The Art of Michael Steddum, Thoughts about Art — Glass Works

Pursuit of Excellence

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Pursuit of Excellence

Over the last three years, I have begun to push myself to see how far I can take a painting. By that I mean if there isn’t something quite right with it, I continue working on it until everything in the painting is the best I can possibly do at the current skill level that I have. This is different than the attitude of “They don’t pay me enough for this.” I think that type of attitude is the thing that keeps so many people back from living up to their full potential in this life.  Being willing to endure...

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An Upcoming Season of Shows

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An Upcoming Season of Shows

This year, I want to get out and meet the actual people who buy my art. I spend most of my time locked away in my studio with very little contact with people throughout the day.  So I started to apply to shows around the country or at least within a days’ drive or two. I have three shows scheduled for the spring. Scottsdale Arts Festival, The Woodlands Arts Festival, and Art on the Square in Southlake. All three are highly respectable shows that are juried for admission. When shows first started to accept me, I was surprised to be among...

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"Blueglass" 24" x 26" Oil

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"Blueglass" 24" x 26" Oil

This painting recently won a Merit Award in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, Fall 2018 International Exhibit, as well as a Best of Show in Kansas City, Missouri. It took me about two years to complete this work. Every time I thought I was done I thought to myself I can make it a little better, so I kept pushing the boundaries. I am glad I did as I think it’s one of my finest paintings I have ever completed.

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"Resemblance" 24" x 24" Oil

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"Resemblance" 24" x 24" Oil

This work is currently at a show in Kansas City, Missouri. If it doesn’t sell it will be home in three weeks. I have missed it. I always feel as if a child is away at school when one of my paintings are on loan at a gallery or show. It’s a happy and sad day when one sells as they have become friends and I understand that they will be gone from my presence from that day on. A few years ago I listened to an artist talk about his love for his work and I thought to myself...

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Blue

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Blue

Everything in this creation affects whatever it contacts for good or bad. This painting of glass jars, for example, there are three blue vessels in the back and six clear ones in front. The color blue influences how we see this art as a grouping of blue glass. I do consider my influence on those directly around me each day and strive to ensure that it is a positive stimulus rather than a negative encounter.  Personally, I am of the opinion that the direction of our day in large part, is guided by those we have around us and how we...

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