Get a chance to win a 3hr Plein Air Painting lesson with me!

Lesson Donated by Doug Clarke
Supplies Donated by Kathy Rust

Unleash your inner artist and learn the classic technique of Plein Air (French for “open air”) painting in the great outdoors. Explore the effect of light on objects, use of color and compositional elements with celebrated local plein air painter Doug Clarke whose recent commissions include both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters. 

Choose your favorite Hampton Roads location to paint such as your house, favorite street, beach or your personal Pixie Hollow and work alongside the artist for 3 hours in order to complete one 8”x10” painting. Also comes with a gift basket of art supplies to keep up your artistic practice at home. All materials for your painting will be supplied... just bring your enthusiasm and your inspiration! 

Mutually agreeable date TBD. Must be scheduled by end of June 2016. 



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.