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: http://www.danosongs.com/#music) 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

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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” […]

Art vs Craft: The role inspiration plays in my art

Detail of "Willows over the River Argenton" © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

I bumped into a new collector at the grocery store yesterday morning, and after joking that she was shocked to see me not chained to the easel, she asked me a really great question. She asked if, since I was painting so much and with such an imminent deadline, did the painting stop being a […]

Welsh fields: a series in progress

Work in progress: Welsh Fields #5 10"x12" oil on canvas, $275. © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

I wrote the other day about the fields across from Rhuddlan Castle but as it happens, that wasn’t the only painting from that shoot. I fell in love with those rich purple-greens and the soft grey light, so there’s actually five. This is where they start out… (this is the one piece I haven’t had […]

A Bridge for Faeries: an almost finished painting

Work in progress: A Bridge for Faeries, 10"x12" oil on canvas, $275. © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

(This is a work in progress for my one-night show, Bon Voyage on April 14th, here in Charlottetown, PEI. To read more about it, click here.) There’s something about this ancient bridge and soft lighting that captures my imagination. It’s charming, enchanting. I used to love faeries as a child and collected the Flower Fairy […]

Down by the River Cam: A trio of paintings in progress

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

(This is a work in progress for my one-night show, Bon Voyage on April 14th, here in Charlottetown, PEI. To read more about it, click here.) Grantchester Meadows is one of my favourite places. Not necessarily the main part, full of chairs and tables, trees and people, but through the trees and beyond, to the […]

Shame & Gold Stickers: Finding peace in the process

Work in progress: Orange Hills 8"x10" oil on canvas, $175.00 © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012.

  This morning, I am sitting and breathing into the anxiety. My calendar tells me that it’s April. I’m not sure how that happened. At the end of this month, I’m moving what remains of my belongings to my parents’ house in Ontario, and then on May 21st, I’m flying to France with a couple […]