WILDLIFE paintings

 

Wildlife Paintings by Janice Lyall

 

All paintings by artist Janice Lyall. Prints are available in the wildlife online store.

 

Flying Barn Owl in the Setting Sun

Flying Barn Owl in the Setting Sun

The silent flight of the hunter Barn Owl as it glides through the woods. Quite masterful! Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Barn Owl Watching

Barn Owl Watching

Such keen eyes, watching and waiting. No need to expend energy wastefully, but to wait and consider. Very wise! Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Rustling Feathers

Rustling Feathers

Swans look graceful when they glide across the glistening surface of water. However, their physique is very powerful and they can appear quite threatening when they become flustered. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Often overlooked and sometimes feared, these busy, hard workers have perfectly evolved to pollinate flowers, as they gather nectar to take back to their hives. My thanks to the humble bees. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

The Colours of Summer

The Colours of Summer

Reds, yellows, heavy blues separated between luscious, iridescent greens. One way to make a great stement to get noticed. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Binky

Binky

Such a gentle pony waiting to be stroked and rewarded with a crunchy carrot. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Tawny Owl at Home

Tawny Owl at Home

The wise, old owls choose their homes carefully, selecting decor to match their rich plummage. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Flight Patterns Early Evening

Flight Patterns Early Evening

Not just a chaotic mass of starlings getting ready to roost. The more I studied them, I began to realise that most birds were actually following in smaller family chains, making up the whole. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Cockerel

Cockerel

More effective than any alarm clock, although not quite so easy to adjust the wake-up time! The colourful, long feathers lend themselves very well to this dribbly, watercolour technique. No need for precision as the ruffled feathers stick out in all directions as they strut past. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

Swooping Gulls

Swooping Gulls

Constant motion of the gulls gliding, rising then dipping into waves that swell and crash against well worn rocks. Uplifting and energising, Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Covering of White

Covering of White

The excitement mounts as watchers at WWT Slimbridge count in Bewick swans from their long flights to winter around the Severn Estuary. Each swan is identified by its bill and they often return to the exact spot around the lake. The winter feeding evening sessions are a spectacle not to be missed. The sounds become incredible as the man with the wheelbarrow enters their domain to begin their feed. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Swallow's Nest

Swallow's Nest

Swallows spend most of their lives in the air and rarely land once they have left their nest. I get excited when I spot the first ones arriving with the warmer weather. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

Bewick Swans on the Frozen Lake

Bewick Swans on the Frozen Lake

Bewick swans travel thousands of miles over many weeks to reach their UK wintering grounds. Many hazards face them and they rest their weary bodies for short periods, hoping to find food. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

March Hare

March Hare

March and Hares just seem to go together. Each time I see them running across fields, I never cease to notice their long legs and ears. So very different from their rabbit cousins. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

Water Vole at Lunch

Water Vole at Lunch

One of the many benefits of canal restoration is that it provides vital habitats for some of our threatened wildlife, such as the water vole. Who has fond childhood memories of 'Tales of the Riverbank'? Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

The Robin Trills

The Robin Trills

Robins sing so loudly and tunefully for such small birds. They adore left over Christmas pudding. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

Nestled under a Bed of Leaves

Nestled under a Bed of Leaves

In Autumn, I always gather up plenty of leaves and pile them into heaps under the bushes and behind any pots. It is so exciting to see a family of hedgehogs in the garden late at night when I dash out to bring in the washing. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Asleep at Last

Asleep at Last

Autumn days are filled with activity for mice who spend their time gathering food for their larders and their tummies. They scurry around the undergrowth in hedgerows and scamper along overhanging branches to reach the choicest grain. At last then the work is done and they have had their fill, its time to curl up for sleep. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Visiting Sanderling

Visiting Sanderling

We look forward to seeing our winter visitors and hope they leave us in the Spring, happy, healthy and well fed. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Peregrine Raptor

Peregrine Raptor

The circle of life, as the raptor takes food for its young. It has evolved to become effective in delivering its quarry. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Flying Home

Flying Home

Not a flying pterodactyl! Although.... Bewick swans travel thousands of miles to winter with us. WWT Slimbridge counts them in and out each year, recognising each one by its unique bill pattern. Evening winter feeding sessions are breath-taking to watch. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

Love on the Water

Love on the Water

Swans seem the epitome of love and affection as they share their long partnership together. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Early Morning on the Lake

Early Morning on the Lake

Imagine the wake up noise on the lake as the Bewicks prepare for the day. They keep checking to see if WWT 'Scott of the Marshes' is bringing food. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

Eyes Wide Open Short Eared Owl

Eyes Wide Open Short Eared Owl

Always alert! Not quite to dependent on its hearing, but doesnt intend to miss anything. Mixed media painting by Janice Lyall

Snuggling Down

Snuggling Down

Layers and layers of soft feathers protect the Bewick Swans from the freezing winds. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Squirrel at Lunch

Squirrel at Lunch

I generally see squirrels in my garden hanging upside down attacking the nut feeders. This one seems to be having quite a relaxed lunch. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall

The Berry Pickers

The Berry Pickers

When berries are ripe, it doesn't take long for them to be stripped from the bushes and trees by the local bird population and those rare species visiting just for the treat. Not the best time to hang out the washing! Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

The Gatherers at Crow's Nest

The Gatherers at Crow's Nest

There is something mysterious about the watchfulness of crows. Unlike some flocks, individual crows look out in separate directions, scanning the landscape, building up a detailed map of movement. Acrylic painting by Janice Lyall

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Swan Lake - the chorus are getting ready to dance - the anticipation and checking of costumes has begun. Watercolour painting by Janice Lyall