I have to confess, I have been waiting to use this painting as a daily calendar and the decision has been difficult because the colors and theme fit into any season. I always match the art to the seasonal light and color, but while this could indeed coordinate with any season it was my favorite season for brilliant light full of color, and lots of light—winter light. The trees are bare, the sun’s angle is low, and the light streams into the windows, perhaps searching for a kitty who’s in need of a warm winter nap. This painting was done on December 27, 2013, just after the solstice, so I’ve reserved it for winter. And while March is really only half winter, the light is still very bright and colorful.
I also vary the medium and style each month so you get to see something pretty different from the months immediately before. So if I was to use this painting this year, I only had one more chance.
Here is what I said about it when I first published it.
Jelly Bean watches out the upstairs window, streaming with winter morning sun. The white light glares and introduces all sorts of colors where they don’t normally appear, blending in Jelly Bean’s black fur, on the pine tabletop, in the lace curtain.
And hey, who said black cats had to be black? Here, Jelly Bean is literally blending into the light. I so wanted to capture that sense of glare in the warm morning sun when the tips of their ears soften and fade, their silhouette loses some edges and shadows have so much color. I also wanted to capture the nature of that old lace curtain, its translucence deepening into shadows in the folds, somehow capture the pattern of the lace without painting each little tendril in the pattern. I used the pattern of the paper, the pattern of the brush, layers, directional strokes, and when I stood back and looked at it I was quite pleased that it worked pretty much as I had hoped.
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Where to find this artwork
I have this artwork available in many different print forms—on paper and canvas and as a highest-quality giclee both smaller and larger than the original, and I also offer a framed print as I had framed the original, seen at left.
Click this link to find all the various prints of this artwork I have in stock in my gallery on Portraits of Animals, and simply search the title, “Blending” to find anything else I might have on hand at the moment.
This month’s desktop calendar
I’ve worked this image into a desktop calendar for you to enjoy and use for the entire month. 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
- Click on one of the images below that matches the dimensions of your monitor to open the image in a new page.
- 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.
- For mobile devices, download the image to your gallery then choose it as your wallpaper—this is slightly different on all devices.
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