intriguing critter paintings

are lots of fun to paint!

What a joy it is doing critter paintings of 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

Leafy Sea Dragons are the most amazing critters from the coral reef of Australia.

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

intriguing critter paintings

are lots of fun to paint!

What a joy it is doing critter paintings of 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

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.

We enjoy seeing them come to our back yard to use our birdbath.

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



Spots

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.

This painting is a tutorial of how-to pour watercolors.



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 paintings.

They are 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.

They are painted with fun watercolors.




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?

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.

She was on her way to "Easy Freedom".


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