I HAVE A CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!

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I HAVE A CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT! Fall is here and so is something new that I am doing for the entirety of this month. I am running a contest for anyone who signs up for my weekly newsletter this month until October 31st. If you are reading this and are saying to yourself, “Wait a minute, I’m already signed up!”. Fear not my friends, you are already in the running and don’t need to do anything further to win. The winner will be picked randomly from a drawing on Nov 2nd and notified. I know what you are thinking, “What’s the prize?”. Well, hold your horses, because here is the best part. The winner will receive a personal oil painting portrait of themselves or a loved one (provided the photo is of acceptable detail and quality). I know it’s a crazy idea, why would I do something like this? The answer is rather simple, social media is fracturing, people are moving on to other platforms or dropping off of social media entirely. I totally understand this and want to let you know there is a way to keep up and in touch with my latest work and musings as an artist. I’ve been writing a weekly e-newsletter and have been featuring all my latest paintings first before posting on various social media. I love hearing from you all and feel this is a more personal way to share my work and process along with new paintings. I am not leaving social media as of now, however if you don’t want to sign up, you can always go to my blog on my site to see the latest work as well. But sadly, you’ll miss out on getting a cool portrait, so sign up if you want to get in! So that’s it in a nutshell, I just want to stay in touch and make sure you get to see all my latest work. No weird algorithms, no politics or stupid jokes, just my latest paintings and news about shows and exhibitions.

Contest Rules: Must sign up or already be on the mailing list as of Nov 1st, 12:01am 2019. Painting will be oil on a 9x12 canvas. Contest winner can opt to have a portrait of a friend or family member, yes including pets, provided that the photo provided is of high quality in definition and detail. Delivery of portrait will be made in person, if local. If painting needs to be shipped, the winner will have to pay for shipping all packing and shipping costs. Winner must respond within 48 hours from time of prize notification, or another winner will be chosen.

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Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

On and off the drawing board.

Procreeate Demo

Procreeate Demo

Close up ProcreAte Demo

Close up ProcreAte Demo

St. Pauls CEMETERY Fountain

St. Pauls CEMETERY Fountain

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

In My Room - Record Girl Continued

More sketches of Record Girl. Is that even a proper name? Thanks for all the great feedback on these. I really don’t know where it will go but I continue to enjoy evolving this character.

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

New Painting, “The Bar Menu” 18x24 oil on panel

Hello friends,

If you were in the path of Hurricane Dorian, I hope that you have fared well against The storm. It seems that every time a huge hurricane looms near the mid Atlantic, life and work seems to be put on hold while anticipating it’s trajectory. That said, I have been working on some new paintings and fleshing out new ideas for future paintings to be hopefully featured in my solo show this coming November. This week, a half completed painting that was put on hold for about a year was finally realized. Those feel really good when they are finished, I was talking to a good friend about the fear one faces when venturing into new territory and how our peers will react. Peer pressure is real and with social media it can be crippling. Worrying about how others will react and say is ever present and echoes the questions and doubts in our heads. If you are a creative person too, I hope that you can overcome the background chatter of negativity to produce your best work. I feel really good about this one and hope you do too. Thanks for following me on my own journey and I wish you well this week. 

Additionally, I had just finished posting this and then listened to Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about his perspective of his favorite painting, specifically “Starry Night” by Van Gogh. It felt very validating to hear one of our generation’s greatest minds discuss the value of art and how important it is that artist convey their feelings through paintings. Not to merely render exactly what they see, but to interpret a resonance from within.

The Bar Menu 18x24 oil on Panel

The Bar Menu 18x24 oil on Panel

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Canvas Print Reveal - What to expect when you order a digital print

Hey everyone!

I wanted to share with you a rather new feature on my site, gallery wrap prints of my digital paintings. When you order a fine art print see how it is packaged and see the final results ready to hang. I just did a digital painting portrait commission with a new black border on a 1.5 inch wide canvas and the results are amazing! The colors, detail and quality of materials are nothing short of great! I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful August and making the most of the final days of summer!

Best,
Doug

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

New painting, "Coffee and Sun" 6x8 oil on canvas available!

Well, I got back from Puerto Rico and I have to say I’ve been really inspired by the beautiful landscape and people of San Juan. Here’s a little painting from Old San Juan of some coffee drinkers hanging out casually in the hot Puerto Rican sun. I’ll post more later as I settle back into the groove of everyday life. Currently AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.

Coffee and Sun 6x8 oil on canvas - Available

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

More Comic Art while Traveling

I’ve been traveling on an anniversary trip with the wife and couldn’t bring my paints. That said, we made the flight out of Puerto Rico, but hit delay after delay getting home. As of writing this, the airline is asking someone to volunteer their seat for a delayed flight. I am not volunteering! Luckily, I used the time wisely and did some more Record Girl Comic art. I’ll share some vacation photos and some preliminary sketches soon.

