beautiful artist paintings

by the artist Carol May


what makes beautiful paintings?

You know the saying, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

Beautiful artist paintings come out of the heart of the artist.

so why do artists paint?

There are a lot of different reasons for painting.

  • One of the first reasons artists paint is to share with others.
  • We want to share the things around us.
  • Sometimes we paint to record history.
  • We practice painting to hone our skills.
  • Or we may paint for experimentation and try new things.
  • Most of all we paint for the sheer joy of painting!

we paint to share with others

sharing my love of color

Art by Carol May explores the use of Fun Color
  • Color is fun!

It is one of the joys of being an artist. This little watercolor explores the use of "Fun Color".


sharing is the best joy of painting!

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Cactus Sunset by artist Carol MayCactus Sunset

we paint to share things around us

Artist paintings from ancient cultures depicted their lives and the things they saw around them.

  • This is one of the main reasons artists paint today.
  • It is natural to want to share the things around us.

We may want to paint the beauty of the spring blooming flowers.

Springtime, beautiful artist paintings by Carol MaySpringtime

Or the wonder of a stream flowing around a cottage on the hillside.

  • Whatever the reason, we paint the things we see around us.


Harvest a still life painting of grapes by Carol MayHarvest

My home state of California grows lots of grapes. Harvest time is a very important time.

The schools start after Labor Day so the children can help with the picking, loading, and preserving all of the produce.

Anhinga with Mangrove watercolor painting by Carol MayAnhinga with Mangrove

Florida was my second home for about thirty years. I really enjoyed all the bird life.

Anhingas are one of the native birds we would commonly see around the waterways and lakes.


artist paintings record history

Country Barns a beautiful oil painting by Carol MayCountry Barns

Country Barns records the architectural changes on this farm.

This paintings was privileged to win a Best of Show.

Day's End records the days gone by when the gulf coast of Florida had many stilt houses.Day's End

Day's End records the days when the Gulf of Florida had many stilt homes.

This home is gone now after the many Florida storms.


we paint to hone our painting skills

watercolor Rooster by the painting artist Carol MayRooster excerpt from a larger painting

At my new home in Florida watercolor paintings were the norm.

So I started working on my watercolor skills.

Surf Catcher a watercolor painting of a Florida Oyster CatcherSurf Catcher

One of the best things to do in Florida is walk on the beach and watch the shore birds.

This Oyster Catcher is catching some surf while he is on the way for more oysters.


we may paint to .....

try new things

Hibiscus Freedom an innovative watercolor painting by the artist Carol MayHibiscus Freedom

These Hibiscus flowers were painted with an unorthodox watercolor method.

to teach others

This tutorial is a fun how-to method of pouring watercolor paints.


best of all - we just paint for the fun of it!

Pink and purple dolphins were just plain fun!

Born Free a colorful watercolor painting of Bottle-nose Dolphins, art by Carol MayBorn Free

so why do artists paint?

  • Beautiful paintings are a reflection of the heart of the artist.

it's a joy sharing my artist paintings with you!



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