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.
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.