birds to sea dragons, sunsets to seascapes all make beautiful nature paintings

  • There are so many beautiful nature paintings to do.

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

The wonders of nature are so inspiring, what about a sunset or a seascape - yes!

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

We took him to the water to let him and go 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 in his "Bold Freedom".

Beautiful nature paintings by the artist Carol May"Bold Freedom"
  • If that doesn't make you want to paint, I don't know what does?

beautiful nature paintings

  • There are so many beautiful things in nature.
Watercolor nature, bird painting by artist Carol MayNorthern Flicker

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 to keep all the other flickers away. We started calling him our alarm clock!

This painting of nature turned out gorgeous done with watercolors.



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

Leafy sea-dragons are native on the coral reef of Australia. They are a quiet animal related to the Sea Horse.

They camouflage themselves in leafy appendages and wait for small fish to come by to suck them up. Do you see two "Leafies" in this painting?

A section of the Leafy watercolor painting by Carol MayDetail of "Leafy" There are lots of little critters among the coral.


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 Woodpecker on the pine trees when I walked by every morning.

Finally I told my husband, I think it means I am supposed to add him to the paintings of nature. I'm going to paint him.

I took some photos to figure out how to paint the pine bark. And the Virginia Creeper was turning red.

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.



Cypress Sunset, an oil painting of cypress trees with a great egret by the painting artist Carol MayCypress Sunset

There is nothing as inspiring to paint as a beautiful sunset.

Here is a Florida sunset behind the native cypress trees. A great white egret is enjoying his peaceful surroundings.

The leaves of the native pickerel weed frame the foreground in "Cypress Sunset".



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

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

After I came home a male Cardinal made a good addition for "Cardinal 'n' Dogwood". It made a wonderful nature painting.



There is nothing like the beautiful colors of a sunset or a sunrise on the coast, especially looking through a palm tree.Coastal Colors

There is nothing like the beautiful colors of a sunset or a sunrise on the coast, especially looking through a coconut palm tree.

The "Coastal Colors" are especially wonderful. I never get tired of painting the water in its many moods.



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 beautiful nature paintings over the years.

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

Do your own giraffe painting.



Oil painting of Koi fish feedingKoi Feeding

We had many outdoor ponds, as well as indoor aquariums for tropical fish. When we fed the fish they would all swarm around the food to feed.

My mom went to a Gary Jenkins class where they painted Koi in a circle. It was a good idea, so I did the "Koi Feeding" painting. That is just what they look like when they are eating.

My husband said the one with the white head is the ring leader. Lots of fun!

beautiful nature paintings will bring peace into your home.


Art Prints

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watercolor painting by Carol May of a baby elephantBaby Elephant 'n' Butterfly

The "Baby Elephant" is checking out a blue butterfly on its trunk.

Its lots of fun to let your imagination run while doing nature paintings.



Paddlin' Pelican beautiful watercolor painting by Carol MayPaddlin' Pelican

Pelicans are amazing birds. We got to feel one when we accidentally caught him while we were fishing.

They look large, but they actually don't weigh very much. They are very light weight. When we let him go, he paddled around, as if to say thank you.

The "Paddlin' Pelican" made a beautiful nature painting.


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