October Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Bella Birdwatching”

charcoal sketch of black cat
“Bella Birdwatching” revised photo reproduction (more accurate), black and white charcoal on gray toned paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

So Bella is an avid birdwatcher. She spends long hours by the big north window watching the birds at the feeder. I spend long hours studying her profile while she does so. I decided to finally sketch her and thought of the toned paper with white and black charcoal, and I also added a bit of pale yellow green in her eye.

Of course, I didn’t sketch this while she watched birds. She never really keeps still, but I did get a good outline while watching and added all the details from photos open on my computer screen, holding my sketchbook as if I was sketching from life. I always want to be able to keep that extemporaneous feel to my sketches, and so even if I complete one later from photos I’ll try to mimic the conditions of sketching from life as much as possible. But I wanted to be certain to capture that short little face, delicate chin, the swept-back ears and whiskers, the highlights as the reflected north light washed her face and the window was reflected on her eye, and her paws, at rest, but ready at any moment to leap up and fly at the window screen.

Below is a detail of her face.

charcoal sketch of black cat
“Bella Birdwatching” detail.

And here is what Bella thought of the whole ordeal.

black cat
Can I just watch birds without the whole internet knowing?

Hope you enjoy it this month!

"Bella Birdwatching" matted sample.
“Bella Birdwatching” matted sample.

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This month’s desktop calendar

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.

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  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

"Bella Birdwatching" desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.
“Bella Birdwatching” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

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Square monitors and screens

"Bella Birdwatching" desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.
“Bella Birdwatching” desktop calendar, 1280 x 1024 for square and laptop monitors.

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Small Mobile Devices and Tablets

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"Bella Birdwatching" desktop calendar, 600 x 800 for iPad, Kindle and other readers.
“Bella Birdwatching” desktop calendar, 600 x 800 for iPad, Kindle and other readers.

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Cell Phones and Smartphones

"Bella Birdwatching" desktop calendar, for 400 x 712 for mobile phones.
“Bella Birdwatching” 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.


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4 thoughts on “October Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Bella Birdwatching”

  • October 4, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    This is so beautiful! The detail is just amazing. It looks very real! Even Bella looks amazed by it. This is the purrrfect desktop calendar for October. 🙂

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    • October 7, 2016 at 2:04 am
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      Thank you, Robin! Bella is sure she is the most purr-fect model and I love to watch her watch birds.

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  • October 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm
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    That’s really pretty, Bernadette – so many emotions on Bella’s face!

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    • October 7, 2016 at 2:04 am
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      Bella is a very deep thinker, even when she’s watching birds, Chris.

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