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Current Art Exhibition by Mairead: to view 'Organicia Collection' click here

Organic 2 by Mairead Emfada

entitled: 'Organic 2'................................ .Mairead (Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

(31cm X 31cm) .

(Inspiration:M "Ancient Celtic Art , Cosmos, spiritual connection, an NDE, mystery of the organic growth of the natural world!")

Current Art Exhibition by Mairead: to view 'Cherrytree Collection' click here

entitled: 'Cherrytree 1' .............................. .Mairead (Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright)

(31cm X 31cm) Acrylic on canvas

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SET 1

 

A


Temporarily entitled 'Autumn Nov 1'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Acrylic on canvas 80 x 80cms.

"It was never planned...it was one of those meant to be creations...sent from the sky,
be it from God or Mother Nature.
I woke up one November morning and every leaf had fallen from the trees overnight.
It was as if someone had just pressed a switch and autumn appeared.
I don't ever remember this happenings before (only with snow).
Perhaps it's due to global warming or perhaps it was all the fireworks in the city the night before.

That day I went to the park and I was so overwhelmed by the colours
of the leaves. Layers upon layers of earthy browns, beige, illuminous cadmium yellows,
mauvish-crimson, voluptuous reds & oranges... I just rushed to the art store to
buy a ready made stretched canvas and went straight home to mix
and apply the colours. The fleshy tones in the painting symbolize my
mortal human skin just at that very moment as I feel connected
and in touch with the natural world and its universal energy.
The blue in the centre is the channel/portal hole via travel from one emotion
and spiritual experience to another, the process I go through as I feel this. Life is a gift."

 

B


This work is entitled 'Garden Exotic' 76 x 120 cm
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Acrylic on canvas

"Inspired by visits to the Botanical Gardens"

("I also have a poem of the same title that I penned during art college
in Belfast which I later developed into a song!
In this painting I address the subject of cosmic order and
its sensual relationship with the garden of earth")

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SET 2

 

A

Life Drawing (Girls Reading).
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)


Medium = Conte crayon.
Sketch from a 2 minutes studys class).




C


Life Drawing (experiment).
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Lead Pencil.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)Just another learning experience:
"The drawing above is a result of an experiment:
During life drawing class I was having
problems with capturing the models
in true depth and composition. The models seemed
unconnected with the surroundings
it was as though she/he was floating in space and
not fixed within the room. So I sketched it using my left hand instead
of my right and to my delight the problem was solved.

e.g. on one occasion I subconsciously drew a big bum in the
centre of the canvas leaving no space on
the page for the upper torso
and lower legs:).
I didn't realize until two of my art lecturers pointed it out.
How embarrassing! The composition was bad, but the paintwork was great...
so I decided to keep it... and simply call it el
'Bum' ".
"Just a little bit of reverse psychology!...ha ha :-) "


D



Entitled: 'Thread Men 1' Embroidery.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

During life drawing class I use a sewing machine
and cotton threads on paper & linen.



E

 

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(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)


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SET 3


A



Entitled 'Snow'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)


Medium = Watercolour
"A simple watercolour painting of an Irish winter landscape.
I was quite nervous when I started this painting this as it was my very first
real attempt to paint a snow scene... never mind a watercolour snow scene.
As unlike oils or acrylics... if you make a mistake whilst painting with watercolours you can't correct it!.
I also discovered how economical it is to paint snow scenes with this medium... as all the white you can see
on this painting is actually not paint but the white paper and you don't need very much paint or many colours.
You are basically painting shadows."

 

B


Entitled 'The Forestry'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Embroidery/Cotton fabric, threads, tissue, wire, wool,
organic matter & Watercolour paint.
"I worked from a photograph of a nostalgic piece
of the landscape where I grew up in Ireland. This was my playground.
This piece of work started out as a simple watercolor painting.
I wasn't happy with the original results so I started to rip it up.
But then I remember the voice of one of my art teachers saying
"never tear any piece of artwork up just because you don't lik
e it".
I happened to be sitting near my sewing machine at the time
and feeling a bit guilty I got the idea that maybe I should just sew it back together again! :-)

And So I did. Both machine and hand sewing.
Adding more and more... building it up in layers.
I used coloured threads, wire, gauze, linen, tissue paper, dried flowers etc.

To create the sheep... & just to amuse myself... I went out and collected
wool from the fences nearby to create/sew the little wooly sheep!
I also punched thousands of pin holes through the painting to give it even more texture.
I then got it box framed with a slit cut out of the top of
the frame so the display light can shine through and enhance the
textured 3D effect. This is proof and a message to you that you should never quit
on any piece of work too soon... at least keep it until you have the patience to deal with it again.
Part of the secret skill to creating a piece of tradional art is to have patience ".