Lost & Stranded

Lost & Stranded

RECORD GIRL COVER - VINYL IS FOREVER

RECORD GIRL COVER - VINYL IS FOREVER

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

A follow up from Record Girl Comic

I really enjoyed creating this follow up to my last post of Record Girl. I feel like this character is an amalgamation of several girls I knew growing up and I look forward to developing her persona in my spare time. What do you think?

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Another Short Comic by Me, Myself and I.

I can’t believe I am doing another comic. What’s more crazy, it how much fun I am having doing these. After painting for solo long, this feel like a fresh breath of air and it is another outlet of creativity. What will become of these, I have no idea, but so far the response has been great. With that said, I’m gong to stop here and let the work speak for itself.

Record Girl

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

New Painting from the Pacific Coast

I love California, it’s a great place to visit, but I would rather live in in Virginia. The change of seasons are great. That said, the coastlines of the Pacific Highway are some of the most beautiful places i’ve been. Here’s a little 6x8 oil painting I did last night. While I was painting, the memories came flooding back of those beautiful beaches. Also this week I worked on something I haven’t dabbled in a very long while. It is available for purchase here.

Pacific View 6x8 Oil on Board.

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Something a little different from the drawing board.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a comic book artist. But life has a way of taking you into different directions. Anyhoo… Here’s a quick space story, hope you like it.

A littlE sci-fi comic

A littlE sci-fi comic

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

First look for the fans

Just completed a painting to trade with my buddy Thomas Bradshaw who just got engaged with his lovely lady. I hope they enjoy this caboose painting from Exmore. I’ve always wanted to own a painting of his and I am really enjoying his painting of a caboose hanging on my wall! Here is a snap shot of my painting process.

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Stuck on a painting and I can’t finish it!

I got stuck on this one folks, it happens. To me, it feels like leaving a lawn half mowed. I imagine what my neighbors would think about that. It feels like quitting. Let’s not even discuss the highbrow attitude that one should only post finished work. “How dare they?”. So what? I’m stuck right now. Deal with it. Eventually, a solution will come along. Besides, the bar featured in the painting is no more.

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Works in Progress with ProCreate

Hey everyone, these are the things that I’m currently working on with ProCreate. Some of them are in various stages of completion and some of them may not make the cut. Also I have been stoked to get several requests to do a follow up feature blog about painting with non-toxic mediums. Later this week I will share my thoughts on this process that I’ve kind of gone about and hope that it will help those who are looking to paint with toxic free mediums.

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

“Morning Coffee” New Small Painting for Sale - SOLD!

Just posted a new Painting for sale, “Morning Coffee” 6x8 oil on canvas. Based from my father and step mom’s travels to Europe. My dad has always had a good eye for photography. Looking forward to creating more of these little studies so that I can push my work while I work on cleaning out my studio and get it ready for more video recording and lessons. Would love to know what you think?

Morning Coffee 6x8 oil on CAnvas

Morning Coffee 6x8 oil on CAnvas

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Clean Out Your Studio!

This isn’t even my studio at its worst. But at least I can get some work done now while cleaning out the rest of my art supplies and other crap.

This isn’t even my studio at its worst. But at least I can get some work done now while cleaning out the rest of my art supplies and other crap.

This is the current state of my studio, but I have long term plans for it. But first it has to get clean! We all hate it when our workspace gets too cluttered to effectively get anything done in. I have been the process of cleaning my studio out to just the bare essentials that I need. Last year I had double the amount of sketchbooks that you see in the below picture. It took time, but the two stacks on the left are now gone as I write this, and I feel better already. It really makes me question holding onto all of these when I almost never go back through them.  It’s best to say they were the process to get to the next level. As for my moleskines, While I have a ton, they are easier to manage. My goal is to have just supplies for oil, gouache and watercolor painting. Anything else is going to be purged. For all the artists reading this who have perfect and immaculate studios, I loathe you and I admire you. If you are like me, having to always manage a mess in the studio, I highly recommend that you watch a couple of those Marie Kondo episodes on Netflix. It has been very helpful for me to get into the right mindset of purging unnecessary art supplies. I’ll keep everyone updated on the progress, now I have to get back to work!

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

New Digital Prints and Works In Progress!

Hey Everyone!
I’m really excited to share with you that I have a new digital print store up (click here). These prints are ready to hang right out of the box and onto your wall, no framing needed! Also the last three are works in progress that have been on the drawing board. I’ll elaborate more about my prints in my next post, but I just wanted to share the new work with you all.

Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Going out with a Bang at Gloucester Plein Air, my last outdoor painting competition for awhile.

