Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

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Compromises

Compromises

February 4, 2015

This is the first small-sized abstract I have completed in collage. It was inspired by Kandinsky’s work — I love the geometric shapes, the triangles, circles and squares. I began by cutting various shapes and assembling the design. Collage is wonderful for being able to move things around before you permanently adhere the shapes. And […] more »

RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI

January 22, 2015

I couldn’t resist doing another bicycle collage, but found this one a challenge working in such a small format. As with my previous biking collages, I used pieces of an Iowa map to add interest to the design. Each of the small circles are pieces of the river on the map. The composition is colorful and […] more »

20%-Off Sale on Select Originals

20%-Off Sale on Select Originals

December 3, 2014

Happy Holidays! I’ve been clearing out my old artwork to make room for new pieces, and in the spirit of the holidays I’ve discounted some originals to 20% off from now until end of the year. This is the last chance to get these originals — once January 1 rolls around, they will be gone forever. Because these are one-of-a-kind, they […] more »

Road Trip #2

Road Trip #2

July 15, 2013

This is a continuation of an abstract collage design I completed for an upcoming competition. At the start, I chose and cut various shapes of papers and played with different configurations until the design pleased me. What usually happens with the design is an evolving of shapes, patterns and textures. Early on, I decided that […] more »

Road Trip #1

Road Trip #1

June 7, 2013

Lately I have been working on some non-objective pieces specifically for upcoming competitions. Easier said than done!  It is pure design without any reference photos, so I began playing with a limited number of cut paper shapes and re-arranging them until I was satisfied with the design.  I find it very difficult at times critiquing […] more »

New Shows: IWS and Celebrate The Bicycle

New Shows: IWS and Celebrate The Bicycle

May 25, 2013

My artwork is currently in two new shows: the Iowa Watercolor Society and “Celebrate the Bicycle!” Two of my watercolors,  License to Paint and Gordie’s and The American Legion are exhibited in the first annual IWS Miniature Watermedia show at the St. Mark Lutheran Church in West Des Moines. The intent of this show is to […] more »

Biking #2

Biking #2

March 1, 2013

In the back of my mind, I have always wanted to do another bicycle design in collage. When I received an invitation  for an upcoming show with a bicycle theme, I got to work right away!  I took a few photos of an antique bicycle, which was my reference for this composition. The main objective […] more »

New Award!

New Award!

September 30, 2012

This week I received the news that my watercolor painting Nine Zero Four won the Second Place Cash & Ribbon Award in the National Abstract Exhibition at the Greenwood Art Center in Indianapolis! I started painting these Union Pacific Engines two years ago, after we drove past them on our way to the local recycling […] more »

Mission Bay

Mission Bay

July 22, 2012

The reflections of the boats and their masts on the water is what inspired me to paint this scene. My brother-in-law Bill took us for an outing here, which is a very scenic tourist area. There were also a lot of sea birds and a walkway around the inlet. The reflection shadows were very striking. […] more »