Unexpected Break

The air was cold and crisp, the ice smooth as glass. Perfect for a family skating party. I wish I could say I was in the midst of landing a lovely spin or graceful figure eight, but I was merely trying to tell another skater that his laces were dragging when I suddenly hit the ice. I was able to get up and complete skating the counterclockwise loop to get off the rink, but I quickly realized that my right wrist was not looking or feeling good. Long story short, I must take an unexpected break from painting and blogging while my unexpected break is repaired and heals.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, with much joyful and safe skating if you so choose. I look forward to being back sometime in 2023 with two working hands and more creative explorations.

Tips and Techniques: Some of you will recognize this piece as the banner from Winslow Art Center’s Winter Bash. It was a fun but challenging assignment, as I had to create something that could be cropped to several formats and also be overlayed with text. I love starry winter nights (and skating at night) and that was my inspiration. I created it with several washes of ultramarine, indanthrone blue, alizarin crimson, and a touch of aureolin yellow, over spattered masking fluid. Try it– it’s fun! Keep creating!

67 Comments on “Unexpected Break

  1. Oh so sorry! I love your posts and often share them with others. All the best to you!

  2. Wishing you a speedy and sound recovery! Jean- I can hardly believe, the day before I read this, another artist friend had fallen on black ice and broke her wrist too. (her painting hand).ugh. I’m going to be hypervigilant this winter – looking out for ice – YIKES!!

  3. Oh my goodness. I’m so sorry to hear it! All good wishes for your healing journey. May this be a time for your spirit to run free and your body to claim what it most needs. Wishing you joy and deep peace this holiday.

  4. As I watched your great demo this weekend, I commented to friends how envious I was of your beautifully youthful hands — hat a shock to hear of your nasty break! Wishing you patience as you heal however I can imagine you experimenting with your left hand.

  5. I love the banner for the Winslow ArtCenter, and your workshop as well. Heal quickly, although I imagine you can draw and paint with your non dominant hand better than most people draw with their dominant hand. Happy Holidays. I enjoy your blog. Nan

    Sent from my iPad


  6. Oh no! Truly an unpleasantly unexpected “break!” Is your body trying to tell you something? This may be a well deserved rest, especially during the holiday season. Your blog posts will really be missed, but may you heal quickly as you look forward to next year. all the best Jean! And I loved the Winter Bash banner ….. splendidly starry. I also loved your back to basics session …. Loved the snowy owl especially, and thought yours definitely was framable.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of your injury, and wish you a quick and complete recovery! I’m sure that you will find great ways to use your unexpected “downtime”. I love the banner that you provided for the Winslow Art Center’s Winter Bash!! I missed your session (busy time of year!), but plan to see the recording. Best Wishes!

  8. Have the best holiday season possible, along with the quickest healing possible.


  9. I am so sorry to hear of your wrist! Please may it heal quickly. Your exquisite art and words keep me inspired.

  10. Dear Jean, I’m so sorry to learn of your break. May the healing be swift and uneventful and may you soon be back in your watercolor journal—an inspiration to all.

  11. Oh no! Wishing you an uncomplicated recovery. The best for the holiday season to you and your family as you rest up and get better. I will look forward to when you are able to post again.

  12. Dear Jean, Oh my goodness. I am so sorry to hear of your fall. Your beautiful art always inspires me to love and look at nature more. Best wishes on your healing journey. May your spirit run free and your body receive what it most needs. Peace and joy to you and yours this holiday season.

  13. Sooo sorry to learn of your accident on the ice! With the busyness of this Christmas season it must be discouraging as well as painful. The joy of working in the kitchen, preparing a Christmas dinner will be greatly hampered. Thankfully your daughter and mother will team up . You can take a seat to watch, supervise and be this years “taste tester.”
    Thank you for the inspiring winter painting. I will have to try this out!
    God bless you and yours and keep you safe. Merry Christmas.

    • Thanks! Actually, I have neither daughter nor mother to fill-in. But I have a wonderful husband and two sons who will take over in the kitchen, the wrapping department, and other holiday and ordinary chores. I am looking forward to the festivities and the distractions!

  14. Merry Christmas wishes to you and your family Jean. Sorry to hear about your mishap. Rest and heal well. Looking forward to all your lovely posts in 2023 ! Cheerio for now, Christina MacLean…. up here in Southwestern Ontario, Canada

    Sent from my iPad


  15. It felt wrong to “like” your post. Although I do love the banner you created for Winslow. I am so sorry to hear of your fractured wrist and now enforced break. Be gentle with yourself and create new ways to enjoy the holidays. We’ll be here when you return.

