Animals, Art, Life, Photograph, Poetry

Addictions…

#MyCoffeeAddictionAddictions may come.
Addictions may go.
Beyond the wanting,
Mornings when it’s hard to rise,
Wild horses drag me from the bed.
Beyond the waiting.
I thank God for the sun.
And a blessed cup of joe. 

~Mark Schutter ©2014      

Happy Thursday Everybody!!!

Animals, Art, Photograph

The Box Gallery – Now Open!

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Pictures of the wall in my office (aka The Box) at my day job (the one that pays the bills) on which hangs my artwork. 

They are a great conversation starter and it does my heart good to have reminders of my passions and creative side.  I also believe that my right brain pursuits make me better at the left brain activities that seem to occupy most of my day.

Are you a left brain or right brain person?

Adventure, Animals, Art

Shadow Magic

"Shadow Magic"   Acrylic on canvas    18x24 inches  ~Mark Schutter ©2014
“Shadow Magic”  Acrylic on canvas 18×24 inches ~Mark Schutter ©2014

Shadow Magic - InspirationThis is the photograph that became the inspiration for this painting.  It was taken outside the arena at my daughter’s last horse show. I love the simplicity of the shadow outline of a rider on horseback.  I gave it a twist with a colorful background in the painting above.

Thanks for stopping by! ~M

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?

Adventure, Animals, Art, Life

Where It All Began!

A ‘Throwback Thursday‘ picture of where my love for horses all began!

Circa 1970?   Mark Schutter ©2014
Circa 1970?    ~Mark Schutter ©2014

I could not really say if this was the very first time I rode a horse by myself, but it definitely was part of what started my journey and love for horses.  I believe this was taken around 1970 when I was 5 or 6, on my uncle’s ranch in central Washington state. (Someone correct me if I am wrong! :))

During my lifetime there has only been one short period of time when my family actually owned horses and this was when I was in high school.  My love for this amazing animal has never wavered.  I have always looked for opportunities to ride and be around horses.  From hunting and pack trips into the wilderness, beach rides and even climbing over fences to ride horses in a nearby field.  Yes, my friends and I got caught and got into trouble! I even started studying veterinary science in college, before turning to pursue my other passion, art.

If you browse my artwork here on the blog in the tab Art Gallery or on my Fine Art America site you will see the image of the horse as a recurring theme.  The challenge of capturing the essence, power, beauty and poetry of this animal I love so much continues to drive me, today.

I guess you could also say it has come full circle as my daughter is now pursing her dreams of horses.  She is taking riding lessons in the Hunter English style from Josie Gillespie of Gillespie Performance Horses. We currently rent a horse for her to ride named Taj Rico, but we just call him Rico.  Rico is the only registered Spanish Arabian all white pinto, and just a beautiful horse.

charis and rico 2The above picture is from Grace Unveiled, my wife’s blog, and her post Arabian’sabout our daughter’s riding. You can also see more pictures under her recent Thankful Thursdaypost.

Now, tell me what is your passion?