Enchanted Winter Forest

Winter oil landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Enchanted Winter Forest

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 32″h x 48″w, 2008 and Revised 2012.

This painting was inspired while Harry and I were back-country skiing on the flanks of Mt. Shasta. It had just snowed the night before, so all the trees were laden with snow which made them look like enchanted sculptures. The setting sun cast a rosy color upon the scene and gave it a warm glow which contrasted beautifully with the blue and purple hues of the shaded areas that were reflecting blue colors from the high mountain sky. Mt. Shasta was so enchanting that day, so I created this oil painting to capture that beauty we had witnessed.

Painted in 2008 and revised 2012.

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Bandon Beach Overlook

Oil landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Bandon Beach Overlook

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 24″h x 18″w, 2018.

I wanted to paint my favorite scene in Bandon, so I chose this scenic overlook at the popular Face Rock State Park in Bandon, Oregon. I saw this scene just as the sun was getting ready to set. Bandon Beach, in my opinion, is the most awe-inspiring portion of the west coast because it has beautiful, sculpted sea stacks and monolithic rocks that jut out from the big sandy beaches which make such interesting and striking compositions.

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Storm Revelation

Oil painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Storm Revelation

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 26″h x 38″w, 2011.

Many winters ago, my husband, Harry, and I were back country skiing in Yellowstone National Park during a blizzard. Yup! We were crazy, but we pushed on in those frigid, windy conditions. It was so stormy we couldn’t see anything but blowing snow. Over the course of several hours, we skied a loop up to a pass then descended down the snow-covered main road. Eventually, the storm began lifting. We had no idea what lay beyond the clouds until that moment, and what a magnificent moment it was. This painting was of that scene. It was beautiful, so I knew I wanted to do a painting to capture the essence of that place at that moment. This painting and scene serve as a perfect metaphor for those ah-ah moments when we see revelation and beauty as the storms in our minds clear.

This painting won Viewer’s Choice Award in the Laumeister Fine Art Competition sponsored by the Bennington Center for the Arts which was juried by Huihan Liu, master signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

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Coquille River Lighthouse

Oil landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Coquille River Lighthouse

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 22″h x 16″w, 2011.

The Coquille River Lighthouse in Bandon, Oregon is not the tallest lighthouse in Oregon, but it is a beautiful lighthouse. This oil painting is of the lighthouse as seen from the south-side of the Coquille River’s edge at low tide. I added the shorebird to add interest to the piece and composition which worked well to compliment the rocks and tide-pools. This painting has so many interesting compositional elements going on in it that it could make two very good but different paintings.

This oil was juried into the 19th Annual Maritime Art Exhibit, 2012, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Mumford Bar North Fork American River

Watercolor landscape painting of river and rocks by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Mumford Bar North Fork American River

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 23.5”h x 17.5”w, 2009.

This scene depicts a clear, deep pool of the North Fork of the American River at Mumford Bar. I wanted to do this painting because I love the deep luscious pools and the sculpted, polished, and weathered rocks of the river canyon. This area had been a historic gold miners camp from the gold rush days of the 49ers, so when you hike around the river’s edge, you come across old mining equipment and tunnels. It’s a wonderful place to swim in the hot summers of the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California, but it’s a fairly long and steep hike out of the canyon, so you get heated up by the time you’ve hiked out. The deep clear waters of the American River and all its forks and tributaries are the places I grew up around and explored as a kid and young adult.

The focal point of the painting is the middle ground rocks, but they are equally offset by the deep emerald water – an offset focal point. You see the water first because it is so strong, but the diagonal line of the water/rock boundary leads you from the upper left to the lower right, then around to the rocks. The rocks are angular, sculptural, strong, and they make a stark contrast to the smooth, blended, and peaceful water. It’s a yin and yang, black and white, can’t have one without the other sort of focal point.

The biggest problem I encountered with doing the artwork was in doing the river. I worked wet in wet and really saturated the paper with lots of pigments to get the emerald and cerulean colors to stand out. The submerged rocks were tricky to get the right value, so I had to work fast enough so that they worked in while wet. I pulled a little color out of some of those rock areas while wet too.