  16. Hope your break feels better soon, and you have a wonderful festive break, Jean. Thank you for all your inspiration. 🙂

  17. Tha is a beautiful picture.   Good luck with your recovery. John Sent from my Galaxy

  18. I’m so sorry to hear about your wrist, and hope you find ways to enjoy your down time while you quickly recover. Thank you for the wonderful drawing session this weekend – I really enjoyed it. And the banner painting is beautiful and inspiring! I’m sure I’ll try it out. May you enjoy many starry nights with your friends and family.

  19. Heal well. Your posts will be missed but I look forward to your return. I wondered why I couldn’t find your classes on Winslow Art. I was trying to register for the February ones. Maybe later in the year. May your new year be filled with good health, contentment, love and peace.

  20. I am so sorry you’ve injured your wrist! May you have a speedy and pain-free recovery. I’ll miss your posts. Perhaps we will see what you can do with the other hand?

  21. Thinking of you Jean and hope your Christmas is lovely despite the healing. Thanks for all your wonderful inspiring art. Happy 2023 to you and Dan!

  22. So sorry to hear your news, Jean. Get well soon and enjoy a wonderful Christmas.

  23. Hi Jean, wishing you a speedy repair. Merry Xmas and hope to see you back really soon x

  24. May you heal quickly and well, Jean, and find ways to make the best of it. When I broke my elbow, I needed to hire a maid for help. She’s been a huge help and a joy to me for several years now, though I might never have done it without that mishap. Just sayin…more time for your second career in art! We’ll miss you ❤

  25. I’m so sorry about your break but when I broke my painting wrist, I discovered painting with the other one was not only possible but sometimes better because it forced me to not overkill. It did drain my brain for long periods but was fine until I healed. May you heal quickly but moreover enjoy your Holidays with your loved ones. Thank you for your magnificent blog.

  26. So sorry to hear of your accident. I hope you have a speedy recovery, and that the injury does not prevent you from having a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

  27. I was so happy to see a new post already from you this morning, but so sorry to hear news of your fall!! Praying for quick healing for you! Amazing you are still thinking of us and sharing your gifts!! A beautiful painting! Blessings!

  28. Wishing you fast and full healing and the ability to enjoy the unexpected break. Rest is good!

    Happy Holidays


    Claudia O’Connell


  29. Jean, I wish you a speedy recovery and a healthier 2023. Relax and let yourself be taken cae of. Sending hugs, Theresa Terry

  30. Oh my you and me! A few years ago I was ice skating with my grandkids and having SO MUCH FUN! I took a fall while trying to keep my granddaughter upright. It didn’t take long to realize that something was terribly wrong with my right wrist. It was quickly diagnosed as a sprain, but months later when it was still ouchy they discovered a tiny fracture that didn’t show up the day of the fall. All is completely healed and strong now. My wish for you is quick healing and quickly back to normal. Happy Holidays, Happy Healing, Happy New Year! Jaci

    • Thank you Jaci– I have been encouraged by others who have had similar injuries and made full recoveries. I expect to do the same in short order! Happy holidays to you and yours!

  31. Oh — I am so sorry to hear about your accident! I hope you are able to have a happy holiday in spite of that. Sending you healing thoughts!

  32. Take care of that wrist, we love it! 😉
    Seriously, I’m so impressed that you even went skating. I’m also impressed at the way you solved the problems of the assignment, wow. That was challenging and the result is beautiful – time to sit back and take a well-deserved rest. 🙂 Enjoy the holidays…I bet you’ll come up with creative ways to wrap presents with one hand. 😉

  33. Oh no, Jean! I’m so sorry to hear about your break—and right before the holidays too. I’m glad you have family to help with all the prep and to look after you. I wish you complete healing and a joyous, restful season. Take care ~ Susan

  34. Oh Dear! What a rough time to have an injury. Best wishes for recovery and good things to do with your “enforced inactivity”.

  35. Oh darn. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I love your work and reading your blog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  36. Simply stunning. Will have to try it! Happy holidays. Love all your work.

  37. I’m so sorry to hear of your broken wrist. I am just beginning to draw again after rotator cuff/bicep tendon repair surgery back in September. It’s been a long process and I hope your healing goes much faster! another artist I know also had rotator cuff surgery on her dominant arm, as I did. However she taught herself to paint with her non-dominant hand and continued painting daily as she healed. I’m not so motivated nor so talented. Best wishes to you in healing over the holidays, and thank you for your classes. (the owl has been a lovely challenge!)

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