All 10 of my paintings in the order that I painted them from Gloucester Plein Air. For me it was nice to go out with a bang. To be recognized by your peers for your efforts and walk home with awards and sales. My hiatus on plein air events begins, but I’m grateful to all the friends I’ve made along the way. I am still painting outdoors and in studio, I have a solo show I just committed to in November. But I am at a stage in my life in which I wonder what is next for me and my painting. More exploration on how to develop my voice as a painter to come in the near future.

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

How to choose a Painting Surface.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been debating about which painting surface is best for me to paint with. I have been using canvas boards forever. They are light and durable and the best part is that they even hold up in a torrential downpour, (as experienced at Easton one time). Linen boards are very nice too, but the cost is nearly triple the amount. They have a finer tooth to the surface than common canvas and seem to be the choice for most painters. Then there is a gessoed board of Masonite otherwise known as MDF. Super slick surface, especially if you buy it pre-primed. The nice thing I like about MDF is that you can mount linen or canvas to it with an adhesive like Mighty Muck, (which is non acidic). I do like prepping my boards on these. The surface is really good, but it does take some time. I tried primed paper or paper that handles oil has been for me the most disappointing experience. The worst experience however was using a cradle board birchwood surface with pine substrate. Most of them are fine and great, but having a defect that I thought I could sand and fix before painting over turned out to be a disaster. Should have returned it as soon as I discovered it, but I didn’t and painted something I really liked that I can’t sell. EVER. Best cradleboard that I have experienced to day is going to HomeDepot, buying a interior door blank, (a door with no holes or hinge indentions). Cut it to your preferred size and cut a 1.5 inch wood to fill in the side you cut. Glue it with Tightbond III Wood Glue. So far, it is light, sturdy and no warping or flexing. Best of all is that it’s already pre-primed all over and you just need to sand and gesso your painting surface and the side you filled in with the 1.5 wood. If anyone is interested, I can post a video about what I’ve done to make them.

If money were no object and I have no time, these linen panels from Jerry’s Artarama are great!

If money were no object and I have no time, these linen panels from Jerry’s Artarama are great!

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Some might look at this as cheap, but I have been in a torrential downpour painting on these and they hold up really well. But they are inexpensive and very durable. And probably the best to use when starting out painting.

Some might look at this as cheap, but I have been in a torrential downpour painting on these and they hold up really well. But they are inexpensive and very durable. And probably the best to use when starting out painting.

If you want to paint big, this is something worth trying out. Masonite 30 in. x 80 in. Primed Smooth Flush Hardboard Hollow Core from Home Depot $40 bucks.

If you want to paint big, this is something worth trying out. Masonite 30 in. x 80 in. Primed Smooth Flush Hardboard Hollow Core from Home Depot $40 bucks.

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Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.

Reclaiming my online presence

I know what you’re thinking, “Here goes another rant about the horrible social media that rots people’s minds and sells your soul”. Well fear not my friends, this is not this blog. I have experienced a great sense of community with FaceBook and Instagram. The ability to be exposed to artists that I admire and discover new artists has been very rewarding. However, I do feel a disconnect that in such environments, the ability to recount my experiences in long form is lost. I won’t even begin to get into the can of worms that is privacy and ownership with social media. So, I wanted to experiment and go back to my blog. To tell my stories, share my work without fear of judgement from my peers. Yes, I do feel that pressure to live up to everyone else’s expectations, even if it is not really there and nobody gives a damn about what I write or post. So here is to new beginnings and experiments. Are you excited as I am about the unknown? Let’s begin...

Today, I had another request to paint a portrait from a photo. These are such delicate decisions. Most photos people show me are washed out old photographs of long lost loved ones. The photo is more of a placeholder for their memory which fills in the gaps of missing details. Since I don’t possess the same memories, the photo provides little if any details of how to handle the portrait. What they are hoping is that I can read their mind and magically pull the visions from their memories and produce what they remember of the loved one. Sadly, I can’t do this. More often than not, I politely turn the job down and explain the photo is lacking necessary visual information needed to work from. I feel for them and their longing to reconnect to those memories. However, sometimes, there are photos that I can work from. The technology of better cameras in smart phones helps me immensely when accepting new commissions. And of course, good contrast light doesn’t hurt either.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here are two photos that will help illustrate my point. I hope.

 

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A photo of my dear mum. Notice the washed out details? She literally could be any young girl from that baby boomer era. Not a good photo to work from.

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A photo of my Pops. See the details and the contour of the face from the shadows? This kind of photograph makes an excellent reference for a portrait.

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Liquidmethod

Doug Clarke is an award winning Plein Air and Studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. He works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Graduating with Honors and Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art.  As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings.  His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air".  There he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Doug has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters for 2014.  Awards include 1st place awards for Plein Air 757,  Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick draw competitions, as well as a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally.  Doug’s work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery and the Ellen Moore Gallery.

In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has participates in local and national plein air events

When painting outdoors, Doug is very passionate about capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.