Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “City”

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 »

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis

September 3, 2010

I have been inspired by skyscrapers lately. For this piece, I worked from a photo taken in 2000 of Minneapolis. The design got a bit complicated, so I edited and kept adding shapes while working. My initial design was bare-bones. I attempted to harmonize the colors, but that kept changing too. I’m pleased with the […] more »

Mini Minne

Mini Minne

August 9, 2010

I read about artists completing a painting every day and wanted to try it. Although, since I had other things going on, it took a couple of days instead of one. This design is a smaller section of the Minneapolis cityscape I’m presently working on. I’m finding it’s a challenge to work this small with […] more »

In The Distance

In The Distance

July 30, 2010

Continued inspiration of the urban landscapes. I used a photo take many years ago and loved the view from the parking ramp with all the intricacies of the city — the sky walk, rooftops, capitol dome — all the geometric shapes and shadows. more »

Polk County Courthouse, Des Moines

Polk County Courthouse, Des Moines

February 19, 2010

This design was inspired by the architecture of the big city, reminiscent of growing up in the environment surrounded by tall buildings, different windows shapes, rooftops, bricks and other building details. It is exciting to have so many varieties of architectural elements crammed into a large metropolis; such a contrast from the quiet country life […] more »

Mondrian’s Des Moines

Mondrian’s Des Moines

September 10, 2009

I created this piece because I had an interest in completing some cityscapes from 2000. We visited Des Moines in early spring and I walked around the capital and downtown area, taking lots of photos. I’ve completed a few paintings since then and recently visited and took more photos of the Farmers Market and surrounding […] more »

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge

September 2, 2009

I first encountered this cityscape earlier in summer and I had forgotten my camera! The buildings captured my attention and the smooth rounded angles of the sloping bridge. I’ve completed many sketches of this. I love all the geometric shapes! My favorite shape of this is the road — this paper was painted a few […] more »