Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Iowa”

Final Chapter

Final Chapter

May 4, 2022

My love affair with the old barns in Iowa continues. I have been roaming the countryside photographing these distinct structures that are full of character. more »

Asian Pagoda, Des Moines

Asian Pagoda, Des Moines

April 28, 2022

Des Moines architecture has always interested me. I usually take a lot of reference photos for a project, choose the best angle to portray it and then complete a drawing to use for the collage's foundation. This pagoda is highly detailed and I had to edit and simplify the shapes. more »

Henhouse Roost

Henhouse Roost

April 25, 2022

This design is a colorful acrylic collage of some henhouse chickens. I used my imagination to create the barn, inspired mostly from my old photo collection, and cut the shapes from my hand-painted acrylic papers. more »

Woodman Hollow

Woodman Hollow

March 31, 2022

I based this on one of my watercolor prints of a barn in southeast Iowa that I painted many years ago, but I redesigned the composition using big, simple shapes and edited as I worked. more »

Sunlit Path

Sunlit Path

May 24, 2021

My love affair with old barn structures continues. Working with collage, and editing as I work, results in an out-of-this-world design. more »

Turkey Creek

Turkey Creek

January 26, 2021

I have been inspired by the Midwest landscape for many years. The sprawling fields, rustic barns and sheds are a few elements that capture my interest. I began painting these old structures around 1995 and have painted over one hundred landscapes since then. more »

Gray Barn with Sunflowers

Gray Barn with Sunflowers

November 22, 2019

The inspiration of old southeast Iowa barns continues to pique my imagination with their lively character. This barn had interesting round windows in the upper level and I could not help adding some bright, colorful sunflowers in the foreground. more »

Ragbrai XLVII

Ragbrai XLVII

October 25, 2019

This collage is part of my bicycle series inspired by the yearly RAGBRAI event that happens every July in Iowa. This design is the actual route taken in 2019, and includes the cities of Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington and Keokuk. more »

Cornfields & Purple Barn

Cornfields & Purple Barn

October 7, 2019

I love painting the Iowa landscape with its old barns full of character. I began using a pale pink for the sky and used some geometric shapes for the roof and barn. The foreground was not planned until the last minute. more »

Quiltscape

Quiltscape

August 20, 2019

I have been painting Iowa landscapes since early 1985. They are full of character with their geometric shapes -- all are very different and interesting to me. This piece is a section of landscape, taken from an old photo of mine. more »