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21036 S. Leland Road
Oregon City
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Carrie Moore Studios is the official website of Oregon artist: Carrie Moore and the Studio on the Knoll in Oregon City. Carrie works in several media, including: pastel, leather, and linocuts. 

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Back to basics....reductive pastel painting

Carrie Moore

Our neighbors, Cindy & Burl Mostul have an amazing winery down the road from our home/studio.  They host every kind of event there.  The latest annual event was Art in the Garden Party where plein air artists were invited to paint, show and sell their works.  Not being a "plein air" artist, I gave it a go.  No landscape for me, but this most fascinating hind shot of a sunflower was inspiring.  Back to my graphic sensibilities - large organic images, some chalk and the most important part - ERASERS!  So the process is color on - then "moosh" all the colors together, literally.  What results is a horrible mess that can only be sorted out by removing the dust on the surface.  It's backwards painting.  The colors first touching the tooth of the paper stay there!  I then add lighter values by erasing them in & pulling color off!  Add contrast back in later with a dark purple pastel pencil.   L to R first row: 1 & 2 are reference photos.  3 is after color is applied loosely, and I've "smooshed" it...(or rubbed it down) blending color.  Row 2 is beginning to erase in lines/patterns, remove excess dust.  5 is "I'm tired and going in for dinner now". 

Welcome back.  Finished the painting by adding in MOSTLY contrasting dark values.  18" x 18", Titled:  Mrs. Burl's Folly

Enlarged, I also added in whimsical lines the jut off the painting!

Enlarged, I also added in whimsical lines the jut off the painting!

First blog - ever....

Carrie Moore

Pastel on sanded paper.  It's eluded me for almost a year. Couldn't paint.  Didn't want to paint.  I discovered it was because the photos I took, the places I thought I wanted to paint lacked emotion.  So I went to see the ocean.  Then it clicked.

July 9th post.  My second attempt at a wave and water.  I find it really challanging, but I'll keep pushing on.  

Chantel Barber taught an acrylic portrait painting workshop here weeks back.  It was really eye-opening, and she completely removed fear from the room.  Fear of painting faces.  All the students minus myself (sometimes I take the workshops, sometimes I just support the artist teaching) have painted a portrait.  I was the only one with "fear".  So one of the students who frequents many of the workshops here says, "Carrie, pretend you're painting a fish!"  Well, Carol, thanks for that challenge.  It goes to show that the shapes, the colors, the positive and negative spaces are the same.  Draw.  It informs.  It's crucial.  So I did a pastel painting of my brother Garry.  Left photo is my tiny field sketch, his photo as reference, and my grisaille in dark purple NuPastel. The only step I missed in showing here was the underpainting that occured after I put in a pink background around his face.  I loosely painted alcohol over the entire surface of the sanded paper (ArtSpectrum) once I had layed down the grisaille (dark purple NuPastel for face).  Slowly, I layed in the colors as values.  My favorite part is his hair.  It's green, dark violet, with hints of pink chalk pastel.  He loved it.  I'm sending it to him soon!  And I plan to do more faces for sure!