Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Traffic – Jefferson St.

Traffic – Jefferson St.


I have been inspired to paint vehicles because of the interesting shapes and details that make them unique. Many years ago I began this series, and I decided it would be great to do another new composition.

The method I use is to draw the shapes from life; that is, to sit inside my vehicle in a parking lot and start drawing. Nothing is planned — it is a casual design and a challenge, because once I begin drawing and a car might leave, so some of the vehicles are partially drawn on the paper. I just continue with another car and keep drawing anywhere on the paper, overlapping shapes.  The design is a montage of interesting parts of vehicles: bumpers, lights, grills, windshields, etc.

I love the challenge of not knowing how the design will work out until I begin painting the shapes. It is also awkward to sit inside a vehicle with a large board and a 22 x 30 piece of paper on your lap. But I prefer working from life instead of photographs. I began the watercolor painting in my studio and chose the dark blue of the car in the lower right foreground. I worked my way around the paper and used a limited palette of colors: blues, reds and grays.

Posted in More Artwork on May 15, 2019.

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