Adventure, Animals, Art

America – Forgotten Echos of the Past

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“An American Icon”       Mark Schutter ©2010        Watercolor Pencils

The American Bison is a true original and its image takes us back to a seldom remembered past when they roamed freely over the land prior to their decimation almost to extinction at the hands of man. In this image from my goal was to capture the simple beauty, strength and majesty of this truly magnificent animal. 

So much of history is lost to the echoes and which version of history depends on who is telling it. Each side has an agenda in which the truth can easily get lost. We forget that we all are from somewhere and traveling our paths around this spinning green ball hurtling through space and time. 

We lift up people for one good act then tear them down for one bad one. We admire the thought and criticize the action that follows.

If we were to measure the worth of every human being on whether they never fell short, all would fall short. Only Jesus Christ walked this earth not committing a sin. We lie to others, hiding the truth even from ourselves that we would never do such a thing. For we are better than them. Are we really?

Aren’t we all just sinners, and don’t we all need saving? That is where our commonality lies, that it is only by grace that we can find healing.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives #GraceChangesPeople

Happy 4th of July America!

We can and must be better than this!

Art

Fire in the Sky – #TAE17

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“Fire in the Sky” – Ink, Crayon and Pastels on 4×6 inch postcard

My donated submission for the 2017 Twitter Art Exhibit supporting Molly Olly’s Wishes in the UK. The plan is that this small piece of postcard art will be winging its way to the United Kingdom later this week, with prayers and good wishes for children in need.

Molly Olly Wishes supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families to help with their emotional well-being. They grant individual wishes and donate therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.

There is still plenty of time to participate and help support a great cause. To pre-register visit the 2017 Twitter Art Exhibit page and you must have a Twitter account. Below is a little bit of information to get you started.

WHAT:
Twitter Art Exhibit: UK 2017
Benefiting Molly Olly’s Wishes (www.mollyolly.co.uk)

WHEN:
Opening night: Saturday 1 April 2017 6pm-9pm
Show runs: 1-19 April 2017

WHERE:
The Artshouse, Stratford upon Avon. (Do NOT send cards to this address)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 17 March 2017

You may view my previous donations at the following links:

Art, God, Poetry, Writing

Wind, Rain, Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and Lightning 

If God is the God of the storms, the power and fury, shouldn’t we also find God in the storms?

Wind and Rain

A refuge from the assault and yet, is He not also the assualt itself, to awaken people to the glory of Himself on display? 

May you find a peace and comfort in the midst of the storms of this life. 

Animals, Art, Life, Writing

Finding the Courage When You Fear the Beginning

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18×24 Acrylic Board    Pencil Sketch

The above picture is the preliminary pencil drawing on acrylic canvas board for a new horse painting. I am anxious about beginning, wondering if it will at all resemble the image I have in my mind and yet there is the excitement of starting a new painting.

The Beginning – We so often, myself included, hesitate when starting something new. The fear of failure, and even success, hinders our courage to reach out for something more. I know staring at the vast emptiness of a blank white canvas or paper is so often  overwhelming at times. While my mind conjures images of what could be revealed on that surface.

The Fear – It keeps us bound, the what, if’s and but’s that haunt our thoughts. Our own self-doubts that assail our best intentions of doing something great. We stand at the door and knock, we stand at the edge of the cliff ready to fly wondering if we truly can fly.

The Courage – Is inside of each of us, that still small voice. That little light that will always illuminate the dark. If only, we would take that first small step. So it begins and failing is not as bad as never trying at all. To reach for the stars and the desires of our own hearts.

Carpe Diem – I encourage you to begin, right where you are right now. To follow your path, to seek and live your life. Allow yourself to fall, to fail, to wonder, to question and to live without regret. You never know, the journey may be even more beautiful and wonderful than you ever imagined.

PS – Share your journey with me, I would love to hear about it and encourage you along the way. Connect with me here on the blog or through email, info@markschutter.com. I am also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I will post pictures of my painting as it progresses and who knows, it just might turn our even better than I hope.

Art, Life, Poetry

Heaven’s Door – Wanderlust (take 2)

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#JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives
#LoveChangesPeople #RestInLove
#YouMatter

We wander through life, searching and sometimes we run. From what?
Away from what we label as:
  • pain
  • hardships
  • loss
  • love
  • and even death
Yes, all of the above and more.
Only to arrive safely at heaven’s door. Is that all there is? Shouldn’t there be so much more?
We miss the adventure, the passion, the life we were meant to have.
Now go and do those very things that scare you and may leave scars on you heart. There is and you can be so much more, Carpe Diem!
Art, Poetry, Writing

Nowhere Without You

Nowhere Without You

A revised poem, rewritten from the original in 2014. You can view that poem, No Colors Here on my blog at this link. I like the addition of the words to the photo. On the previous blog post they were separate. Yes, that is an edited selfie of me. 🙂

Not sure if I am becoming a better writer or not, but definitely different as the years go by.  And isn’t that ultimately the goal to not stay the same but to hopefully continually to become a better version of ourselves? Remember you matter, everyone matters!