Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Stunning Still Lifes

Tea Time / Iceland Poppies Bouquet

Tea Time / Iceland Poppies Bouquet

April 18, 2017

Still lifes are my passion! And fresh flowers are perfect. They find their way into most of my still life set ups. The warm reds and vivid orange hues of these flowers captured my attention. I used a reference photo, but eliminated most of the other objects that were in the set up. I wanted […] more »

Burst of Summertime with Purple Lace

Burst of Summertime with Purple Lace

April 3, 2017

Nothing is more inspiring than a vase of fresh cut flowers from my garden! These gladioli and small sunflowers smelled wonderful, and their myriad colors and intricate shapes of petals and leaves inspired me to paint them. In the winter I plan and dream about what new varieties to add to my garden. Painting still […] more »

Ebony Teapot #2 on Indian Fabric

Ebony Teapot #2 on Indian Fabric

March 10, 2017

My inspiration for this watercolor was the contrast of the shiny black teapot against the luscious colors of the cosmos bouquet. I had already completed a similar design, and decided to do another because the shapes of the flowers were so fresh and inviting. My method of painting still begins with sketches of the bouquet, […] more »

Outside Larkspurs & Peonies in Lime

Outside Larkspurs & Peonies in Lime

March 6, 2017

My inspiration for this painting: these fresh cut flowers from my garden were gorgeous in color and begged to be painted! I never tire of painting flowers. Everything about them motivate me to paint them; the vivid colors and shapes and tiny details. When I observe flowers to paint, I always begin with lots of […] more »

Fuchsia Zinnias With Lime Background

Fuchsia Zinnias With Lime Background

February 27, 2017

My inspiration for this painting is the vivid colors of my garden flowers. Every year I plant new ones to the perennial beds. Although I have seven separate beds of flowers, there never seems to be enough room for all my favorites. These particular flowers are a giant zinnia variety and they are great in […] more »

Orientale Cadenza for Trumpet

Orientale Cadenza for Trumpet

February 15, 2017

Painting a series of musical instruments has been on my mind lately. This began with a very loose contour drawing in ink and turned out to be more complicated than I thought. I completed the drawing from life and included the many sections of details as I worked. Sometimes I like to begin doing a […] more »