The Art of Michael Steddum, Thoughts about Art

"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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Southern Poems

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Southern Poems

Last summer, during one of those cloudy days when the sunlight forces rays of warmth around the edges of the clouds shortly after the rain, I stopped to take in the beauty of all that was around me. That's really what "Southern Poems" is all about. Taking the time to notice the beautiful seconds in our life. It is now winter as I write this. The sunflowers have long since faded and a new year is upon us, but the sun-kissed glow of summer is captured in this oil painting.

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Spring Ball

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Spring Ball

This is the first in my window series of paintings. It is a special work for me personally because of the location, the MSSU Biology Pond. While I was in college I spent many days there plein air painting. I always thought it would be nice to have a little cabin on the pond. This is my idea of what it would look like if I could live next to the pond. Often times while I painted, the geese would come in, perhaps out of curiosity. The results were they earned their place in the painting just under the bridge...

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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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