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.

A great night painting the pier!

 “Night Beckons the Fisherman” 16x20 oil on canvas. Was an awesome night listening to Led Zeppelin and talking to the occasional tourist. Met a group of students from Mongolia who were nice enough to watch my gear while I went to my truck. When I came back they were taking pics of themselves posing behind the easel! Had a fun time and was really happy with the results of the painting.

 

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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 be ready to go out and paint plein air at a moments notice.

How to be ready to go out and paint plein air at a moments notice.

Ever been out painting and forgotten to bring your brushes or paints? Leaving home without the critical gear to paint can be challenging or even disastrous. With the right preparations, you can be ready to paint at any given moment you want without the fear of leaving gear behind. 

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My 31 Daily Painting Challenge!

January 1st I joined a 31 daily painting challenge hosted by Strada Easel.  I wanted to jumpstart my painting and had heard of this challenge last year.  The rules are paint from life (no photos) everyday.  It was an extremely challenging process to figure out a subject to paint.  Some paintings were started and abandoned due to time or work, which meant if it was plein air, I had to start all over again that evening.  During this challenge I learned that I really should embrace still life subjects more as they are a great way to study light, composition and values when I can't be outside painting plein air.  Most of the paintings were done in an hour and half to two hour range.  After getting home from work, cooking and getting the kids to bed it usually was 10pm.  Some of the paintings I wouldn't considered finished paintings but astute life studies.  Not all of them are successful, but the constant painting everyday has greatly improved my confidence and helped me rely more on intuition an instinct.  If you have not considered this challenge, I would highly recommend you should if you are looking to improve upon your painting skills.  Below are the paintings in chronological order.  For those that followed me on Facebook and Instagram, thank you for your daily support and encouragement!  Thanks to Bryan Mark Taylor for hosting this challenge, I really enjoyed the process and challenge of daily painting.  

 

 

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

Day 4

Day 5

Day 5

Day 6

Day 6

Day 7

Day 7

Day 8

Day 8

Day 9

Day 9

Day 10

Day 10

Day 11

Day 11

Day 12

Day 12

Day 13

Day 13

Day 14

Day 14

Day 15

Day 15

Day 16

Day 16

Day 17

Day 17

Day 18

Day 18

Day 19

Day 19

Day 20

Day 20

Day 21

Day 21

Day 22

Day 22

Day 23

Day 23

Day 24

Day 24

Day 25

Day 25

Day 26

Day 26

Day 27

Day 27

Day 28

Day 28

Day 29

Day 29

Day 30

Day 30

Day 31

Day 31

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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.

Finding inspiration when in search of outdoor painting subject

I don't know about you, but I really get stoked on the freedom to go out and drive looking for a spot to paint.  The excitement of discovery and seeing something in the moment.  I don't know how else to describe it except that it fits the surfer in me looking for waves to ride.  Something is out there, I just need to wait a let it come to me naturally.  Both of these paintings are typical of being open to my surroundings and when the time is right, I set up and get painting.  Painting smaller and being more mobile allows for instantaneous decisions like trying to paint a setting sun over the harbor.  Forcing a spot to work for you and your painting usually makes for a bad painting and it turns painting into a chore.  It should be a passion.  Driven and determined to lock down with paint on canvas the visual emotions laid out before us.  I'm not interested in capturing exactly what I see, but rather how I feel about the moment and the surroundings I find myself in.

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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.

Norfolk Alleyway Plein Air Time-lapse

6x6 Oil on canvas plein air painting in Norfolk, VA alleyway.

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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.

Birthday Plein Air Session at Turtle Pond.

I found an amazing place to paint to keep me busy for a while.  Here's from my first session painting here during the snow, which of course was on my birthday!  Very rewarding to also have several inquiries for the paintings.  As of this blog post, the top painting, "Winter Turtle Pond" is available.  But "Turtle Pond Tree" has sold.

