Fish ‘N’ Fly

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Fish 'N' Fly

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 17″h x 21″w, T-shirt Image Size: 10″h x 13″w, 1997.

I created this illustration as part of a line of outdoor sportsman artworks. This art was designed with the fishing enthusiast in mind. Imagine a hungry fish cruising for flies and grubs when a gentle “kerplop” lands nearby with a fly at the center. “Oh my! A fly!?” exclaims the fish. Or does it? Was this fish smart enough to know the difference between a finely presented man made fly and the real buzzin’, lip smackin’, juicy, crunchy fly only nature could create? Such is the dilemma faced by many fish. It?s the kind of dilemma fisherman love to create.

This design was created as a tribute to the art of fishing and its never-ending pursuit to lure, beguile, and persuade.

Painted in watercolor. Scanned into the computer and floated. Digital painting and enhancements, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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Oh My A Fly

Watercolor painting of a trout approaching an artificial fly by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Oh My! A Fly!

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 8″h x 12″w, 1997.

This painting depicts a healthy rainbow trout rising to investigate what appears to be a yummy fly, but it’s really a fisherman’s fly. Uhhh ohhh! I painted this fish in a creek setting that I hiked past on East Boulder Creek in the Trinity Alps Wilderness in Siskiyou County, California.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Filleting the Catch

Watercolor painting of fisherman cleaning fish by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Filleting the Catch

Medium: Watercolor/Gouache, Image Size: 16.25″h x 23.25″w, 2009.

This scene depicts a fisherman filleting his catch of fish for the fish market in Charleston, Oregon. This is my favorite harbor in Oregon. It’s a real fishing harbor where most of the boats are fishing boats and most of the commercial buildings are fish processing businesses.

I like the colors, shapes, and character of this piece which is enhanced by the seagulls waiting for scraps.

This painting is in the permanent collection of the Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, and it exhibited in the Thirtieth Annual International Marine Art Exhibition, 2009, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT.; and the 25th Annual Maritime Art Show, 2018, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon.

Original is sold.

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Cruisin’ For Flies

Watercolor painting looking down on a trout in a stream by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Cruisin' For Flies

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 5″h x 10″w, 1994.

I saw this sizable rainbow trout hunting along the shoreline at Bingham Lake in the Russian Wilderness, Siskiyou County, N. California. I love the crystal-clear waters of that mountain lake.

Original is sold.

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