Struggling w/Oils!

I began a small practice painting on a canvas board using my new water soluble oils, and this is one afternoon's progress.  I will be the first to admit I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING!  I am so accustomed to using watercolor and gouache, so this was VERY awkward, but after several hours of PANIC things are beginning to feel a little better, like I'm sort of getting the hang of it.  I don't know if I have the right size and type of brushes, so it feels like I'm using the floor broom to paint, but I do like that it's forcing me to paint much more loosely and not to worry about fussy details right now.  Mostly I'm just trying to get used to the feel of the paint and the brushes, and working from a different perspective.  Any advice or critique is very welcome!  These are supposed to be Chinese lanterns and tinsel against a partial landscape of pinon pines. 

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Kimberly Reed-Deemer

About Kimberly Reed-Deemer

I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, transferring to the undergraduate art program at Northern Illinois University. After leaving NIU, I worked in fine art, focusing on charcoal, pen and ink drawings, and watercolor.

In 1993 I traveled to the Yucatan in Mexico which generated a number of ink and watercolor compositions of Maya ruins, and decided to pursue a degree program in anthropology at NIU.  While I earned my degrees I worked in a biology lab, leading to a sideline in scientific illustration.  While I was working on my master's degree in physical anthropology, I was called upon to produce illustrations of fossil human and nonhuman primates for the paleontologists at NIU, including work published in Newsweek, Popular Science, and the New York Times.  My own research in anthropology involved functional anatomy and locomotion in early fossil humans, and a number of illustrations pertained to my work on that issue.  From 1990 until our move to New Mexico in 2004, most of my artistic output consisted of scientific illustration.

   Following our relocation to New Mexico in 2004, I began to work solely in fine art, and my current work has includes pieces in charcoal and pastel, ink, watercolor and gouache, and ranging in subject matter from portraits and figures to landscapes and still life.  Part of that work focused on the religious iconography and structures prevalent in New Mexico.  These drawings are typically done in crow quill pen and India ink, followed by washes of gouache and watercolor.  At that time I also began a series of charcoal and pastel drawings, and gouache and watercolor paintings of New Mexico's Baile Folklorico, Flamenco, and Zuni Pueblo dancers.

In August of 2010 I began working in oil for the first time.  My paintings in this medium include figurative subjects, New Mexico landscapes and still life compositions.  I am currently working on a series of oil paintings involving the technology related to astronomy, such as the radio-telescope structures of The Very Large Array.