do you dream about paintings? art by carol may is a place to fulfill your dreams

Art by Carol May is all about sharing the joy of painting.

Enjoy my nature paintings done with an artist's interpretation.

Butterflies delight our senses with their beautiful colors and free lifestyle. There are birds and lots of critters to paint, like the sea turtle.

There is a joy painting with the freedom of watercolors. But there is a rich beauty with the classic oil paintings.

  • It's my pleasure to do both watercolor and oil paintings.

Paintings come out of the artist's heart. We paint what we see around us. The wonderful gifts of God are everywhere.

There are so many things to paint, mountains, ocean and buildings like these old country barns.

It was a pleasure growing up in the country. Barns were a big part of the scenery.

So on a trip to Connecticut, it was fun painting barns.  "Country Barns" was privileged to win a best of show award.


relax and enjoy the paintings by carol may

Beautiful butterflies delight our senses.

Who doesn't love the beauty of flowers?

Hummingbirds and flowers, what a combo.


The freedom of pink and purple dolphins!

What fun painting all the wonderful Critters.

Do you have dreams or visions to paint?




enjoy the art by carol may in your own home

When the paintings started running out of the spare bedroom, something had to be done! Art by Carol May was born to share the joy of painting with others.

Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your home

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do you want to paint your own creations?

the painting basics

You can create eye-catching paintings with the basics of good art. They are easy to master and you can use them to create your own masterpieces.

Take advantage of my years of experience and learn what makes a good painting.

  • Four basic elements make successful paintings; composition, values, a focal point and color.

Learn some art lingo in the Art Dictionary. For example, what does it mean when an artist says alla prima, glazing or frisket?




the how-to tutorials

The painting tutorials explain the materials, what colors to use and the painting steps from start to finish.

  • Then you can use the same steps to paint your own favorite subjects.


Paint three different flowers; Iris, Echinacea and poppies.

Paint three different giraffes, each with a different style.

Paint a watercolor Hummer or paint a Hummingbird with Oils


speed your learning; increase your painting skills!

  • The more you paint the better your get!

It's a joy sharing my painting secrets. Glean from my step-by-step explanation of each painting.

more how-to pages


It's my pleasure to share my paintings and knowledge. We are all going through this life together.

  • We can all have the "Joy of Painting"

enjoy the painting Art by Carol May!



Recent Articles

  1. Principles of Art

    Sep 15, 21 12:25 PM

    The principles of art are basic to learning how to paint. All successful paintings use the same art elements of composition, values, focal points and good color.

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  2. New Flower Painting

    Sep 01, 21 09:51 PM

    Watercolor Hibiscus flowers painting with a green hummingbird Ladies like pink flowers. But here is a male green hummingbird hunting for flowers and he found some lovely Hibiscus flowers to feed from.
    New watercolor flower painting, "Hibiscus Hunter"

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  3. How to Paint a Horse with Watercolor

    Aug 01, 21 05:30 PM

    Watercolor horse painting Paint a prancing, white horse with watercolor paints.
    Have fun painting the colorful dark background that shows off the white horse.
    Follow the steps and do your own stunning horse painting.

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Recent Articles

  1. Principles of Art

    Sep 15, 21 12:25 PM

    The principles of art are basic to learning how to paint. All successful paintings use the same art elements of composition, values, focal points and good color.

    Read More

  2. New Flower Painting

    Sep 01, 21 09:51 PM

    Watercolor Hibiscus flowers painting with a green hummingbird Ladies like pink flowers. But here is a male green hummingbird hunting for flowers and he found some lovely Hibiscus flowers to feed from.
    New watercolor flower painting, "Hibiscus Hunter"

    Read More

  3. How to Paint a Horse with Watercolor

    Aug 01, 21 05:30 PM

    Watercolor horse painting Paint a prancing, white horse with watercolor paints.
    Have fun painting the colorful dark background that shows off the white horse.
    Follow the steps and do your own stunning horse painting.

    Read More



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