Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Barn”

Red Barn & Rooster

Red Barn & Rooster

June 23, 2012

This piece is part of my open-ended Iowa Series, complete with all the Midwest elements and farm animals. This collage features a typical red barn, silo, and the strutting rooser in the farmyard, and a few strategic fence posts. Lots of colors too, so it will fit just about any decor. more »

Cattle Chute

Cattle Chute

March 24, 2012

I chose to paint this old, red barn in Plano, Iowa because of its weathered silo, cattle chute, and out-buildings. These are no longer standing. The photographs I took in the 1990s of barns in southern Iowa describe many old barns of this era. It is sad that many of them were not saved. It […] more »

Dairy Barn, Cantril, Iowa

Dairy Barn, Cantril, Iowa

January 31, 2012

This is another painting of my never-ending fascination with barns in our area. I’ve painted this before from a different view. It is a round dairy barn on the historic register located off Highway 2 in southern Iowa. Supposedly they danced on the third floor of this large barn and farm workers lived there too.  […] more »

Weathered

Weathered

July 19, 2011

I discovered this interesting but greatly worn-out barn on my road trip to Cantril to see the round barn a few years ago. I never saw such a large dairy barn, with the roof all torn up. When I took the photo, another storm was brewing. After the sky turned black and I ran back […] more »

Ramshackle Fence

Ramshackle Fence

July 12, 2011

I’m still fascinated with old barn structures. My sister-in-law sent me this photo of a barn in northwest Iowa, near Boyden. Not sure if it’s still standing. I liked the character of the rickety fence in the foreground — it has been patched with numerous boards. So far in painting these barn motifs, I haven’t […] more »

Quixotic Cupelo

Quixotic Cupelo

May 20, 2011

I enjoyed doing a close-up of this raggedy cupelo. It was almost falling off. The barn is located in southeastern Iowa, near the town of Seymour. more »

Bishop’s Bales

Bishop’s Bales

May 6, 2011

This is an open shed with hay bales, located in southern Iowa. The photo was approximately taken in 1995, when I went in search of barns to photograph. My idea was to document many of the old structures that were disappearing from the rural areas. This is a typical Midwest scene found around the countryside […] more »

Tornado

Tornado

July 10, 2010

This design started horizontal, but I decided to change the format and the initial sketch. I thought it would be more dramatic as a vertical composition. I took the photo of this old dairy barn many years ago on a trip to the historic barn in Cantril, Iowa. On the way home, the sky turned […] more »

Stucco Barn, Exline, Iowa

Stucco Barn, Exline, Iowa

February 2, 2010

This structure has intrigued me because of the shapes and the gnarled tree. I have painted it a number of times and found the sun and shadow patterns interesting. The bright white fence contributed to its character and the textured field beyond. It also has numerous small window opening, probably to dry the hay stored […] more »

Casting A Shadow

Casting A Shadow

January 16, 2010

I am still interested in these old barn structures — their shapes and details fascinate me. And they are fast disappearing from the landscape. I feel they best describe Iowa because agriculture is the top priority here. This barn is located in Mahaska County, Iowa. Then manner in which I approach painting them is different […] more »