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art by carol May

there are lots of paintings on this website!

Enjoy the beautiful paintings by the artist Carol May.

You will find landscapes, seascapes and wildlife paintings including butterflies, birds, hummingbirds and flowers.

My first paintings were with oil paints. About twenty years later I tried watercolors.

Today, sometimes I paint with oil paints and other times with watercolors. They both make beautiful paintings.

doing beautiful paintings with oils

Oil paintings are the highly respected traditional type of artwork. They have an unsurpassed brilliance and richness.

My mother took up painting after she retired. It's never too late to dive into new things. She taught me what she learned and got me started painting. Plus, we went to some hands-on painting workshops together.

It's natural to paint the things we see around us. So we normally painted landscapes. Today I still enjoy doing landscape and seascape paintings.

God's Lighthouse a lovely oil painting by Carol MayGod's Lighthouse
Country Barns an award winning painting by Carol MayCountry Barns

critter paintings

When I started painting on my own, I started painting lots of different critters.

Even today birds and butterflies and other wildlife critters are one of my favorite subjects to paint.

A beautiful oil painting by Carol May of Flamingos FeedingFlamingos Feeding
A Scrub Jay on Japanese Magnolia flower an oil painting by Carol MayScrub Jay

flower paintings

Flower paintings were my next subject. Flowers are one the most challenging things to paint.

And I am still working on flowers. During the warm months of the year, I spend many hours outside working my flower garden. In the winter, I spend hours in the studio working on flower paintings.

It's worth it. It is such a joy to see beautiful painting coming forth on the easel!

Oil painting of a SunflowerSunflower
Blooming Basket of Magnolia Flowers by Carol MayBloomin' Basket

lovely watercolor paintings

One year my sister gave me a calendar with beautiful paintings done with watercolor. They looked very intriguing. This opened up a whole new area of painting for me.

Using the basic concepts that apply to all types of painting, I learned by trial and error how to use watercolor. I still have not had any instruction on watercolor painting, but it is fun.

Some of my first watercolor paintings were butterfly paintings. Later I tried my hand at hummingbird paintings.

Beautiful Painting by artist Carol May, Monarch ButterflyMonarch Butterfly
Costa's Hummingbird art by Carol MayCosta's Hummingbird

Watercolor painting has a spontaneity and freshness. That makes it very enjoyable to use, even though sometimes it is unpredictable.

It is so much fun to do the watercolor backgrounds in a free, flowing manner.

Many times it is so unpredictable, but that's what makes it fun to me.

Bottlenose dolphins that were Born Free a watercolor by Carol MayBorn Free
Anna's Hummingbird in watercolor by Carol MayAnna's Hummingbird

Sometimes I paint in a free manner like the painting "Spots".

Other times my paintings have more detail like the "Northern Flicker" painting.

A watercolor painting of Spots the giraffe by Carol MaySpots
Northern Flicker lovely watercolor painting by Carol MayNorthern Flicker

Painting is such a joy! Sometimes you get intriguing and beautiful paintings like the "Leafy Sea Dragon".

Or you can just let everything flow free like the prophetic painting of "Freedom".

Leafy Portrait done with watercolors by artist Carol MayLeafy Portrait
A prophetic painting of Freedom by Carol MayFreedom

Nowadays I switch back and forth between oil and watercolor paintings. I admire the richness of oils and the freedom of watercolors. Both mediums make beautiful paintings.

It is a joy being your online artist, Carol May.

There are plenty more paintings on the individual painting pages.


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  1. Learn Painting with the artist Carol May

    What will help you learn painting? Proven, concrete steps speed up your painting journey. Learn the basics of successful paintings, oil, watercolor and acrylic.

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  3. Frequently Asked Questions

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  4. How to Oil Paint - Answers to FAQs about Oil Painting

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  5. New Butterfly Paintings

    Butterfly Paintings by artist Carol May

    There are three new butterfly paintings done with oil paints, a Monarch, a White Peacock and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Check it out!

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