Happy New Year to you all,i hope everyone enjoyed a lovely festive break and the hangovers have all receded!
Back in the studio after a weeks celebrating I'm easing myself into 2015 with a cat portrait.This is a magnificent male Jaguar that I photographed whilst in the Far East last year at a Big Cat sanctuary.I'm focussing on the head and shoulders in this image as I love jaguar heads because of there extreme muscularity and I liked the rather whimsical look the cat gave me as he lounged in shade during the heat of the day.As usual ive completed the cats ears first and now moved on to add in key features and started work on the spots.each spot consists of several layers of graphite to build up the tones and try to emphasise the shine on the coat.drawing the spots is extremely time-consuming and leaves me with aching fingers at the end of each studio session from the application of much pressure to the pencils.
for any of you with a little leftover Christmas spending money burning a hole in your pocket may I remind you of my website www.clivemeredithart.com where you will find an extensive range of original works and prints including some fabulous new arrivals!
My studio/gallery is now open to visitors by appointment here in Warsash and so if you'd like to pop along just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
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.