enjoy the painting art by carol may

Do you dream about paintings?

  • Art by Carol May is the place to fulfill your dreams. It's all about sharing my joy and passion for painting.

It's a pleasure to paint the things we see around us. So, I enjoy painting everything from birds and butterflies to landscapes and seascapes.

My art is either oil paintings or watercolors. Oil paintings have a rich, classic beauty. But, there is a joy and freedom of painting with watercolors.

do you dream about painting art?

  • It's my joy to share my experience and knowledge with budding artists.

My first painting experience was in high school art class. Later in the 1980s, my mom and I started painting together. As I continued to learn over the years, painting has become my passion.

You may choose to paint with either watercolors or oil paints. One is not better than the other. It's up to your individual preference.

There are both watercolor and oil painting tutorials here. You can learn and practice by following the steps in the tutorials. Then use the same steps to paint your own individual creations.



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


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 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, these barns were the subject of this classic painting.

"Country Barns" was privileged to win a best of show award.

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When I was learning how to paint, landscapes were my subjects. Now butterflies, hummingbirds and flowers show up very often in my artwork.

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 animals.

Do you have dreams or visions to paint?



Bring the peace and beauty of nature into your home

you can enjoy the painting 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.

You may purchase original paintings or prints for your own home.

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you can learn to paint!

  • If you have a desire to create your own beautiful paintings, you can do it!

Albert Bierstadt is an inspiring artist to me. He painted the grandeur of the American west where I grew up. He was one of my painting heroes when I started art by Carol May.

Learn how to paint with artist Carol MayPainting by Albert Bierstadt, 1868

Paintings by the old masters and even by our modern American artists are an inspiration in our pursuit of painting.

Awe-inspiring paintings all have something in common. They all use the same basic elements of art.

create eye-catching paintings with the basics of good art

  • Learn the basics and create your own paintings.

The basic elements of art 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 Dictionary of Art Terms. Then you will know what the artists are talking about.

For example, what does it mean when an artist says alla prima, glazing or frisket?



art by carol may tutorials

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

Practice painting the steps detailed in the how-to-tutorials.

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


learn how to paint with watercolor

Paint three different flowers; Iris, Echinacea and poppies.

Paint three different giraffes, each with a different style.

Learn to paint a hummingbird with watercolor.


Learn how to use the paper for your whites in watercolor.

Get some answers before you start with watercolors.

Learn the fun, free technique of pouring watercolor.



start painting with beautiful oil paints

  • 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 oil painting pages

Steps for painting a red or multicolored rose

Painting the ocean is not hard, it's fun!

Tips and steps on how to start with oil painting.


Learn some basics about oil painting before you get started.

Painting with a limited palette can make colorful paintings.

Learn to paint the iridescent colors of a hummingbird.


It's my pleasure to share my paintings and knowledge with you. Painting is one of life's great joys.

enjoy the painting Art by Carol May!



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