ROCKPORT — Carol L. Douglas Studio, 394 Commercial St., presents “Welcome Back to Real Life” on Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. The public is invited.

While the past year has been an unprecedented challenge for artists, it’s also created new opportunities, says artist Carol L. Douglas. “For example, I would never have taught online without COVID and now I love it,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to work with students from all over the country.”

During the coldest months of winter, Douglas started painting outdoors regularly with fellow artists Eric Jacobsen of Thomaston and Ken DeWaard of Hope. “You can’t help but be influenced by the people you paint with,” said Douglas. “They shape how you see color and how your process works, and they were an important lifeline when social contact was limited.”

Isolation gave her more structured time to paint. “I have never worked as hard as I did this past year,” she said. This has resulted in a flood of new plein air work, which Douglas will present in this new show. In compliance with state regulations, vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks.

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