Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Stunning Still Lifes

Fuchsia Zinnia

Fuchsia Zinnia

July 7, 2016

This is a petite floral watercolor, and the challenge for me is painting in a small format. I love painting large pieces, so this was difficult for me even though it is quite small. I began by drawing one of my garden zinnias from life, which takes longer than the actual painting. As an artist, […] more »

Mini Coneflowers

Mini Coneflowers

July 5, 2016

This is another petite painting challenge, in a 6” x 6” format. Square designs are more difficult than the usual rectangular ones, but I prefer them. I began with a detailed drawing of my garden coneflowers from life. Working in my sketchbook daily is on my to-do list. It is good practice and your observation […] more »

Bronze Iris

Bronze Iris

June 27, 2016

This is another sumi-e watercolor that was completed in one sitting. I used my sketch from life done in May. The blossoms on this iris were bronze and coppery tones. It was a joy to paint! The background was finished wet-in-wet with a mix of green, orange and white gouache. more »

April Iris With Antique Jar

April Iris With Antique Jar

June 23, 2016

I have been inspired by my garden flowers — the colors are luscious and bright! This piece was worked from using my original sketch, done from a still life of a Japanese iris. They are much smaller than the bearded variety. I set up the iris in one of my mom’s antique jars that has […] more »

Joyful Music

Joyful Music

June 16, 2016

Earlier this year, I wrote down many ideas for subject matter to paint. I intended to do a music series after the guitars and violin. For this piece I used my reference photo taken at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. Beginning with a very loose pencil drawing and weaving colors and shapes […] more »

Poetic Poppies

Poetic Poppies

April 29, 2016

Flowers are a consistent theme in my work. I work from life, drawing my garden flowers and taking numerous photos. I began with an idea for the design and sketched it out on tracing paper the same size as my paper support; in this case I used 300# Arches watercolor paper. The heavier paper doesn’t […] more »

Peonies, Delphinium and Astilbe

Peonies, Delphinium and Astilbe

April 1, 2016

This lovely bouquet was painted from my reference photo taken last spring. The colors are fresh and  my goal was to capture the big shapes without getting bogged down with the details. It was a challenge painting this on my easel using the wet-in-wet technique. more »

Peony Perfection

Peony Perfection

March 24, 2016

Flowers are a favorite subject matter for me — they are so fresh and the vibrant colors are lovely. This bunch of peonies were set up in a vase on my table outside in direct sunlight, and I took many photographs from various angles. The result is not a duplicate of my photo, but an […] more »

Soldiers & Sables Awarded Third Place

Soldiers & Sables Awarded Third Place

March 4, 2016

Marybeth Heikes recently received the Third Place Award for her watercolor painting Soldiers & Sables at the 2016 National All Media Show. Her subject matter includes chairs and paint brushes on a full sheet paper, 22” x 30”. This exhibition is currently open at the Octagon Center for the Arts until April 7. Ms. Heikes’ […] more »

Apothecary

Apothecary

March 3, 2016

This is a small watercolor still life of some of antique bottles and jars. I have done numerous sketches because the transparency of glass interests me, and also the unique bottle shapes. Among the shapes are a clear, frosted larger bottle, an amber square necked jar and two red ones. I usually work from my […] more »