Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Orange”

In The Distance

In The Distance

March 17, 2016

This is another urban scene of downtown Des Moines that I decided to rework. The colors and composition from the original needed strengthening. My reference photo was used in the first design. It is a view of the Capitol dome in the background with the red skywalk, rooftops and building shapes as seen from the […] more »

Green Eyes

Green Eyes

December 10, 2015

Vincent showed up for a modeling session last weekend, so I decided to focus on a close-up of his face.  He has expressive eyes and is happy to sit and pose for me. I used lots of thickly applied watercolor pigments with some acrylic medium. He is quite happy with the results! more »

Year of the Sheep

Year of the Sheep

September 22, 2015

This was inspired by our playful and ornery goats. And because the year 2015 is the Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat, this was perfect! In the past I have done some Chinese zodiac animals in ink and decided it was time to try them using collage papers. Working from my sketch and some of my […] more »

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

March 24, 2015

This collage was completed using the leftover paper scraps from a previous collage, Journey. I was inspired by the geometric shapes and the colors. I gravitate to square formats, and did this piece smaller than I usually do, moving the shapes around and playing with the design until I found the composition pleasing. I use […] more »

Calico

Calico

March 12, 2015

Cats play a huge part in my life and are perfect models, although it is impossible to get them to sit still for a photograph. This painting is of Siobhan, who has a lovely pattern of spots on her back. I happened to catch a good pose of her and decided that working in a […] more »

Balloon Flowers

Balloon Flowers

February 24, 2015

This piece was done from my original sketchbook drawing. I worked from the actual flowers, paying close attention to the floral forms and stems. These flowers are a beautiful soft blue or periwinkle color. My design is a little abstract and I was nearing completion, I added a butterfly shape which is partially hidden. It was […] more »

Paradise

Paradise

February 11, 2015

I have always loved the Bird of Paradise flower and wanted to paint it for a long time. It is a bold, tropical blossom and I tried to capture the saturated warm colors of it. I worked from my vacation photograph and challenged myself to use a different format, the square. The background was not […] more »

Pollen Swirl

Pollen Swirl

February 9, 2015

Sunflowers provide a never ending inspiration; I absolutely love these flowers with their huge heads and bold, bright yellow shapes. My challenge for this piece was the size. Larger paintings are my forte. This is scaled down to 5.25 by 7.5 — very minuscule for me. I edited the seed-head and just added a spiral […] more »

Compromises

Compromises

February 4, 2015

This is the first small-sized abstract I have completed in collage. It was inspired by Kandinsky’s work — I love the geometric shapes, the triangles, circles and squares. I began by cutting various shapes and assembling the design. Collage is wonderful for being able to move things around before you permanently adhere the shapes. And […] more »

Ladybugs

Ladybugs

January 9, 2015

My second piece of artwork this year! This is another petite size of artwork using a drawing from one of my old sketchbooks. I have been trying to keep in the habit of sketching daily. It was a difficult design, since the ladybugs and dimensions were tiny. The shapes are simplified as best I could do […] more »