Swan Song River Poem

Watercolor painting of swan on a river in winter by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Swan Song River Poem

Medium: Watercolor/Gouache, Image Size: 13.75″h x 19″w, 2012.

The basis for this painting was the graceful curves of the adult and juvenile Trumpeter Swans and how they enhanced the elegance of this winter, snow scene. I saw this at the Harriman River in Harriman State Park, Idaho. The waterfowl in the background show the enormous size of the Trumpeters.

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Preening Trumpeters

Mixed Aqueous winter trumpeter swan painting by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Preening Trumpeters

Medium: Mixed Aqueous, Image Size: 12″ x 21″w, 2010.

This mixed aqueous painting depicts several Trumpeter Swans preening beside a semi frozen river just outside Teton National Park, Wyoming. I saw this river during the winter. I love the curvilinear shapes of swans, so I selected numerous poses that best emphasized those qualities. I tried new techniques on this painting after attending a watercolor demonstration by Stephen Quiller. Stephen used an acrylic under-base with watercolor on top. I did the base wash in an acrylic pinkish wash that dried permanent. This base wash was overlay-ed with watercolor and gouache. The acrylic under-base allowed the pink colors to come through without being mixed with or washed away by the overlaying gouache and watercolors. I painted this piece loose and impressionistic.

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Black and White

Watercolor painting of a swan by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Black and White

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 13″h x 20″w, 1990.

Trumpeter Swans are elegant birds with graceful poses. I thought the contrast of the white swan against the dark reflections in the water made a striking image. I chose a pose that had sweeping curves that showed the beauty of this bird.

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Graceful Pose

Watercolor painting of a Trumpter Swan by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Graceful Pose

Medium: Gouache, Image Size: 9″h x 12″w, 1999.

This painting of a Trumpeter Swan is an image of strong contrasts between dark and light. I depicted the swan gracefully preening itself to show the curvilinear qualities of these elegant birds, and I set it against dark reflections in the water to better contrast the whiteness of the swan.

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Slender Swan

Watercolor painting of a swan by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Slender Swan

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

This is a quick study of a Trumpeter Swan in a lake with dark reflections.

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Trumpeter Dark and Light

Watercolor painting of Trumpeter Swan by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Trumpeter Dark and Light

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 8″h X12″w, 2014.

This study of a Trumpeter Swan shows the natural elegance of these majestic birds. I painted it in a dark backdrop to contrast its whiteness and accentuate its graceful curves.

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Misty Marsh

Acrylic painting of Trumpeter Swan on nest by Janet Tarjan Erl

Misty Marsh

Medium: Acrylic, Image Size: 18.18”h x 15.56”w, 1983.

This elegant Trumpeter Swan sits atop a nest. I wanted to create a graphic look so I added the ellipse.

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