Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media



Acrylic collage

This collage is a continuation of my Iowa barn series that I began in 1994. I used a reference photo given to my by a friend. This barn is in northwest Iowa. All of my barn collages have been done from actual barns found in southeast Iowa, or friends who send me pictures from their areas.

I start the design with a simple, contour drawing. My palette consists of hand-painted acrylic papers.  Occasionally I will spend a whole day just painting large sheets of paper and store them in a box for future use.  After transferring the design to a piece of 300 pound watercolor paper, I begin to select the colors that I will cut and fit together like a puzzle. Sometimes the color combinations can change if I’m unhappy with the color. With collage, it is possible to paste over a color or change a shape. After the collage is completed, I brush on a protective UV varnish.

I also work on commissions in collage, and have done various barns, tropical fish, and floral bouquets. I’ve found that most subject matter can be transformed into a whimsical and colorful collage.

Posted in Midwest Life on February 18, 2013.

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