Whilst the amur leopard cub painting is drying out prior to framing ive re-started work on my serval kitten painting and having given the whole cat a second coat of oils i'm now working on detailing the cats head.its proving to be quite tricky for me and has been scraped back a couple of times as i wasnt happy with the results but i'm confident that it has started to go the way i want it now.
Really pleased with the progress thus far on my Amur leopard cub painting.after a couple more days working the details ive now completed the head of the cat and the next step will be to tackle the body fur.
After yet another protracted break from this painting due to illness ive finally managed to make a start today on the more detailed layer of oil paints.This is the part i enjoy most as working with small flats,rounds and riggers i start to build fur detail on top of the base coats of oil.i tend to add another coat of base colour oil on an area and then work the detail into that wet on wet,adding a little liquin medium into the mix occasionally when i want a bit of fur to really stand out on top of previous fur work.the addition of the medium makes the paint flow more freely and combined with a rigger brush allows me to lay hair on top of already wet fur work without it blending in.
since my last posting ive underpainted the paler parts of the cat and now ive also added a second strengthening layer of oils to the spots.this now has to be put to one side to dry before i can move onto the detailed oil coats.
The two images above show my two latest oil paintings at the very early underpainting stage.unfortunately after my last post i came down with a flu bug and have been unable to work until now.ive very lightly underpainted the Serval and now put to one side to dry and made a start on an amur leopard cub study.having painted a blue/green background tone to the picture and blocked in the spots i decided to make a start on the cats eye.i am continuing with the underpainting on this cat and hopefully by the time thats complete the serval will be dry enough to continue.
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.