paintings of flowers bring beauty and joy to our homes!

Paintings of flowers have the power to transform any space, infusing it with natural beauty, color and a sense of tranquility.

These floral paintings are not just a passion, but a lifelong love affair with flowers.

Flowers have always held a special place in my heart, whether it's tending my garden flowers or capturing their essence on canvas. This pursuit has become a source of pure delight and joy.

Oil painting of Corn Flowers, also called Bachelor Buttons.Bachelor Buttons

There are not many blue flowers, but it is always a joy to see the early summer-blooming "Bachelor Buttons", also called Corn Flowers.

Depending where you live this wild flower may be called something different. An English friend of mine calls them Chicory.

Where ever you live or whatever you call them, it makes my heart leap to see these tough little flowers popping up on the roadsides. When they are blooming, summer has arrived.

paintings of orchid flowers

Flowers are one of my favorite gifts from God, whether I am growing them or painting them.

When I started teaching horticulture I found orchids in the class greenhouses. I quickly became infected with the orchid bug. They are so beautiful and make lovely flower paintings.

Orchids are found in every country of the world. Some of them like the Phalaenopsis have flowers that last for months.

White Flight a watercolor flower painting of Phalaenopsis orchid flowers by artist Carol MayWhite Flight

Orchids, with their ethereal beauty have a captivating history.

When the wild Phalaenopsis orchid was first found in the jungles, they were seen at a distance and the explorers thought that they were a group of white moths flying.

Here are some the "white moths" flying in “White Flight”.

Phalaenopsis orchids are easy to grow, plus they are a great painting subject.


Doritenopsis orchid a flower painting by Carol MayDoritaenopsis

"Doritaenopsis" is a cross of a Phalaenopsis with a Doritis orchid which gives the flowers brilliant colors. They are grown the same way as the Phalaenopsis orchids.

Growing and painting flowers is so rewarding.

Since I love flowers so much, I keep working on doing more paintings of flowers. My favorite garden flowers are daisies and roses. Daisies are not so hard to paint.

Roses on the other hand are another scenario. I've been working on painting roses for several years.

Roses: A Challenging but Rewarding Subject

This section acknowledges the difficulty, but also the satisfaction of mastering this complex subject.

Roses with a hummingbird make a good combination for a flower painting.Tropical Beauty

It's nice to add some critters to our paintings of flowers. Roses and hummingbirds are both so pretty. This tropical hummingbird flew into a rose painting, a few years ago.

The rosy-chested "Tropical Beauty" is checking out the coral-colored roses.


Practice painting roses.Rose Practice

Painting roses is like painting anything. It takes practice. Here is one of my "Rose Practice" paintings.

The learning curve of painting roses is the drawing. It took me a while to figure out how to draw them.

Then the painting part was a snap.


Paintings of flowers are a "Joy" to paint especially roses.Joy

Here is a rose painting that was a "Joy" to paint. It was one of those paintings that just flowed. There was no need to labor over it.

Orange is such a happy color and the turquoise vase is a perfect compliment.

Painting flowers is so much fun! You can learn how to paint a rose.

Go to the paint a rose page, where I share what I have learned.

Springtime paintings of Flowers

Springtime is a beautiful time of the year with all the flowers blooming.

Watercolor flower paintings by Carol May "Azaleas"Azaleas

Daffodils, iris and azaleas are harbingers of spring.

We had an azalea plant in front of our house that bloomed every spring with white and pink flowers on the same plant.

Here they are recorded forever in “Azaleas”.


Gold-top Iris an oil painting of a German bearded iris flowerGold-top Iris

During the winter, we anxiously wait for spring. Then we get to go out and enjoy all the glorious flowers in person.

Iris are faithful spring blooming flowers. They take practically no care at all and reward us with pretty flowers like this "Gold-top Iris".

Magnolias: The Flower of the South

Magnolias are "the" flower of the south.

