Throughout the months of November and December, the Camden Public Library will host 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’ intense productivity during the pandemic.
“While the past year has been an unprecedented challenge for artists, it’s also created new opportunities,” says 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 which may be viewed in the show during the library’s regular open hours. Douglas will be swapping out some of the paintings and refreshing the show with new work in early December. Be sure to stop by in November and December to enjoy the full selection. The library requests that masks be worn inside the building at all times.
A portion of the proceeds from the art sold during the show will benefit the Camden Public Library.
Carol L. Douglas is a painter and teacher with a studio in Rockport, ME. A native of Buffalo, NY, she studied painting with her father and then at the Art Students League in New York.
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, as well as Zoom classes directed to an international audience.
In 2016, she traveled 10,000 miles from Alaska to Newfoundland to paint in the wild. In 2020, she traveled to Patagonia to paint and was stranded there by the start of COVID lockdowns.
Douglas generously participated in the summer 2021 plein air painting fundraiser for the Camden Public Library called “Camden on Canvas.” (Pictured here with her contribution to the art auction.)
For more information, visit her website: watch-me-paint.com.