Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Downtown”

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 »

In The Distance

In The Distance

March 17, 2016

This is another urban scene of downtown Des Moines that I decided to rework. The colors and composition from the original needed strengthening. My reference photo was used in the first design. It is a view of the Capitol dome in the background with the red skywalk, rooftops and building shapes as seen from the […] more »

Ted’s Pizza

Ted’s Pizza

July 10, 2011

This old pizza place was an interesting structure and color, along with the signage and surrounding buildings. I was told it was no longer doing business, but someone down the street was selling pizza now. This watercolor was completed at the Davis County “Plein Air” event on the square in Bloomfield. In the early morning […] more »

The Continental

The Continental

November 15, 2010

Why did I paint The Continental Hotel again? I’ve lost count how many times I’ve painted this building — the old historic hotel in Centerville. I’m attracted to architectural structures and have never painted it from this angle (from State Street, looking at it from a northeast direction). The oblong sign on the corner, the […] 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 »