Golden Summer Buck

Watercolor painting of a buck by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Golden Summer Buck

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 17”h x 22.5”w, 2005.

This beautiful Black-tailed deer buck was a regular visitor on our property on Black Mountain in Siskiyou County, California. I painted this scene of him resting contentedly in the shade of one of his favorite oak trees amid the dry, golden grasses of summer. I watched this buck grow from a cute fawn into this magnificent, stately buck.

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Dauntless and Dignified

Watercolor painting of two bucks by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Dauntless and Dignified

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h x 18″w, 1999.

I painted these two Mule Deer bucks among a gnarly grove of aspens. I wanted to portray these bucks as stately and dignified, and I wanted to capture a quality typical of mountainous regions in the drier parts of the western states. This weathered aspen grove is in eastern California.

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Woodland Buck

Watercolor painting of a buck by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Woodland Buck

Medium: Gouache/Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h X 16″w, 2021.

I watched this deer grow from a cute fawn into this magnificent buck. He was a resident on our property on Black Mountain in Siskiyou County, California. I called him Isaac. The background oaks are the Oregon White Oaks typical of Northern California and Southern Oregon. They provide shade to keep the deer cool in the summer, and they offer abundant acorns to keep the deer well fed throughout the winter.

I experimented with this painting and did this as a watercolor under-base, with gouache layered on top to give it an opaque look.

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Alert Buck

Watercolor painting of a male deer by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Alert Buck

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 7.5″h X 11.625″w, 2021.

This handsome buck stands alert on the golden hillsides of Siskiyou County, California. I saw this fellow while I was hiking on Black Mountain.

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Dark Storm and Buck

Watercolor painting of a buck with stormy skies in the background by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Dark Storm and Buck

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h x 16″w, 2004.

I was hiking in the Sweetwater Mountains near Bridgeport, California when I came upon this meadow. It was autumn and the aspen were in full autumn glory and a dark stormy sky was looming in the distance. It was an incredible contrast between bright yellow and dark blue, and it made an impressive scene. I included this hearty Mule Deer buck ambling through the meadow to add a focal point.

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