Winter Turtle Pond

Winter Turtle Pond

Turtle Pond Tree - SOLD

Turtle Pond Tree - SOLD

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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.

Back to painting outdoors again!

I had a fun hour back outside painting, although I didn't have much time.  With all the Christmas hustling and bustling, painting has been limited to commissions only.  Whew, now there's only New Year's Eve left!  Made a quick trip to the city dump with very little daylight left, as I was leaving I noticed the light was very dramatic on the entrance to the dump, so I opted to paint it.  I actually was a lot of fun!

 

"Fresh Garbage" Oil on board. 4x6.


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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.

One of my paintings going in the Rawls Gallery Group Exhibition.

This plein air was of Gilfillan Farm, Pennsylvania, an amazing place to paint.  Quite a few buildings and fields and in the earlier autumn it the colors came alive.

"Gifillan Farm" 9x12 oil on board.

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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.

Adventures in Plein Air Painting.

One of my favorite plein air sessions had to be from the trailer park near Little Creek.  I had passed by this beautiful Chevy Bel Air, a 56 to be exact earlier in the fall.  Although, it was sunny when I passed by the first time, the clouds had rolled in when I set up to paint.  It was one of my first paintings after I had gotten my Easy L Versa and tripod.  If you look closely enough you can see I have hardly any paint on the easel back board.  The locals drove by and seemed to appreciate it.  What I didn't expect was the trailer park management to drive by and start asking if I had a permit.  "What? A permit for what? To paint? Duh, no." I thought.  But I was polite and explained the whole reason I was there was to paint the classic car.  Then I turned the easel around to show her the progress.  That seemed to impress her enough to let me get back to painting.  Sometimes it's better to set up and paint and then let things play out if someone is curious enough to ask what I'm doing there.  Hopefully by then the painting has gotten far enough that I can show my efforts and can see I'm serious about painting.   

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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.

"A Trio of Artists" group exhibition including the works of Bernard Conda, Thomas Bradshaw and Doug Clarke.

I have the distinct honor of showing with two other great Virginian Artists, Bernard Conda and Thomas Bradshaw and I will have our paintings on display.  This exhibition will at the Rawls Gallery in Courtland, Virginia.  I am really excited about this show, as Bernard and I have painted around a lot of places on the weekends.  Some of them very cold, others pretty hot.  He is a phenomenal figure painter and I knew that he would do amazing work in plein air once I convinced him on the virtues of outdoor painting.  Somehow, I have even managed to end up in his paintings as part of the subject matter, (see below in the blue jacket).  Tom and I met through local plein air events and have both made it into the prestigious Plein Air Easton, the biggest competition in the world for plein air painting.  He gets out to paint regularly and teaches workshops as well.  This is going to be one amazing show and I hope that you have a chance to make it out to the opening reception!

Show opens Dec. 12, 2014.
Rawls Museum Arts
22376 Linden Street
Courtland, Virginia 23837
(757) 653-0754

Bernard Conda

Bernard Conda

Thomas Bradshaw

Thomas Bradshaw

Doug Clarke

Doug Clarke

 


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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.

Mount Lebanon Pleir Air Invitational Exhibition part 1

We got gear for us to get started!

We got gear for us to get started!

The first artists arrive after I made it inside at the opening meeting.

The first artists arrive after I made it inside at the opening meeting.

David Csont and Erin Hart running the show at Mount Lebanon Plein Air 2014!

David Csont and Erin Hart running the show at Mount Lebanon Plein Air 2014!

Jamming to jazz!

Jamming to jazz!

Getting started in Pittsburgh at the STRIP!

Getting started in Pittsburgh at the STRIP!

And the sun came out.

And the sun came out.

And then went away several times during the late afternoon, too late for me to get much in.

And then went away several times during the late afternoon, too late for me to get much in.

A Primanti Bros. roast beef and cheese drowned in french fries and slaw.

A Primanti Bros. roast beef and cheese drowned in french fries and slaw.

Monday morning at South 3rd St.

Monday morning at South 3rd St.

