Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Amaryllis Abstraction

Amaryllis Abstraction


It began with a drawing from life of a beautiful Amaryllis, but I did not want to paint just an ordinary flower. Instead, I divided the paper into fractured planes, drawing around my initial design of the flower. The quilt-like shapes and value changes adds depth and interest to the flower.

As I began painting, the shapes seemed to weave themselves together on their own. A dangerous way to paint, without any plan in mind. I used a limited palette, mostly shades of reds and blues. I try to avoid mixing too many colors and ending up with mud. Instead of soaking the paper first, I prime each shape with water to loosen the sizing, which accepts the pigments better.


Posted in Stunning Still Lifes on January 8, 2016.

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