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.

Original is sold.

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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.

Original is sold. Limited edition print Available.

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