Animals, Art, Life

Sunlight Rising

"Sunlight Rising"   Mixed Media - watercolors, acrylics and pastels   18x24 inches  Mark Schutter ©2014
“Sunlight Rising” Mixed Media – watercolors, acrylics and pastels; 18×24 inches; Mark Schutter ©2014

Worked on this design over the past weekend. This winged horse design represents a rising of hope and how the light of the sun can chase away the dark and renew that hope within us. I am not sure if it is finished but wanted to post it anyway.  What are your thoughts?

Animals, Art, Life

The Work of Art?


The chaos of creative expression and the creation of art is limitless. I have been asked how long it takes to create certain pieces of art and that is often hard to answer.

The final center design above combining the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos logos took many hours from idea to completion.  There were many preliminary drawings of ideas, further sketches on different papers and color studies using pastels and colored pencils. 

Art does not just happen but the journey from vision to completion is fraught with twists and turns,  stops and starts. I would not have it any other way, that is where the joy resides.

Thanks for stopping by!   ~M

Adventure, Animals, Art

Super Bowl = Broncos + Seahawks

Pastels on Gray Paper 12x9 inches
Pastels on Gray Paper 12x9 inches Black border added
Preliminary drawing ideas on tracing paper.

With the Super Bowl almost upon us I still am not sure who to root for.  Growing up in Idaho I was raised a Broncos fan but now living in Washington the Seahawks are … well I think you understand my dilemma.

So I came up with the idea to combine the two logos into one.  So is this a “BroncHawk”  or “Seaonco” ?  The final drawing was completed using pastels on 12×9 inch gray pastel paper.  The first image is the untouched original,  the second has a faded black border added and the third is the preliminary drawing ideas.

Enjoy and feel free to share the images! ~M

Adventure, Animals, Art

12 Months of Horses!

Colored pencil drawing in progress, 8x10 inches on white paper
Colored pencil drawing in progress  8×10 inches on white paper
Hoping to work some more on this drawing today as it is a good day to stay inside with the rainy and gray weather here in the Pacific Northwest.  What is on your agenda today?
I am committing myself to completing a new piece of horse art per month during 2014 and at the end put it together into a collage, calendar, slide show and who knows what else!  Thinking maybe that the horse and design for each month will have a theme that somehow goes along with the month, by using colors, motion or other elements in the design.  If you have any suggestions or ideas for future months please let me know.  I already have some ideas on why this one is black with the bright yellow mane and tail.  Stay tuned and I will explain once it is completed!
Visit the Art Gallery to view my other horse designs and other pieces of art. And thanks for stopping by as always! ~M
Art, Writing

What Do You See?

…while we look not at the things which are seen, 
but at the things which are not seen;
 for the things which are seen are temporal, 
but the things which are not seen are eternal. 

~2 Corinthians 4:18 (NASB)

(From top to bottom – photo shopped design in sepia tones with a torn border and defined by a black flood fill. The middle design is the photo shop negative image of the top design with the same torn border and flood bill design. The bottom design is the original abstract watercolor painting done in 2008 on cold press paper, 11 x 14 inches.)

Please share your comments on what you see, I know what I see in this painting and what it speaks to me.  But I am curious what others might see?
Adventure, Animals, Art

Grid Drawing

I have added a new page > Art Resources where I will post lessons, to do projects, links and other art related information.  The first project ‘Grid Drawing’ is up, visit the page to view samples and to request your free complimentary grid drawing project.  Perfect for those homeschooling or for anyone who wishes to improve their art skills regardless of age or skill level.  

How to Draw Using a Grid ©Remember, when you learn to see better you draw better!

Keep practicing!  ~M