CAMDEN — The response to Rockport artist Carol L. Douglas’ November art show in the Picker Room was so wonderful that the Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., has asked Douglas to curate a second show of paintings for display during the month of December. Beginning Dec. 6, the public will be able to view the new installation entitled “Fantastic Places & Magical Realms.”

“Skylarking” by Carol L. Douglas.

Many people commented that “Welcome Back to Real Life” was grounded in Midcoast Maine, with scenes they recognized. Douglas overheard one visitor to the show say, “It’s the Maine I grew up with.”

That gave Douglas the idea to show work that isn’t necessarily connected to places, but to ideas. “I wanted to travel as far as possible from a sense of place, to find themes that are common to all of us, no matter where we live. ‘Fantastic Places & Magical Realms’ is about places and experiences that aren’t necessarily real, but that we can all identify with,” said Douglas.

Douglas got the idea from Northern European Renaissance genre painting. “Genre painting depicts everyday life and ordinary people,” she said. “But they’re never real places or real people, just stories played out in paint. They often tell a folk tale or relate a moral precept. I wanted to do something similar with landscape paintings.”

“At the End of the Rainbow” by Carol L. Douglas.

Boats are an important metaphor in Douglas’ work. “Boats remind me of our human journey through life. They sail through all sorts of weather; they are sleek and beautiful, or stout and utilitarian. They can move effortlessly, or they can founder.”

The public is invited to meet Douglas at her artist’s reception on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the library. The library requests that masks be worn inside the building at all times.

“Breaking Storm” by Carol L. Douglas.