Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Sunflower”

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 »

Elegant Garden

Elegant Garden

September 13, 2016

This was inspired by Annie’s chairs at the Artisan Gallery 218. In early spring I did numerous loose contour sketches of these antique chairs and they were the beginning of my collage design. The other elements evolved from my imagination: the sunny window, the magenta color I love, the zinnias and sunflowers from my garden. […] more »

Hiding in the Sunflowers

Hiding in the Sunflowers

August 23, 2016

Continuing my animal theme in the petite size, this is our pygmy goat, Verne. He is quite the character standing in the sunflower patch. I painted the background first, before cutting the positive shapes of Verne and the flowers. more »

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 »

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 »

Sunbathing Goats

Sunbathing Goats

October 21, 2015

This design took a complete 180 from what I thought would be a perfect flower garden. At the start I chose a dark burnt sienna background — a different color for me, and I added the bold sunflower on top. Then I was at a standstill for many weeks. Last week I envisioned a much different composition […] more »

Supreme Sunflowers with Red Stems

Supreme Sunflowers with Red Stems

August 18, 2015

My challenge for this piece was to create a large sunflower design in a square format. I used my sketch of a vase in my collection and worked from my sunflower sketches done from life. I worked the warm colors against the cool colors and contrasted light and dark values. I decided early on not to […] more »