Indian Summer

Canoes at Irondequoit Inn, by Carol L. Douglas, 14X18.

“Canoes at Irondequoit Inn,” by Carol L. Douglas, 14X18.

Yesterday I got a text from one of my favorite young people, inviting me to come out to paint with her and another friend.

My former students in Rochester have coalesced into a chapter of New York Plein Air Painters. They call themselves Greater Rochester Plein Air Painters and they’re off to a great start. They paint together as a group, and they call each other to paint on other days as well. Meanwhile, I’m painting trim and meeting with contractors.

Finger Lakes vineyard in autumn, by Carol L. Douglas 14X18.

“Finger Lakes vineyard in autumn,” by Carol L. Douglas 14X18.

It was a perfect day to paint, but I’m sticking to my schedule as tightly as I stick to my diet the day after Christmas. That meant I power-washed and scraped while they painted. I so want to get back to my little house in Rockport and away from this rehab project.

The Dugs in August, by Carol L. Douglas, 11X14.

“The Dugs in August,” by Carol L. Douglas, 11X14.

It was warm enough to be out-of-doors wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt. I worked and whistled and contented myself with thinking of other autumn days when I’ve been painting.

My backyard. Can you see why I miss it?

My backyard in Rockport. Can you see why I miss it?

It’s my favorite season, regardless of what I’m doing.

Carol Douglas

About Carol Douglas

Carol L. Douglas is a painter who lives, works and teaches in Rockport, ME. Her annual workshop will again be held on the Schoodic Peninsula in beautiful Acadia National Park, from August 6-11, 2017. Visit for more information.