Shasta River Winter

Watercolor landscape painting Shasta River in winter by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Shasta River Winter

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 9″h x12″w, 2008.

This watercolor shows the muted colors of winter along the Shasta River. This location is just south of Montague, California. The cottonwoods are bare of leaves and their abundant twigs have a gray pinkish hue that is normal for winter, landscape paintings.

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Swans in the Gray of Winter

Gouache by Janet Tarjan Erl of a Swans in winter.

Swans in the Gray of Winter

Medium: Gouache, Image Size: 7.5″h X12″w, 1996.

I experimented with this painting and did it as a purely gouache piece. Gouache is an opaque watercolor, and though it has an appearance similar to oil, it is a challenge to work with. For instance, all the colors dry darker when they dry, so you have to guess at what they will look like when they are wet. These two Trumpeter Swans turned out good, as did the snow and ice. I painted them resting gracefully in the frozen landscape. I saw them near Teton National Park.

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Make No Haste

Watercolor painting of elk in winter by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Make No Haste

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 5″h x 15″w, 1997.

This bull elk strolls the snowy landscape of mid-winter in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

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Winter Junco

Watercolor painting of Junco in winter by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Winter Junco

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 6.5″h x 14″w, 2012.

This Dark-eyed Junco is perched on a gnarly branch in the cold of winter. I did a wet in wet wash for the background in dark smokey colors to give the moody quality of winter. I did the branches and Junco in gouache. It’s a moody, plain washy background complimented with lively branches, a perky bird, and strong contrasting light.

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