Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Train”

Union Pacific Locomotive #6

Union Pacific Locomotive #6

September 3, 2013

This collage is a commissioned artwork and the largest one I have completed. The specifications were the subject matter and size, and it had to have pieces of maps. All the map pieces are of Mahaska County in Iowa. I enjoyed the challenge and always enjoy doing any type of trains. This piece is owned […] more »

Front, BNSF

Front, BNSF

March 14, 2013

This painting is a continuation of my engine series.  It is a close-up of an engine I photographed in the Albia trainyard in winter.  I wanted to focus on the abstract design qualities and omit some of the details.  I drew the large shapes first and then added some of the important details. A limited […] more »

Houston 36th International Exhibition

Houston 36th International Exhibition

February 18, 2013

My watercolor painting “Front, BNSF” has been chosen to be part of the prestigious Houston Exhibition by juror Jan Fabian Wallake. More than 370 paintings were submitted and the jurying process was very complex and many paintings could not be included. I feel very lucky to be part of this show. This show will be […] more »

Retired

Retired

January 21, 2013

I couldn’t resist doing my sixth painting of the Burlington Northern caboose. The difference is the hot press paper and the size.  I used artistic license to eliminate all the rust spots on it, so it’s beautiful and spiffed up now.  Various pigments were used for the main color , as I find it impossible […] more »

Six Four Three Two BNSF

Six Four Three Two BNSF

January 17, 2013

It’s difficult to paint a huge engine on a tiny piece of watercolor paper! I chose hot press paper, so the pigments squooshed around a lot — juicy orange! I had to edit the shapes, like the big bold numerals. This engine was idling on the tracks in Albia. I also mixed in some gouache […] more »

BNSF

BNSF

December 30, 2012

This watercolor is a continuation of my love of train engines.  I took a photo at the yard in Albia as it was sitting there for a while. It has many interesting details. It seems that lately many of my works contain numerals and letters, as well as bright pigments. more »

New Award!

New Award!

September 30, 2012

This week I received the news that my watercolor painting Nine Zero Four won the Second Place Cash & Ribbon Award in the National Abstract Exhibition at the Greenwood Art Center in Indianapolis! I started painting these Union Pacific Engines two years ago, after we drove past them on our way to the local recycling […] more »

Nine Zero Four

Nine Zero Four

August 11, 2012

This watercolor is part of my series of the Union Pacific engines. The abstract shapes and bold colors captured my attention!  I used my camera to compose the designs and it’s not until I start the actual painting process that I notice more details. I edited this quite a bit and just focused on the […] more »

Engine 9045

Engine 9045

March 25, 2011

The challenge was to paint this engine in a smaller format, which is very different from my usual work on a large 22 x 30 sheet of paper. It still makes for a great design, with less nitpicking details. It brings back memories when I was very small, Dad used to take me to the […] more »

Union Pacific Engine 9027

Union Pacific Engine 9027

March 17, 2011

This is the second of my train engine watercolors, a side-angled view with lots of details. I was attracted by the yellow of the engine and red stripe and the value pattern of the shadows, and didn’t notice many of the details until I started painting. It is a massive structure and I composed with […] more »