On making mistakes (or: why no kittens will die)

Autumn Squash #2, 8" x 10" oil on canvas, unframed

Sometimes when I’m working on a painting or drawing, I’ll jokingly say something like, “Hey, this doesn’t suck!” or some other tongue-in-cheek joke about the quality of the work. Or maybe I’ll bring up that something in the piece isn’t working – I’m frustrated with an aspect of it. And the person I’m talking to […]

Pushing Past the Edges

Autumn Squash #1, 5" x 7" oil on canvas board, $175 (email to inquire)

There is that point, in every painting, where it’s so tempting to give up. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been painting (10 years). It doesn’t matter how many hours I’ve spent in the studio, learning and practicing (thousands). There is inevitably that point where you think, “This is probably going to suck. Look! It’s […]

Welcome to Marginalia

marginalia: marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book) {Miriam Webster dictionary}

Welcome to Marginalia! The half-baked pondering and musings of an artist-in-training.

No longer a student, and not quite a fully fledged artist, I’m in the journeyman stage of my career: wandering the earth, and trying to figure out what it means to be an artist – particularly a realistic figurative artist – in the 21st century.

I found that I needed a space to write about and share my half-formed thoughts about art, inspiration, and building a life you love. My newsletter is a more formal place where I share coherent thoughts about finished works (you can sign up here). Silently pondering wasn’t cutting it. And so, Marginalia was born – a place for me to jot down notes in the margins of my life.

There are no guarantees about coherency, but there will always be tea, cookies and on special occasions, some of the finest cognac in town.

Mistakes, cheap tricks and magic bullets.


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Keep dancing your dance (& other things I wish I could have told a stranger 13 yrs ago)

Ballet Shoes © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

When I was 10, I auditioned for the National Ballet School. There were 4 of us in this particular audition – myself, a girl I barely remember with fuzzy brown hair, a boy, and then The Girl. The Girl who danced like she had angel wings. I’d been dancing for 5 years and my teachers […]