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Featured Artwork and September Desktop Calendar: Stanley With Apple

pastel sketch of cat with desktop calendar and chalk
“Stanley With Apple” desktop calendar for wide and HD monitors.

I like to have my monthly desktop calendar ready before the first of the month, and I usually have an idea far ahead of time which one I’d like to use, and have the layout loosely designed in my mind. But I had so many ideas for which image to use as my desktop calendar for September—all those wonderful autumn colors have appeared in all my cats, especially my torties, and generally in my artwork as I use them for effect. Having to many ideas can be a bad thing sometimes, but I enjoy the opportunity to weigh several pieces of artwork to be used for some purpose—I do it all the time when I choose art for merchandise.

In fact, I didn’t know until today which one it would be, not until we all watched the neighbor kids running for their bus this morning, and I remembered this sketch of Stanley, not only with an apple, the universal symbol for “school”, but the background looks like one of those green chalkboards with chalk dust all over it! It’s time for Back to School! Unfortunately, I rarely have time to work on The Creative Cat during the day, and today was no exception, especially with a holiday weekend coming up. But better late than never today!

The original of this sketch is only 5″ x 7″, but I have a high-resolution scan of it. In order to create the extra background, I copied and pasted and sampled and moved and finally covered enough of the background. And that piece of chalk? It’s actually a pastel I’d photographed and used for another project—I actually finished all the layouts without it, then remembered I had wanted to add that little tromp l’oeil, and went back and added the chalk and chalk dust.  What fun! And did you notice it’s yellow—do you remember when teachers started to use yellow chalk on those green boards because it was easier on the eyes?

pastel sketch of cat on table with apple
“Stanley With Apple”, 5″ x 7″, pastel © B.E. Kazmarski

And my handsome and inspiring Stanley gets to be featured twice—in July and in September! After living for 25 years, he kind of deserves that.

This sketch was the daily sketch for June 22, 2012 and I reprised it in June 2013; also in June 2012 I posted the original photo I used for this sketch, taken on film in 1994 or so. Click on the sketch to see the 2013 post, or any of the links to read more about the images.

I also used this sketch for my “Impressionist” garden flag, backed with “White Cat Reflecting”. Stanley’s all over the place on The Creative Cat, so click here to see more images and read more stories about him.

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, please let me know—believe it or not, I don’t have any mobile device at all except for a TracPhone, though I do have three different sizes of desktop computers!

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. 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.

Horizontal monitors and screens

pastel sketch of cat with desktop calendar and chalk
“Stanley With Apple” desktop calendar for wide and HD monitors.

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Square monitors and screens

pastel sketch of cat with chalk
“Stanley With Apple” desktop calendar for square monitors.

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Mobile Devices

pastel sketch of cat with chalk desktop calendar
“Stanley With Apple” desktop calendar for wide and HD monitors.


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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 other daily sketches, and click here to see daily photographs.

If you are interested in a print of this image, check my Etsy shop 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 used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile 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.

© 2013 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski



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