feel the joy and freedom in these paintings of nature

  • Doing paintings of nature is such a joy.

Most of my life I have lived close to nature. The birds and bees, flowers and sunsets, plus all the lovely creatures are a pleasure and bring enjoyment. 

These nature paintings express that joy and admiration. Come enjoy with me.

What could be more fun to paint than some pink flamingos running and "Getting Started". They run with their long legs and flap their wings to take off flying.

They are not bright pink all year long. But when they have a lot of shrimp in their diet, they turn a lovely pink color.

What could be more fun to paint than some pink flamingos Getting Started

fun paintings of nature

It was getting old trying to do paintings of nature like a photo.

Painting is supposed to be fun. Why else would we paint? So I changed it up a bit for the sake of freedom!

My dolphins were always painted with the dolphin's natural grey color. This time I painted with the fun colors of pink and purple with turquoise water.

These dolphins are enjoying their new found freedom in "Born Free".

Watercolor painting of a Bottlenose Dolphin with her baby. They are Born Free


Manatees are interesting creatures seen in Florida. Some people call them Sea Elephants.

They are slow moving and very quiet and gentle. Manatees eat huge amounts of vegetation to support their massive bodies.

These "Two Gentle Giants" which normally are grey are painted with fun, free colors.

watercolor painting of two Florida manatees - Gentle Giants - by painting artist Carol MayTwo Gentle Giants
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White egret and water lilies original watercolor painting done by the painting artist Carol MayEgret and Lilies

No more trying to paint like a photograph. I let my artistic imagination fly free.

After I did the dolphin's painting in pink and purple, I thought it was so much fun, I used the color combination again.

In Florida it is quite common to see the egrets out walking among the lily-pads looking for something to eat.

This time because the egret had a yellow-orange beak, I made some of the lily-pads yellow-orange.

What fun it was doing these paintings of nature in a free style! "Egret and Lilies"



Avocets

"Avocets" are such a picturesque bird. Their photos are stunning. They are great for paintings of nature.

Their heads and necks turn rusty colored during their breeding season. They sweep their upturned bill through the mud to feed. Their long stilt-like legs make them fairly tall, 16-20 inches.



A watercolor painting of a Leafy Sea Dragon by artist Carol MaySea Dragon

When I first saw the Leafy Sea Dragons, I was amazed.

It was hard to believe they were real. But nature is so amazing.

They are native to the coral reef off of Australia, but lucky me they have them in the Florida Aquarium.

They are related to Sea Horses which I was privileged to see in the wild when we were snorkeling.

I have no idea what fish might be in the wild with them. So I just painted some striped fish similar the Florida sheepshead. And I added in some coral, since they live on a coral reef.

Enjoy!



Lacey, a Blue-laced Wyandotte chicken painted in a free style with watercolor by Carol MayLacey

"Lacey" is another original nature painting done in a free style. She is my version of a Blue-laced Wyandotte chicken.

The background is especially free. The only thing very realistic in this painting is her face.

Lots of fun!



Even horses make good nature paintings.Faith

Even horses make good nature paintings. Used to ride and compete when I was younger. Now I do all the critters in paintings of nature.

It was a joy doing a painting of a lovely bay horse named "Faith".



Orangutan Baby watercolor painting by Carol MayBaby Orangutan

Here is a simple, free style nature painting of a "Baby Orangutan". There is freedom in simplicity.

Babies are always cute, no matter what kind of baby they are.

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Free Love a watercolor nature painting of mourning doves loving each otherFree Love

Sometimes an artist will get stuck on one thing for a while. "Free Love" came after the dolphin and egret paintings with pink, purple and turquoise.

The colors are softer in this painting to portray the soft nature of the mourning doves loving on each other.

A simple painting to portray a complex subject. Love is ours to give.



Two Spots, a fun watercolor painting by Carol May of 2 Clown TriggerfishTwo Spots

It's fun to play with color. Clown Triggerfish naturally have spots, but these "Two Spots" have artist's colors.

Paintings of nature can be lots of fun! More about Triggerfish



This is a fun watercolor painting of a roadrunner "Going Places". I was getting ready to move from Florida to Missouri.

You may wonder why I was moving from sunny Florida to snow country. Well my sister was living up there.

They had a roadrunner hanging around her yard. It even sat on her husband's arm one time!



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