Work has now resumed on the second of my Hare paintings after completion of the little study.My aim with this painting has been to concentrate on the lighting and colours as much as on the details and my hope is i will produce a more 'painterly' image as a result.I have finished working on the background colours and shadows and now i'm working on the first layer of oil on the Hare itself and starting to block in areas of colour and indeed messing around with those colours to try and work out my mixes for the more accurate top coat.so far there are only minor hints to the level of contrast that i eventually hope to show here with some strongly lit areas as well as shadows on the animal.
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.