Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Whimsical Wildlife

Quinnifer

Quinnifer

January 27, 2013

I’m back to using my Chinese brush technique again! Yesterday’s daily painting was not up to my quality standards, and I wanted a playful and spontaneous result. I began by sketching the cat with my left hand – -forcing myself to draw more loosely. The next step was wetting both sides of the 300 pound paper so that the black […] more »

Siamese

Siamese

September 16, 2012

This portrait is for all cat lovers! I’ve been painting commissions in watercolor of various breeds of cats and dogs, and wanted to do one of the Siamese variety. I believe this one is a sealpoint with the chocolate points. They are loyal and mischievous cats! This was painted on 300# cold press rag paper. […] more »

The Girls

The Girls

March 7, 2012

This painting includes five of our cat family: Saoirse, Fiona, Sadie, Ruby and Aurora. They include a variety of colors — a calico, siamese, white calico, black and a spotted black & white.  I did this as a portrait sample to let people know that photos of different pets can be combined into a single […] more »

Flamingo Fandango

Flamingo Fandango

February 7, 2012

I’m back doing the exotic animals. These birds were designed in 2007 and I’m finally getting around to completing the collage.  I chose it for their colorful pink, long-necked bodies and legs, having some fun with changing some of the colors. They seem to be dancing and fluttering with movement. For the background, I decided […] more »

Old Coot

Old Coot

November 20, 2011

This is one of my many humorous birds in a series, along with the Love Birds, Cockatoo, Bad Hair Day, Flamingo and Ostrich. This old guy is sitting on an orange rock in the middle of a stream. For the accent color, I used a bright red in the feathers and the top of his […] more »

My Collage Inspirations

My Collage Inspirations

November 16, 2011

My work in collage has been inspired by many artists.  Some of these are Matisse,  Romare Bearden,  Joan Miró,  Edward Betts and Gerald Brommer. The definition of “collage” is a picture built up wholly or partly from pieces of paper, cloth or other materials stuck on canvas or other ground.  Collage as a medium emerged […] more »

Gooney Bird & Giraffe

Gooney Bird & Giraffe

November 10, 2011

This is the fifth wild animal design in my series of Christmas Critters.  This is a whimsical yellow giraffe with maroon spots, a blue eye, orange ears and mane wearing a hat.  Sitting on top of his head is a teal gooney bird with an orange beak and multi-colored feathers, and also wearing a hat.  […] more »

Let it Snow!

Let it Snow!

November 4, 2011

My goal this week was to create an artwork every day, in the tradition of the Daily Painters group. With collage, that’s more difficult. Today’s is a bit smaller than the first two. It features a blotchy ochre/sienna-colored cat watching fat snowflakes drift around him. He’s sitting against a royal blue background and he had […] more »

Sweets for the Baboon

Sweets for the Baboon

November 1, 2011

For this painting, I decided to do the background first instead of starting with the center of interest, as I usually do. In this case, the baboon. I liked his silly expression! And I decided that using complementary colors would make them pop better against the dark teal green. In collage, each color-value affects each […] more »

Kris Kringle Lemur

Kris Kringle Lemur

October 30, 2011

This is an addition to my new holiday designs highlighting wild animals. Animals are very entertaining and I thought a lemur would be kind of different for Christmas. The basic color is a reddish brown with the purple-ringed tail and mask on his face, with blue nostrils. I chose the lime green background to accent […] more »