Wednesday, September 15, 2010


"Color possesses me"
Paul Klee declared, in one of art history's most impassioned statements on the subject, I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. Color and I are one. I am a painter.

Contemplating a well-ordered palette, Kandinsky rhapsodized: The eye... is charmed by the beauty... of the color. The spectator experiences a feeling of... pleasure, like a gourmet [with] a tasty morsel in his mouth... The psychological power of color becomes apparent, calling forth a vibration from the soul.

Numerous artists and writers have weighed in on the element Roy Lichtenstein called crucial in painting, but... very hard to talk about. There is almost nothing you can say [about color] that holds up as a generalization, because it depends on too many factors: size, modulation, the rest of the field, a certain consistency that color has with forms, and the statement you're trying to make.

Color is so much a matter of direct and immediate perception that any discussion of theory needs to be accompanied by experiments with the colors themselves.
-Walter Sargent

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
- Hans Hofmann

There are no colors, strictly speaking, only coloring materials.
- Jean Dubuffet

In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually.
- Josef Albers

The laws of color are unutterably beautiful, just because they are not accidental.
-Vincent Van Gogh

Some of us come on earth seeing - some of us come on earth seeing color.
- Louise Nevelson

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No.
- Pablo Picasso

When I paint green, it doesn't mean grass; when I paint blue, it doesn't mean sky.
- Henri Matisse

Give me mud and I will paint you the skin of Venus.
- Eugene Delacroix

Whenever I give a demonstration of color mixing, I ask my audience where they experience the main difficulty. The answer is invariably the same - 'mixing greens.'
- Michael Wilcox

I love red so much, I almost want to paint everything red.
- Alexander Calder

If one says 'red,' and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds.
- Josef Albers

I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
- Alice Walker

I have finally discovered the color of the atmosphere. It is violet.
- Claude Monet

Yellow is capable of charming God.
- Vincent Van Gogh

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
- Pablo Picasso

I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black.
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir

We were always intoxicated with color, with words that speak of color, and with the sun that makes colors live.
- André Derain

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
- Oscar Wilde

Seek the strongest color effect possible... the content is of no importance.
- Henri Matisse

The purest thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.
- John Ruskin

 Taken from:
Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-1975
Currently at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tenn., June 20 - Sept. 21

Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today
Recently at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York
By K. Kimberly King

ATV Jamboree Sales Tags

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Notes from the Kick-Off

  • When ever you can, paint and photograph out in the open for people to see. We will get more attention/publicity. People like to see us in action. It will be one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
Welcome- Hope everyone had a chance to look at the art
Thanks to-
        Dustyn- Tip of the Week
        Kamie- Blog
        Lisa- Food
        Katie- Decorations
        Kevin and Angela- Advertising
        Michelle Knight - Photography
    Each one of you for accepting the  “Challenge”!!!   
        15 Warm Up
        20 Challenge

Prayer - bless the food
Go through the Buffet and eat 

Commissioner Cowley -

Michelle will be photographing tonight - If someone needs more time get with her.

I thought I would start by telling the inspiration that brought about this “Severe Art Challenge”
  Suzette Billedeaux Gertsch  ----
    * President and Creator of Midway Art Association
    *  She went on a painting trip to Europe in 2009 to paint with Jon Hall a ‘plein air’ artist she admired. It was he who introduced her to the notion of a “limner contract” and encouraged her to take the challenge. (A ‘limner’ was a skilled illustrator of manuscripts in medieval Europe.  Later - self-taught painters of portraits and landscapes who traveled from town to town, finding subjects along the way and selling the work to the local populace.) Jon combined this tradition with a personal artistic challenge.  Therefore leading to what Suzette’s calls her ...
    *  Limness Contract
       300 sketches in one year
She said “What happens when you sign a contract -with yourself- to produce an ambitious quantity of work in a year? It’s  positively life changing!” She said that all the degrees that she earned from BYU and having taught art in High schools in Australia and SLC for many years... Cannot compare to the lessons she’s learned and is still learning since the beginning of her challenge.   

I thought it interesting that her contract ends today and ours begins today!       
   * Documented her progress in a blog.

15 minutes after reading about Suzette’s contract with herself I knew that something along the same lines would not only be the Big Event that I was hoping for - that would make our 30th Anniversary spectacular.  But it would also be  the vehicle that would empower us to bring our creativity to the level of proficiency that we find ourselves dreaming about.

