Butterfly Paintings



I enjoy painting and butterfly paintings are one of my great joys.
They have so much color and God given beauty.

I plant flowers in my yard especially for the butterflies and hummingbirds. When they come visit the flowers I snap photos so I have reference material for more paintings.

Lots of fun - enjoy my paintings.

Art by Carol May - Butterfly Paintings

Butterfly Paintings by Carol May, Monarch On DaisiesMonarch On Daisies

The Monarch Butterfly is the most well known butterfly in the United States. I had the privilege of seeing large numbers of the Monarchs in Mexico on their migration route.

Daisies have been my favorite ever since I was a child. I enjoyed painting this favorite of mine in "Monarch On Daisies".

The butterfly is a symbol of "New Life", like the new life we have in Jesus when we are born again. The butterfly changes from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.

We are beautiful in God's eyes when we are born again.

Buckeye painting Art by Carol MayBuckeye Butterfly

The "Buckeye Butterfly" a dark colored butterfly with it's big eye-spots is a frequent visitor to many yards.

I photographed it when I saw it on my white daisy Chrysanthemums. It made such a beautiful contrast that I wanted to do a painting.

Large Tree Nymphs painting by Carol MayLarge Tree Nymphs

I saw these "Large Tree Nymphs" butterflies at the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville, Florida.

They were feeding on False Hydrangea flowers. They are from SE Asia. I painted some of the leaves flying to mimic the flight of the butterflies.

Is is lots of fun as well as educational to go to butterfly gardens. If you have one near you, I recommend a visit.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly by Carol MayGiant Swallowtail

The "Giant Swallowtail Butterfly" is amazing to me not only because it is a very large butterfly, but because of the color change from the top side of it's wings to the underside.

If you see the different sides of it's wings at different times, it is hard to realize that it is the same butterfly. The underside is mostly pale and more yellow looking. The topside has brilliant black and yellow, very stunning.

I did this butterfly painting in watercolor with him sitting on my favorite butterfly flower, which is Lantana.

Black-veined-butterflies by artist Carol MayBlack-veined-butterflies

"Black-veined Butterflies" don't live in the United States. So I have never seen them in person. They live in Europe and Africa.

But when I saw some photographs about them I was enthralled. I think they are absolutely beautiful.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Follow me step-by-step as I am Painting these Butterflies.

Beauty and Joy painting - art by Carol MayBeauty and Joy

At a recent conference the Lord released JOY. I was overwhelmed with holy laughter, what fun!

I wanted to share that JOY with others, so I painted the beautiful Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly with much JOY.

"Beauty and Joy" are from the Lord.

painting of a Great Southern White butterfly artist Carol MaySouthern White

I saw these lively little "Southern White Butterflies" flitting around on the roadside daisies, the Spanish Nettle or sometimes called Beggar's Weed because the seeds stick to your socks.

I saw them on a cold January day in Florida, which surprised me to see them when it was so cold. They were on daisies which are one of my favorite flowers.

Daisies are a favorite of butterflies, also. The butterflies like them because it gives them a landing pad to sit down while they eat. I like daisies because of their carefree nature.

painting of a White Peacock Butterfly by Carol MayWhite Peacock Butterfly

The "White Peacock Butterfly" is common in central and south Florida. It can be seen in grassy and weedy fields.

I did this painting in a free style. It's fun doing butterfly paintings! I put Penta flowers in the painting.

Pentas are a great favorite of butterflies. I recommend that you plant them in your garden for butterflies.

painting painting-Tiger-Swallowtail-open butterfly art by Carol MayTiger Swallowtail

Second to the Monarch Butterfly the "Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly" is the next best known butterfly. It lives over a large area of the United States.

I saw one early one spring on Carolina Jasmine vines in my back yard. I just had to paint it.

The "Spicebrush Swallowtail" butterfly painting is done with Casein paints. I put them on Pickerel flowers. One day my husband and I saw a bunch of them on the Pickerel flowers beside the boat ramp.

I enjoy the butterflies in my yard and I enjoy doing butterfly paintings. I hope that they bring joy to your life, too. They are a beautiful free gift from God.

I have original paintings in both watercolors and oils. I also have reproductions on archival paper or canvas. You will find them all in the Art Store.

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