Sugar ‘n’ Spice

Watercolor painting of two deer fawns by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Sugar and Spice

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 11″h x 15″w, 1992.

I enjoyed watching these two fawns as they grew up on our former property on Black Mountain in Siskiyou County, California. The male fawn grew into a handsome buck we later called Isaac. This scene was done of one of their favorite resting spots. Over the years we saw many fawns raised on our property.

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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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Tender Kisses

Watercolor painting of a mother deer and her two fawns by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Tender Kisses

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 14″h x 21″w, 1994.

I painted this scene after seeing a Mother Black-tailed deer gently kiss one of her fawns in our front yard on Black Mountain, Siskiyou County, California. Our property was a nursery ground for many of the mother deer, so we were often treated to a half dozen new fawns every year who were raised our property.

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Spirited Summer Buck

Watercolor painting of a buck by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Spirited Summer Buck

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 7.5″h x7.5″w, 2015.

I painted this Black-tailed Deer buck in a looser watercolor style. This was one of the many deer that I often saw on Black Mountain, in Siskiyou County, CA.

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Sugar Babies

Watercolor painting of two fawns by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Sugar Babies

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 8″h x 14″w, 1992.

I painted these two fawns who I often saw resting in one of their favorite spots. Since it was in our front yard, I saw them often, and of course, I watched them grow into adults.

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Summers Bright and Fragile Glow

Watercolor painting mom and baby deer by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Summer's Bright and Fragile Glow

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 15″h x 21″w, 1991.

This painting of a doe and her fawn was inspired by the abundant Black-tailed deer that often raised their fawns on our forty-acre property on Black Mountain, Siskiyou County, California. I’m not sure why there were so many dear there, but I suspect they felt safer there than in a lot of other places. My husband and I witnessed thirteen generations of dear raised there, so we had the great joy of watching many fawns grow. Because the area had many Oregon White Oak tree clusters, it was common to see the deer browsing among the trees. It was quite beautiful to see, so that is what inspired this painting.

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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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Spring Fever Deer

Watercolor painting of deer laying in spring grass by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Spring Fever Deer

Medium: Watercolor; Image Size: 19″h x 26 1/2w, 1991.

This watercolor depicts several Black-tailed Deer resting in an abandoned farmstead in Yreka, California. The old Locust trees on that old farm were huge and gnarly. That farm later became the site of Fairchild Medical Center.

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Woodland Deer

Watercolor painting of a deer in woodland by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Woodland Deer

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h x 16″w, 2008.

This woodland painting depicts a Black-tailed Deer looking alert in an oak woodland meadow. The spring meadow was lush and green from a location on Black Mt. in Siskiyou County, Calif. I did this in an impressionistic, watercolor style.

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Woodland’s Edge

Watercolor painting of a deer in woodland by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Woodland's Edge

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 18″h x 29 1/2″w, 1989.

I depicted this Mule Deer peacefully at rest in a golden field in Yreka, California. It was an old homestead with magnificent trees. I was particularly fond of this stately Ponderosa Pine, so I coupled it with this partly concealed Mule Deer. I was lucky to be able to explore this old homestead for many seasons before it was paved over and replaced by the Fairchild Medical Center.

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