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.
my two latest oil paintings have now returned from my framers in beautifully hand-finished frames just in time to make there debut at The South of England show,Ardingly,West sussex from the 6th-8th june.these two along with other original artworks and limited edition prints will be on display on my publisher Collier and Dobson's stand opposite the main showring for the duration of the show.
here's an update on the two paintings ive been working on.the uppermost painting of the Amur leopard cub is now finished and will be winging its way to the framers shortly whilst the lower picture of a Serval kitten is very nearly complete,only requiring a little finessing of fur details once its dried thoroughly.time to make a start on some new projects.
Happy with my efforts on the cats head I made a start yesterday on the body fur and spent a long and somewhat frustrating day trying to get my brushes to follow my bidding.i'll put it down to 'one of those days' and hope that todays efforts in the studio are a bit more fruitful!. sometimes the paintings that are a real struggle from start to finish end up being some of my best work and so i'm hoping that will be the case with this painting.i'll keep you posted.
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.