Shorebird Ensemble

Watercolor painting of shorebirds by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Shorebird Ensemble

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 17.25″h x 23.5″w, 2016.

My husband and I were beach strolling at Morro Bay, California when we saw hundreds of shorebirds strolling and hunting along the surf and having a feast. I was so impressed with the magnificence, beauty, elegance, and grace of the Long -billed Curlews and Marbled Godwits, and the peppy little Western Sandpipers darting in and about at light speed, so I created this painting to capture a fitting impression of that day and those birds. My husband and I spent hours ambling along the beach alongside these awesome birds. They were comfortable with us being close to them and rewarded us with their behaviors, feeding habits, poses, etc. We must have taken over five hundred photographs of them.

For this purely transparent watercolor painting I used many different photos as references for lighting, body shape, pose, etc…, I had to study dozens of my photos to get better feather detail information because my photos weren’t descriptive enough to actually know what I was looking at, especially in shadow areas, and those Godwit and Curlew feathers were very complex.

I was very grateful to those birds for generously sharing their magnificence with us, and I hope the painting will inspire others to appreciate their beauty too.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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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.

Painting available.

Reproductions available.

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Shorebird Procession

Watercolor painting of shorebirds just after sunset on a beach by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Shorebird Procession

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 20.5”h x 27”w, 1989.

This watercolor depicts a band of shorebirds marching along the surf in a colorful sunset beach. I saw this beach at Carmel, California. I’m not sure what species these birds were, but they complimented the linear quality of the many colors, shapes, and textures of the various ocean waves and bodies. It was a complicated painting to do in watercolor and capture the various waves and their shapes and textures.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Curlew and Sandpiper

Watercolor painting of a curlew and sandpiper on beach by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Curlew and Sandpiper

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 7.5″h x 10.5″w, 2015.

This odd pair of shorebirds were hunting together along the surf at Morro Bay, California. It was late winter and there were hundreds of shorebirds migrating north along the coast. I did this painting to show the difference in size, shape, and feather patterns of these two beautiful birds.

Original is sold.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.