Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Whimsical Wildlife

Flamingo on Vacation

Flamingo on Vacation

January 30, 2015

The inspiration for this piece came about while we were on vacation in San Diego last summer. The color of these birds attracted my attention, it was so vivid. Everything about them inspired many sketches. I focused on the head of one bird. Its head and neck are very graceful. No background was planned, but I […] more »

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

January 9, 2015

My second piece of artwork this year! This is another petite size of artwork using a drawing from one of my old sketchbooks. I have been trying to keep in the habit of sketching daily. It was a difficult design, since the ladybugs and dimensions were tiny. The shapes are simplified as best I could do […] more »

Swimmy

Swimmy

January 6, 2015

This is my first piece of the new year. I decided to do a few pieces similar to the Daily Painters’ group. They create a petite artwork every day, usually in the 6” x 6” format. I find it difficult to work so small and prefer the larger sizes. For this piece, I chose a […] more »

Pumpkin Patch Sally

Pumpkin Patch Sally

November 18, 2014

This design of the pumpkins and black cat was inspired by the autumn season. I bought a few pumpkins and photographed our newest orphan kitten among them. She didn’t co-operate much. I took many reference photos to work from and worked in the traditional watercolor method on a medium weight paper. I usually wet the […] more »

Verne, The Pygmy Goat

Verne, The Pygmy Goat

June 30, 2014

My favorite subject matter with collage materials is animals. I was inspired by our new pet, Verne, who is a pygmy goat. He’s not good at standing still and posing for me. He does all kinds of antics instead. I have to take a lot of shots while he gets too close to the camera lens. […] more »

Denver Dog

Denver Dog

February 3, 2014

Between serious competition pieces, I enjoy doing some fun little collages. Humorous animals always tickle my fancy. And because pets are so loved, I chose a yellow lab for this design. I also got a chance to utilize my collage paper scraps. I added a piece of map and was surprised that there is actually […] more »

Motley Crew

Motley Crew

January 15, 2014

I have decided to do a cat faces series, and this is the second piece. In this design, I have combined a black-brown, ginger, and black-and-white cat. They all have such unique faces! I’m also finally using some of my earth-colored pigments. These include sepia, umbers, ochres, black, and blues. It has been a fun project […] more »

Goodfellows

Goodfellows

January 6, 2014

I have been working on a series of cat paintings which I started a few years ago. The nice thing is, I have plenty of models available and a large file of reference photos of all the felines we have had over many years. In this particular study, I have combined three separate photos of […] more »

Iridescent Cat

Iridescent Cat

August 15, 2013

This is the second collage I have completed on a canvas one-inch-deep frame. Since I love cats, it is only natural that one fits into my collection of animal canvases! I began first by painting the background a Diarylide Yellow, which is a little orangy. It makes the purple cat “pop” from the surface. I […] more »

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

Cock-a-doodle-doo!

June 25, 2013

This rooster collage is the first one I have done on canvas and it has been on my mind for a long time. One of the reasons for working with the canvas is to have a piece of artwork that does not require picture framing;  it can be hung immediately and enjoyed.  The square format […] more »