Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Glassware”

Art & Soul

Art & Soul

October 12, 2016

I decided to paint another still life with my eggplants, books and favorite turquoise goblet. It is an up-close, intimate view of these elements. Especially important is the featured book, Art & Soul, by artist Audrey Flack. The art on the cover ignited my imagination. I love the deep, purplish-blue-black of the eggplants, and their […] more »

Eggplants & Champagne

Eggplants & Champagne

October 3, 2016

This was a fun watercolor to paint with my glossy black eggplants and glassware. I enjoyed the process of drawing the design using my reference photo. Some of my favorite art books are included in the still life. Usually I wet the paper where I intend to drop in the pigments wet-in-wet, which is one […] more »

Bottlemania

Bottlemania

July 7, 2015

This painting was inspired by the large collection of antique bottles my mother sent me. As I sketched each bottle, I turned my paper in all directions and overlapped the bottles, which made a more interesting arrangement than just standing next to each other on a shelf. more »

Wedges & Stripes

Wedges & Stripes

June 23, 2014

This painting was inspired by artist Janet Fish’s watermelon still life. I set up my fruit and other still life objects outside on a table in bright sunlight. This composition is all about complementary color and a strong design. The juicy watermelon wedges, the blue hand-crafted art dish, the striped cloth, fork, the lime green […] more »

Clementine & Champagne

Clementine & Champagne

May 6, 2014

This is a new still life setup, which includes many familiar pieces from my collection of objects. I set up the items on a table in our front east window, using the direct sunlight streaming inside. My favorite amber bottles and goblets are the main elements, along with the turquoise striped cloth. The clementine and […] more »

License to Paint #2

License to Paint #2

May 8, 2013

I decided to compose another watercolor using my large assortment of brushes with old license plates. I wanted something different for an upcoming competition, although I did set up some of my palettes to start with the brushes. We artists seem to accumulate supplies of all kinds.  The design was playing around in my mind for a […] more »

Ruby Vase & Pears

Ruby Vase & Pears

February 4, 2013

I’m back doing a still life with my favorite glassware. I recently purchased the round, ruby vase that I thought would be great in a set-up. The other challenge in this still life was using an abstract acrylic collage in the background behind the glass. The pears added interesting shapes and color changes in the design. A piece of […] more »

Backgammon

Backgammon

November 4, 2012

The shape and color of this old telephone continues to appear in my still lifes. Also, it is now an antique. I paired it with the game board and cobalt goblets, one of which recently was broken. I love the deep ultramarine blues and the aqua shades — those colors find their way into my setups!  […] more »

Fruit Abstractions

Fruit Abstractions

October 31, 2012

The fractured abstract patterns of glassware continue to capture my attention and I feel the need to paint these patterns. The designs have an endless quantity of colors and shapes. This one is a simple composition with the glass tumbler and apples and pear with the wood grain table. I usually set up an elaborate still […] more »

Hake & Squirrel

Hake & Squirrel

October 28, 2012

What inspires me to choose certain elements in my still life paintings? It seems I’m always looking for the unusual and unique. Instead of using my tried and true goblets, I grabbed some plain, old drinking glasses from the cupboard and added my Chinese sumi-e brushes. I decided the emerald glass needed its complement, so […] more »