A Bloomin' Basket of Magnolia flowers painted with oils by artist Carol MayBloomin' Basket

Magnolias have such a pristine beauty. When we are painting flowers, we can't leave out this gorgeous flower.

Their lemony fragrance is like a gift from heaven.

Here is a "Bloomin' Basket" full of Magnolia flowers.


Watercolor Magnolia flower painting by Carol MayMagnolia Flowers

"Magnolia Flowers" with their shiny, leathery leaves and large white flowers are a striking subject to paint.

Magnolia trees are native and grow in the wild woods of the south.

Friends of ours dug a small native Magnolia from their property and gifted it to us. It grew fairly fast and was soon blooming with its magnificent flowers.

Adding Critters to our Flower Paintings

Critters are always a good addition to paintings of flowers.

Scrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia flowers painted with oils by artist Carol MayScrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia

When my Tulip Magnolia tree was blooming, I went out and sat down on the edge of the front porch and painted it.

It's a beautiful spring blooming tree that some people call a Japanese Magnolia. Later I came in the house and added the bird for the "Scrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia".

Birds and flowers are a lovely compliment to each other. Adding a bird, a bee or a butterfly always makes our flower paintings more interesting and gives them a natural appearance.


C-Blue-throated-HummingbirdBlue-throated Hummingbird

The blue flowering Hydrangeas are gorgeous and mine bloom all summer.

The "Blue-throated Hummingbird" visits the Southwest in the United States. At five inches, he is one of the larger types of hummingbirds.

He made a perfect complement to the blue Hydrangea flowers.


C-Hibiscus-HunterHibiscus Hunter

Hibiscus are one of the favorite flowers in Florida.

This "Hibiscus Hunter" knows good flowers when she sees them.

It's fun painting flowers and critters.


Hibiscus Freedom an innovative mixed media painting by the artist Carol MayHibiscus Freedom

Various water-based paints can work together in the same painting. So, it's fun to experiment.

This watercolor and acrylic, mixed media painting of "Hibiscus Freedom" shows off the pretty flower colors.

Learn this mixed media painting method

Sunflowers: Bringing Happiness to the Canvas

Sunflowers with their large faces, seem to be smiling.

An oil painting of a giant sunflower by artist Carol MaySon Shine

Daisies are one of my favorite flowers and that includes the giant sunflowers which botanically are daisies. These giant sunflowers grew in my garden one year. They were fast to grow from seed.

They delight our senses, as well as feed the birds who enjoy harvesting their seeds.

Sunflowers are such happy flowers, like the Son's face shining down on us in "Son Shine".

Daisies: A Timeless Favorite

Daisies ‘n’ Porcelain, a flower painting by artist Carol MayDaisies ‘n’ Porcelain

Daisies have been one of my favorite flowers ever since I was a child. So naturally, I had to paint some of these happy flowers.

These white daisies are in a porcelain vase on a classic mahogany table. “Daisies ‘n’ Porcelain”.


Echanesea painting by Carol MayEchanesea

The native "Echanesea" flowers are commonly called Cone Flowers in the Midwest. Their pretty pink flowers dot the roadsides in June.

The plant breeders have done a great service. The native pink Coneflowers are now also available in white and yellow, as well as a variety of pinks and red.

They are hardy and bloom all summer. Plus, they feed the butterflies.


An oil flower painting of white daisies by artist Carol MayFresh As a Daisy

Here is another daisy painting with lovely white daisies in "Fresh as a Daisy".

If you want to do your own daisy painting and learn some about using oil paints, you can. Check out the tutorial of painting these daisies.

Each step is explained, so you can do your own flower painting by following the steps.

the wonder and beauty of flowers

Paintings of flowers have the power to captivate, inspire and bring a touch of natural beauty into our lives.

From the ethereal orchids to the cheerful daisies, flower paintings invite us to pause and appreciate the timeless wonder of the flower.

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