Completed this painting this morning.I thought long and hard about developing even more detail in the tree stump but in the end i think it's convincing enough as it stands.This is the largest oil painting ive tackled to date and is the last of a batch of three paintings ive had on the easel over the last two months to be completed.After a short break it will be back to preparing new boards for several new paintings i have in mind and preparing for the show season.this will be the first year that my paintings will appear at all my regular shows and i'm looking forward to discovering what sort of reception they are going to receive.
Delighted to be able to report that two of my images above have once again been selected to appear at the DSWF Wildlife artist of the year 2012 exhibition to be held in May at The Mall Galleries in London.
I thought i would post progression shots of all three oils i am currently working on.I took all three with me last week on my residency at Nature in Art with the intention of getting them all finished up whilst there however none of them actually quite made it to the finish line.The Barn owl piece only needs the woodwork to be completed whilst the Little Egret painting only requires some strengthening of contrast and addition of some minor details to the bird itself and finally the little Lemur study needs some more work on the body to complete.i hope,time allowing,to have all three completed by the end of the month as i have other projects i'd like to get into.
It is now day two of my residency at Nature in Art and as you can see from the photo's ive settled into the studio and begun work on my egret painting which i hope to complete whilst here.I have on display a large selection of original pieces,prints and my fine art cards collection.
day one was quite busy with a good number of visitors meandering through the studio,had some very interesting chats with the visitors,with one couple having come all the way from australia.with the cheltenham racing festival on at the moment i'm hoping visitor numbers will continue to be high as the racetrack is close by,also this week is the last week that the touring exhibition of Wildlife photographer of the year will be on display at Nature in art.And so if your'e in the area or just looking for a great day out then why not pop along to nature in art to see there extensive collection of nature related art,the wildlife photographer of the year exhibition and of course your's truly in the garden studio.nature in art's website can be found at http://www.nature-in-art.org.uk/
This weekend see's me busy packing up original paintings and drawings as well as a wealth of limited edition prints and fine art cards in preparation for a residency at Wallsworth Hall in Gloucestershire the home of Nature in Art,a museum dedicated to art portraying the natural world.I will be working in the garden studio on a series of oil paintings at various stages of developement that many of you will have seen progressing here on my blog,with the plan of finishing them all during my stay which will be from tuesday 13th march until sunday 18th march.
I aim to put on a varied display of original works including the debut of my recently completed Black Leopard oil painting alongside these originals will be many framed limited edition prints as well as plenty of loose prints in browsers.
There will be a host of special show offers available and so if youv'e ever fancied owning a clive meredith limited edition and your'e in the area why not pop in and say hi and enjoy the exhibition.
I thought you might like to see my three latest paintings in they're newly acquired frames.These are hand coloured and finished frames inlaid with gold and silver leaf and are beautiful one-off creations from a very talented bespoke framer.I was so pleased with the results when i visited the framers to pick them up that i just had to share.sorry for the poor quality shots but they're just taken in the studio with my own camera.These three will be joining my other works at my residency at Nature in Art starting on 13th march.
From 13th march til 18th march i will once again be Artist in Residence at Nature in Art,a museum dedicated to the depiction of nature in art.I will be working on a painting (or two)in the studio which is set in the sculpture garden at the museum which houses a fabulous collection of nature inspired art through the ages.Apart from my current oil painting on display will be original paintings and drawings as well as a large collection of prints and my fine art cards.The museum is based in Wallsworth Hall,Twigworth,Gloucestershire,UK,for details visit the Nature in Art website
The background to my little egret painting is now complete.I will put this to one side now to dry thoroughly before i make a start on the egret itself.the background here is based on Langstone harbour at low tide and i was trying to capture the sense of a crisp,bright autumn's day.
I thought my regular readers might like to see an example of one of my latest print releases.This limited edition print of my oil painting Red Fox has been bonded to board and then after hand signing and numbering by me has been hand varnished to replicate the original oil on board.At present i have published two oil paintings 'Red Fox' and 'Caracal portait' both are available either unframed as the above images or ready framed in beautiful mouldings which can be viewed on my website http://www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com/ The prints are strictly limited to 195 copies + 20 artists proofs worldwide.Look out for future releases of further oil paintings.
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.