A couple of weeks ago i conducted my first oil painting workshop.it was designed for absolute beginners in oils and was an attempt to de-mystify the medium for the starter painter and by the end of the day hopefully have a good grasp of the basics and maybe even splodge a little paint about.During the day i used this little off-cut of mdf lying around in the studio to demonstrate some of the techniques.The uppermost photo here shows the painting of a lemur as it stood at the end of the workshop and today whilst other larger pieces are drying i thought i'd finish off the underpainting.The image measures only 8" x 7" and it is quite a treat to work on something swiftly with loose brushes,something i may continue to do between larger works.
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both graphite pencil and oils,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each drawing or painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 50 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.