Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Garden”

Bearded Iris in Purple

Bearded Iris in Purple

January 19, 2021

My inspiration for this painting was the frilly bearded irises in our garden. Beginning with numerous sketches from life, I chose the deep purple hand-painted collage papers from my stash and began cutting the large petal shapes of the iris. more »

Sunflowers & Eucalyptus

Sunflowers & Eucalyptus

August 5, 2020

I am continually inspired by big, bold sunflower shapes and colors -- the design possibilities are endless. Floral compositions are cheery and uplifting to me, especially during this time of the pandemic. more »

November Cosmos Bouquet

November Cosmos Bouquet

November 28, 2018

My inspiration for this petite watercolor was a photo taken of my last bouquet, which was picked from our last garden in Centerville. I love the luscious magenta and pink colors of these flowers and their simple shapes. Their centers are bright yellow with dots of dark brown. more »

Oregon Roses in Peach

Oregon Roses in Peach

July 5, 2018

Flowers and still lifes are my favorite subjects to paint because of the endless varieties and beauty. These were photographed on vacation at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon this summer. more »

Hollyhocks and Bluebirds

Hollyhocks and Bluebirds

March 6, 2018

The inspiration for this painting is the flower: hollyhocks. I am quite fond of these old-fashioned flowers. I love the saucer shapes of the blossoms, the buds, leaves -- every details describes this wonderful flower! more »

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 »

Rooster Romp (Barnyard Dance)

Rooster Romp (Barnyard Dance)

November 3, 2016

This rooster acrylic collage is one of the many I have done with an Iowa animal theme. I usually begin doing a loose contour drawing and do not concern myself with a perfect, detailed drawing of the subject matter. I want the linear design to be lyrical and expressive. The background element was unknown at […] 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 »