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.

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Do butterfly like distractions haunt your mind?

“Distractions softly hover in the corners of my mind, 
like a butterfly haunts a flower.” ~M

Butterfly's

Butterfly drawings and paintings previously completed using a variety of mixed media including: colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, crayons, ink and pens. Each piece was completed separately and measure 3 1/2 x 5 inches. They were then scanned and assembled into the collage above with no color editing, only adding a border design line.  Original art work completed in 2012, copyright Mark Schutter.

 Life: is infinite in its variety and intricacies, if we would only take the time to look.

Beauty: a splendor in so many things that exist right before us, with no effort on your part.

Pause: we often fail to slow down enough to see, easily distracted by so many things.

I wish you moments when the distractions fade and beauty crashes in, causing you to stop and pause long enough that it simply takes your breath away. Happy Spring!

Home-School Art Project

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The above relief art panel was completed by my daughter for her homeschool art project, where she studies a master artist and uses that technique to create a piece of art. We are using the book Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga as a guide. I plan on posting recaps of more projects she completes as the school year progresses.

This is a Florentine Relief technique using cardboard, string, paper, glue, paint and aluminum foil in tribute to Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378 -1455). Ghiberti worked his entire life on the golden doors of the great Baptistery at Florence. Upon completion it is said that Michelangelo remarked,

“They are worthy to stand at the Gates of Paradise.”

Portrait of Self

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Acrylics 12x9 inches

A portrait of self is what you see
Only a reflection to the world
For the truth resides there
In the shadows of who I may be

~Mark Schutter ©2015

The above is an acrylic painting I completed just recently. The words were written shortly there after as I contemplated the visual with what I show to the world. Thus the view from behind. What do you think? ~M

Sketches

image_1Worked on some preliminary pencil sketches for future art projects, including larger drawings and paintings.  Just messing around this weekend with movies and the football playoff game audio on in the background, while recovering from my week-long sickness.  It is so nice to be feeling better.

One of these sketches most likely when finalized will be my submission for this years #TwitterArtExhibit. I gotta get busy!

Below are a couple of the same images after messing around with the phone editing tool Snapseed!

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