Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Flower”

Fuchsia Zinnias With Lime Background

Fuchsia Zinnias With Lime Background

February 27, 2017

My inspiration for this painting is the vivid colors of my garden flowers. Every year I plant new ones to the perennial beds. Although I have seven separate beds of flowers, there never seems to be enough room for all my favorites. These particular flowers are a giant zinnia variety and they are great in […] more »

Ebony Teapot & Pink Cosmos Bouquet

Ebony Teapot & Pink Cosmos Bouquet

February 13, 2017

This watercolor painting was inspired by my late-blooming cosmos in our garden last fall. I picked a full bouquet and set up the still life in sunlight with an Indian-patterned cloth and the teapot. Other items were also included in the set up. When I set up the objects, things are moved around for different […] more »

Crimson Cosmos on Pink Woven Tablecloth

Crimson Cosmos on Pink Woven Tablecloth

January 17, 2017

My creative approach for collages is like taking a journey without a predetermined destination. I begin by setting up a still life and taking lots of photographs for reference. The flowers were picked from our garden and I usually plant favorites that find their way into my paintings. I did complete a sketch which is […] more »

Coffee Cup Cosmos on Blue Patterned Cloth

Coffee Cup Cosmos on Blue Patterned Cloth

October 31, 2016

This watercolor was painted in the “alla prima” technique, from the Italian meaning “at the first.” It describes a painting which is completed in a single session. The idea is to capture the essence of the subject in a bold, intuitive way, using vigorous, expressive brush strokes and minimal color mixing on the palette. This […] more »

Raspberry Cosmos on Blue Cloth

Raspberry Cosmos on Blue Cloth

October 25, 2016

Still lifes are my favorite subject matter because the possibilities are endless. This is a bunch cosmos from this year’s garden. It takes me a while to decide what to include in the set-up, and I chose to paint them in a special vase with a favorite patterned fabric. I begin by drawing the design on watercolor […] more »

Gourds on Blue

Gourds on Blue

September 29, 2016

My idea was to set up an Autumn still life with fabrics, flowers and fruit. I chose a mini-pumpkin and decorative gourds and set them on a patterned blue-spotted fabric. Patterns galore! The lovely complementary blue color sets off the oranges, yellows and reds. I picked some of the last cosmos blossoms from my garden and set […] more »

Udderly Iowa

Udderly Iowa

September 1, 2016

This is a row of spotted Holstein dairy cows — I love the black and white patterns of them. I decided on painting the plain background first, in a neutral color so it wouldn’t conflict with the positive shapes of the cows. Pieces of an Iowa map are the foreground, sprinkled with some tulips. Lastly, […] more »

Doxie & Red Flowers

Doxie & Red Flowers

August 25, 2016

This petite collage is part of my Daily Painting challenge to create a small artwork in one sitting. I did a sketch of a dachshund and painted the background a flat, plain color; then added the dog shapes and the flowers. more »

Hiding in the Sunflowers

Hiding in the Sunflowers

August 23, 2016

Continuing my animal theme in the petite size, this is our pygmy goat, Verne. He is quite the character standing in the sunflower patch. I painted the background first, before cutting the positive shapes of Verne and the flowers. more »

Tiptoe Thru the Tulips #2

Tiptoe Thru the Tulips #2

August 9, 2016

This is a whimsical design of nine Iowa hogs running through the tulips. Not something you see every day. I used pieces of an Iowa map for the sky shape and a variety of different colored hogs, plus a green-grass foreground and some happy red and pink tulips. more »