Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Posts Tagged “Tulip”

Udderly Iowa

Udderly Iowa

September 1, 2016

This is a row of spotted Holstein dairy cows — I love the black and white patterns of them. I decided on painting the plain background first, in a neutral color so it wouldn’t conflict with the positive shapes of the cows. Pieces of an Iowa map are the foreground, sprinkled with some tulips. Lastly, […] more »

Tiptoe Thru the Tulips #2

Tiptoe Thru the Tulips #2

August 9, 2016

This is a whimsical design of nine Iowa hogs running through the tulips. Not something you see every day. I used pieces of an Iowa map for the sky shape and a variety of different colored hogs, plus a green-grass foreground and some happy red and pink tulips. more »

Confetti Tulips

Confetti Tulips

February 6, 2015

Flowers are one of my favorite subjects. For this collage, I used one of my sketches done in 2005. I love the shapes of tulips and the curved leaf patterns. I did not have a background planned, but improvised one using paper scraps to keep it fresh and exciting. The tiny triangle pieces were nipped from […] 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 »

Grace

Grace

March 13, 2013

These glorious blooms were painted from my garden. I worked from my reference photo and sad to say I no longer have tulips in my garden, as the deer have destroyed them.  Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and a sure sign that spring has arrived.  These graceful blooms were wonderful to paint.  The […] more »

Jonquils #4

Jonquils #4

April 10, 2010

Painting the flowers from my garden is almost a religious experience. Jonquils are a true sign of spring, along with the bright red tulips. Duplicating the colors of nature with watercolor pigments is difficult. So many nuances are found while observing the flowers when painting. I try to capture the freshness and vitality of the […] more »

Parrot Tulips

Parrot Tulips

March 16, 2010

The second in my series of the tulips. This design includes three purple tulips on top, red tulip with a black center, a daffodil squeezed between them on the left, and a bright yellow parrot tulip with the red strips more »

Velvety Tulips

Velvety Tulips

March 14, 2010

Because of our unusually long and snowy winter, I have been anxious to paint a spring subject. These are some tulips and daffodils from my garden bouquet photographed a couple years ago. I was inspired by the gorgeous hues and non-formal arrangement of the flowers in a simple glass tumbler. They were photographed outside, and […] more »