2013: The year of lightness

The view from my kitchen window in rural France

Every year, I pick a word or theme for the coming months. I’m not into goals and resolutions because those are generally forgotten before the first week of February. But I love the idea of a theme for the year, something to put in the back of your mind and mull over gently for the […]

What 1096 hours can do.


Proof that every penny I’ve spent has been worth it. (Studying at Studio Escalier, 2011 – 2012) Find out how to get some art of your own and how that helps me stay in school by clicking right here.

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 […]

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


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 […]