art by carol may

what a joy to share!

do you enjoy paintings?

Bring peace and beauty into your home with Art by Carol May.

  • Enjoy watercolor and oil paintings here and in your own home.
  • Create your own beautiful paintings, when you learn from my experience.

why paint?

Paintings showcase the world thru the eyes of the artist.

It's our opportunity to show the world what we see.

This website is a showcase of the world thru my eyes.

Beautiful nature subjects are showcased in my paintings.

One of my favorite hobbies is growing flowers. Then photographing and painting the butterflies that visit the flowers.

There are over a hundred paintings on this website.

Sit back, relax and take time to enjoy the paintings.

what paintings do you enjoy?

  • Painting is such a joy!
  • It is fulfilling to be able to share my paintings.
  • And to share my experience with budding artists.

like Koi and Giraffes
are fun to paint!

It's fun to look at paintings of the critters.

But, it is more fun to do your own paintings.

with five easy steps

what about flowers?

Who doesn't love flowers? Me! Me! Me!

Puttering around in the flowers garden is one of my favorite hobbies. There is all the wildlife to see and the lovely fragrances to enjoy.

It is a joy to share with some  PAINTINGS OF FLOWERS.

See how to paint
with watercolors

This lovely White-eared Hummingbird is visiting a Columbine flower.

are a challenge to paint.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the most popular type of hummingbird in the United States. They are found from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the east coast.

Wouldn't you like to paint a Ruby-throated Hummer?

with watercolors.

art by carol may

who is the painting artist?

I am a country girl, born and raised in California. When I was growing up, my normal pass-time was walking in the woods enjoying all the beauty in nature.

Now I plant flowers for the butterflies and feed the birds, so there is more of nature's beauty to photograph and paint.

Painting buildings and people is not my forte. I have done a few, but I prefer painting nature.

Brown Pelicans were one of my favorite subjects when I lived in Florida for more than thirty years.

When the paintings started running out of the spare bedroom Art by Carol May was born.

  • Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your home with some paintings.

from my original paintings

for sale


do you want to paint?

You can enjoy creating your own beautiful paintings with the basics of painting.

Take advantage of my years of experience and learn the principles of painting.

Use these principles with any type of media; oils, watercolor and even acrylic paintings.

Speed up your
painting journey when you


  • How are watercolor brushes different from oil painting brushes?
  • What is alla prima? Frisket?
  • You can answer these questions and more with the art lingo from the Artist's Painting Dictionary.

What a joy it is to share my knowledge with you.

Build a strong foundation for your painting journey. Create your paintings with the lessons on composition, color, values and focal points.

practice improves your paintings

Increase your painting skills by doing the How-to paintings.

There are no painting secrets. Glean from my step-by-step explanation of the painting process.

dive into the how-to paintings

with oils


more how-to paintings

We are all going through this life together. It is my joy to help others along the way.

We can all have the "Joy of Painting"

Take your time and enjoy the paintings and lessons on Art by Carol May!

click on the images for info

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