CAMDEN — Throughout November, the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., hosts Rockport artist Carol L. Douglas for a show of her paintings in the Picker Room. The show is entitled “Welcome back to real life.” The body of work exhibited will highlight Douglas’s intense productivity during the pandemic.

“While the past year has been an unprecedented challenge for artists, it’s also created new opportunities,” said Douglas. “For example, I would never have taught online without COVID, and now I love it! It’s a chance 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. Jacobsen and DeWaard were important lifelines when social contact was limited.”

Isolation gave Douglas 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 that may be viewed in the show during the library’s regular open hours. The public is invited to meet Douglas at her artist’s reception on Friday, Nov. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the library. A portion of the proceeds from the art sold during the show will benefit the Camden Public Library.

Douglas is a painter and teacher with a studio in Rockport. She teaches a popular week-long workshop in Acadia every August, two watercolor workshops aboard the schooner American Eagle, and workshops elsewhere in the US. She teaches regular plein air classes based in Rockport and on Zoom. Find her blog and more examples of her work on her website at