Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Giant Blue Sunflowers

Giant Blue Sunflowers

January 17, 2020

Sunflowers have been a major theme for me over the years. I began the new year thinking about sunflowers in my garden, and planned to make this a large composition with life-sized blooms. more »

Winter Poppies

Winter Poppies

December 6, 2019

Flowers continue to inspire me, and I challenged myself to use an oblong format for this design. After choosing the necessary hand-painted acrylic collage papers, I decided the background would look great using a marbled rose-colored paper purchased many years ago. more »

Gray Barn with Sunflowers

Gray Barn with Sunflowers

November 22, 2019

The inspiration of old southeast Iowa barns continues to pique my imagination with their lively character. This barn had interesting round windows in the upper level and I could not help adding some bright, colorful sunflowers in the foreground. more »

Ragbrai XLVII

Ragbrai XLVII

October 25, 2019

This collage is part of my bicycle series inspired by the yearly RAGBRAI event that happens every July in Iowa. This design is the actual route taken in 2019, and includes the cities of Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington and Keokuk. more »

Cornfields & Purple Barn

Cornfields & Purple Barn

October 7, 2019

I love painting the Iowa landscape with its old barns full of character. I began using a pale pink for the sky and used some geometric shapes for the roof and barn. The foreground was not planned until the last minute. more »

Engine Abstraction #26

Engine Abstraction #26

September 19, 2019

This painting is a continuation of my abstract train engines. I have been drawing and painting engines since 2010 and find inspiration in the geometric shapes and colors. This particular composition zeroes in on a couple wheels. more »

Burlington Engine 3167

Burlington Engine 3167

September 16, 2019

The fascination with these train engines continues! I used one of my photos from our Burlington, Iowa trip. Every engine is different, and with collage it's easy to manipulate the shapes and develop a pleasing design. more »

Rudbeckias & Brushes

Rudbeckias & Brushes

September 5, 2019

This composition originally had just brushes and I decided to liven it up a bit with brightly colored flowers. Fresh flowers always inspire me because they are fresh and bold and add interest to the design. more »

Quiltscape

Quiltscape

August 20, 2019

I have been painting Iowa landscapes since early 1985. They are full of character with their geometric shapes -- all are very different and interesting to me. This piece is a section of landscape, taken from an old photo of mine. more »