Night & Day Plein Air Painting in Norfolk's Ghent District

Spent a lot of time painting this weekend. Friday night, I was back at the Naro painting a nocturnal plein air. This time for the Jerry's Artarama Plein Air contest. I got out late and started painting around 11pm and didn't finish till after 2 am. I met some cool people, handed out all my business cards. Bernard came by to film me a little before heading home after his own nocturnal plein air adventure. And despite being outside, the amount of smoke and alcohol eeking out of the surrounding bars was strong. Norfolk still knows how to party, I guess. Saturday was tough, I slept hard but managed to get out to the Norfolk Academy Art Exhibit, (I'll have to enter that next year). Sunday got me going to paint out around 1pm, (later than I wanted to). Although there were just as many people walking about, something about quiet sunny days that keep people from approaching. Honestly, I felt almost invisible at times. Until I met Larry, who gave me a glimpse of what it is like to have no one understand you or even try. I feel for folks like Larry. A few artists stopped by to ask about my Easy-L Versa easel and see how my painting was coming along. In all, it was a good day. Then it got better when my friend Kevin told me my Naro painting won a $100.00 at Jerry's. I'll burn through that in a week, I'm sure. Last, but not least, I'll address the fantasy that every business card you give out will be kept and cherished in somebody's purse or wallet. Nice thought. Now take a look at the last picture at the bottom. Yup, that's my card. A friend took a pic of it in the hallway of her apt. building after she found it. Only a few hours old and it was already soaked in beer & cigarettes, laying stranded on the floor.




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.