I have been busy since completing my last two paintings preparing a number of canvases for new projects.Most are in the very early stages of preparation but this one I have made a start on the underpainting of the main subject.its a study of a cape buffalo and as befitting the size of the beast the painting will measure 36" x 22" and I hope be quite striking when finished.the background colouration has had a couple of layers added thus far and ive now started on the body of the animal with the first coat of oils to loosely block in details.once the whole piece has been underpainted I shall start to add a second coat of oils refining areas here and there and adding details wet in wet.
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.