Watercolor painting of bear on the American River by Janet Tarjan Erl.

River and Bear

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 27″h x 21″w, 1989.

In 1989 my husband and I backpacked into the Royal Gorge of the North Fork of the American River in northern California. We camped there for a week, and I painted a plein-air watercolor of one of the magnificent waterfalls in the Gorge. While we were there, we explored portions of the river upstream, downstream, and some of its tributaries. This river scene was downstream of the waterfall. We also spied this cinnamon black bear that was poking in and around the pools, so I skillfully added the bear to this setting.

This painting exhibited in the ‘Wildlife: The Artist’s View’ exhibition sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum.

Original is sold.

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