Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Building”

Downtown Des Moines Series #45

Downtown Des Moines Series #45

November 29, 2017

My inspiration for this acrylic collage are the shapes of various buildings in downtown Des Moines. I love the different shapes, with all their details that make up an interesting design. The challenge is a complex design of familiar buildings in the downtown environment using bright colors. more »

Prairie Cathedral (Elevator Icon #1)

Prairie Cathedral (Elevator Icon #1)

January 31, 2017

Lately I have been working on a variety of Iowa-themed work in preparation of my joint exhibition next year with Deb Baughman, to be held at Indian Hills College in Ottumwa. This collage is a design of an old grain elevator in Chariton, Iowa. The structure was interesting with its many jutting pieces stacked on […] more »

Saffron Sky, Downtown Des Moines

Saffron Sky, Downtown Des Moines

December 27, 2016

This is a design from my archives that I decided to rework and improve with various color changes and textures. The inspiration for this vertical design was the architecture of the buildings in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. I love the different shapes of the buildings. It began with a picture-taking adventure throughout the city, from various […] more »

Polk County Courthouse

Polk County Courthouse

March 16, 2016

This past week I thought this collage needed an updating in the colors and composition. Although I liked parts of the design, I felt there were a couple areas I thought needed strengthening and improvement. It is a view of the urban landscape from the top of a parking ramp in downtown Des Moines. I’m pleased […] more »

Radio, Records & Books

Radio, Records & Books

April 10, 2013

This is a business that used to be on the northwest corner of the Centerville square a few years ago. Maybe a better title would be “remember when?” The storefronts and signage change occasionally and this is what attracts me to the subject matter. I like painting the old brick buildings. Most of the details are […] more »

Benton Street Corner, Albia

Benton Street Corner, Albia

February 8, 2013

I’m painting my way around Albia’s square.  This pale yellow building on the corner is a landmark and on the historic register. It is interesting sandwiched between the other businesses. The other points of interest are the global lights and parked vehicles along the curb. The building colors are a primary triad of yellow, gray-blue and brick […] more »

Morning Walk

Morning Walk

February 7, 2013

I’m doing another storefront composition on the other side of the street. Many of these old buildings have intricate details, which I’ve simplified, of course. Also in evidence is the old blue mailbox — something you don’t see anymore. I did go back recently to see if the box was there, but it has been […] more »

George & Nick’s

George & Nick’s

November 22, 2010

I’ve had many requests for prints of this popular Centerville eatery on the square, famous for their steaks and pizza. First step was to get a photo with decent sunlight and shadows; after that it was easy to paint the restaurant building facade and the neighboring businesses. The signage and the distinctive lamppost with flag […] more »

Rooftops, Des Moines

Rooftops, Des Moines

July 22, 2010

In this view, I used a photo taken of downtown Des Moines a few years ago from the top of a parking garage. The architecture and building forms interested me. The panoramic view from above was inspiring! Of course, I took artistic liberty with most of the building colors and used a strong value pattern […] more »