As the temperature outside the studio has been soaring over the last week or so ive found it increasingly difficult to concentrate and the lure of sunshine has frequently got the better of me meaning very little work has been accomplished.with several shows upcoming ive been taking a look at some older graphite pieces that for one reason or another have not sold and thinking about how i could improve them and show them once again.in the above example i had originally drawn the owl atop a celtic cross in an effort to make it a little different from several earlier barn owl pieces featuring more natural elements.for one reason or another its never really gelled with the public and so i decided to strip the drawing out of its frame and using a little blu-tac lifted the graphite from the cross and then carefully re-drew the elements as a fence post and where some of the earlier graphite lines from the cross were too strong to be erased i kept them in the composition as bramble stems.overall i think it has worked and i now prefer the more natural feel.i now find myself looking at other pieces that ive kept hold of in the studio that are already framed and therefore 'owe' me money that ive never been 100% happy about with the idea of possible further re-hashing of the images that obviously at some point i found interesting enough a concept to try and draw.
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 oils and mixed media,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each 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 80 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.