Classes and workshops for 2017

Student painting the figure

I’ll be teaching several classes and workshops in 2017. Here is the upcoming schedule. If you’d like more information or wish to sign up for my private studio classes or workshops, click the link for information and sign up. Private Classes in my studio – Jan-May; Jul-Nov   (Begins January 6th – monthly enrollment. Charcoal Portrait workshop […]

Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny is one of the paintings in my current show. It continues the theme of looking at our relationship with and connection to nature. Manifest destiny was a 19th century belief in the destiny of settlers to expand westward across the United States, and remake the land and culture. It served to justify, as a moral imperative, both the expansion […]

At the Crossroads – and show reminder

At the Crossroads, Jean Reece Wilkey, oil, 39x27 in

My dogs chase rabbits. Normally that is not a problem since they are not fast enough to catch Jack Rabbits. But once in a while I get panicked when they chase a little bunny. Little white-tailed desert bunnies, although they are fast, are not always the wisest about where to find quick shelter under a […]

Portrait of Tess

oil sketch of Tess, oil on panel, 16x12in, Jean Wilkey

Tess took painting classes from me. She was already quite talented and drew well. I shared the basics of painting in oils with her. Then she became a teen ager and I lost her to boys. This is an oil sketch I did of her using a less limited palette. It’s basically the Zorn palette, along with a […]

Portrait of Zoie on a Monday

portrait of Zoie, oil on panel, 14 x 11 in

Having a model is a great way to start off the week. This was a quick two-hour portrait study of Zoie, one of my students. She’s a great model. Didn’t move an inch! I used the Zorn palette that I wrote about last post, which consists of Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red light, Ivory Black and Titanium White. This is […]

Cardboard Sky

Cardboard Sky, oil on linen, 16x20 in, © Jean Wilkey

I enjoy painting from observation. For me so much about art is really learning to see both with the internal and external eye. One thing I’ve been focused on over the past few years is trying to get accurate color temperature and value in the work. That’s what really describes the quality of the light and the atmosphere […]

Upcoming classes

Student painting the figure

My oil painting classes will begin again in September. If you’re interested in taking small group classes in the intimate environment of my studio, please get in touch with me. I’ll be teaching both beginning and more advanced levels and all subjects. You can email or call me for more information or click the ‘classes […]

Three Pears with Sky & Chocolate Bunnies

Cardboard Sky, oil on linen, 16x20 in, © Jean Wilkey

I’ve recently been painting skies and I love the wonderful red blush of pears so it was a no brainer to put the two together. But I wanted to emphacize the pears more than the sky and so I kept the clouds whispy in the background instead of the big puffy, rain filled ones I tend to favor. […]

White Azaleas in Blue Pot

White Azalea

I bought this beautiful white Azalea as soon as I saw it. Or maybe it’s a Rhododendron. I’m not really sure. I didn’t notice that the tag was missing until I got home. So I can only guess at what it is and how to care for it. I set it in a pot that was a gift […]

Apple demo for ghosts

apple still life

Cray-cray, I know, but not long ago, I did a demo for no one. I admit I didn’t publicize it well and it WAS on a Wednesday evening after all. But ever hopeful, I wagged my gear to Mas Art and set up for the demo. No one showed. But, I was already there so what the […]