I started out on this large painting with a view to going completely over the top with the amount of details but having got to grips with it ive been enjoying working a little more loosely.this is the first painting that ive used my new Michael harding oil paints exclusively on and ive got to say what lovely oils they are to work with.ive more or less completed the body and ears of the beast and next comes the really interesting part,the face and horns.this will obviously be the main focal point of the painting and so the details will be a little tighter here but my main focus with the painting has changed from being all about detail to being more about creating an impact with the scale of the painting which measures 36" in width.
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.