Song of the Sky (Yuletide) — Christmas 2008


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This is a combination of “Song of the
Sky (2007)” and “
Yuletide (2007)
that I put together for Art in Design (my longtime Christmas card
printer in UK).

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62 reviews for Song of the Sky (Yuletide) — Christmas 2008

  1. thespacewriter [nonmonthly]

    Hi Ryan, This wallpaper (skysongyuletide) is on and I’ve seen it all over FB with NO credit. Just a heads-up.


  2. Kristen [lifer]

    I’m going through downloading your Christmas wallpapers for my work computer and this is still my favorite. This one is out of this world. =)

  3. Meta

    hi ryan this is a beautiful wallpaper, but do you have this wallpaper for pc in dynamic theme.


  4. LorettaYeo

    Wow, I don’t like the new Member Downloads function. Before, I could get the size I needed simply by right-clicking on the link next to the picture, and saving. Now, ALL of the image sizes are like the mobile sizes before: you have to click to open the drop-down menu, then click again on the size you need, THEN, FINALLY, right-click to save. This makes things HARDER, not easier.

    BTW – the Preview screen for comments opens in a tiny window that can’t be resized, or scrolled, making it hard to actually see what it will look like. Not good.

  5. Chris Erns

    If you get a 2009 Christmas image out soon it will be a good motivator to renew! =)

  6. Mangoman

    Oh, wow, it’s just gorgeous! It’ll be on my ‘puter for a while. Well done. My only question — where did you hide the generator and the gas cans to keep the tree lit? For the wolves to be that close, there must be quite a long extension cord, too. Well, you just keep up the wonderful labor of love. My wife particularly loved this one. Thank you.

  7. Louise

    This is such a fun image. Both of the base works (in both versions – I’ve been a member for a while now) have been favorites of mine. Seeing them combined, for my very favorite season of the year, is wonderful.

    Ryan, I hope you and your beautiful family have a happy and blessed Christmas season.

  8. Ryan

    I have an exclusive arrangement with “Art in Design”. For the next few years they will be the only company printing Christmas cards based on my work.

  9. Jonathan

    It’s beautiful, but I was hoping to see a new creation and not just 2 pieces mingled together. Still nice though…

  10. Pritesh

    But Song of the Sky and Yuletide have been around for a while, wouldn’t mind seeing something new. How about a pickle jar version with purple northern lights instead?

  11. Mike

    I really like this one! I don’t know if anyone else asked, but the mention of Christmas cards in your post made me wonder how come you had not offered any before. I recall you said the Zazzle website now sells christmas postage stamps with your artwork. Do they have Christmas cards too? Will you be adding them next year maybe?

  12. Jeff


    I have bought your stuff for quite a time and I never took time to thank you.

    I have built computers and serviced them for 28 years and I give all customers a small taste of your art as part of my package.

    I hope I sold some accounts for you and I will keep trying to do so.

    I have had a great year.

    You will have a customer for life with me.

    Thank you, Jeff Kidwell

    (817-282-0712) (

    P.S. If you ever come to Dallas or Fort Worth, I would like to take you to the Rail Head For A T-Bone Steak!

  13. TwoWolves

    This is great, put me in the mood for the holiday at last. Thanks.

  14. General B


  15. David

    This is my new favourite picture of your entire collection.

    Thanks. 🙂

  16. Joshua

    I must say that I was very impressed with this hybrid. I really enjoyed the idea of Christmas with the Aurora Borealis.

    Very Nice work indeed.

  17. andar

    Hey this is really nice for the holidays, its chill and festive at the same time!

  18. Phyllis

    This is without a doubt the best of the best. I think I’ll try to find an excuse to leave it on my desktop all year long. What a beauty!

  19. James

    The line’s still there in the dual-widescreen version – it’s gone from the other dualscreens though. Just thought I’d point it out.

    AWESOME picture, by the way 🙂

  20. D

    I love this combo image, nice work. I’d love it even more on my BB Storm. The 320×480 iPhone image looks good but it would look great if it were just 40 pixels wider at 360×480.

  21. Travis

    There is a distinct line in the aurora above the tree to the left of the two identical trees (left of the lit up tree)

    The line only shows up in the dual and triple screen render. Hope we can get another render. Also I agree that the two identical trees are distracting from the overall beauty of the piece.

  22. Ryan

    Thanks for the heads up. I’ve posted new versions of the multi-screen renders. Hopefully these ones are problem-free! That’s what I get for only viewing the files at %25 zoom in Photoshop before posting them.

  23. Legusol

    I like this one. I hope you decide to do this one in dual-widescreen.

  24. Chris

    This is great, its two of my favorites rolled into one! Another great work!

  25. Darrin

    Blue and green are my two favorite colors and Christmas is my favorite holiday – so naturally this image is a winner with me!

    Great work – just waiting on the dual screen version so I can splash it across my two Dell flat panel monitors.

  26. Chris

    It’s nice, looks very good. It does really wow me though. Not new or refreshing.

  27. Kyle

    A pretty stellar piece of artwork from two of my favorite pieces.

  28. Sly V.

    I like the combination. I’m with whomever said it before. Remaking some of your older works or mixing some up makes for a great image. GJ Ryan.

    I must admit though I was with Rob and Lidia. The first thing I said when looking at this was “There were wolves in the original?!” lol.

