Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Purple”

Biking #5

Biking #5

April 14, 2016

Another bicycle design! I am inspired by the geometric shapes of the bicycle. When working in a series, it is a challenge to come up with a fresh and interesting composition. I zeroed in on the front of the bike and focused on the gears and spokes. The Iowa map came into play too — […] more »

Windmill at Forbush Road

Windmill at Forbush Road

January 21, 2016

For this piece, I used one of my reference photos taken many years ago of a barn down the road. I added a windmill from another neighbor’s farm, as it’s a popular agricultural icon. I used artistic license for the barn’s colors. Another favorite element of my farmscapes is using an Iowa map for the […] more »

Rainy Day Sunflowers

Rainy Day Sunflowers

January 5, 2016

My inspiration with sunflowers is limitless! I started a loose contour sketch using my photographs of our garden flowers, but the design changed from the initial idea. I cut and arrange the shapes and let it evolve on its own. I usually decide on a background hue first (here a limited palette of teal and reds) […] more »

Teapot Series #17 – Lime Pears

Teapot Series #17 – Lime Pears

November 19, 2015

I have decided to continue with my Teapot Series still lifes after reviewing some of my past work. This subject matter still intrigues me and I wonder where the future designs may lead. That is why I continue to paint — the surprise ending is well worth it! I do know that once I start […] more »

Fowl Attitudes

Fowl Attitudes

November 3, 2015

Lately I seem to be creating a lot of different birds! This one started with some loose, contour drawings of chickens, which I think are funny birds. I love the variegated feathers and textures on the birds. After I completed some drawings, I used my tracing paper to combine some of them into a pleasing design. […] more »

Bad Hair Day #2

Bad Hair Day #2

October 28, 2015

This piece was inspired by my observances of birds’ funny behavior and appearances. I used one of my sketches for this and edited as I worked. It began with the bird’s overall color and expressive eyes and wild hairdo. Another challenge for me was using a smaller format, but not quite as small as what the Daily […] more »

Velocity

Velocity

August 20, 2015

It is a bit difficult doing an abstract design, having no sketch to work from. I began by choosing some of my textured, hand-painted papers and concentrating on big shapes and colors. It took me a while with the placement of these, adding other shapes and subtracting ones I didn’t like. This is mostly an intuitive process where […] more »

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 »

Starry Owl, Full Moon

Starry Owl, Full Moon

February 19, 2015

I have made lots of bird drawings in my sketchbook, and used one of these that I did a few years ago. That’s the bonus of drawing constantly — you always have material to fall back on. I took the liberty of changing the owl’s color. I thought purple would be nice against the indigo sky […] more »

Breezy Spring

Breezy Spring

January 28, 2015

Looking through my sketchbooks, I decided to work from a sketch done around 2005 of my garden tulips. I used an archival matboard for the support, instead of watercolor paper. No background was planned initially; I worked with various paper scraps and color shapes to achieve an unusual background. Leaves are at the edges and […] more »