intriguing critter paintings

critter paintings

critters are lots of fun to paint!
dolphins, koi, giraffes, sea turtles,
birds, butterflies and other interesting critters

Leafy Portrait a watercolor painting of a Leafy Sea Dragon painted by Carol MayLeafy Portrait
  • What a joy it is doing critter paintings!

Leafy Sea Dragons are the most amazing critters from the coral reef of Australia. This leafy deserved to have his "Leafy Portrait" painted.

critter paintings

A Bluebird Cleaning Up, art by Carol MayCleaning Up

One of God's beautiful critters are bluebirds.

We have a bluebird nest in the front yard.

They raise two sets of babies each year.

We enjoy seeing them in our back yard using our birdbath.

I took a photo and painted this bluebird while he was “Cleaning Up”.


Sometimes I just enjoy the critters for a long time before I paint them.

That's what I did with this giraffe painting.

I love how God put spots on the giraffe to camouflage them up in the trees.

The sun and shadows in the leaves are echoed by the markings on the giraffe.

I thought about this for a long time and finally did this watercolor painting of a giraffe in the trees.

I named him "Spots".

Brown Pelican Resting watercolor painting, art by Carol MayPelican Resting

When we first moved to Florida I was amazed by all the large water birds, especially the pelicans.

Pelicans were the subject of many of my critter paintings.

Here is a "Resting Pelican" on a post in one of their typical poses.

My husband said "He" is trying to lay an egg!

Ha-ha Lots of fun!

Critter paintings of Koi and more done either with oils or watercolor, art by Carol MayKoi Challenge

My parents had a tropical fish business with numerous outdoor ponds. The fish would swarm around when we fed them.

"Koi Challenge" shows the golden koi claiming the food for himself while the others are challenging him.

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Flamingos Feeding, an oil painting by Carol MayFlamingos Feeding

Flamingos have a unique shaped bill made for scooping through the mud to filter out critters to eat.

This oil painting of the pink “Flamingos Feeding” was a challenge for me. I painted the upright ones just fine.

When I got to their reflections, I got all confused.

I found myself painting the reflections the same direction as the upright birds.

So I solved the problem by turning the canvas upside down and then the painting went smoothly.

Happy Manatee watercolor painting art by Carol MayHappy Manatee

Manatees make great critter paintings. They are such interesting ancient critters.

Manatees are are actually related to elephants and they are sometimes called Sea Elephants.

They are Florida's state marine animal and they are protected.

They are quite popular here in Florida.

Here is a “Happy Manatee” enjoying her baby.

Koi Partners a watercolor painting by Carol MayKoi Partners

These "Koi Partners" are in a hurry to get somewhere.

The movement in the water shows their hurry.

This koi painting was fun to do with watercolors.

Hummer's Refuge

One day I saw a Prickly Pear Cactus with a big cavity in one of the large leaves.

My artist mind got to running and I thought that would be a perfect place for a hummingbird to nest.

Predators would have a hard time getting past all the thorns of the cactus.

"Hummer's Refuge"

What Hummingbirds visit the United States?

Critter paintings are fun!

watercolor of Seahorses by painting artist Carol MaySea Grass

While we were out snorkeling in south Florida, I was amazed to see our native seahorses in among the "Sea Grass".

They were quiet little animals just hanging on the grasses.

They lean slightly forward when they swim. They go looking for something else to hang onto again.

What a treat it was to see them.

They were a pale, light color, but I made them my artist orange to contrast with the green grasses.

Watercolor Banded Butterfly fish painting by Carol MayTwo Stripies

I call this critter painting, "Two Stripies".

Do you see the starfish in the bottom left?

While I was living in Florida I enjoyed doing underwater nature paintings.

I love color and I had lots of fun doing these colorful Banded Butterfly fish.

How do I choose the colors for my paintings?

Lively, colorful watercolor horse painting by Carol MayEasy Freedom

I did this lively, colorful horse painting one time for a lady that was having a hard time.

The paintings was done to encourage her that she was on her way to "Easy Freedom".

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