paintings of flowers

i really like flowers

Doing paintings of flowers are both fun and very challenging!

I like flowers that probably is one of the reasons I studied horticulture in college.

I enjoy planting them and working in the flower garden.  They get their photos taken, then I paint their beautiful blossoms, so I can enjoy them all year.

I always look forward to springtime with all the flowers blooming.

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

So here it is recorded forever in “Azaleas”.


watercolor paintings of flowers

Azaleas a watercolor painting of flowers by Carol MayAzaleas


A butterfly checking out a Magnolia flower painting by Carol MayPretties

The southern magnolia tree has large flowers compared to many other flowers.

And they have a wonderful lemony fragrance.

Here is a butterfly visiting a Magnolia flower. 

“Pretties”



watercolor painting of Bearded Iris flowers by Carol MayBearded Iris

I painted these "Bearded Iris" plus some Coneflowers and Poppies all with watercolor paints.

See how I did these paintings of flowers.



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

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

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

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 phals in “White Flight”.



Doritenopsis orchid a flower painting by Carol MayDoritenopsis

"Doritaenopsis" is a cross of a Phalaenopsis with a Doritis orchid which gives the flowers brilliant colors.

They are grown the same way as Phalaenopsis orchids.

Why don’t you try some of your own paintings of flowers? It is challenging and rewarding.

Then the flowers will last forever.



Oil flower paintings

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

Magnolias are the flower of the south.

They are beautiful with their pristine beauty.

Here is a "Bloomin' Basket" of them.

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

I went out and sat down on the edge of the front porch when the Tulip Magnolia was blooming and painted it. Some people call them Japanese Magnolia.

Later I came in the house and added the blue Scrub Jay for the "Scrub Jay on Tulip Magnolia".

What a lovely compliment they are to each other.



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

Daisy flowers have been one of my favorite flowers ever since I was a child.

So naturally, I had to paint them.

I did them in a porcelain vase on a mahogany table. “Daisies ‘n’ Porcelain”.




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

These giant sunflowers grew in my garden one year.

When the seeds were ripe the birds would sit on the back of the flower.

Then they would lean over and peck the seeds from the front of the flower.

The Son's face is shining down on us. "Son Shine"



Pink roses in a Cologne Bottle an oil painting by artist Carol MayCologne Bottle

Painting roses is a challenge. And I am still learning.

But this painting of flowers is not so much about the flowers, as it is the "Cologne Bottle".

This cologne bottle is from my teen-age years when my sister and I had these bottles sitting on our dresser.

One had rose fragrance cologne and the other one had apple fragrance.

Memories ...

I had so much fun drawing and painting it.



White rose flowers of Peace

When I got a little older, like everybody else, I learned to love roses.

Here are ten white roses signifying “Peace”.

What a lovely painting of flowers!


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Wren and blue Morning Glory flowers, an oil painting by artist Carol MayWren and Morning Glories

I like watching the birds as much as I enjoy growing flowers.

The blue Morning Glories with a wren made a lovely critter and flower painting.

"Wren and Morning Glories"


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