Category Archives: Free Matted Print

January Nature Desktop Calendar: Avoiding the Photographer

I’m welcoming the New Year with a new painting, “Avoiding the Photographer”! I think that’s an accurate title since the girls were hiding behind my scruffy little hemlock while I was hovering around in the snow in the back yard trying to get their photo this past February 2021. It’s a watercolor, about 12″ x […]

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December Nature Desktop Calendar: Snowbird

There’s a bird, and there’s snow, and this also happens to be a “snowbird”, or a dark-eyed junco, clinging to a forsythia branch in my backyard. Their small rounded shape with white bellies have always looked to me as if they were dipped into paint. I truly love winter paintings because the light is wonderful […]

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November Nature Desktop Calendar: The Bench

I took a photo of this brilliant scene years ago, one of the first photos I took with my brand hew Pentax K1000 film camera. A couple of decades later I was surprised one autumn morning to see it wasn’t terribly different. I pulled the original photo and saw the trees hadn’t quite grown in […]

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Featured Artwork and November Desktop Calendar: Best Friends

  That’s what I had to say in the early 90s when I painted this and also set up my portfolio album. This painting of “my first feral” Moses and Fawn from “my first litter” is one of my first paintings after I’d moved to this house and started building my portfolio toward offering commissioned […]

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October Nature Desktop Calendar: The Lichen Tree

What treasures we find if we only turn and look. Is that awesome or what? There are so many colors of leaves in this one small area, but the lichen tree, as I named it, is actually completely dead and bare, is what really makes it for me. The sun had been covered by overcast […]

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Featured Artwork and September Desktop Calendar: Stanley With Apple

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! Register for an account on Portraits of Animals and get a free matted print of “Stanley With […]

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September Nature Desktop Calendar: September Morning, Carnegie Park

Morning mist illuminated by the rising sun, long shadows across the dry ground with dewy grass, and just a touch of turning color in the leaves on the trees—after a long, hot summer the cool nights of autumn have arrived. This painting is tiny, just a quick 6 x 6 sketch, layering a base of […]

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August Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: “Three Warm Cats on a Cool Ground”

  I featured this artwork in August 2014, but I’ve found myself thinking of it lately and looking it up, so that I could just look at it and enjoy all the things I like about it. I decided I’d feature it again, seven years later. So “Three Warm Cats on a Cool Ground” is […]

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August Nature Desktop Calendar: Atlantic Sunrise

I’m going all the way back to the beginnings of my landscape/waterscape painting for this month’s featured artwork and desktop calendar, and this painting is one of the very first.  My cats inspired me to draw them in the late 80s and my first actual painting of one was in 1988. After my first trip […]

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July Feline Featured Artwork and Desktop Calendar: Five Cats and One Box

So what do five cats do with one box? Mewsette is in the box while Giuseppe is checking under the flap of the box, and Jelly Bean is sitting next to the box washing “there”, Mimi is experiencing box envy and planning on how to get into the box, and Mr. Sunshine is looking away, […]

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