Beyond the Stars

In time before time
Forged in eternal fire
Love shattered the dark           

From beyond the stars  
An eternal kingdom came
To heal broken hearts

~Mark Schutter ©2015

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(This is #TBT art originally completed back in ©2012, 15 x 22 inches, Mixed Media –  Watercolors, Pastels & Colored Pencils; and now digitally edited.)

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That One Memory

"Memory"  Colored Pencils  4x6 inches ©1987

“Memory”   Colored Pencils    4×6 inches    ©1986

A little throw back Thursday art from my college days.I believe this was drawn sometime in 1985 or 1986, hence the sunglasses. The above portrait drawing was a quick colored pencil drawing of a girl I used to know. 🙂  She still is that one memory that I cannot seem to shake.  I will leave it to you to wonder about the rest of the story.

So, what is your one memory that you cannot shake? 

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?

Love? Circa 1986

"Love Circa 1986"

“Love? Circa 1986”

Mark Schutter ©2014,  14×16 inch colored pencil drawing (Original completed in 1986).

Just for throwback Thursday and Valentines Day, I thought I would post a never before seen drawing I completed in a college drawing class many, many years ago.

I also, have words (poetry?) running through my head inspired by this drawing.  Stay tuned it may make its way onto paper and posted in time for Valentines Day on Friday!