Paintings of nature are fun! feel the joy and freedom of these nature paintings

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

So, I changed it up a bit for the sake of freedom!

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

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. They are enjoying their freedom. "Born Free"

This turned out to be a Prophetic Painting.


"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.

fun paintings of nature

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"

watercolor painting of two Florida manatees - Gentle Giants - by painting artist Carol MayTwo Gentle Giants

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.

Leafy Sea Dragon With Purple Tangs watercolor painting by Carol MayLeafy Sea Dragon 'n' Purple Tangs

Leafies can actually change colors to camouflage themselves. It was fun doing this sea dragon with a purple background.

The background compliments the leafy and makes him stand out. "Leafy Sea Dragon 'n' Purple Tangs"

inset of the Purple Tangs in the Leafy paintingdetail of the Purple Tangs

It's fun to tuck unexpected things into a painting. The viewer has more to see and it gives a freedom to the painting.

There is a group of five tangs swimming in front of the leafy.

Purple Tangs really are purple with yellow tails. 

Nature is so amazing!

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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!

Hibiscus Freedom a mixed media painting by Carol MayHibiscus Freedom
Hibiscus Freedom, vertical displayVertical Display

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"Hibiscus Freedom" was another free style painting of nature. It is a mixed media painting of acrylic and watercolor.

It was painted so it may be displayed either horizontal or vertical.

Sailboats heading out of a storm toward Freedoms Light

"Freedom's Light" is another painting from the freedom series. The sailboats are heading out of the storm towards the light.

The painting method breaks free from traditional watercolor paintings.

You can do this easy mixed media method.

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.

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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