Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

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 »

Wednesday Posies

Wednesday Posies

August 8, 2019

I am always inspired to paint fresh flowers from my garden. The colors are bold and bright, and the various shapes of flowers are fresh and appealing to me. This design includes bunches of cosmos, zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers. more »

Sunset on the Prairie

Sunset on the Prairie

August 1, 2019

This is a continuation of my barn series, done in acrylic collage in a square design format. While working on this I found a beautiful piece of variegated paper that was perfect for the sunset. more »

Engine Abstraction #13

Engine Abstraction #13

July 26, 2019

This painting is part of my abstract engine designs that I have been working on since April of this year. The composition possibilities are interesting and seem endless when you take a closer view of your subject. This close-up includes the yellow Union Pacific engine with windows, stripes and numerals. more »