Second painting in the rain at South 2nd street.

Second painting in the rain at South 2nd street.

Rain be damned I finished it!

Rain be damned I finished it!

David Csont shows off his pairing demo.

David Csont shows off his pairing demo.

My trip so far on this journey has been awesome!  I've met some new artists and some from Plein Air Easton.  The weather on the first day was gray and over cast.  Only when I was finished did the sun come out.  Monday, proved to be epic and full of brilliant morning light.  I wish had more time to take pics, but I wanted to get a jump on the first painting.  The second painting was just plain challenging.  The clouds came back and brought torrential showers, but I was determined to paint thru it as long as the wind didn't blow too hard.  Luck prevailed and I left feeling good at accomplishing a painting thru heavy rain.

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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.

Rusty Engine No.5 is for Sale in the "Urban Beauty" Exhibition!

"Rusty Engine No.5" 9x12 oil on board. FOR SALE.

"Rusty Engine No.5" 9x12 oil on board. FOR SALE.

"Rusty Engine No.5" is for sale during the URBAN BEAUTY show at the Randy Higbee Gallery. Oct.4th-17th. 102 Kalmus, Costa Mesa, California. Opening Reception this Saturday!

See all the work FOR SALE.

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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.

Williamsburg Plein Air

Had a great time at the Williamsburg Plein Air. The morning light was incredible! Met new painters from Yorktown and Williamsburg as well. Ended the day with a sale and first place! Looking forward to next years event!

Just about done!

Before framing

Just set up!

Some of the local media showed up.

Sold and First Prize!

Here with Michele DeWitt

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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.

"Bob's Gun Shop III" 12x16 oil on board nocturne plein air

As I was painting this a guy walked by and said, "I just got into Norfolk two days ago and I didn't like anything about it, until now, seeing you paint that. Now, I like Norfolk!".


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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.

My speed paint session at the Salem Road Farm.

"Salem Road Farm" 9x12" oil on board. Despite my limited time, just over an hour, I was ok with what was accomplished. But throughout this speed session, I realized there is more studying of the dynamic nature that trees have needed. Looking forward to meeting another painting goal!

 

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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.

"Ghent Starbucks", small plein air painting up for bid

New small painting up for sale! "Ghent Starbucks" Oil on Board, 5"x7" - Plein Air Painting - Unframed.  This painting was done plein air in Norfolk's historic Ghent area.  Unlike my other recent paintings listed on ebay, this painting has no reserve.  That means, it takes only one bid of a $1, to have a chance to be the winning bid for the painting. 

  
Click here to BID on ebay. No Reserve!

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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.

Recent Plein Air Paintings

Saturday night had me painting the NARO Theatre in Norfolk.  Was a great time painting despite the hard orange glow overpowering my easel lights.  Met a lot of great people.  Especially one guy that I discovered that we had a lot in common.  We had a great talk about failures and how we move on to overcome those failures and turn them into life lessons.  My fellow artist Walt came by to say "hi!".  It was a cold night, but I had great time.  

Sunday morning had me painting the Fairground Coffee House in Ghent Norfolk.  It was a good session and met some new people and saw a friend there too.  A really cool guy named Loftus was kind enough to take some pics since my phone died. 

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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.

Plein Air at Cape Henry Lighthouse.

Last weekend the Virginia Plein Air Artists group met up at the Cape Henry lighthouse. We had a good turn out of six, despite the military base restrictions to get inside the base. Some of us painted the new lighthouse, while others went for the old one. Since I had already done the new one the week before, I painted the old brown historic lighthouse this time. We had to leave promptly at 4pm. So it made for a speedy painting session with a mad dash to complete it as much as possible.  When you have direct sunlight on the canvas and palette, it makes it difficult to judge your colors at times.  It was a beautiful day to paint and I was in good company with Bernard, Shara, Mark, Sheila and Kathy.

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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.

"Red Wing Park" demo from my Plein Air Workshop I taught today