Why art is so damned important.

by | Art, Dreams

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a fairly intelligent person. You’ve got big hopes, big dreams. You probably want to change the world.You might have a business of your own, or dream of having a business. Maybe you just have a dream of writing a novel, or moving to Europe, or taking up guitar.

You have aspirations. You want more from life. I get it. I’m like that too.

But sometimes it feels like life is conspiring against us.

Sketch: Strawberries © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2010. Oil on canvas board, 4"x6"

Sketch: Strawberries © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2010. Oil on canvas board, 4"x6"

We may have glamourous dreams, but getting there isn’t always so glamourous. Life can be…tedious. Dull. There are dust bunnies to be cleaned, your cat just puked all over the carpet, your kids are grumpy, there are bills to be paid. You work away at your dream in tiny little steps, one day at a time. Sometimes there are moments of glory, but a lot of the time, you’re just slogging away.

It’s easy to get lost in the slog.

Those important, tiny, daily steps are the backbone of your business or dream. But no one ever celebrates you editing that blog post, or doing your bookkeeping, or answering those 85 client emails, or practicing your scales every single day for an hour. No one throws a party because you wrote 300 words for your novel.

It’s not that it’s not important. It’s just that it starts to feel so normal.

Those steps start to feel realllly tiny after awhile. And sometimes it feels like we’re not actually moving anywhere.

Which is possibly the worst feeling in the entire world.

It’s like your stuck and your dreams are slipping away from you, as you’re bogged down in the day to day tasks of life. You just can’t seem to get where you’re going fast enough, and time is slipping by, and oh my god what if you die and all you accomplished was writing 2500 stupid little words in your novel??!

And sometimes we worry that we’re going to forget our dream. That we’ll get old, and our dreams will remain unlived.

I get it. I feel your pain. I feel exactly the same way 95% of the time.

It’s why I make art. For people like you & me.

Art is a talisman.*

Parkgate I, © Sarah Marie Lacy

Parkgate I, © Sarah Marie Lacy, 2010. Acrylic on canvas, 12"x16"

*I am completely stealing this idea from Hugh McLeod of gapingvoid.

It is more than just an object, more than just paint on canvas. It’s something that’s created with intense love, passion and care. It’s hard to make something like that and not have the finished product carry those qualities. It becomes something sacred, something more.

It reminds you, day in and day out, of your dreams, hopes, desires. It reminds you that you are making progress. It reminds you that there is more to life.

It reminds you that you are getting there one day at a time. And that is unbelievably important.

I want to help you have more of that in your life.

I want to help you remember. I’ve just added 31 new paintings and drawings to my site. A lot of them are under $250. If you’re in need of a reminder that your dreams are going to happen, then this is the time to get it. (Or to ask for it for Christmas!)

All of the details are on this page.

Ready to be reminded of hope, love and possibility?

Yes! Take me to the art.

Full Circle

When you purchase a piece to help remember your dream, you’ll be helping me achieve my dream of studying art in France next summer, so that I can go get inspired and come back to make more art for you. It’s kind of like a never-ending circle of awesomeness.

And as always – thank you.

Thank you for reading my words, looking at my art, and just generally supporting me and hanging out with me. I really love you guys.