A Day Out For Plein Air Painting!

I have to say one of the best feelings is having the whole day to yourself to just go out and find something to paint. Monday, when I left the house, I had no idea where I was going. After I stopped for gas, I had an idea. Wasn't sure if I'd get in the base of Ft. Story at Cape Henry, but it was worth a shot. With all the gear I have, getting into a military complex and explaining that I'm there to paint isn't exactly heard of in this area. But after the long wait of my fruitless search on a proof of insurance, the front gate guards skipped inspecting the yellow bus and let me in! It was cold, and I mean COLD. My hands were the half frozen just setting up. Which was my first mistake, as I should have warmed them up before painting. It was pretty barren of people, with the exception of the lighthouse keepers, a van load of tourists and a nice MP who was nice enough to radio the other MPs of what I was doing with a weird box on a tripod. No one hassled me and I made off with a nice painting. Yeah, lighthouses are by some trite and cliché, but so what? I'm out to paint and have fun! Who cares about the armchair art critic? Today is another adventure to find another scene worth painting.



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.