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

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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