Santa has left the building!

Colored Pencils and Pastels on Gray Paper, 14x12 inches   Mark Schutter ©2013

Colored Pencils & Pastels on Gray Paper – 14×12 inches – Mark Schutter ©2013

Here is hoping everyone’s wishes came true this Christmas and offered prayers for a blessed and Happy New Year for each of us!!! ~M

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Dun Che Lao Ren

Christmas Old Man”

"Dun Che Lao Ren" is Chinese for "Christmas Old Man."   Crayon and ink wash drawing, 8x11 inches, border added using PicMonkey.Dun Che Lao Ren” is Chinese for “Christmas Old Man,” and how Christian children in China refer to Santa Claus.  Muslin stockings are specially made and hung by the children on Christmas Eve, hoping they will be filled with wonderful gifts on Christmas!

Crayon and ink wash drawing, 8×11 inches, border added using PicMonkey.

Life … is an Adventure!

Life is ...A wonderful quote taken from the book ‘Battles Men Face‘ by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD and so true!

Dr. Jantz is a Christian author, Founder of A Place of Hope which is ranked #1 for depression treatment and host of the weekly radio show Overcoming on Mondays at 1 pm PT.

Life is meant to be lived fully and if you are not engaged you are settling for less.  As we are in the season where miracles are more easily believed, purpose to live the rest of your days with no regrets! Merry Christmas! ~M

Reach for the Light

Reaching for the Lightalways reach for the light

when lost in the night

Christmas spirit abounds

deeper magic sounds

eternity forever resides

within the hearts’ tides

light overcomes the dark

when love casts a spark

from power that’s given

we begin truly livin’

a flame forever burning bright

illuminating the black night

~Mark ©2013

(This poem was written based on inspiration from John 1:5 “The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.” and it seemed this simple colored pencil drawing  I completed previously and then edited using PicMonkey complemented it perfectly.  God Bless!)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

"A Rare Glimpse"

“A Rare Glimpse”

Wishin’ everyone a ‘appy St. Patrick’s Day even if yer are not Oirish, as if it really matters on dis ‘oliday! ♣

Wanted to share a picture we were able to capture recently of the rare St. Patrick’s Day bird.  Birdwatchers have spent their entire life chasing this elusive little fellow with no luck. (St. Patrick’s Day pun intended! :))

He is tall in stature, usually 5-7 inches but very thin and wiry.  This bird loves to tease with his high pitched squawk which has been said to sound eerily like the laugh of a child.  He is extremely quick and agile, most only catch a glimpse as he flies off.  Also, his green appearance allows him to camouflage himself very easily in the green of trees, bushes and plants.  This one was an even rarer specimen with the feathered topknot that looks strangely like a stocking cap.  Enjoy, gran’ day! ~M