Wednesday, February 4, 2015


watercolors on fabriano mediovalis paper, 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"

a few weeks ago i fell off of a log while crossing the creek and fractured the humerus on my right arm.  the good thing is that you don't have to have a cast for this kind of fracture, the not good thing is that you still can't use your arm!    but i'm really, really grateful for no cast and only a fracture;  also that i'm completely off of dish washing duty for a while.

i've kept painting,  sometimes with my left hand (above), and sometimes with my right, which i can do if i keep the paper close to my body.  i have to use my left hand to rinse the brush and pick up more paint, though, so it's not a speedy process.

watercolors on fabriano mediovalis paper, 3 1/2" x 5 1/4"

this is one of the last paintings i did before i hurt my  arm.   i  will surely be glad to get back to painting these small, precise paintings!   i marvel at it now!

little by little it gets easier to type, so i'll be back to leaving my words at your places soon.  the main reason for this post is to tell you that...

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“Art is, after all, only a trace — like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness.”

~ Robert Henri (via tumblr)

39 comments:

  1. Oh no! Are those tulips sprouting out of the fractured bone??? The little girl is exquisite! Traumeel tablets or the homeopathic remedy symphytum (knit bone) for your fracture?? Heal well, Lynne! xo C

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  2. Pretty darn good for your left hand! Sorry to hear about the injury.

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  3. Ooooh! That sounds painful. Its amazing how we find ways to carry on with our art making. I love your second painting. She looks so delicate and beautiful. Hope you feel better soon.

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  4. I'll bet you were trying to fly again -) Really - I am so sorry to hear of your injury! How inconvenient and painful (except for the no dish washing part). Hope you heal quickly - I'd love to see some more of those wonderful precise paintings soon. Your left hand painting is pretty impressive. xo

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  5. Wishing you a speedy recovery! xoxo

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  6. Wishing you a most speedy recovery Lynne!! Perhaps the Universe wants you to perfect painting with the left! :) These new paintings are wonderful!!
    xxx

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  7. Dearest Lynne! You are a brave soul!! Climbing trees again? :) Wishing you a speedy recovery, and hugely impressed by left handed painting!

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  8. Oh my, so sorry to hear this Lynne. I did want to share with you that I LOVE the Kuretake watercolors that you recommended. I was at a retreat in Bandon, OR last week and played with them. They are wonderful.

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  9. wishing you a speedy recovery! I LOVE your work!

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  10. love the bone ... reminds me of other bones you made in the past . i feel lucky to have a stash of those bone ( :
    xxoo

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  11. oh gosh, that is a shame
    life is so precious, these things make us realize that
    in Nov. i had a surgery on my shoulder and all work came to a halt, made me realize well so many things.....
    wishing you speedy and wonderful recovery
    sending healing light

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  12. Oh my sweet, how I feel you- I broke mine last year in pretty much the same way, falling off a log in the garden. Mine was my left, broke in 3 places and whilst I still had my dominant hand painting (and typing) was pretty impossible- amazing how much you use your other hand for steadying and other unrealised things. The dr to the cast off early just before I went to Paris and it was able to return to its support role allowing me to sketch and journal on the trip thankfully but many plans evaporated as well. Still healing now :)
    I also hurt my dominant hand earlier in the year, only for a few days, which lead to some fabulous non-dominant sketching just to keep the sanity- I hope you are able to fine your creative way through this :)
    Love love love that quote!!

    Wishing you healing with ease my sweet
    Gxx

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    1. Sheeesh, the grammar police should have read that before I hit publish, lol, pre-coffee ;)

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  13. Sending love Lynne! I bet, with the slow period, different kinds of 'art ideas' will come to you. Am happy your injury was what it was and not stronger, harder, more troublesome such as in the way of a cast, etc. Take good care. Drinking a cup of tea and thinking of you today...*hugs* Norma, x

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  14. Oh no sweetie what a bummer but as you say no cast so that's good...sending healing thoughts your way and I know how frustrating this time will be for you , love your little lady ...big hug my friend xox

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  15. you keep painting...that is significant, your painting of the flowering bone, painted lefthanded, i love it.
    and i do agree with Norma, drastic events, big or minor, can bring an impulse to new or different ideas,rather quite interesting.

    dear Lynne, take good care, i will look forward to more of your wonderful work, x

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  16. So sorry to hear you have hurt yourself....Hope you are not in pain. Always look forward to your posts. I love the paintings and the Rbt. Henri quotation....thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. thank you, susan... i appreciate your words! no, i'm not in pain...

      the robert henri quote, i know... it's perfect, isn't it?

      xoxo

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  17. You amaze me that you are still painting, especially with your injured arm . I hope you heal quickly. It's lovely to see a post from you pop up in my sidebar x

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  18. Well, my friend...what you have created here with your left hand is just pretty darn awesome. It reminds me of the year you did art with your non-dominant hand. How long ago was that now?

