paintings of nature

free style nature paintings

paintings of nature

free style nature paintings

fun paintings of nature

  • It was fun doing these paintings of nature.

Painting is supposed to be fun! It was getting old trying to paint 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 dolphin paintings were always painted with the dolphin's natural grey color.

This time I let it loose and painted with the fun colors of pink and purple with turquoise.



original-art-painting Flying FreeFlying Free


my freedom series began

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

The result was "Flying Free".

The seagull is realistic, but the background is breaking loose into freedom.



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.

They eat huge amounts of vegetation to support their massive bodies.

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



White egret and water lilies original watercolor painting done by the painting artist Carol MayEgret and Lilies

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 a Broad-billed Hummingbird with Delphinium flowers by Carol MayBroad-billed Hummingbird

The "Broad-billed Hummingbird" has a natural freedom with its iridescent greens and blues.

They also have an orange bill. Most other hummers have dark bills.

This painting on watercolor canvas. It is more difficult to get detail on the canvas.

The colors slide around on the canvas, so I did the delphinium flowers in a free style.



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

Leafies can actually change colors to camouflage themselves, but 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 TangsPurple Tangs

It's fun to tuck unexpected things into a painting. The viewer has more to see and 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" was another free style painting of nature.

It is a mixed media painting of acrylic and watercolor.

It is painted so that it may be displayed horizontal or vertical.

Hibiscus Freedom, vertical displayVertical Display


Orangutan Baby watercolor painting by Carol MayBaby Orangutan

There is freedom in simplicity.

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

Here is a simple, free nature painting of a "Baby Orangutan".



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.



A hummingbird nest in a Prickly Pear cactus leaf, watercolor painting by Carol MayHummer's Refuge

The style of this painting is not out of the ordinary. The subject is what is extraordinary.

I noticed some Prickly Pear cactus plants with leaves that are hollow inside.

My mind ran free and I thought that would be a perfect place for a "Hummer's Refuge".

The large cactus thorns would certainly keep the hummer's nest safe from predators.

More Hummingbird Paintings



Going Places a watercolor painting of a RoadrunnerGoing Places

Paintings of nature are so much fun! 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 on time!



Sailboats heading out of a storm toward Freedoms Light

"Freedom's Light" is another painting from my freedom series.

The sailboats are heading out of the storm towards the light.

The painting is done with mixed media.

You can learn this easy painting method.



Clown Triggerfish oil painting by Carol MayClown Triggerfish

Some animals are naturally so amazing, they don't need anything to enhance them.

They are an original like this "Clown Triggerfish".

I certainly enjoyed doing this series of original paintings of nature.

Enjoy nature paintings in your home!
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