art by carol may

do you enjoy paintings?

Experience the joy of painting on my personal website, Art by Carol May.

  • Enjoy my watercolor and oil paintings here and in your own home.
  • Learn from my painting experience and create your own beautiful paintings.

why do i paint?

Paintings showcase the world thru the artist's eyes. It is the opportunity to show the world what we see.

All the beautiful things in nature are the subjects of my paintings.

This website is the world thru my eyes.

This monarch butterfly painting is my logo because I especially enjoy painting the butterflies that visit my garden flowers.

There are over a hundred paintings on this website. So sit back, relax and take time to enjoy the paintings.

what else do i paint?

who is the painting artist?

I am a country girl, born in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

My normal pass-time was walking in the woods enjoying all the beauty in nature.

My favorite things to paint are birds, butterflies and flowers. I enjoy them while I am gardening.

I plant flowers for the butterflies and feed the birds. Then there are more critters 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 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.


art by carol may

Beautiful Reproductions

Original Paintings

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do you want to paint?

You can enjoy creating your own beautiful paintings when you know the basics of painting.

It is a joy to share my knowledge with budding artists. Take advantage of my years of experience.

When you know the basic principles of painting you can use them with any type of painting medium.

The basics are the same for all types of painting; oil, watercolor and even acrylic paintings.


learn the basics


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

Learn the art lingo in the Artist's Painting Dictionary.

The lessons of composition, color, values and focal points will give you a strong foundation for your art painting journey.




practice improves your paintings

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

There are no painting secrets, I openly share my knowledge.

The what and why of the painting process is clearly explained, step-by-step.


dive into the how-to paintings


How I Painted Daisies

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more how-to paintings

We are all going through this life together. I enjoy helping 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


Recent Articles

  1. what makes a good composition in art?

    Sep 10, 18 09:10 AM

    Learn Easy Composition by Carol May

    A good artistic composition has the painting elements are arranged in a pleasing manner. Paintings with good composition pull the viewers in and make them feel comfortable. They find pleasure or int…

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  2. Why Do I Paint Hummingbirds?

    Sep 09, 18 11:26 PM

    White-eared Hummingbird painting by Carol May

    It is a pleasure doing hummingbird paintings of God's flying jewels. Nature and all it contains is awesome. Hummingbirds are such amazing little critters. These little birds pack so much color and p…

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