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Sarah McCartney Artist

Cornish artist living and working in Falmouth

 

I collect and make stories about my encounters with non-human life in sea, land and air. I celebrate, mourn, and bring attention to those I meet. I am witness to the moment I am in and believe that even though my efforts seem small, I bring something new to the world by reciprocating the gifts I have been given. 

This then is the work, a continuous journey. Paper, specimen and word. Sometimes it is enough to leave these fragments in sketchbooks and drawers. A drawing in a sketchbook may be full of energy and life, the little resin in my hand may be a beautiful object. But the whole story can be hard to see. 
My task is to curate the fragments and make song with all the seeing. Everything is connected. 

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pink sea fan

I want to share this amazing thing I found today. I think it is a pink sea fan Eunicella verrucosa, which is a soft coral. Reading what...

fish, wakame and Fannie & Fox

… been painting more fish. This week it was mergim and plaice. I started a lemon sole this afternoon. I know it looks very orange at the...

adder skin…

bronze scales transparent and delicate as silk paper would love to have seen the adder shiny and bright in it’s new skin – found...

one for sorrow…

Magpie Pica pica, one who chatters, one who compulsively hoards small objects. You might say I am a bit of a magpie. I was born in the...

wax paintings and life drawing

Ah finish the work first. Something to worry about next month when flying foxes and busy badgers are out the way. But today I escaped the...

making lots of noise and dust…

I’ve been pouring resin for the past few weeks. I had some commission work to do but also making little squares with pink seaweeds,...

bird skull update…

I kept the skulls of the song thrush and the jay. Just finished cleaning them and have made a few quick drawings before I put them with...

… time to lay the birds to rest

I wrote a post in August about drawing and painting dead birds. I found this Jay on a road near Bissoe and brought it home to paint and...

for every day there is something…

I’ve tidied my room. It’s had the most thorough clean and sort out since we moved here (seven years) Marmite is very impressed with the...

the importance of life drawing…

I’ve been doing a bit of life drawing. Been wanting and needing to for a long time and have at last found a session I can go to. But I am...

with wax and resin

Getting back out in the garage and slowly getting a few things happening. Two weeks ago I spent a day ripping some of my oak on the table...

sea swimming and a new sketch book…

The sea is getting colder and wilder. So we go to the misty green river. To the quiet places with egrets and herons. Maybe, if we are...

sea holly

Sea Holly. Probably my favourite coastal plant. I look forward to finding it at Kitchen Porth Beach every year we visit Bryher. It grows...

 

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