Wind Torn Weather Worn

Watercolor barn and horse painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Wind Torn Weather Worn

Medium: Watercolor/Gouache, Image Size: 19.5”h x 25.5″w, 2010.

This weather worn barn was the old Holcomb barn near Yreka, California. It no longer exists, but it lives on as memories, photos, and paintings such as this one. I’ve done a series of paintings of this old barn and like the compositions it has, as well as its subtle colors of gray, blue, and brown. It is an artist’s treasure trove.

The horse resources came from my sister-in-law’s horse. I contrasted the liveliness of the horse with its rich color, shape, and personality against the decaying angular shapes of the barn. The horse is just ready to round the corner of the barn and head out to pasture. I placed the horse in the perfect spot to create some tension in the composition in order to get the viewer to ponder what’s beyond the corner.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Old Barn Hunter

Watercolor painting of a Barn Owl and old barn by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Old Barn Hunter

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 24″h x 18″w, 2008.

I was privileged to photograph this old barn prior to it being torn down. It was in unstable condition, but in its advanced age of decay it was a treasure trove of amazing compositions and artistic settings. This window stall was one of them, and it seemed the perfect setting for a Barn Owl. This barn has inspired numerous other paintings.

Original is sold.

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Holcomb Barn Study

Watercolor landscape painting of an old barn by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Holcomb Barn Study

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 10.5″h x 8.25″w, 2007.

This is what the old Holcomb Barn looked like from the outside. It was removed in the late nineties. I was privileged to photograph this old barn prior to it being torn down. It was in unstable condition, but in its advanced age of decay it was a treasure trove of amazing compositions and artistic settings. This barn has inspired numerous other paintings. Sadly, this old hand-hewn barn was torn down and replaced by a new, modern style barn that lacks character and craftsmanship.

Original is sold.

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Edgewood Barnyard

Watercolor landscape painting of a barn in Edgewood California by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Edgewood Barnyard

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 8.75″h x 15″w, 2008.

This is a scene of the old barn on Ordway’s Edgewood ranch just north of Weed, California in Siskiyou County. It was a blustery day when I saw this, but it was a classic northern California ranch scene with autumn colors in the oak woodlands. Sadly, this old hand-hewn barn was torn down and replaced by a new, modern style barn.

Original is sold.

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