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Waimakariri Artists in lockdown. Part 2: Carol Moffatt

Kaiapoi artist, Carol Moffatt, exhibits widely at Arts Canterbury exhibitions, as well as the Kaiapoi Art Expo and is missing that opportunity with their cancellation.

Her watercolours are inspired by the landscapes she sees around her with many paintings featuring rivers and lakes.  She has recently turned to oils and has been mastering the medium by studying the work of one of England’s most famous landscape artists, JMW Turner, recently memorialised in the movie Mr Turner.

Her interest in art has taken her and Murray around the world and last year in Scotland and London they visited collections of Turner’s work and studied his techniques of applying layers and layers of paint in his oils to create his famous scenes on display at the Tate Gallery. And at the Scottish National Gallery she gained further inspiration when she viewed the bequest of 20 of his watercolours which are exhibited only in January to avoid strong light on the works.

Carol has been using lockdown time to follow webinars on how to improve her techniques and marketing of her art.

“I am having a lovely time in lockdown,” she says.

She and husband Murray make time for a special dinner each week at which they dress up, decorate the table with candles and enjoy a three-course meal with matched wines and generally make it a special occasion.

“It’s something we really look forward to,” she says.

The lockdown has had other positive results for her with increased connection with fellow artists through Facebook, Instagram and Messenger and she values the experience of sharing with them.

Carol has produced 28 new works since Christmas including 10-12 since lockdown.

“It’s easier than normal, I’m not going anywhere, and I have more thinking time,” she explains.

She plans each day in advance and wakes up to a list of tasks that can be immediately started.

She has spent time experimenting with layering water colours to increase the glow and depth of colour which the medium is often criticised as lacking. 

“I’m using up to ten layers of wash on the background before I paint the image now and the effect is very pleasing,”

Last year Carol gave a demonstration to the Rangiora Art Society drawing on her new level of expertise.

Other opportunities are appearing during lockdown with new ventures such as an Arts Trail being trialled in Waimakariri and Carol plans to be a part of that, and she will be entering the proposed online Christchurch Art Show even attending the virtual opening.

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