beautiful nature paintings

painting nature's beauty


There are so many beautiful nature paintings to do.

Some of my favorite things to paint are butterflies and flowers. Then of course I have to do some of God's other critters like dragonflies and birds.

I originally learned to paint with oil paints. Then I found out about watercolors. Now I paint with one or the other. I switch back and forth between oils and watercolors.

Click on one of the images below to get a full size view of one of my paintings.


Click here to see all of my paintings with close-up views. You will find both original paintings and beautiful archival reproductions that will bring peace and beauty into your home.

beautiful nature paintings

Beautiful nature paintings by the artist Carol May"Bold Freedom"

One time my husband accidentally caught a sea turtle. He brought him home for me to see.

We took him down to the water to let him go. When we got close to the water his flippers started going.

I saw a tear coming out of his eye. I said, "Look he is crying."

We turned him loose and now he is now swimming around in his "Bold Freedom".

If that doesn't make you want to paint, I don't know what does?


Leafy Sea Dragons are the most amazing critter. Art by Carol MayLeafy Portrait

Leafy Sea Dragons are the most amazing critters. They are related to Sea Horses, but they are much larger.

They can change colors to camouflage themselves.

This leafy deserved to have his "Leafy Portrait" painted.



A Downy Woodpecker on a pine tree with Virginia Creeper, beautiful paintings of nature by Carol May the artistDowny On Pine

I like to walk in the mornings when everything is clean and crisp.

One time I kept seeing a Downy on the pine trees where I walked by every morning.

Finally I told my husband, I think it means I am supposed to paint him.

So I did the "Downy On Pine" with Virginia Creeper climbing up the tree.

The red creeper leaves complimented the red on the Downy's head to make a beautiful nature painting.



watercolor painting of sea shells by artist Carol MaySea Shells

While the weather was cool outside I was dreaming of going to the beach.

And you know what we all do when we go to the beach - collect "Sea Shells" to take home for memories.

This is a watercolor painting is full of lots of memories.



Cardinal 'n' Dogwood oil nature painting by Carol MayCardinal 'n' Dogwood

I went out and painted some of the wild Dogwoods while they were blooming.

After I came home I added a male Cardinal for "Cardinal 'n' Dogwood".

It made a beautiful nature painting.



Pink waterlily flowers painted with watercolor by Carol MayPink Waterlilies

i looked forward to seeing the waterlilies blooming in our outdoor ponds.

With this painting of "Pink Waterlilies" I can have waterlilies all year long.



Watercolor nature, bird painting by artist Carol MayNorthern Flicker

When we were living in a home with a tin roof, we started getting a "Northern Flicker" that came by every morning at the same time.

He would beat on our tin roof. He was staking out his territory.

We started calling him our alarm clock!



A lovely watercolor painting of a mother giraffe loving her baby giraffe by artist Carol MayMother's Love

Giraffes are such amazing animals. They have interested me for years.

I have put them in a number of nature paintings over the years.

Here is my newest painting of a mother giraffe showering love on her baby. "Mother's Love"

Click here for this lovely painting and prints.



A dragonfly landing on a water lily for a watercolor painting of nature by Carol MayDragonfly 'n' Lily

There is lots of water in Florida. You can't go very far without seeing a lake or a pond or one of the many creeks.

You often see a native water lily with lovely white flowers.

It was a natural set-up for doing a nature painting of the "Lily 'n' Dragonfly ".



Watercolor painting of Avocet birds by artist Carol MayAvocets

"Avocets" are beautiful water birds. The first time I saw them, I thought they looked just like a painting.

This painting was done quite a while back while I was still painting on Arches fine cold-pressed watercolor paper.

Now-a-days I use other materials for my watercolor paintings.

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watercolor painting by Carol May of Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea)Purple Coneflowers

Flowers are one of my favorite things. And I am endeavoring to learn how to paint them better.

I did three watercolor paintings of flowers this spring while I was waiting for the flowers to grow in my garden.

Echinacea in the gardener's world is called Purple Coneflower. They look pink to me and that is how I painted them.

They are lovely to look at and if they are made into tea they supposedly improve the immune system.

I just enjoy doing beautiful nature paintings.



Paddlin' Pelican beautiful watercolor painting by Carol MayPaddlin' Pelican

Pelicans are amazing birds. We felt one when we accidentally caught him while we were fishing.

They look large, but they don't weigh very much.

We let him go and I did this original nature painting of a "Paddlin' Pelican".

He was very thankful to get set free.

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