Beautiful artist paintings come out of the heart and imagination of the artist

What makes beautiful artist paintings? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My paintings share the beauty, peace and joy of the things around us. 

There are a lot reasons artists paint.

Most of all we paint for the sheer joy of painting!

Artist paintings by Carol May, Celebrating the Joy of Painting

sharing is the best joy of painting!

My sister and I went to a cookout at the local feed store. The food was good, but the best thing was watching all the children running and playing.

The owner's daughter was riding her stick horse she named "Bucky". What fun!

Christmas Pony an oil painting by artist Carol MayChristmas Pony

Some lucky child will soon be getting a real equine, not a stick horse but, a live "Christmas Pony".



Springtime, beautiful artist paintings by Carol MaySpringtime

This painting shares the beauty of the "Springtime" blooming flowers. And the wonder of a stream flowing around a cottage into the distance.

  • Whatever the reason, we like to paint the things we see around us. This is one of the main reasons artists paint today.

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



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. Grapes make a wonderful "Harvest".



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. The "Anhinga" is one of the native birds we would see around the waterways and lakes in Florida.

Some people call it a snake bird. While it is swimming, its body is below the water. The head and neck stick out of the water giving the appearance of a snake. Not to me, they are just interesting birds. 

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artist paintings record history

The gulf coast of Florida used to have numerous stilt homes just off the shore.

Many of the commercial fishermen lived in these homes. We are friends with a man who grew up living out on the water.

The fish house would send a boat out to their stilt house to pick up their day's catch. The boat would also bring them groceries. They virtually spent most of their life out on the water.

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 of Florida's many stilt homes.

This stilt house was one of the last ones remaining in Cedar Key. It is gone now after the many Florida storms. But, it is recorded for history.



Country Barns a beautiful oil painting by Carol MayCountry Barns

Farmers have to have barns. They would build their first barn. Years later, they may build another one. It could be a different style from the first barn. They may build additional structures, such as a storage shed.

It was fun painting the different style barns and the sun and shadows on the "Country Barns".

we paint to hone our painting skills

When Florida became my home, I only painted with oils. But, at my new home in Florida, watercolor paintings were the norm.

So I started working on my watercolor skills.

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

Watercolor can be painted in a realistic manner like the "Rooster" above.

Or you can let the watercolor do its amazing things. It was fun letting the paint flow in "Surf Catcher", below.



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 bird is catching some surf, while he is on his way looking for oysters.

we may paint to try new things

Various water-based paints can work together in the same painting. So it's fun to experiment.

This watercolor and acrylic, mixed media painting "Hibiscus Freedom" shows off the pretty flower colors.

Learn this mixed media painting method

we may paint to teach others

"Koi Challenge" is a fun how-to tutorial of pouring watercolor paints.

Koi Challenge a bright and colorful watercolor painting by Carol May demonstrating how to pour watercolorsKoi Challenge

best of all - we paint for the joy of painting!

It is fun to do artist paintings for children and let your imagination run free.

A fun watercolor of a baby elephantBaby Elephant

This "Baby Elephant" is surprised by the blue butterfly that landed on its trunk!



Clown fish looking at each other amongst the coral, art by Carol MayWho's This?

Nemo's relatives are checking out each other in this fun watercolor painting. They are wondering "Who's This?". Who is that other guy?

so, Why do artist paint?

We paint to share our heart. Beautiful paintings are a reflection of the heart and imagination of the artist.

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


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