Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Gray”

Road Trip #2

Road Trip #2

July 15, 2013

This is a continuation of an abstract collage design I completed for an upcoming competition. At the start, I chose and cut various shapes of papers and played with different configurations until the design pleased me. What usually happens with the design is an evolving of shapes, patterns and textures. Early on, I decided that […] more »

One Mile East of Allerton

One Mile East of Allerton

June 4, 2013

I always wanted to paint this barn, and I’m finally getting around to it.  This is a historic, round barn in Wayne County, Iowa. There are not many round barns left and they are interesting characters! Working from a photo, I enhanced all the weathered boards and roof in my usual bold, saturated pigments of ultramarine, […] more »

Iowa Gray Barn

Iowa Gray Barn

May 29, 2013

Working from my old photos, I pieced together these barn board shapes in gray-textured, hand-painted papers against a vivid red sky. I liked the shed extensions on both sides of the barn and used turquoise for the roof — bringing in the complement color of the sky to make it “pop”.  I could not resist […] more »

Benton Street Corner, Albia

Benton Street Corner, Albia

February 8, 2013

I’m painting my way around Albia’s square.  This pale yellow building on the corner is a landmark and on the historic register. It is interesting sandwiched between the other businesses. The other points of interest are the global lights and parked vehicles along the curb. The building colors are a primary triad of yellow, gray-blue and brick […] more »

Lift Ring, Pull Tab

Lift Ring, Pull Tab

January 31, 2013

I’m continuing my metalscape series with all the interesting ridged cans and circular lids.  This is the eighth design, and I used a limited palette of burnt sienna and various blues. It took me about a week to paint.  I began by doing a couple thumbnail designs in my sketchbook since I worked from my […] more »

McCormick Metalscape

McCormick Metalscape

January 20, 2013

Seems like the possibilities are endless in my quest of metal landscapes. Besides noticing all the junk people recycle. The little snips of red break up the gray-striped pattern of the soup and fruit cans. The round lids add interest to the reflected patterns. It is a challenge to mix different shades of gray, warm and cools. […] more »

Regular Grind

Regular Grind

January 20, 2013

Another fabulous “tinscape”!  These crushed cans are in another landscape formation, with the Folger’s coffee can being most prominent. Being a coffee sipper, I really appreciate the bright red can among the striped soup cans and pull tabs.  Lots of movement in this design — all the varieties of gray shapes make the red pop. more »

Barbasol & Beans

Barbasol & Beans

January 10, 2013

The third painting of my recycled mashed metal cans. What caught my eye was the red-striped Barbasol can — something used by my husband every day. It contrasted with the Hy-Vee Refried Beans. The ribbed can patterns are interrupted by the top circular sections and reflect surrounding images. The bright colored labels are offset by […] more »

Red Bull/Recycled Series #2

Red Bull/Recycled Series #2

January 5, 2013

I began this series by taking loads of photographs of the crushed metal cans at the landfill. It was an endless composition of mangled metal — about twelve feet high and six feet wide. Each of my watercolor designs is just a small piece of the whole. I found the ribbed patterns exciting with some […] more »

Recycled #1: Milk, Beans & Fish

Recycled #1: Milk, Beans & Fish

December 13, 2012

This design was inspired by a trip to the local recycling center, and I had been thinking about the possibilities of doing more abstract works. I noticed a huge stack of crushed tin and photographed pieces of it. The can ripples and ripped labels were interesting and I wondered about the abstract qualities that were […] more »