Update: better photo!

water soluble oil, 22" x 28"

I think it's pretty much done, perhaps just a bit of tweaking here and there, mainly with the skin colors.  This one is the largest oil painting I've done so far, and I have to figure out how to get enough light on it from both sides to get a decent photo.  This photo is uneven, with the top half of the painting looking a lot darker than it is in person.  At any rate, it's my sister. 

I already removed that too obvious red from her forehead.  I'm still working to get a tinge of gray out of her cheek that seems to be more apparent in person than here.  Seems no matter what skin tone I mix for that cheek it still has a gray cast to it.  Grrr!  I'll post an decent photo when I'm really-really done with it.

Update:  I switched to the finished photo.

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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.