Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Barn”

Iowa Barn

Iowa Barn

May 14, 2015

I enjoy working on larger collages, and this is an old barn in southeast Iowa. As always, I worked from my photo and edited the shapes. This is a close-up of just part of the barn. The shapes are simple and I try not to get too detailed — which is one of the reasons […] more »

Barn Motif #70

Barn Motif #70

April 21, 2015

Due to the disappearance of old barns in Iowa, I have decided to paint a few more of these relics. These structures are dilapidated and full of great character. This particular barn is located in northwest Iowa near the Spencer area. I worked from a photo given to me by a friend. There is a […] more »

Zooey & Verne

Zooey & Verne

December 15, 2014

My goal for this piece was to create a bright and colorful collage of our two fun-loving goats. I was not pleased with the first design, so I changed the barn image and the support for this piece. I began with the red barn and concentrated on the big, bold shapes first. The goats shapes […] more »

Green Acres

Green Acres

November 4, 2013

After working on larger paintings, I decided to do a smaller piece in collage. These can be done in a couple days; my full sheet watercolors seem to take longer for me. I like to complete a piece in one sitting so that I feel like I have accomplished something! Animals are favorites of mine, […] more »

One Mile East of Allerton

One Mile East of Allerton

June 4, 2013

I always wanted to paint this barn, and I’m finally getting around to it.  This is a historic, round barn in Wayne County, Iowa. There are not many round barns left and they are interesting characters! Working from a photo, I enhanced all the weathered boards and roof in my usual bold, saturated pigments of ultramarine, […] more »

Mail Pouch Tobacco

Mail Pouch Tobacco

May 31, 2013

I designed this after my sister mentioned how much she loved my barn artwork and that I should do one of the Mail Pouch Tobacco barns. We have many memories of our family summer vacations, seeing the barns with this advertising, and viewing the large tobacco leaves drying inside these barns — especially on our drives through West […] more »

Iowa Gray Barn

Iowa Gray Barn

May 29, 2013

Working from my old photos, I pieced together these barn board shapes in gray-textured, hand-painted papers against a vivid red sky. I liked the shed extensions on both sides of the barn and used turquoise for the roof — bringing in the complement color of the sky to make it “pop”.  I could not resist […] more »

Highway 137 Barn

Highway 137 Barn

April 8, 2013

I am back to painting barns and landscapes of southeast Iowa!  This particular barn is located on the winding highway traveling to Oskaloosa. At the time I took the photograph, there were many more outbuildings around this barn, but they are no longer there. It has the characteristic weathered worn boards and shaggy roof. The […] more »

Farmstead

Farmstead

February 18, 2013

This collage is a continuation of my Iowa barn series that I began in 1994. I used a reference photo given to my by a friend. This barn is in northwest Iowa. All of my barn collages have been done from actual barns found in southeast Iowa, or friends who send me pictures from their areas. […] more »