I am pleased to announce I will be teaching a three day plein air workshop on Washington Island, Wisconsin.  August 4th, 5th, & 6th.

Join us as we learn the basics in painting outdoors using oils with Doug Clarke.  In a three day workshop, Doug shares his knowledge on how to observe the outdoors and give feeling and life to complete your paintings.  Set within the rustic landscape of Washington Island, students will have the opportunity to capture unique lake views and historic structures.
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. A painter of "en plein air", Doug is known for capturing the vanishing landscapes of Southeastern Virginia.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, Doug's work has evolved from commercial to fine art. In pursuit of mastering his craft, Doug participates in local and national plein air events. 
Awards include 1st place at Plein Air 757, Williamsburg Plein Air and Plein Air Mount Lebanon competitions. Doug is a three time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition.  His works have found a home in local and international collections.

Workshop Cost $250
Aug 4th, 5th, & 6th
8am-3pm, (8am-10am is a demo each morning)

Sign up:
Washington Island Art & Nature Center
(920) 847-2025 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30-4:30 Sunday 11:30-4:30
(920) 847-2657 After Hours


This painting workshop will cover the basics of Plein Air with useful techniques and gear.  Students will learn how to approach outdoor painting in a manner to work fast and have a fresh look in the Plein Air tradition.

In the event of rain, a reschedule date will be announced.

This is a general supply list.  You certainly shouldn’t have to buy everything listed below if you feel your own gear works for you.  If you haven’t tried Gamsol, I really recommend that you do instead of turpentine. Of course, there’s Gamblin Solvent Free Oil Medium in a tube for those with sensitivity.

Supplies List

Titanium White  (Have a good amount) 
Light Yellow Cadmium
Transparent Red Oxide or Transparent Brown Oxide
Alizarin Crimson
French Ultramarine Blue

Brushes:  A variety of flats and sables.  A rigger is great too for poles and line work.  A palette knife is essential.  Make sure you have a brush washer container to hold your medium.  Bring a couple rolls of paper towels.  I like "Viva" brand the best.

Canvas Boards:  Please bring at least six to eight 5x7 inch canvas boards.  We are painting small.

Glass or wood palette:  You will need a surface to mix your paint.

Easel:  Easy L Versa, Gorilla Box, French Easel, Sol-Tec, M-Box or Gloucester style easels are popular.  Please refrain from using anything else, a french easel can be purchased for under a $100.  I wouldn't recommend anything flimsy that will not hold up against high winds or gusts.