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21036 S. Leland Road
Oregon City
United States

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!