Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Red”

Orientale Cadenza for Trumpet

Orientale Cadenza for Trumpet

February 15, 2017

Painting a series of musical instruments has been on my mind lately. This began with a very loose contour drawing in ink and turned out to be more complicated than I thought. I completed the drawing from life and included the many sections of details as I worked. Sometimes I like to begin doing a […] more »

Ebony Teapot & Pink Cosmos Bouquet

Ebony Teapot & Pink Cosmos Bouquet

February 13, 2017

This watercolor painting was inspired by my late-blooming cosmos in our garden last fall. I picked a full bouquet and set up the still life in sunlight with an Indian-patterned cloth and the teapot. Other items were also included in the set up. When I set up the objects, things are moved around for different […] 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 »

Lightning on the Waves/Voyages

Lightning on the Waves/Voyages

January 12, 2017

This composition is another adventure, a voyage into the unknown. It seems easy enough to choose favorite colors and then the decisions begin with different shapes and arrangements. Because I hand-paint my papers with Golden and Liquitex pigments, the juicy, thick paint results in a highly textured surface that adds interest to the patterns and shapes […] more »

New Years Pizza, Blue Pepperoni

New Years Pizza, Blue Pepperoni

January 10, 2017

The most exciting moment for me is completing a collage without a thumbnail design, allowing the process to carry my creative mind on an adventure of discovery. In the past I began with a specific idea and drawing for a collage. It started with Iowa barns and farm animals. I traveled in southeast Iowa searching […] more »

Concentric Weave / Red & Blue

Concentric Weave / Red & Blue

December 30, 2016

My goal at the start was to create a unique design using a limited palette. I wanted the final design to be out of the ordinary and be eye-catching. It is also important to me to vary the shapes and sizes of these. This is the part of the process I love. I have no […] more »

Saffron Sky, Downtown Des Moines

Saffron Sky, Downtown Des Moines

December 27, 2016

This is a design from my archives that I decided to rework and improve with various color changes and textures. The inspiration for this vertical design was the architecture of the buildings in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. I love the different shapes of the buildings. It began with a picture-taking adventure throughout the city, from various […] more »

Deep River Verde

Deep River Verde

December 19, 2016

This is a non-objective vertical design, which began without the help of a drawing. I find it challenging to work this way allowing my creative energies to flow without a definite end product in mind. I first chose some colors from my cache of hand-painted collage papers, limiting the hues. This is difficult for me […] more »

Singing Strings Guantanamera

Singing Strings Guantanamera

December 7, 2016

This design was started back in October and I put it aside for a while to think about the composition and colors. Sometimes the creativity flows easily, and other times I feel unsure what direction to take. The colors were good to start with; I liked the teal, turquoise and reds and ochre. Then I […] more »

Good Vibrations #2 (Guitar Trio)

Good Vibrations #2 (Guitar Trio)

November 7, 2016

My idea was to re-work an old piece with the same title, but I ended up changing the whole design. There was a spark of an idea to add a guitar to an abstract piece and it kept evolving. The colors changed along the way too, which is one of the benefits working with collage. […] more »