Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Quarter Horses

September 4, 2008

Today’s another rainy day of catching up on framing. I finally finished the latest Iowa collage, Quarter Horses. The barn picture I used was one taken on highway T61. The barn was almost gone — boards falling off and big holes in the roof. I paired the barn with a picture taken of quarter horses a couple years ago, I forget where. I thought it was a successful design — I have lost track of how many southeast Iowa barn motifs I have done. It got me to thinking of painting more collage papers wet-in-wet without heavy textures and will try this the next time I get the acrylics out.

Lady Liberty in progress

Tuesday this week I began the next glassware design, Lady Liberty. It is a full sheet watercolor and I’m working with it upright on an easel instead of working flat on the table. I love the dynamic design of the the fractured glass patterns and warm-cool color combinations, especially the blue-greens, purples, and golds.

Tomorrow I’ll choose paintings and collages for display at Ottumwa’s festival and pack up the van and head out early Saturday morning. See you there!

Posted in Stunning Still Lifes, Midwest Life on September 4, 2008.

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