I used Arches 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper which I stretched while wet so that I had a flat surface to work with while doing the wet in wet washes.

This painting was juried into the National Watercolor Society 89th Annual Exhibition, 2009, La Brea, California, the Northwest Watercolor Society 2010 70th Annual Open Exhibition, Seattle WA., and the Watercolor Society of Oregon 45th Annual Transparent Watercolor Exhibition 2010, Salem, Oregon, (2nd Place, People’s Choice Award, & Statewide Touring Exhibit).

Original is sold.

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Golden Autumn Hills

Oil landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Golden Autumn Hills

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 18″h x 24″w, 2011, Revised 2012.

This autumn scene is of the rolling hills east of Ashland, Oregon along Dead Indian Rd. I believe the background hills lead north into Shale City. When I saw this scene, the Oregon White Oak trees were in full autumn splendor. I love the contrast of blue shadows with the golden grasses and the orange oak foliage – a diverse palette of natural colors.

Title revised from Ashland Hills to Golden Autumn Hills.

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Yellowstone North

Oil landscape painting north of Yellowstone by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Yellowstone North

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 26″h x 40″w, 2005, Revised 2012.

This scene shows the mountains at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. I love the contrast of golden hues against the gray blue hues of the stormy sky and thought it would make a striking painting.
This painting has morphed numerous times. Originally it had elk in it, then I painted out the elk and put in a horse. Later, I added several horses. Eventually it became this landscape.

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Wizard Island West View

Oil landscape painting Crater Lake NP by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Wizard Island West View

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 16″h x 20″w. 2011.

On the west rim of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park you can see this view of Wizard Island. The deep rich blue color of the lake is so inspiring. This is a rugged landscape with steep cliffs of the caldera offset by the rounder shape of the island. The contrast of the snow compliments the rich blues of the lake, but it also gives contour and definition to the steep caldera cliffs. The shadow on the lake in the lower right-hand corner of the painting gives a hint of the presence of the caldera rim.

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Grand Canyon Study

Watercolor landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Grand Canyon Study

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 5.5″h x 11″w, 2005.

This was a small painting done of the popular overlook in Grand Canyon National Park. This was a very small painting to paint all those complex details, so it required very fine brushes, multiple washes, and a lot of delicate brushwork.

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Bandon Beach Monoliths

Watercolor landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Bandon Beach Monoliths

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 17.5″h x 23.5″w, 2009.

I love the monolithic sea stacks at Bandon Beach, Oregon. I happened to be in Bandon one winter afternoon at low, low tide, and it was fun wandering between the sea stacks. This was an interesting slice of some of them with the typical Oregon coast houses in the background. Sea stacks have interesting shapes, textures, and colors. I wanted to capture that moment of awe and rapture I felt when I came upon this section of massive, weather worn rock monoliths. In this painting the monoliths are the focal point. The big one is offset by the two smaller ones, but the open space between them allows the viewer to go further back and engage in the geometric shapes of the houses which are such a contrast to the random shapes and textures of the monoliths. I experimented with an energetic brush style, where things fall apart up close but look descriptive from a distance. As for the energetic style, I kept doing multiple washes with loose, energetic brushwork. As the layers built up the rocks got more sense of depth and the brushwork blended into the illusion of eroded textures.

I wanted to capture that moment of awe and rapture I felt when I came upon this section of beach and was so impressed with the massive, weather worn rock monoliths that dotted the beach. I picked this particular scene because it seemed so typical of Bandon Beach with its monoliths and beach-side homes.

I am a passionate lover of nature and her beauty, so naturally I paint the things I immerse myself in. I’m an avid explorer, so each day I get out hiking, skiing, etc… as part of my mental recharging. These experiences with nature become the inspirations for my paintings.

This painting allowed me to share my belief that this earth is filled with magnificent and beautiful things, beings, and places.

This painting was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon 45th Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition 2010, Brookings, Oregon. It won an Award of Distinction and went on statewide tour.

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