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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Autumn Winter Transition

Oil landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Autumn Winter Transition

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 22″h x 30″w, 2011, Revised 2012.

This oil painting depicts the transition from autumn to winter in the foothills of Siskiyou County, California. The day I saw this scene the White Oak trees were still clad in gold and orange leaves, but the previous night it lightly snowed. The rich blue hues of the shadows contrasted so beautifully with the oranges and yellows of the leaves. The bits of snow clinging to leaves and branches added an even better composite of colors and shapes making this painting an incredibly rich landscape.

As for the inspiration of the piece it was from a wild, secluded area I used to hike to on a frequent basis because it was near my home. At that time, I lived on Black Mountain in northern Siskiyou County of northern California which is about eight miles south of the Oregon border. This spot, where the tree grew, I could look to the north to see the mountains of the Soda Mountain National Monument in Oregon. The elevation is about 3,000 ft. so it does get some snow, though not much, and it is often wet and clumpy which made for the perfect circumstance for the painting because the snow clung to the leaves of the trees rather than falling to the ground.

Though I often hiked past this tree throughout the different seasons and often admired the tree for its dynamic shape, this particular day that I saw the tree I was stunned by its shape and colors as it contrasted against the snow. The back-lit colors of the autumn-colored leaves not only contrasted with the white snow and the blue shadows, but they were also complimentary. It was the perfect time of day, the perfect place, and the perfect season.

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Shasta River Autumn

Watercolor landscape painting Shasta River in autumn by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Shasta River Autumn

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h x16″w, 2008.

Many autumns ago, I got up early to go photograph this scene of the Shasta River just north of Yreka, California. I hoped the oak trees would be in full autumn colors, and I wasn’t disappointed. The golden rolling hills and the curving river were nicely punctuated by the vibrant trees. It was a beautiful setting for this painting.

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Junco in Autumn Colors

Watercolor painting of a Junco in autumn by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Junco In Autumn Colors

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h x 16″w, 1988.

I painted this scene of a Dark-eyed Junco perched peacefully on a branch that was nearly barren of its leaves. I saw this Junco on a gray day in winter. The tattered leaves and twisted branches made an interesting setting for the bird.

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Autumn Hillside – Horses

Watercolor painting of horses in autumn by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Autumn Hillside-Horses

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 11.5”h x 17”w, 1992.

There is a hill on the east side of Yreka, California that I frequently hiked. I always enjoyed the golden, rolling hills that were punctuated with oak trees. It especially impressive during autumn when the oaks were rich in fall colors. The view looks over the Shasta Valley. I painted the horses in the setting to give an accent.

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