Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Farm”

Sunbathing Goats

Sunbathing Goats

October 21, 2015

This design took a complete 180 from what I thought would be a perfect flower garden. At the start I chose a dark burnt sienna background — a different color for me, and I added the bold sunflower on top. Then I was at a standstill for many weeks. Last week I envisioned a much different composition […] more »

Sheds & Silos

Sheds & Silos

May 19, 2015

This is one of my Daily Paintings which was done in one sitting. I enjoy painting Iowa landscapes with all the typical elements of farm life. This one includes a tractor, silos, shed, old tire, and hay bale. I like the casual composition — nothing too orderly with the random placement of things.   more »

Wheels #4

Wheels #4

April 30, 2015

I have continued my rusted wheels series of the old threshing machine. I love the details! I was interested in how the parts interconnected with each other. It is only a small section of the whole shebang. I used a limited palette and focused on a strong design and value pattern. This watercolor took me […] 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 »

Ironsides

Ironsides

October 26, 2013

What inspired me to paint another piece of farm machinery was all the intricate shapes of gears, wheels and rusted parts that makes up the whole hunk of metal. This is an old threshing machine that sits at the Prairie Museum in Corydon, Iowa.  The massive size of it is amazing… how it once rattled […] more »

Wheels & Belts #2

Wheels & Belts #2

July 23, 2013

Machine compositions seem to have captured my interest again!  This design is just a small piece of an old threshing machine. I love the old rusted pieces of metal and weathered wood sections of the machine. It would be fun to see it actually working in the field. When I begin my watercolor compositions, I […] 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 »

Wheels & Belts

Wheels & Belts

August 12, 2012

This watercolor was started in early spring of this year and I set it aside for a while to think about the direction I was going with it. It is the first of my Hay Baler paintings, more abstract than the second piece.  I have a lot of energy and work on numerous paintings simultaneously. […] more »

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 »