to my favorite beach, Two Mile Hollow, where I swim and take long walks with my chocolate Labrador, Montana.
11 a.m. Stop into Carissa’s Bakery for an iced matcha latte and the rye bread with caraway seeds.
1:30 p.m. After painting in the studio, it’s time to collect lunch. I love Amber Waves for its wonderful, farm-prepared foods; green hummus is my favorite.
2 p.m. Digestive stroll to Amagansett to check out the elegantly curated fashions at Tiina the Store before heading back to my studio.
6 p.m. End the day with one last swim at beautiful Napeague beach.
7:30 p.m. Dinner at Coche Comedor, which has a fun vibe and excellent Mexican food.
Bonus: What feels like the biggest luxury of all is picking my own vegetables at Quail Hill Farms. In the summertime, I keep life simple and sweet.