The Art of Michael Steddum, Thoughts about Art — Oil

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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Gordon Setter Values

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Gordon Setter Values

Here is a favorite Gordon Setter Head Study photographed in black and white to analyze values. This trick enables me to judge the values without the colors influencing my critique of the work in progress. This process brought back memories of my first Gordon Setter, Sam.  When Sam first came to live with me in the spring of 1994, I didn’t know how much he would take over my life and my heart. I got him as a puppy at forty-nine days old just as the author Walters, who wrote the book Gun Dog suggested. Sam went everywhere with me....

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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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Believe in Flying Sea Turtles

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Believe in Flying Sea Turtles

I had always known I was able to draw, and it was something I did every day of my childhood. On the first day of seventh-grade art class, I met my art teacher Mr. B. His first assignment was to draw the cover for our portfolios. It could be anything we wanted. I drew some cartoon characters that I had been working on that summer, and Mr. B displayed my work for the entire class to see as the level of art they would all want to achieve. After a few weeks, I established myself as a serious seventh-grade artist...

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