Carol HeikemaCarol Heikema works in watercolors, inks, and mixed media. She combines realistic and experimental watercolor techniques into her nature and wildlife paintings. She is a graduate of Illinois State Normal University and studied fine arts at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois, and at advanced workshops in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Carol Heikema has held many solo exhibits including Senator Fred Upton’s office in Washington, DC: Representative Dan Meyer’s office in Madison, Wisconsin; The Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers, Michigan, and The Civic Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has continuing exhibits in several professional offices in Indiana and her work is currently being exhibited at Calico Bay and Prudential Preferred Realtors in Three Rivers, Michigan.
Carol Heikema is an active member and past president of The Headwaters Art League, Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin. She is also a member of Illiana Artists, Munster, Indiana, Hobart Arts League, Hobart, Indiana and the Three Rivers Artists Guild, Three Rivers, Michigan.
Carol and her husband Bob share their love of nature and the outdoors on weekends at their Hardwood Tree Farm in Jones, Michigan. They give back to the community by sharing the many trails through their woods with neighborhood families. Carol also teaches art fundamentals to local homeschooled children at no cost to them.
Contact Carol Heikema about her artwork at 219-718-3328.
Notes on process:
“Poured Inks” is a technique using highly concentrated water based inks. Water color paper is wet with water on both sides (to prevent serious buckling) and placed on a moveable surface such as gator board. A few select diluted inks are literally poured onto the paper, or sprayed or brushed on; then allowed to flow out across the wet paper. The board can be lifted and tilted to encourage movement of the inks.
The real excitement comes when I see how the select colors move about, blend or respond to resists that were added to the wet paper before any ink was applied. I follow up with a lot of spraying and adding more color as the process moves along; it becomes rather messy and takes a lot of space. When the inks are dry, “hidden objects” are discovered and added with regular watercolors, or defined so that just a suggestion of a figure is found. Some realism within the abstract.
If resists were used, the paper often becomes a wonderful background for collage. Because I like to work with 2 or more full sized sheets of bright white 140 Hot Pressed watercolor paper at a time, the process takes a lot of space, and it becomes rather messy. For added interest during the cold winter months, the inked sheets may be moved outdoors and allowed to freeze, creating “Jack Frost” ice patterns in the inks.