Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Midwest Life

Crossword Clues with Orange Hens

Crossword Clues with Orange Hens

May 16, 2017

Chickens galore! This collage is one I completed as a Daily Painting exercise. Most of my artwork are larger sizes, so I thought it would be fun to do a small and simple piece. It is also great to be able to use some of my collage paper scraps. I have about twelve bags sorted […] more »

Prairie Cathedral (Elevator Icon #1)

Prairie Cathedral (Elevator Icon #1)

January 31, 2017

Lately I have been working on a variety of Iowa-themed work in preparation of my joint exhibition next year with Deb Baughman, to be held at Indian Hills College in Ottumwa. This collage is a design of an old grain elevator in Chariton, Iowa. The structure was interesting with its many jutting pieces stacked on […] more »

Industrial Series / Ready Mix Cement

Industrial Series / Ready Mix Cement

November 21, 2016

This painting began with numerous sketches and photographs. The angular, rusty shapes attracted my attention and I found myself searching out these old industrial areas. Centerville has a lot of interesting places to paint. I completed a full-size sketch of this to begin with, seeking out big, abstract shapes and value patterns. I find this […] more »

Rooster Romp (Barnyard Dance)

Rooster Romp (Barnyard Dance)

November 3, 2016

This rooster acrylic collage is one of the many I have done with an Iowa animal theme. I usually begin doing a loose contour drawing and do not concern myself with a perfect, detailed drawing of the subject matter. I want the linear design to be lyrical and expressive. The background element was unknown at […] more »

Southeast Iowa Barn Series #102

Southeast Iowa Barn Series #102

September 20, 2016

I am continuing my Iowa barn series with this old structure with rustic barn boards, ragged roof, cupelo and windmill. It is very characteristic of Midwestern life, but largely disappearing from the landscape. This one is still standing, at least it was the last time I traveled in that direction. more »

Southeast Iowa Barn Series #101

Southeast Iowa Barn Series #101

September 16, 2016

These old structures are fascinating and almost completely disappeared from the countryside where we live. This one is gone, but I used a photo taken years ago. The gaps in the roof and uneven barn boards have interesting abstract designs which attracted me in the first place. I used artistic license with the color — […] more »

Udderly Iowa

Udderly Iowa

September 1, 2016

This is a row of spotted Holstein dairy cows — I love the black and white patterns of them. I decided on painting the plain background first, in a neutral color so it wouldn’t conflict with the positive shapes of the cows. Pieces of an Iowa map are the foreground, sprinkled with some tulips. Lastly, […] more »

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine

August 30, 2016

I have challenged myself to do a series of petite collages. No easy feat when you are used to 22” x 30”. Using my sketch of a perky bantam rooster, I collaged the rooster shapes with yellow, tan, and orange feathers. Keeping the background simple and plain because of the small area to work, I […] more »