Fire in the Sky – #TAE17

“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.

Twitter Art Exhibit: UK 2017
Benefiting Molly Olly’s Wishes (

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

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, Life

Can you say OCD?

There are times when getting carried away can be a good thing. I am one of those people that is always busy. I like to think of it as being productive but most often it is more of an anxiety sort of thing where I just can’t sit still. Much of what I accomplish may be urgent but rarely important.

And, yet yesterday I was able to sit down at my art table and pour my energies into drawing with new pastels that I received as a gift at Christmas. Time just slipped away…

“Thomas” Pastels drawing, 9×12 inches, Mark Schutter ©2016

Pictured above are 9×12 inch pastel drawings based on the black and white photo in the upper left corner of the picture. These are drawings of “Thomas”, my daughter’s full breed Arabian horse. My creativity has always seemed to come in bursts of frenetic activity. I guess today has been no exception. This makes me happy. Being busy is okay, being productive is better and when that happens abandon yourself to the process and flow. What positive activity do you lose yourself in?

It is not enough to be busy. The question is: What are we busy about? ~Henry David Thoreau

Twitter Art Exhibit 2016 – #twitterartexhibit

"Silver Mist" Pastels on black paper 4x6 inches ©Mark Schutter
“Silver Mist” Pastels on black paper 4×6 inches Mark Schutter

My postcard art submission, “Silver Mist”; for the Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC (2016),
Benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program

Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC is an international exhibition of original postcard art benefiting Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program, in which young women in foster care learn to create and market a unique line of goods.

Twitter Art Exhibit: NYC is the sixth installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe.

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM
Show runs March 31st – April 21st, 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 11th, 2016

Trygve Lie Gallery
317 E 52nd St., New York, NY 10022


To support the cause and submit your art just follow the instructions on the Twitter Art Exhibit website.

Art, Poetry

Just Sketching Horses

imagejust messing around
dreams in graphite on paper
just sketching horses
imagebegins white on black
dreaming colors not yet seen
begins the desire
imagejust messing around
as dreams in color invade
just sketching horses

~Mark Schutter ©2015

Top image – graphite pencil sketches on tracing paper
Middle image – white pastel on black drawing paper, 9×12 inches
Bottom image – colored pastels on black drawing paper, 9×12 inches

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