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Clifford the Big Read Blog
Nationally known wildlife artist Clifford VanMeter, including news and event information, works in progres and completed works.
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This week in Cliff?
2008-06-01 00:31:00
Well its Saturday, so it must be time for our Monday Easel check — I keep meaning to rename that, but “Occasional Easel Check”, just doesn’t have the same ring to it. This week ya’ll get a two-fer. I managed to complete another Kermode bear I call, “The Old Fishin’ Hole” and a small piece ...
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Easel Check & Other New Work
2008-05-19 16:06:00
Well, once again I’ve been less than diligent in my postings,,, especially the Monday Easel Check . I’ve actually been running a bit hot and cold lately, and I’ve had several pieces in various stages of completion… something I almost never do. Anyway, I revisited a piece over the weekend, reworking the larger of the two ...
More About: Painting , Work
Mountain Toppers: Top of the Foodchain
2008-04-07 15:31:00
Another in my “mountain toppers” series, which includes my bighorn and mountain goat pieces. These are really exercises in developing my technique for clouds and rocks. I’m happiest with this one, particularly the clouds. Course it might just be because its a bear.
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Magnus Auction
2008-03-09 01:42:00
Well, its moving a bit slower than I’d hoped, but we have two donors so far. Neil Cameron @$25 is currently the leader for the painting. Jared Hayes @ $5 is in the running for one of the character drawings. That’s all we have as of now. I’m hoping (like an Ebay auction) that there are a bunch ...
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A Little Different Kind of Auction
2008-03-08 02:49:00
Three weeks ago I got laid off. Well, as hard as it is to be public about all this, things are beyond tight and getting worse. So I’m looking to do a little different kind of auction and hoping some of you will participate. On the right there’s a donate button. The person who makes the ...
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Damn! Robots are Hard!
2008-03-07 05:20:00
Finally its done. Magnus Robot Fighter. One of my all time favorite comic characters and an exercise in painting technique totally different from my usual wildlife work. Man, I learned a lot on this one.
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Tuesday Daily Painting - Black Bear Cub
2008-03-05 05:31:00
Another day, another bear. Here’s today’s painting. Monday got bumped for time to work on the Magnus piece. I’ll post it here when its done.
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Going Old School - Magnus Painting
2008-03-03 20:32:00
Though not technically “wildlife” it is pretty wild. I’m going back to my roots and doing a painting of Magnus: Robot Fighter, a character I was lucky enough to be associated with back in my days at Valiant Comics. Here’s layer one, the sketch (sometimes called the cartoon) right from the canvas. It’ll be 14×11 ...
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Thursday Painting - Feb 28th: Big Horn Sheep
2008-03-01 05:22:00
Got slightly behind schedule on posting, though I did finish it yesterday. Its an 8×10 on stretched canvas and my first of big horn sheep, and part of a series (along with the mountain goat from yesterday) of western “toppers”. I’ll be working up a bear next week. This piece, like all my daily paintings ...
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Wednesday Painting - King of the Mountain
2008-02-28 03:54:00
Three in a row! This one is my first mountain goat and was an opportunity for me to try some new techniques for rocks and sky. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with it. I like working with the unusual proportions and I think the verticality (Is that even a word? Well it is now.) of ...
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Tuesday Painting - ?Napping with One Eye Open?
2008-02-27 19:24:00
Tuesday’s work — Woot! Two in a row. It’ll be up on Ebay later today (Wednesday).
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Another Coyote
2008-02-26 13:48:00
Monday’s daily painting. It’ll be up on Ebay later today.
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A Painting A Day
2008-02-15 06:50:00
As of Monday, I have officially joined the ranks of Michigan’s unemployed. I see this as a mixed blessing. On the one-hand, I’ll have little or no income in the short term. On the other hand, I have lots of time to paint. I am intending to shop the employment sites, send out the resumes, ...
More About: Painting
Coyote Sunrise - Another Monday, Another Hound
2008-02-04 05:38:00
Bears and dogs (wolves, foxes and coyote’s included). Its seems like I’m always painting bears and dogs. Well here’s another. I pushed to try to be more impressionistic here, less structured, more graphic. I hope you think it works. I like it a lot, and I generally hate everything I do within about 5-minutes of ...
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Mondays & Trying New Things
2008-01-28 22:35:00
I’ve not done many birds before. A pair of Ravens that went straight to Ebay, and a Kingfisher that’s since been painted over. This is the first one that I’ve been at all happy with. Something about working out a different way of applying the brush strokes. More “feathery”, less “furry”. A detail shot of the ...
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Its Monday!
