How music gave me hope again

Me, after the Frank concert

The last few weeks have been exhausting. I’ve been working almost round the clock trying to fundraise my tuition money for France while also visiting family and trying to spend quality time with them while I’m still in Canada. I’ve been feeling tired and not a little discouraged. My tuition is due tomorrow and I’m […]

Making peace with “failure”

“In life, as in baseball, getting on base can be just as important as hitting a home run.” As my Sunday deadline looms closer & closer, my anxiety levels keep climbing. I am still $3,650 short of my tuition payment on Sunday. Despite raising over $6,700 in 4 weeks, I’m still not quite there. Hello, […]

The vulnerability of your dreams

Welsh Fields III (Rhuddlan Castle) 11"x14" oil on canvas, unframed, $395. © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

It can feel so vulnerable dreaming big. To have a vision that feels so huge that some days it can make you feel tiny. To fiercely believe in the purity, power and beauty of your dream and yet… Yet to not be so attached to your dream that you shut yourself off from possibility or […]

Brave Enough

I leave for France a week today. (WHEEEE!)) In 6 days, I have to pay my second tuition payment for the year. The first program is almost paid for, but now I have to pay for the second program. I need another $5,400, to cover tuition, rent & food for at least the first few […]

ME/CFS Awareness Day: 11 things of gratitude for 11 years of illness

The River Cam I, 11"x14" oil on canvas, $395. ©Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

Today is International ME/CFS Awareness Day. I’ve written a lot about my experiences living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed at 12, and the first 5 years were the toughest of my life. Back in 2010, I wrote another post for ME/CFS Awareness Day about how art helped me find purpose in […]

An Artist’s Odyssey, explained with a series of pictures!

(Royalty-free music courtesy of Dan-o: Yesterday, I was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to get some test results (good news! all is well!) when I suddenly had an idea. I knew I had to make this video, to explain in my own quirky way why going to France to study art is so […]

Remembering to dream


Three years ago, I moved out of my parents’ home and across the country. Last week, I came back home to stay for a bit before I go to France. It’s been 2 years since I set foot in my old bedroom. As I lay in bed the first night, I was deeply struck by […]

Between the strong and the small

The Dance, Matisse

I’ve spent most of this year flip-flopping between 2 states of mind. In the first state of mind, I am strong, confident, powerful, and focused. Everything goes swimmingly. Jobs show up, paintings practically sell themselves, and my voice is clear and strong. The words that I want to share flow freely from my fingertips. I […]

Living in limbo

In just over 2 weeks, I leave for France. Right now, I’m home with my family in Niagara, Ontario, spending time with them before I leave. I’m a little bit shell-shocked. Adaptability is not something I’m especially good at (Change?! What?!) and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I no longer […]

A sneak peek at Sketches from the Road 2012

Can you believe that this Friday morning is when my crazy French adventure begins? I’m a packing, cleaning, painting hurricane right now, so this is just a quick note! To celebrate the beginning of the adventure, I wanted to share a taste of Sketches from the Road with you, by making a sort of “pilot” […]