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SET 3

 

A


Entitled: ' Gorse '
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)


Medium = Watercolour & Gouache (on brown paper mounted on card).

"A very dominant feature of Irelands landscape. The yellow flowers have a coconut smell
and in the late summer when the flowers are in full bloom the essence is more potent and hard to ignore
if you walk along the country lanes.
Here with the naked eye I have zoomed in on only a small section of the
branch and recorded my impression.
Notice how the delicate buds and soft gentle petals contrast with the lethal thorns."

'Gorse' detail
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

B

'Gorse' inverted.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

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SET 4

 

A

Entitled: 'The Harvest'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Watercolour.

"I painted this using only one colour on white paper
by making very quick brush movements.
This is how I paint on ceramics using glazes.
This painting has prooved very popular at art fairs.
People like to hang it in their kitchen."


'The Harvest' : Detail of the scarecrow

(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

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SET 5

 

A

Entitled 'At The Fairy Tree'..
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009).
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Medium = Watercolour and biro pen.

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SET 6

A


Entitled:'Daisy Croft'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Watercolour.

 

B


'Daisy Croft' Inverted.

(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)


C

B
'Zebra Crossing' Detail

(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

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SET 7

 

My Final Major Art and Design Project.

The aim was to create a 2D and 3D piece.

"I prepared and carved a ceramic panel from slabs of earthenware
approximate 7ft x 4ft.
After biscuit firing from recipes I applied glazes/oxides,
on-glazes and coloured glass to decorate.
To complete the work I created a ceramic 3D sky-scraper
and another architectural structures which brought
the ceramic panels to life while displayed under directed spotlights
incorporating materials from the various construction
sites I had visited.
Basically what I ended up with was a 3rd Dimensional ceramic painting."

These are some observational studies from my Final Major.

A

Entitled 'Coach House, Strand Road'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Chalk pastels.

B


Entitled: 'Demolition 1' .
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Watercolour paints and black felt-tip."I painted this in view from above looking down unto the demolition site of an derelict building.
At first glance you probably don't see the bulldozer in the centre as it's camouflaged amongst a collage of lines,
shapes and bright colors. Like a metal dinosaur, the machine gnaws and tears away at all before him.

Here I've attempted to capture the movement of the falling debris, the sheets of breaking glass, shredded
wood, concrete, metal pipes/gauze e.t.c...The scene was forever changing and I had to work extremely fast,
capturing the most dominating shapes...tomorrow would be too late as the building would have vanished!
The actual real colours of the scene were really quite dull as you can imagine, mostly greys... so I exaggerated
the colours where ever I could find them. Sometimes the glass would reflect the colour of the
sky which was a warm orange/amber colour at the time."

'Demolition 1' Upside down!
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

"It's one of those paintings you can turn horizontally or upside down...
and I just can't make up my mind what way to display it.
Perhaps if I hang it lopsided on the wall it will further echo the falling debris crumbling
into a mass of rubble!
Why should we hang paintings in perfect
parallel to horizontality?
Who made up those rules?The parallax is ours to explore!"

C


Entitled:'Construction 2'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Paint medium = Watercolours. "The rapid construction and the demolition of architecture in these modern times has not escaped my attention. Before delivering this painting my spirit was nurtured by the natural environment of organic landscapes. I had to discover a brand new palate of city colours and surrender my use of soft round brushes for more definitive flat edged tools in order to capture the esthetics of industrial man made structures."

D


Untitled: Medium = Crayon/oil pastels.

(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

" I sketched this while sitting on a wall facing the final construction days of the Genealogy Centre & Army
Barracks in N.Ireland.
The weather was nippy & quite breezy and some friendly soldiers
came down to have a nosey at the sketch and offer me a cup of tea."


E


Entitled:'Construction 1'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Watercolour & Pen. "Incase your wondering what it is... it's the elevator/structure of a high rise shopping centre while in construction.I sketched & painted it while sitting up on some scaffolding at a massive construction site... my hands were like ice as it was painfully freezing cold.I based my Final Major panel upon it and it also contributed towards the creation of my 3D piece. It's not exactly something I would hang above my fireplace... no trees and green fields here...but it was interesting to draw."

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SET 8

 

A

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Entitled: 'Mirror'.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

Medium = Watercolours/Gouache/Pencil/Ink/Glass.

("The Mirror": the selfportrait painting that gate crashed The Royal Concert Hall 2004 ( BAD GIRL)
and later welcomed in by the artists of Artists In Exile Glasgow for the Media Gallery exhibition. Bad girl!)

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Mirror' Detail
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)


'Mirror' Detail

(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

B

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'Mirror'. Inverted.
(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

 

Mairead says: "Thank you for visiting my online exhibition at Emfada Express :-)
do visit again as I will be adding new and continuing works!"




 


(Mairead McColgan: Emfada copyright 2009)

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