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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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Inspiration - What inspires you to create?

Carrie Moore

Jean Keertan, a talented textile designer and felt artist rented my studio for 5 days.  She was hosting a teaching artist named Marjolein Dallinga, an artist known as the "wool whisperer".  Workshop:  5 days, 10 students, and more wool than I had EVER seen in one place.  The creativity began, and the students walked with Marjolein on a journey of unknown discovery working on designs that had no "finish line", no real concept behind them.  They were creating experimental wearable art using nothing but dyed wool. Students came from back east, the Oregon Coast, southern Oregon and beyond to study with Marjolein of Cirque du Soleil costuming fame.  I completely understand why.  Not only is she a deeply intuitive artist, her techniques are out of  the box, and she said to me that finding wool was her way to express her ideas as a formally trained painter in a sculptural, 3 dimentional way.  It was "her media".  She's fabulous, open and an inspiration to so many.

The beautiful images that resulted form that workshop were incredible.  I worked upstairs in my studio space, but stopped in often to see what had transpired....So these exchanges we had as artists were very rich, and definitely, inspirational.  Marjolein created a necklace and felted fish into it, she said, "inspired by your fish, Carrie." 

So I decided to begin a reductive pastel painting inspired by the colors in the necklace Jean had designed in the workshop, and a strange, beautiful german cabbage I purchased at Farmers Market that morning.  Odd combo, but I guess I was due to make an odd painting.

Color was rubbed into the paper (see 4th image to above right) and using the palm of my hand, I rub all the colors together in a circular motion to mix, blend and move it to fill the tooth of the paper.  This photo shows where I have removed color with rags & erasers.

Color was rubbed into the paper (see 4th image to above right) and using the palm of my hand, I rub all the colors together in a circular motion to mix, blend and move it to fill the tooth of the paper.  This photo shows where I have removed color with rags & erasers.

Using a rag, I removed much of the dust on top of the color that remains.  Eraser edges pulled away the color to show lighter values in the veins of the cabbage.  Finally, I added in Terry Ludwig darks in the background, Pitt pastel pencil in the forms inside the cabbage to show depth, and Schmeinke vermillion and various blues and violets.  So while this is a "subtractive" or "reductive" way of painting, I like to add finishing touches using both color and the edge of an eraser.

Using a rag, I removed much of the dust on top of the color that remains.  Eraser edges pulled away the color to show lighter values in the veins of the cabbage.  Finally, I added in Terry Ludwig darks in the background, Pitt pastel pencil in the forms inside the cabbage to show depth, and Schmeinke vermillion and various blues and violets.  So while this is a "subtractive" or "reductive" way of painting, I like to add finishing touches using both color and the edge of an eraser.

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!