nature paintings

oh the joy of painting nature
everything from butterflies to sea dragons,
sunsets to seascapes

  • 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!

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 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".

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


beautiful nature paintings

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 MayThere are lots of little critters among the coral.
detail of "Leafy"

more paintings of nature

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.



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 I added a male Cardinal for "Cardinal 'n' Dogwood".

It made a wonderful nature painting.



Beauty and Joy, an oil painting of a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly by Carol MayBeauty and Joy

One of the joys of working outside in the garden is seeing all the butterflies.

There are lots of butterflies in Florida enjoying the moderate climate.

One of the most stunning butterflies is the large Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. They softly float by on the tropical breezes.

What a fun it was doing the nature painting of "Beauty and Joy".

What Types of Butterflies are in your yard?



Watercolor nature, bird painting by artist Carol MayNorthern Flicker (detail)

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!

This painting of nature turned out gorgeous done with watercolors.



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 prints of this lovely painting.



Learn how to paint the ocean with the artist Carol MayYou can paint the Ocean

The beauty and wonder of the "Ocean" is mesmerizing.

Learn how to paint your own seascape with the step-by-step tutorial.




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 thoroughly enjoy doing 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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Click here to see all of my paintings with close-up views.
They will bring peace and beauty into your home.


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Click here to see all of my paintings with close-up views.
They will bring peace and beauty into your home.

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