This is the first of the monthly desktop wallpaper calendars I’ll be offering on Portraits of Animals each month. These wallpaper calendars for computers and mobile devices have been a favorite feature for almost five years on The Creative Cat featuring my variety in feline artwork and the occasional photo.
The calendars are always themed by the month, and the art will vary from a detailed landscape like “Autumn in the Valley” to simple en plein air sketches, to wildlife, waterscapes and florals, and pastels and watercolors and charcoals and photos of the same subjects.
I usually post the desktop wallpaper calendars here on the blog on or before the first of the month, and they will also be available at the top of the right column on the blog page and on individual product pages.
The featured artwork also becomes one of the New Member Gifts for the month it’s featured as well, so if you’ve been waiting to register for an account, here’s another good reason. Your Autumn in the Valley, Pastel, New Member Gift print is 8″ x 11″ and matted to fit an 11″ x 14″ frame with a pure white mat.
But the wallpaper calendars are free to download. You’ll find them below along with instructions.
You can order other prints of this artwork as well on paper and canvas.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK
Sloping hills blaze with autumn color at a rocky, rippled bend in Chartiers Creek, yet on the horizon deep gray-purple clouds hover; although the day was sunny I remember it being distinctly chilly with a sharpness to the breeze, especially on the water in a canoe, and winter is literally on the horizon.
For two reasons the scene was reminiscent and inspiring: first, that I rounded the bend to see this natural splendor in all its detail, brilliant color, fluttering leaves, rippling water, changing clouds, happening all on its own with no help from me or any other human; and, second, it was an example of that “change of season” with the gray-purple clouds of winter arriving on the horizon, two seasons blending into one another. I needed to share this image, and it was so moving that the inspiration also became a poem, and the title for my third annual poetry reading and art show at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, Change of Season.
No, I couldn’t paint while paddling, and my little digital photos didn’t do the scene justice, yet other than wading down the creek and setting up an easel in the middle of the water, there was no other way of painting this. To take the scene from the tiny digital image to the full-size painting took a good bit of memory and visualization; it’s a good thing I’m very familiar with scenes like this.
Free matted print for registering for an account
Hope you enjoy it this month! And don’t forget to register for an account and get a free matted print of this painting or choose from several other sketches, paintings or photos of other subjects.
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.
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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Take a look at other featured artwork and desktop calendar posts.
This is the first desktop wallpaper calendar, so the above link will be active when I post another.
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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