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December Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Colorful Dreams

marker sketch of cats
“Colorful Dreams”, brush markers, 5.5″ x 9″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

I’ve had this sketch in mind for December for quite a few years, but always passed it by. This year I couldn’t wait to share it: colorful, loose and relaxed, three sleepy kitties and colorful blankets that look like wrapping paper and a box. I have always liked the style I managed, how I caught their positions, the line quality outlining the cats and describing the wrinkles in the blankets. Taken all together it looks like three kitties exhausted by holiday festivities.

From November 2013 when I created the sketch:

Mewsette, Sunshine and Giuseppe enjoy a nap on my studio floor. I don’t actually have that many beds for my cats but toss whatever older fleece, crochet and knit things I have on the floor where it seems appropriate, in this case, it’s in front of the furnace vent. It’s also behind a door, and on cold days like today it’s about the warmest spot in the house. Sometimes all five pile up there, and I can hardly open and close the door.

Note that for once they are not their signature colors—Giuseppe is Sunshine color, Sunshine is Bean color and Mewsette is Giuseppe color. Initially they were white with the black outlines, and I didn’t want to color them in black because they’d all melt together, and I also wanted to convey the colorful scene. And I’ll bet they were having colorful dreams for all the lip smacking and sighing I heard.

I began the habit with the blankets and such because some cats pee a lot where they shouldn’t; Peaches was famous for this. Washing cat bedding was a heck of a lot easier through years of rescues who had both health and emotional issues when all I had to do was toss blankets in the wash. Plus, they love new beds for about two weeks, then they never want to see them again, even when I pack them away for a year or more. And these guys need room to stretch out!


A New Member Thank You

You can get a free matted print when you register for an account on Portraits of Animals.

Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Colorful Dreams” or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of cats and other subjects.

The New Member print is a signed digital print of “Colorful Dreams”. This print is 8″ x 11″ and is matted with a pure white mat to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame.

This print is only available as a new member gift during this month while it’s the featured artwork and desktop calendar, so make sure you sign up before the end of the month!

Or purchase the original or a different print or item

I also offer a variety of digital and canvas prints, a greeting card and a note card, find this on Portraits of Animals. And if you are interested in the gift items I’m making with this art, like tiles or keepsake boxes, you can search Portraits of Animals for “studio window autumn” and you’ll find what’s available. I’ll also be featuring them here too.

This month’s desktop calendar

I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month. Looking at the downloads from previous months and averaging out which dimensions fit which devices, I have reduced the number of variations from 12 to three. It was very time-consuming to create all the variations with new devices arriving all the time, so I have one for horizontal monitors/screens, one for square monitors/screens, and one that should fit the dimensions of nearly all mobile devices.

If these sizes don’t work for your device, or if you have problems, please let me know. Often I can troubleshoot the reason an image won’t download or won’t load on your device, but if I just can’t figure it out I can just email it to you and hope that works.


How to download and use your desktop calendar

  1. Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
  2. For desktop computers and laptops, right-click on that image and on a desktop computer choose “save as desktop wallpaper” or “save as background” or whichever option your operating system gives you to be able to do this. You may also simply save it to your hard drive and set it as your background from there.
  3. For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.

Horizontal and HD monitors and screens

Desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

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Square monitors and screens

Desktop calendar 1280 x 1024 for square screens.

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Small Mobile Devices and Tablets

Desktop calendar, 600 x 800 for iPad, Kindle and other readers.

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Cell Phones and Smartphones

Desktop calendar, for 400 x 712 for mobile phones

Take a look at other featured artwork and desktop calendar posts.

Each month I feature a piece of feline artwork from the archives to the present day, discuss its history and process, and set it up as a free downloadable desktop calendar for just about every electronic device available.

Click here to see daily sketches, click here to see daily photographs

click here to see other artwork featured on The Creative Cat

or visit Feline Artwork on my main website.

If you are interested in a print of this image, check Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

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Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

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2 thoughts on “December Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Colorful Dreams

  • Aww, this is a terrific image!
    And around Eastside Cats, a box or a bag always has a cat in it!

    • Ha ha, that’s how I get things done around here with so many! I set out boxes and they eventually fill them up, then I get to work.


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