Pintos

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Pintos

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 11″h x 20″w, T-shirt Image Size: 8″h x 15″w, 1998.

This artwork of these perky horses was originally derived from my painting Perky Pinto. I altered it in Photoshop by floating the horses from the background to create a new version for a T-shirt design. I added some beadwork to give it a southwestern look.

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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Horses and Sky

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Horses and Sky

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 14″h x 21″w, T-shirt Image Size: 10.5″h x 17″w, 1998.

This artwork of the horses was originally from painting of the Horses, Earth, and Sky. This T-shirt design, however, was floated from the original, and I added some beadwork to give it a southwestern look.

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

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

Youngblood

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Youngblood

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 15″h x 23″w, T-shirt Image Size: 8″h x 12.5″w, 2006.

This artwork of this foal was originally derived from my painting Woodland Foal. I altered it in Photoshop by floating the horse from the background to create a new version for a T-shirt design. I added some beadwork to give it a southwestern look.

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

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

Horse Totem

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Horse Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 4″h x 13.25″w, 2021.

This design was originally created as an apparel design for T-shirts. It was one of the designs in my preprinted T-shirt line called Funky Totems. Funky Totems can be defined as a colorful, graphic style with humorous characters. They are a modern-day twist on the ancient totems of indigenous peoples. Whereas our ancestors from long ago depicted the animals, plants, and spirit beings of their time, I have reinterpreted that simplistic style to show the many things that go on in our present-day culture, but I did so in a fun and or humorous way.

I entered this design to win a public art grant for Grants Pass Downs racetrack in Grants Pass, Oregon. Unfortunately, this design was not selected.

Sketched in pencil. Scanned into the computer and floated. Painting, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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Friskies

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Friskies

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 11″h x 27″w, T-shirt Image Size: 5″h x 16.25″w, 1998.

This artwork of these frisky horses was originally derived from my painting Roundin’ Up the Friskies. I altered it in Photoshop by floating the horses and cowboys from the background to create a new version for a T-shirt design. I added some beadwork to give it a southwestern look.

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

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

Sorrel Mare

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Sorrel Mare

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 16″h x 22″w, T-shirt Image Size: 9″h x 13″w, 2021.

his artwork of this pretty sorrel mare was originally derived from my painting Autumn Woods. I altered it in Photoshop by floating it from its background to create a new version for a T-shirt design. I added some beadwork to give it a southwestern look.

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

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

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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Spring Splendor

Watercolor painting two horses in landscape by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Spring Splendor

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 14″h x 22.75″w, 2003.

I always enjoyed spring in Siskiyou County, California. Deep green forests fringed the lush, green pastures that abounded everywhere in the valleys and rolling hills. This painting is a good example of the spring beauty of the County. The location is on the Burton Ranch in the Yreka Creek Valley. It can be seen from Hwy 3 just southwest of Yreka. This buckskin and bay look into this scenic pasture. I deliberately painted them looking to the landscape rather than away from it. By doing this, the viewer participates with the horses by looking into the scene. This was such a beautiful, bucolic setting.

Original is sold.

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Gathering in the Meadow

Watercolor landscape and horse painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Gathering in the Meadow

Medium: Watercolor/Gouache, Image Size: 20″h x 28 1/2″w, 1999.

I painted this watercolor/gouache of a handsome pack of horses in a hanging meadow. I often saw this diverse pack of horses near my home on Black Mountain in Siskiyou County, California. I painted them in this scene of a meadow I hiked to near Middle Boulder Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness in northern California. It is a beautiful location and I thought it complimented the natural beauty of the horses. I used much artistic license of combining many different horses and landscape elements to make a lovely horse painting.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Roundin’ Up the Friskies

Watercolor landscape, horse and cowboy painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Roundin' Up the Friskies

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 23 3/4″h x 35 3/4″w, 1994.

This painting was influenced by some frisky horses I saw on the Newton Ranch in Scott Valley, California. I combined them with some cowboys I saw at a rodeo in Etna, California. Together, they made an energetic artwork that represents the half wild nature of horses in springtime. I placed these horses and cowboys into a background of the Metcalf Wilderness in Montana that I saw while on a trip to Yellowstone National Park. I used my creative skills to put all the elements together to make a fun watercolor.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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