Two of the projects rattling around in my head are starting to appear on canvas.both these underpaintings are being completed using alkyd oils in order to try and speed up the painting process.the uppermost photo shows a 3ft square-ish canvas on which I'm going to paint a lovely Red deer stag and the lower painting a lioness with lovely shadows and lighting which will pose a nice challenge.i have many other ideas just waiting to make an appearance on paper and canvas including an upcoming commissioned piece,which as those of you who read my blog regularly will know is something I don't undertake very often.
Serval Kitten II graphite and carbon pencil on paper
This week see's the return of the annual Royal Windsor Horse show which runs from 14th-18th May.Every year my publishers Collier and Dobson fine art have a stand in a very prestigious location at the show and this year the two images above will be on display as part of the exhibition of my paintings and drawings as well as the full range of limited edition prints.With fantastic weather forecast for the duration then why not pop along to the show which is a spectacle not to be missed!
Ok,hands up,i admit it,i'm a lousy photographer,but try as I might I cannot get a decent shot of this painting.Once its been properly scanned i'll post a better image,in which,hopefully,the true richness of the oil colours will be apparent!.Ive given this one a title and even signed it although I'm still debating whether or not to add more to the piece,it will have to sit in the studio for a few days whilst I make up my mind.Anyways,with this image ive tried to be a little looser,painterly even,and enjoy the nature of the oils.whilst there is a fair bit of detail here I decided early on not to get too carried away with that side of things and instead concentrate on producing a pleasing image whilst exploring the feel and nature of the paint a little more.i hope you like the end result,i'm cautiously pleased with the painting,although ive been looking at it for so long now that my eyes are just picking up every imperfection and not really seeing it as a whole.i'll have to leave it alone for awhile and re-appraise.i decided to call it 'brief respite' because I feel that anytime a fox appears on downtime then a brief respite is all its ever likely to get.thank goodness its such a resourceful animal that it can survive the persecution it undergoes at every turn.I make no apologies for the fact that I love the fox,they are a superb animal and I'm very fortunate to have them as guests on my property.
My apologies in advance for the poor quality of the photograph,no matter how I try to capture this painting it still glares too much in places.i started this fox painting some weeks ago and whilst I was working on my last tiger painting it was languishing in the studio but its time has come at last! I'm working on the second coat of oils on the fox and using the paint more thickly than my usual manner enjoying the consistency of the oils and attempting to be a bit more painterly in my approach.i'm very much enjoying the slightly looser approach and keeping my fingers crossed that everyone else will enjoy it too and not get hung up on the slightly less detailed image.
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.