Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Little Bee-eaters painting


'Little Bee-eaters' 15" x 11" oil and variegated metal leaf on canvas,my latest completed mixed media painting.The Bee-eaters are such beautiful little birds and whilst on safari in Botswana in 2014 I came across several species.The colours are so vivid that I wanted to put the birds onto an equally vivid background and so the variegated imitation gold leaf seemed the perfect accompaniment.Metal leaf is very difficult to photograph and so my efforts with the camera really don't do it justice but I hope you like it.More mixed media paintings can be found on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tawny Owl 18" x 12" oil and 24 carat gold leaf


My latest completed painting is a study of a roosting Tawny owl completed in oils with a background of applied 24 carat gold leaf on canvas.The gold leaf has been applied and deliberately distressed to make the surface a little more interesting and allow the painted canvas to show through.This and other works can be found on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com

Saturday, 8 April 2017

A New Direction








Since my last posting my art has taken a new direction as you can see from the images above.These paintings are mixed media pieces incorporating oils,acrylics and gold leaf,both 24 carat and imitation gold leaf and variegated leaf.
I felt that I wanted to create something that functioned as both a serious wildlife piece and a highly decorative artwork and hopefully will appeal to a broader art buying audience.
I spent 5 weeks in the far east at the start of this year and ,amongst other things,i spent time learning the art of gold leafing from a master artist at the Royal palace in Bangkok,where I learned how to apply gold leaf in the traditional manner used in the far east.I felt that,even though I don't use my gold leaf in a strictly traditional manner, it would be very useful to know how to from a professional point of view.
These images above are the result of my experimentation over the last few months and are now available to purchase.For full details of these paintings please check out my website at www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com
I hope you like these new works and I would love to hear your thoughts.Clive

Saturday, 23 July 2016

New Bird paintings








Over the last few months ive been working on a series of oil paintings based on encounters at my local nature reserve Titchfield Haven NNR on the Hampshire coast.The breeding Avocets and there young have fascinated me and its a subject I have returned to many times over.I have started working closely with local Galleries and many of my small paintings have found new homes and made it into limited edition print form.All my available paintings and prints can be found on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com
I am now actively pursueing new gallery exposure for my oil paintings.
Hope you like the new paintings,i would love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Fur,Feathers and Fetlocks Exhibition 25th june - 3rd july 2016

So here I am back again like a bad penny!
I wanted to let everyone know about a forthcoming show at the fabulous Haddon Galleries in Torquay,UK
The exhibition is a celebration of the british countryside featuring original works by some of the UK's top artists including yours truly and I will be exhibiting seven oil paintings.On the opening day Saturday 25th june there will be a 'meet the artists' event when all participating artists will be in the gallery for visitors to meet.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

'Autumn Lapwings' 13" x 16" oil on canvas

 
 
 
 

A return to my favourite subjects here with this painting,birds and water.The image is based on observations made at my local nature reserve here on the south coast of England last Autumn and depicts a pair of Lapwings sheltering in the lee of a shingle bank on a chilly but bright autumns day.I deliberately painted this in a looser manner than I might usually do and thoroughly enjoyed seeing what I could accomplish with this approach.
Despite having this studio blog for many years and attempting to keep it up to date with studio goings on and details of my exhibition etc and although it apparently has over 700 followers i could count on the fingers of one hand the numbers of people that interact with me which I find very disappointing after all the time and energy I put into it.I have never once had a single enquiry about an original piece featured here let alone a print or even a card sale.Therefore I feel that as an exercise in generating business it has proved to be a waste of my time and energy and  I will be abandoning the blog in the near future.Should there be anyone  out there interested in purchasing wildlife art originals,prints or cards all can be found on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com   I wont however be holding my breath.For those of you who have taken the time to comment here over the years I thank you.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Winter Hare 20" x 16" oil on canvas

 


 


These are the progress shots of my latest Hare oil painting as it came together in my studio.The subject was first sketched onto my prepared stretched canvas and then,as is my usual practice,i started work on background elements.I prefer to paint my backgrounds first to ensure I make a good and convincing job of the animals surroundings as my interest can begin to wane in a piece once the main focus of the piece has been completed,so doing it this way round ensures a quality piece throughout.Having completed most of the background with a single coat of oils I made a start on the quick blocking in or underpainting of the Hare itself.I like to use sturdy short flat brushes for the underpainting stage as they are great for scrubbing oil thinly into the canvas.I don't use any thinning mediums except for a dash of liquin to help paint move freely during the detailed painting stage.Once the underpainting is complete and after a day or so to dry I started on the detailed top coat of oils,applying the paint a little thicker and utilising liquin medium to help lay on fur details.Having completed the Hare it was then just a case of completing the foreground snow and adding in the dry grasses.My favourite oils are the hand-made Michael Harding paints but I also use Winsor and Newton artists oils and Old Holland paints for some of my favourite colours.