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
Monarch 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.
I moved up north to Missouri and I saw these "Meadow Fritillaries" for the first time. In Florida we had lots of Gulf Fritillary butterflies, but I had never seen these.
A new butterfly for me so naturally I wanted to paint them. They were going to my Echinacea flowers. Pink Echinacea wouldn't compliment them very well. So I put them with some artist flowers. They look great with my artist flowers.
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
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
Is is lots of fun as well as educational to go to butterfly gardens. If you have one near you, I recommend a visit.
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,
I did this butterfly painting in watercolor with him sitting on my favorite butterfly flower, which is
"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
At a recent conference the Lord released JOY. I was overwhelmed with
holy laughter, what fun!
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.
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
White 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.
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
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
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