Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Still Life”

Mardi Gras Bouquet

Mardi Gras Bouquet

February 4, 2016

This design was specifically done for the annual Mardi Gras celebration. I used my reference photo of garden sunflowers. I love the big, bold shapes of the flowers! I cannot resist painting them because they are happy flowers and my favorites. After drawing the design directly on the archival foamboard, I begin with specific shapes […] 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 »

Emerald Echoes

Emerald Echoes

January 31, 2014

My intention for this painting was to use complementary colors to make this piece sing! The chairs were painted wet-in-wet, dropping the pigments into the the damp areas of the paper. I love the way the pigments have mingled and flowed into each other. This is the main attribute of watercolors, and I love to […] more »

Aquarius National Show Acceptance

Aquarius National Show Acceptance

August 27, 2012

Great news! Today I received my acceptance into the Aquarius National 2012 Exhibition. Juror Fran Larsen chose two of my watercolors: Nectarines & Teapots and Fruit, Bottle and Goblets.  These are recent paintings in my still life series featuring goblets and glassware. I’m pretty excited! The Aquarius National Watercolor Exhibition is presented by the Southern Colorado […] more »

Crazy Quilt #1

Crazy Quilt #1

February 17, 2012

This still life is crammed with interesting objects that I have collected. The main feature is the flared emerald-green vase and the crazy quilt, which I sewed with many of my fabric scraps. It is a one-of-a-kind quilt!  Also in this setup are square mirror tiles, apples, and a round ruby vase. It was most difficult […] more »

Nectarines and Teapots

Nectarines and Teapots

December 30, 2011

I’ve been painting teapots for a number of years. These teapots are part of my collection that I set up outside on a glass table with mirrors and the fruit. I liked the reflections in the mirrors — they add great dimensional interest! It is a complex arrangement and the teapots seem to be in […] more »

Walk On Farmers Market

Walk On Farmers Market

September 10, 2009

Hello! Thank you all for coming to Ottumwa’s Walk On Art Street festival last weekend — the weather was perfect and art lovers were out in full force! I enjoyed talking with old friends and meeting new ones. [...] more »

Demonstrating at the Winery

Demonstrating at the Winery

July 13, 2009

Last Saturday I spent the afternoon demonstrating watercolor painting at Tassel Ridge Winery in Leighton, Iowa (near Pella and Oskaloosa). A similar experience as working "en plein air", but it was better to work inside in a beautiful area. [...] more »

Pig Pennants & Van Gogh

Pig Pennants & Van Gogh

June 24, 2009

I've been discovering new ways to incorporate special requests for commissions, particularly with pigs. The newest combines cut-out words, office report backgrounds, collegiate pennants, and university pennants for team spirit! [...] more »

Glassware Progress

Glassware Progress

November 8, 2008

Since I haven’t painted on this particular piece yesterday or today, I’m viewing it with a mat and deciding how to finish it. This one has been a struggle. But I also have been framing two commissions and delivering them out of town, which sometimes breaks my concentration — it usually goes more smoothly. I […] more »