Getting the courage to be fearless and rework a painting.

Here is a side by side comparison.

Here is a side by side comparison.

Last year, I completed the painting on the right with the boat that had no sails.  I had been working from two photos I had taken but with different exposures.  In hopes of getting all the values that I remember seeing.  Once at a point where I thought that any more work on it would destroy the painting, I stopped.  For some reason, I let the size of the painting get to me.  It was one of my bigger paintings, and the fact that I had gotten lost on the direction on how to complete it, should have clued me in that it wasn't really done.  It's true, that most painters can almost always find something to keep working on .  But at what moment are we to really know when that the painting is truly done?  Confidence during the process can make the decision easier.  Other times, it's not that self evident and we have to struggle within ourselves to know when to stop working.  Having mulled it in my mind for a few months of what to do, I decided to go back into the painting and flesh out the problems I hadn't resolved before.  I think the result is much better.



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.