Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Illinois Watercolor 29th National Exhibition

April 7, 2013

Artist with the paintingI’m very pleased to announce my acceptance into the Illinois Watercolor National Exhibition 2013. My painting, Wheels & Belts, was chosen to be part of this show by juror Ratindra Das. 60 paintings out of 249 were selected for the show.  It will be held at The Next Picture Show gallery in Dixon, Illinois.  This exhibit runs May 7 through June 1, 2013.

My watercolor painting is one of the Allis-Chalmers hay balers, done from my photograph. The abstract design of the machine attracted my attention. This painting was also exhibited in the National Abstract Show in Indianapolis last fall. Another hay baler painting is exhibited at present in the Arts in Harmony Exhibition in Elk River, Minnesota.

In the past year, I have noticed that many of my watercolors have consisted of large iron and steel machines. These include the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train engines and the old hay balers and tractors. Small metal crushed cans have shown up in my works too. The subject matter chooses me; it is an intuitive selection that always surprises me.

Posted in Midwest Life on April 7, 2013.

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