Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Purple”

Dark Cliffs, Red & Violet Rockscape

Dark Cliffs, Red & Violet Rockscape

April 5, 2017

I began this abstract collage without a thumbnail sketch, but by choosing a variety of colors from my hand-painted acrylic papers. Some of my newer papers were painted with a bristle brush instead of using the brayer to roll and blend the pigments. I liked the brush marks on the paper which adds some new […] more »

Burst of Summertime with Purple Lace

Burst of Summertime with Purple Lace

April 3, 2017

Nothing is more inspiring than a vase of fresh cut flowers from my garden! These gladioli and small sunflowers smelled wonderful, and their myriad colors and intricate shapes of petals and leaves inspired me to paint them. In the winter I plan and dream about what new varieties to add to my garden. Painting still […] more »

Outside Larkspurs & Peonies in Lime

Outside Larkspurs & Peonies in Lime

March 6, 2017

My inspiration for this painting: these fresh cut flowers from my garden were gorgeous in color and begged to be painted! I never tire of painting flowers. Everything about them motivate me to paint them; the vivid colors and shapes and tiny details. When I observe flowers to paint, I always begin with lots of […] more »

Getting Down To Get Over

Getting Down To Get Over

February 24, 2017

My inspiration for this artwork was to explore another area that interested me: abstract compositions. A client recently requested this specific type of painting and I challenged myself in completing one. This is easier said than done, especially when my forté is painting still lifes and working from one of my reference photos. Some of […] more »

Prairie Cathedral (Elevator Icon #1)

Prairie Cathedral (Elevator Icon #1)

January 31, 2017

Lately I have been working on a variety of Iowa-themed work in preparation of my joint exhibition next year with Deb Baughman, to be held at Indian Hills College in Ottumwa. This collage is a design of an old grain elevator in Chariton, Iowa. The structure was interesting with its many jutting pieces stacked on […] more »

Crimson Cosmos on Pink Woven Tablecloth

Crimson Cosmos on Pink Woven Tablecloth

January 17, 2017

My creative approach for collages is like taking a journey without a predetermined destination. I begin by setting up a still life and taking lots of photographs for reference. The flowers were picked from our garden and I usually plant favorites that find their way into my paintings. I did complete a sketch which is […] more »

An Egyptian Passage in Purple

An Egyptian Passage in Purple

December 22, 2016

This is a full sheet collage that is part of my series of non-objective subject matter. It began with choosing some favorite colors: purple, orange, indigo and teal. I began making the shapes using random cuts with the X-Acto knife and folding various parts of my hand-painted papers. This is quite challenging to begin this […] more »

Midnite Kingdom of Lunar Eclipses

Midnite Kingdom of Lunar Eclipses

November 14, 2016

The impetus for this design was an upcoming juried competition and the fact I wanted to do an abstract composition. Having a definite deadline always propels me into action. Starting with some geometric shapes, I began arranging the shapes on the support and thought about a definite value pattern. My main idea was a circular […] more »

Rooster Romp (Barnyard Dance)

Rooster Romp (Barnyard Dance)

November 3, 2016

This rooster acrylic collage is one of the many I have done with an Iowa animal theme. I usually begin doing a loose contour drawing and do not concern myself with a perfect, detailed drawing of the subject matter. I want the linear design to be lyrical and expressive. The background element was unknown at […] more »