The words “Can You Imagine” kept going through my head. Pretty soon the “Severe Art Challenge concept was born. Most of you know what it is but...

Lets go over the details-
    What is the Challenge?
    Beginning Today!! (register  $30.00) -set your goals if you haven’t already- forms available
    Think about productivity and process. It is a contract with yourself!
    You can create any size any medium and as fast or as slow as you choose.
    T-shirts and Aprons-Wear them every where to let people know what we are doing - can pick them us afterwards - names are on them
    Blog - Send your successes, failures, tips and ideas to along with a few pictures and we will post them on the blog. The more information we get, the better.
    ATV Jamboree- Sept 20th. Need paintings at the City Park Monday morning 7:00
       -Framed, Priced with 20% commission.
    Reaper - Kevin and Angela will call you and come interview and take photos.

April show- Only frame the ones that you want to sell.
    At that time all participating artists will be recognized at a
        dinner in their honor.

Last Day of the Challenge is April 1st. Select your favorite piece and bring it to Kevins office to be photographed. These pieces will go into a 18 month Calendar (2011-2012) that will be available for purchase at our April Show (18-23) and continue through the ATV Jamboree in 2011.


Art Challenge Kick-Off By Angela Hill

The Sevier County Art Commission held their “Severe Art Challenge Kick- Off” Wednesday night with great success. Fifteen of the participating artists attended the “Kick-Off” to show off their “Warm-Up” pieces and share in each other’s talented accomplishments. The “Severe Art Challenge”, of producing 30 pieces of art in 30 weeks, has been extended to the various artists of Sevier County in celebration of the upcoming 30-year anniversary of the Commissioner’s Art show. The “Warm-Up Challenge” was extended for those who wanted to get a head start of the originalchallenge and try their hand at producing an exceptional piece of art each week for the 6 weeks before of the September starting date. The results were both beautiful and amazing. The Warm-up pieces were to depict interpretations of Sevier County specifically. These pieces will be available for viewing and purchase at the upcoming ATV Jamboree, so look for them then. And check out all the artist’s progress on Facebook under “The Severe Art Challenge - Sevier County”.

Artworks from various artists that were completed during the warm-up event:

Kick-Off Photos

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Severe Art Challenge Kick Off!

RSVP by August 23rd.

If you would like to buy more t-shirts for $10, contact us at with the size and quantity you would like.

Kick Off Invite

We can't wait to see you there!

Contact us with any questions.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Register TODAY

Dear Sevier County Artist,

I am so proud of our Artists and their response to our Sevier County ‘Severe Art Challenge’. Thank You! ~ I’ve even had people out of Sevier County want to participate!
Remember ‘Nothing happens until I make it happen’ so to get your registration in by July 21st and take advantage of the ‘Warm-up Challenge’ which begins that date and goes until September 1st. when our ‘Severe Art Challenge’ will begin.
Plan to join us for a Kick Off Celebration and receive your ‘Severe Art Challenge’ T-shirt - which we hope you will wear proudly to let the world know what we are doing. Come and see what our Artists have done so far in the ‘Warm-up Challenge’. There will be refreshments and time for questions and sharing.
Please visit our blog at and find us on facebook to keep updated on each Artist and their progress.
Put some real thought into your ‘Personal Artistic Challenge’ make it as simple as you need to be successful, but also give yourself a challenge so that you can see improvement in the end. If you need to work on being consistent with your sketching then that can be your goal. If you want to improve on your technique then set that as your goal. What ever your desires for improvement are we will accept and will display at our April 2011 Show.
Spread the word so that we can meet our goal of getting ‘30 Sevier County Artists’ to participate. We all know that there are rewards and benefits that come when we commit to something. We can all do it!
“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dreams closer.” -Marcia Wieder

I am working with someone that is trying to get a ‘Farmers Art Market’ going here in Richfield at the City Park. It will be another perfect opportunity for us to get our Art out in the public view so that our names and works will become noticed and recognized. We are hoping to have things ready to go by the end of the month so look at what you have to display or sell, or what you can work on at the park to promote yourself. We will get you more details as soon as they are completed.
Any of you that are Utah artists and ages 55 and over and haven’t received your invitation to submit artwork to the ‘Utah Images 2010’ art show and exhibit sponsored by Equitable Life & Causality Insurance Company. Let me know and I will send you the info. It will be a good opportunity to submit a piece or two of our ‘Sevier County’ artwork because this show is based on a Utah theme.

