“In the Flow” – A Twitter Art Exhibit donation for 2015

In the Flow

“In the Flow”       Watercolors 4×6 inches

“In the Flow” is my postcard art donation to the Twitter Art Exhibit for 2015 where all proceeds benefit the Home-Start Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need in Moss, Norway. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life. By matching experienced volunteers to families with young children, Home-Start provides support that is free to the family, confidential, and based on individual needs.

Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss is the fifth installment of an open international exhibition of handmade postcard art for charity, donated by hundreds of participating artists from around the globe. Thanks to David Sandrum and the TwitterArtExhibit board members Maria Pedrero and Nat George, for tirelessly promoting this fantastic event.  Follow along on Twitter for updates, @twitrartexhibit and be sure to visit the Twitter Art Exhibit website for all the details and to view all the art once the exhibit goes live on March 1st.

“Through art we can change the world.”

~David Sandrum

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Google Auto Enhancement – Intrusion or Compliment?

These are photos I taken by me over the past few months using my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and then auto enhanced by Google.  Now, I am the first to admit that the images are often unique and striking, some even better than the originals. Others leave me wondering what the heck and why that one?

However, I am not sure how I feel about some large corporation that has access to my personal photos to edit, manipulate and change how they desire and see fit.

Especially those of family and friends.  Why are certain photos chosen and not others?  Not to mention the videos composed of several photos put together, which I did not share any of those.  Does anyone know the why of this or is it some secret algorithms like Facebook uses? Makes me think that this may be too much of a good thing?  Is big brother watching?  Are we being manipulated?

Our every keystroke, every WordPress like and comment, every Google+ comment and plus, every Facebook like and comment, every Twitter tweet, all being captured, stored and categorized.  The technology is a wonderful tool and can truly be used for positive and noble pursuits.  I have met some wonderful people online that I otherwise would never have known. There is a power in being able to connect with people all over the world, but that power in the wrong hands… 

Where are we headed? What do you think?

Twitter Art Exhibit – Orlando (2014)

"Flying in the Slipstream" Mixed Media 4x6 inches Mark Schutter 2013

“Flying in the Slipstream”  Mixed Media 4×6 inches   Mark Schutter ©2013

This is my postcard art contribution to the Twitter Art Exhibit: Orlando 2014 benefiting The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes.  For details and to read about how to participate go to the Call For Artists page of of the #Twitterartexhibit website.

Read about founder David Sandum and the idea behind the cause and his vision.  Make sure to follow @twitrartexhibit  on Twitter and the #Twitterartexhibit hashtag for updates and like the Facebook page #Twitterartexhibit.

“Through art we can change the world.”

You can view my previous contributions here > Forest Flames and Under a Silver Lining


Violet Liberation

Violet LiberationNot sure what to say about this little painting other than it simply flowed easily from the end of my brushes.  I only had the simple design of the horse shape but no expectation of colors until I started to paint.  I like the freedom of this design (and the colors :)) it reminds me of the tragedy of the wild horses of the American West and how they are slowly losing their freedoms and their very lives.

These iconic animals represent America in the freedoms we all enjoy and should remain a fixture on our landscape for future generations.  To show your support please like the page Protect Mustangs on Facebook, follow Protect Mustangs on Twitter and visit the webpage –

Protect Mustangs™

Education, outreach and action to protect America’s native wild horses™