Deborah Lazar skated on her breaks while plein air painting this winter. Then she got a bad break.

Judging from the experience of Deborah Lazar, the answer is yes — and no. 

Vermont painter Deborah Lazar recently posted a video on YouTube that presents a winter idyll. The artist is working on a plein air piece on the shallow end of a pond, which is completely frozen. At various times, she takes a break and skates away on the ice. Lazar seems to have grown up skating; she makes graceful circles and careful spins, and seems to enjoy skimming across the pond away and back from her easel.  

Her plein air piece from the afternoon looks like it was developing nicely. 


“January Sunset,” by Deborah Lazar, oil on linen, 9 x 12 in.

Further scenes show others sledding and eating oysters and generally enjoying winter. But near the end, we learn that Lazar broke her right wrist skating on some bad ice. Yes, it was her painting hand.


“The Great Meadow,” by Deborah Lazar, oil on linen, 8 x 10 in.

Lazar reports that she found a workaround and is still painting, despite the cast. 



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