Bearski

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Bearski

 Medium: Watercolor, Digital/Photoshop, Image Size: 20”h x 17″w, ©2002.

At the time this design was created, my husband and I owned Trekker Designs, an apparel decorating company, and one of the things we did was to screen print our designs onto apparel products and novelty gifts and sell them to our wholesale clients. One of our biggest clients was the Black Bear Diner Corporation. This design was one of the many black bear artworks we created which were printed on clothing, mugs, and cards that we sold to Black Bear Diner to sell in their diners and to be worn by employees. The first Black Bear Diner store was in Mt. Shasta, California, so I did this cute, anthropomorphic, skiing bear design since skiing is one of the many favorite recreation activities that are so popular in that mountain, tourist town.

Vat ist a Bearski? Bearskis are der best skiers who bearrel down der steepest and der fastest slopes with big bear bravery. Jah, sometimes they drink too many brewskis, which might explain why they ski so fluid, but at least you can’t say they bearly make it down der slopes. Go bears!
Painted in watercolor, scanned into the computer, floated, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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Foxy Christmas

Illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Foxy Christmas

Medium: Watercolor, Digital/Photoshop, Image Size: 22.5”h x 16″w, ©2019.

This design was created as a Christmas card design for 2019. I wanted a fancy cartoon style of a cute fox cub. Little fox cubs don’t get much cuter than this little guy. He’s got the big-eyed innocent look that makes him adorable. The branches and ribbon were painted in Photoshop.

Painted in watercolor, scanned into the computer, floated, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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Enchanted Winter Forest

Winter oil landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Enchanted Winter Forest

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 32″h x 48″w, 2008 and Revised 2012.

This painting was inspired while Harry and I were back-country skiing on the flanks of Mt. Shasta. It had just snowed the night before, so all the trees were laden with snow which made them look like enchanted sculptures. The setting sun cast a rosy color upon the scene and gave it a warm glow which contrasted beautifully with the blue and purple hues of the shaded areas that were reflecting blue colors from the high mountain sky. Mt. Shasta was so enchanting that day, so I created this oil painting to capture that beauty we had witnessed.

Painted in 2008 and revised 2012.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Storm Revelation

Oil painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Storm Revelation

Medium: Oil, Image Size: 26″h x 38″w, 2011.

Many winters ago, my husband, Harry, and I were back country skiing in Yellowstone National Park during a blizzard. Yup! We were crazy, but we pushed on in those frigid, windy conditions. It was so stormy we couldn’t see anything but blowing snow. Over the course of several hours, we skied a loop up to a pass then descended down the snow-covered main road. Eventually, the storm began lifting. We had no idea what lay beyond the clouds until that moment, and what a magnificent moment it was. This painting was of that scene. It was beautiful, so I knew I wanted to do a painting to capture the essence of that place at that moment. This painting and scene serve as a perfect metaphor for those ah-ah moments when we see revelation and beauty as the storms in our minds clear.

This painting won Viewer’s Choice Award in the Laumeister Fine Art Competition sponsored by the Bennington Center for the Arts which was juried by Huihan Liu, master signature member of the Oil Painters of America.

Painting available.

Reproductions available.

 

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Silently Waiting

Watercolor painting of a fox in snow by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Silently Waiting

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 22″h x 32″w, 1995.

While out skiing in the Mt. Shasta Wilderness Area, I came across this intricate, lacy design of snow-covered branches and twigs. When I saw this scene, I imagined a small animal peering contentedly from behind the branches. Later, when decided to do a classic snowy scene, I thought of this scene. I added a red fox and depicted it patiently waiting under cover of the snow laden branches. The fox seemed the most appropriate animal for the setting. Many delicate watercolor washes were applied to build up the values and textures of the fur and the snow-covered branches. This painting is in the permanent collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Spirited Wolf

Watercolor painting of a wolf in snow by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Spirited Wolf

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 19″h x 30″w, 1994.

I painted this spirited timber wolf happily strolling through a snow-covered landscape. This setting was one of the many scenes I saw while skiing on the flanks of Mt. Shasta. It’s a nice setting, but it is especially enhanced by the presence of the wolf.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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Elegant Trio

Watercolor painting of swan trio on water in snow by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Elegant Trio

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 15.5″h x 22″w, 2009.

This painting depicts the elegant beauty of a trio of trumpeter swans that grace the chilly waters of the Harriman River, Harriman State Park, in Idaho. The three are almost hidden against the snow in this little cove.

Original is sold.

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Bird Diner

Watercolor painting of quail at bird feeder in winter by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Bird Diner

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

I saw these two cute, chubby quail perched atop my bird feeder one winter’s day. The colors of the feeder were drab, so I perked this watercolor up by making it a festive holiday colored image.

Original is sold.

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Where Wolves Run Free

Watercolor painting of wolves in winter by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Where Wolves Run Free

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 18 1/2″h x 29″w, 1992.

I painted these two wolves at rest on a misty winter day on the hard pack snowy flanks of Mt. Shasta, California. The male wolf watches over the female wolf as she cleans her paw. The setting is a common scene on the flanks of Mt. Shasta.

This piece exhibited in the Leigh Yawkey Woodsen Art Museum’s ‘Wildlife: The Artist’s View.’

Original is sold.

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Crater Lake West Rim Study

Watercolor landscape painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Crater Lake West Rim Study

Medium: Gouache, Image Size: 6.25″ h x 9.5″ w, 2009.

This small gouache study is of Wizard Island as seen from the west rim looking east over Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

Painting Available

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