Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Map”

Iowa Barn

Iowa Barn

May 14, 2015

I enjoy working on larger collages, and this is an old barn in southeast Iowa. As always, I worked from my photo and edited the shapes. This is a close-up of just part of the barn. The shapes are simple and I try not to get too detailed — which is one of the reasons […] more »

Zephyr

Zephyr

April 16, 2015

This painting is done from a photo of the old Zephyr engine located in Albia, Iowa. Currently I am working on a series of different train engines in collage. I find these old engines fascinating and love painting them using my acrylic hand-painted papers. All the details on the engines add interest: the bell, railing, […] more »

Engine Nine Zero 45

Engine Nine Zero 45

April 9, 2015

This collage is a continuation of my popular train engine series. I have been doing engines for a number of years now. This one is a close-up of a Union Pacific. I used one of my reference photos for this. The details of the engine caught my eye: the shadow shapes, the numerals and flag, […] more »

Nine Seventy Three

Nine Seventy Three

April 7, 2015

This collage painting is one of my Engine Series. It is the Appanoose County Red engine, circa 1952. It has been recently repainted a bright red with white stripes. I worked from my photographs, and designed a vertical format which accentuates the dynamic bulk of the engine. Some of the foreground papers have oil pastel […] more »

RAGBRAI

RAGBRAI

January 22, 2015

I couldn’t resist doing another bicycle collage, but found this one a challenge working in such a small format. As with my previous biking collages, I used pieces of an Iowa map to add interest to the design. Each of the small circles are pieces of the river on the map. The composition is colorful and […] more »

Denver Dog

Denver Dog

February 3, 2014

Between serious competition pieces, I enjoy doing some fun little collages. Humorous animals always tickle my fancy. And because pets are so loved, I chose a yellow lab for this design. I also got a chance to utilize my collage paper scraps. I added a piece of map and was surprised that there is actually […] more »

BNSF Seven

BNSF Seven

September 16, 2013

Lately it seems to me that I have been working on a locomotive series. When I was in Ottumwa last month, I took photos of this engine sitting briefly on the tracks and I took the opportunity to get a variety of photographs, even though it was cloudy. I prefer the morning sunlight and strong […] more »

Union Pacific Locomotive #6

Union Pacific Locomotive #6

September 3, 2013

This collage is a commissioned artwork and the largest one I have completed. The specifications were the subject matter and size, and it had to have pieces of maps. All the map pieces are of Mahaska County in Iowa. I enjoyed the challenge and always enjoy doing any type of trains. This piece is owned […] more »

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 »

Road Trip #1

Road Trip #1

June 7, 2013

Lately I have been working on some non-objective pieces specifically for upcoming competitions. Easier said than done!  It is pure design without any reference photos, so I began playing with a limited number of cut paper shapes and re-arranging them until I was satisfied with the design.  I find it very difficult at times critiquing […] more »