  29. Mike

    Cool idea! Where can I buy these cards?

  30. Mike

    Have there been any requests for a tree with all white lights yet? lol!

  31. kody

    once again ryan you pull off another amazing picture. even though this is a hybrid, it feels like a completely new creation in the world of blasphemy. keep it up!

  32. Marc

    Anyone else having this problem? On the last two dual-screen wallpapers (At World’s Edge and Song of the Sky (Yuletide) — Christmas 2008), my OS X 10.5.5 says “Unable to unarchive into Downloads. (Error 1 – Operation not permitted.)” Earlier dual-screens (starting with “A New Dawn”) work fine … Help!

  33. Delila

    That’s all I can think to say…absolutely wonderful!

  34. Ryan

    Try the Zip files now. I think I changed my compression type for the last two uploads and that may have been causing the problem. I’ve re-compressed and upload the files again so let me know if you are still having trouble.

  35. Frank S

    Ryan, Simply Amazing!

    Thanks for the Holiday wallpaper, I’m currently using it until your 08′ Holiday paper is completed..

  36. D Tran

    Very nice!

    Love the synthesis of the two works. Looking forward to your 2008 Christmas image.

  37. Greg

    This is really awesome, and would tide me over even if you weren’t working on a new one.

  38. Anna

    I like it! I really like the combination. Thanks!

  39. Dan

    Wow I am pleasantly surprised how that came out! Who would’ve thought those two would compliment each other, but they do!

    I also think you did an excellent job of placing the tree where you did, and making it flow well with the sky background. I can’t imagine that was easy, but maybe it was with your talent! 🙂 The lighting on the tree doesn’t clash with the sky light and the ground effect is awesome! Love the wolves walking by!

  40. Adam K

    I don’t quite know what to say about this one. It’s nice but not “desktop” worthy…

  41. muzikman57


  42. H. Star

    Normally I’m not a fan of the Christmas stuff, but this one’s great. Thanks for posting it.

  43. l337h1um

    That’s an impressive combination you got there.

    Now you just need to make a dreamscene combination of Fluorescence and Singularity.

    Just kidding.

  44. Lidia

    I really like it! I hadn’t noticed the wolves in the original either. I went back and looked for it to check if they were there too.

  45. Jack

    Wish he had this in a a dual monitor format…

  46. Mark J.

    They work pretty well together. Although for pure Christmas spirit, I think Blue Christmas still stands as the best. I think it’s the snow that makes the difference.

  47. Ryan

    “Blue Christmas” is my personal favorite too.

  48. Gabe

    Nice! The combination actually works pretty well I think. 🙂

  49. Josh

    I think it’s funny how these dangerous looking wolves are skulking about this bright and festive Christmas tree.

  50. Ryan

    I just had to leave the wolves 😉

  51. Tim Morris

    I like this, but I think the mixture of colours on the Yuletide tree doesn’t blend very well with Song of the Sky. I think the Blue Christmas tree would have looked better on this!

  52. Amanda

    I think the two images compliment each other nicely and the wolves just give it character. I have to agree with the other two of you – Blue Christmas is my favorite for the holidays as well. But this one will reside on my desktop for a while as well – maybe on the computer at work. Thank you Ryan for a little bit of the holiday spirit.

  53. Benson

    I really like the combination; if I hadn’t seen the parent images, I’d never have guessed this wasn’t originated as one scene.

    I’ll take this opportunity to preemptively disagree with the inevitable whiners claiming that you shouldn’t do combos or that there’s no creativity involved. While it would be different if you stopped making new scenes, an occasional remix is just as valid as an original, and should be judged only on the quality of the final piece.

    BTW, I like the wolves; glad you kept them!

  54. Getwired

    I like it Ryan. Wolves and all — he shoots, he scores!!!

  55. cebroo

    Maybe they just can’t wait until Christmas ;0)

    I’m glad that you made this composit, Ryan; it really is quite nice. I just like the fact that a Christmas tree in the middle of a forest looks somehow natural. Strange, but then what would be the good of art if the extraordinary didn’t come to life?

  56. Steven

    Very nice hybrid. Any chance of a Dual Monitor version of this coming out?

  57. Matt

    It’s not bad, but I certainly prefer the two original pics better than the combination. Still, no reason not to put them together for the custom request I suppose.

  58. Mark

    I had a look at the card on their website, and all I can say is that it looks fantastic.

    I don’t like the wallpaper that much though, just my opinion.

  59. LJB2of3

    Nitpicky I know… but this image suffers from the same issue song of the sky 2007 has.

    The two identical trees there in the green part just drive me nuts. I loved the original version of this image, and very much liked the new one, and I think the current hybrid looks great. But the two identical trees right next to each other ruin the image for me…

    My work around for my dual screen set up was to take the triple screen version and crop it so that the two trees were on opposite sides of the monitor break. They aren’t as noticeable then.

    Other than that, I love it. I think the colors go well together.

  60. Rob

    I never noticed the wolves in the original and had to go back and take a look. Low and behold there they were!

  61. Serafina

    Nice! I really like it. They do mesh well together. Just waiting for a dual-screen version… 😉

  62. Ryan

    I will definitely do at least one “holiday” image this year. I have a few ideas to play with do stay tuned!

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