Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Portrait”

Hadley

Hadley

July 1, 2016

This is a pencil portrait commission done for a client.  I work from your photograph, as long as it’s sharp and clear. All portrait requests are welcome, any subject matter or age group. Pets are very popular too! more »

Sage

Sage

September 30, 2015

This watercolor painting was commissioned by my brother Joe. It is a beautiful Great Dane. He provided the photograph and I began this piece by drawing the design in pencil first. The main purpose of the portrait was to capture her inquisitive and playful expression. The background uses a wet-in-wet method, to keep it simple and […] more »

Newborn

Newborn

May 21, 2015

I have been thinking about doing portraiture in watercolor for a long time, and when our goat Zooey had kids, it was the perfect moment. I couldn’t resist painting my husband holding baby George. As usual, I worked from reference photos and edited the background to keep the portrait uncluttered. I feel it was successful […] more »

Motley Crew

Motley Crew

January 15, 2014

I have decided to do a cat faces series, and this is the second piece. In this design, I have combined a black-brown, ginger, and black-and-white cat. They all have such unique faces! I’m also finally using some of my earth-colored pigments. These include sepia, umbers, ochres, black, and blues. It has been a fun project […] more »

Bubba & Mickey

Bubba & Mickey

May 19, 2012

These are two very devoted canines of my sister’s, and otherwise called “the two knuckleheads” by her husband. They are well-behaved most of the time, and well-trained too. Bubba, the Boston Terrier, is the most energetic dog I’ve ever seen. He runs around the backyard like a maniac–it is fun to watch him gallop wildly. […] more »

Bulldog 2

Bulldog 2

April 29, 2012

This was a commission of the English Bulldog who won many competitions for this breed, and was a therapy dog in hospitals and clinics. This dog was well-loved by his owner and many people. Unfortunately, he had to be put to sleep because of illness. My sister has two of his puppies, Snoozer and Petey, which […] more »

The Girls

The Girls

March 7, 2012

This painting includes five of our cat family: Saoirse, Fiona, Sadie, Ruby and Aurora. They include a variety of colors — a calico, siamese, white calico, black and a spotted black & white.  I did this as a portrait sample to let people know that photos of different pets can be combined into a single […] more »

Feather Hat

Feather Hat

March 5, 2011

Decided to do something different — a small figurative work. I worked from my sketchbook using a head study and added the floppy hat with real feathers. more »

German Shepard

German Shepard

December 10, 2009

This piece is part of an ongoing pet portrait series I’ve been working on this year. This is a smaller size than I usually work on, at an affordable price for the general public and great gift. My idea was to paint all the most popular breeds, so it will take me a while for […] more »

Butterflies

Butterflies

April 15, 2009

This week I’ve worked on trying to capture the vivid color patterns of butterflies seen at Reiman Gardens a few years ago. These two particular butterflies are the Buckeye and the Swallowtail — quite beautiful and delicate. more »