    I hope this finds you healing more and more and more each day. I am really looking forward to more of your precise faces...wowsers Lynne. She is PRETTY.

    Love

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  19. Lynne, I have been thinking about you, never expected that you could paint with your arm, so glad you can, lovely work. Sending lots of love and hugs. Heal up soon. xoxo

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  20. Beautiful little painting with your non dominant hand!
    I broke my wrist a few years back, and learned how to journal , and do a small ATC painting with my left. I realized how much neglected my left hand had been for all these years, and was very grateful for both of my hands.
    Sending your much love and healing xo

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  21. I hope that bone is healing well, and happy that you can still do some creating, and as Norma says it may lead to different art adventures. Glad it is not giving you pain. And yes I too marvel at your precise little watercolour girl. I will look for more of these lovely paintings when you have healed, but know you will continue to create wonders while the healing is happening. Thank you for letting us know.

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  22. curses!! that is not good news... but happy that you are finding a way around it and able to stay creative... hope your healing is extraordinarily fast... sending big hugs too and grinning about no dish washing... xoxo

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  23. oh, nooooo ........ the worst possible thing for somebody who loves to paint and do fun "stuff" that requires the use of healthy hands and arms.....

    hope it comes along quickly and you'll soon be back at it with the right hand.

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  24. I love that quote at the end. I always come from here brimming with inspiration! I'm sorry to hear of your accident, I do hope you're not in too much pain. Your top painting reminds me of the work of Frida Kahlo, there's something about it. :) The little watercolour girl is so soft and gentle, so beautiful.
    Sending healing vibes to you!
    Jess xx

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  25. I hope the healing is continuing to go well, and that your weather is making it possible for you to enjoying some outdoors time. I wanted to mention that the present little sketchbook I am playing in is inspired by the many wonderful pages that you have shown on your blog. (I hope it is ok that I linked to your blog on my present blog post) Thanks again for your constant inspiration. xo Kim

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  26. Ah I am very, very sorry to hear about your injury. I wish you the best recovery. Soon you'll be spreading paint again. In the mean time rest, read art books and nap. I'm sending you healing waves. Hugs-Darlene

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  27. so diappointed my words of encouragment never made it the first time around. only now do i notice that my words evaporated into the rule-making world of passwords and security checks becausenof those embracing the dark. but thanks to your strength, in spite of your injury, the power of GOOD prevails. And I thank you for staying present in my world. That is amazing given that you admit to having difficulty staying present at all. My Richard was finally diagnosed with a tumor to his kidney, so a whole new wave is coming our way. and yet, in the background, there you will be, magically. that's how good works in our favor. love you short of words but know you thoroughly understand.

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  28. Lynne, I'm sorry to hear about your accident, and wish you speedy healing! I like the painting of the bone with it's healing flowers...

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    1. p.s. getting out of dishwashing is kind of a plus, though... : ) xoxo

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  29. Hope you are feeling Much better by now. Isn't it amazing how one irreversible second, can change outer lives. I've noticed, that Something amazing emerges after we get well...we really appreciate our health So Much More and feel so much more empathy for those who Know that they aren't going to recover. Can't wait to see your pieces with your restored body:) Laura

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  30. Dear Lynn, It's been a while since you've posted so I just wanted to check in to see how you're doing. Hope you're doing well. Happy Wednesday, Joanie

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  31. My arty friend Morag from Paper Rainbow just sent me the link to this post to encourage me as I'm currently without the painting use of my left arm after a dog bite to my wrist. It's been nearly 3 weeks and the soft tissue damage is still very painful so I can't hold a brush or palette knife far less paint. I'm so glad she directed me here as it is encouraging to see another artist in a similar position continuing to paint regardless. I'm going to give painting with my right hand a go. Thank you.

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