2008-01-21 19:34:00
Been keeping busy completing some smaller pieces for my grand Ebay experiment. Here’s the latest, currently available for your buying pleasure here. This little cub is a 6×6 miniature, done specifically as part of a triptych to fit three wonderful, chunky shadow-box style frames I picked up from a woodworker friend of mine. The two ...
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Missed it by that much?
2007-12-18 07:09:00
With apologies to Maxwell Smart, its about 1Am on Tuesday and I’m posting my Monday Easel Check. Well, close enough for government work, eh? Anyway, just completed this commission of a pair of dogs from way out west in Reno Nevada. Its acrylics on a 24×24 inch stretched canvas. I’m on a dog-gone roll right ...
Kalamazoo Art Hop, Painting Live & Doing Good
2007-12-08 21:01:00
Well we survived another Art Hop last night. More than 300 people all told came to see us at Caffe Casa on the downtown Kalamazoo Mall as part of the monthly art event. Once again (my second time) I was painting live. This time, the painting title, “Almost Happy Hour”, was auctioned to benefit the ...
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The Diver - Yep, Another Polar Bear Without White
2007-11-27 05:40:00
That’s right. I’ve done it again. A polar bear… no white paint. The latest example. I actually based this on a corporate commission I just completed with a diving Polar Bear . I liked it so much, I wanted to try it bigger. Here’s the result.
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The Lion?s Roar - Complete
2007-10-27 20:33:00
Its finished. Zebra’s fleeing in terror in acrylics on a 30×40 handmade canvas-wrapped panel. My friend Patrick, the woodcarver will be making a custom frame for it as well. Its far more impressive in person because of the size. SAYING 30×40 is one thing, but seeing it is another. Its big. On the left is ...
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When the Lion Sprang.
2007-10-23 04:52:00
A little different perspective and returning to the idea of doing a “scene”. Still keeping it looser, more free, bigger strokes, more color, etc. There’s still a fair amount of work in the lower portion of the piece, even before I start the two zebras. Once they are completed, I’ll be taking a sponge and ...
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Holy Paintbucket, Batman! A Monday Easel Check on an Actual Monday!
2007-10-09 04:05:00
I don’t know how it happened, and I promise I’ll try harder to be irresponsible in the future. But here it is, a Monday Easel Check on a Monday. I know… I know… I’m stunned speechless, too. Yes, it is another one. Apparently I’m on a jag.
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Easel Check - Jungle Eye
2007-10-01 06:41:00
Hot off the easel. I actually finished two this weekend, the other (a polar bear) is more impressive in person, but this one looks better online. Check the gallery if you’d like to see the other. This one is 12×24 inches on a hand-made canvas panel.
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?Hello Moto? - Animoto Beta for Slide Shows
2007-09-25 20:00:00
Animoto is a new online application that lets you make very cool slide shows very easily and embed them in your website or blog. Registration is free and so are short (:30 second) slide shows. Want something longer, well it’ll cost ya’ a few bucks. Easy to use and comes with its own music library. ...
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Tiger WIP
2007-09-25 14:00:00
This whole Monday Easel check isn’t working out all that well, since I usually don’t get to it till Tuesday or Wednesday. I could change the label to just “Easel Check”, but that would just be rewarding my lack of discipline. Anyway, here’s where I am right now on a large (36×24) tiger. I’ll have ...
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Sucess At Auction
2007-09-22 14:12:00
Last night was the charity auction for 4 One World at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. My piece, “The King” was proudly on display. At 30×40 it was the largest piece there and by the end of the evening it had racked up $650 for the charity. When last I looked, it was just about ...
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Quite Possibly the Best Work I?ve Ever Done?
2007-09-13 18:34:00
…and I’m giving it away. Yep, a 30×40 inch piece with frame, and its going to a charity auction to benefit 4 One World an organization that supports schools in Africa. Here’s the piece: It will hang in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for a few days, then be auctioned off in a “gala event”. Lots of rich ...
More About: Work , Done
Etsy - The Interview
2007-08-26 17:41:00
I just started listing on Etsy and I have to say overall I’m impressed with the community there. Even though I’m not yet convinced that Etsy is the right place for my work, it is a hopping place with a lot going for it. Rather than just do my own review of Etsy, I thought ...
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Easel Check - Autumn Elk
2007-08-22 23:53:00
Finally got back in the studio and painted something new. This one is 36×24 on canvas panel. My first Elk.
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Nothing New? but some observations
2007-08-13 15:16:00
Since I completed the run up to my show, I’ve not been back into the studio. There are two reasons for this, first I needed to take a break, watch some TV, grab a long nap, etc. Frankly, I was just tired. The second reason is more complicated, to put it in crass commercial terms, ...
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