Thanks again for all you are doing and for supporting ‘Art’.
Any questions call me at 435-896-7571 or e-mail me at

Jeannie Puzey
Sevier County Commissioners Art Show Director

Friday, July 2, 2010

To All Artist of Sevier County

As most of you know, our show in April 2011 will be our 30th show. We think that is an event to celebrate! And celebrate we will.

Anyone that knows our committee knows that we are always up for a challenge. We have tried to give out challenging opportunities each year so that each of us can learn more and reach out a little farther to become a better artist. This year is no different. This challenge will be the one that you will remember and thank us for later.

To commemorate the 30th year anniversary of the Sevier County Commissioners Show, we introduce our
Severe Art Challenge
to magnify our special category theme "Sevier County"

We challenge every artist in Sevier County to create 30 pieces of original art in 30 weeks.

Don't run away yet - read on.

That is only one artwork a week! From September 1st to April 1st. We challenge you to focus on improving your art. We would like to get 30 artists that would commit themselves to the challenge with the idea that "practice makes perfect". We want each artist to set a personal artistic challenge that would empower them to develop and improve their gift.

"The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without the work." - Emile Zola

This challenge will hold us accountable to both process and productivity. This will be your contract with yourself. You can choose how you will make this work for you. Some may choose to spend 90 minutes on each artwork and another may want to spend several hours. It all depends on what you want to have developed for yourself in the end. We've heard a lot of you say that you wish you could do more but that life just keeps you too busy. So here is your chance to take charge and make the impossible happen.

Every artist wants two things; to be a better artist and to have their art promoted so that people know who they are and what they do. Here is our opportunity. We will promote your art while you are working and you will become the 'Featured Artists' at the 2011 Commissioners Art Show. We will display each piece of art for recognition.

If all 30 artists complete their goal, we will have 900 pieces of art to show at our 30th Annual Commissioners Show! Wow! Just imagine!

Here are the details:
  • Pre-registration and a fee of $30 need to be in prior to July 19, 2010. Every participant will receive a 'Severe Art Challenge' T-shirt at a kick-off meeting, Sept 1, 2010.
  • You can create your 30 pieces, any size, any medium and as fast or as slow as you choose. We will not require that you frame any of those pieces. Every participant will be on the honor system to create their pieces during the specified time frame.
  • We will promote this challenge to all Sevier County Residents. We will use a facebook page and this blog to keep everyone updated on how we are doing. Our desire is to inform and excite the public so that they will want to purchase a part of this exciting challenge!
I know you are excited to begin, but wait. The 30 weeks will not begin until Wed, September 1, 2010. We have put together a warm-up challenge for those that are interested to help get ready for this SEVERE CHALLENGE.

When we have completed our challenge on April 1, 2011, each participating artist will select their favorite pieces to go through a selection process. 18 of those art pieces that are chosen will be featured in a special 1st Edition Sevier County 18 month Calendar for 2011 - 2012. Sales of the calendar will begin at the April show and continue through the ATV Jamboree in 2011. Participating artists will also be recognized at a dinner in their honor.

Warm-Up Challenge

Beginning Wednesday, July 21, 2010, we would like to have you begin by creating 6 works of art of 'Sevier County'. One a week until September 1st. They will be placed in our exhibit/sale (3 times) at the ATV Jamboree beginning September 20th. We ask that anyone participating in this warm-up challenge donate 20% of your sales and proceeds to cover promotion and handling costs of this show.

These 6 pieces will count towards your 30 pieces. This will give you a beautiful start. Pictures will be taken of each piece so they will be represented at our show in April.

Things to consider as you create your personal contract:
  • explore a new medium
  • develop my style or technique
  • experiment with plein-air
  • find an area to be more productive, artistic or creative
  • what skills or abilities can you improve on
Hold yourself accountable for both process and productivity.

Mail or drop off your registration to:
Kevin Arrington
Special Events Office
250 N Main Street
Richfield, UT 84701

If you have questions, please e-mail us at: