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5 artists submitted 5 comics, 2 creative nonfiction writers submitted 2 creative nonfiction pieces, 30 writers submitted 33 pieces of fiction, and 34 poets submitted 136 poems.
Volume 4, Issue 2 will be available soon.
I think most artists would agree that the world is your creative space. Most of what takes place creatively happens in an artist’s head and can occur anywhere at any time: walking in the street, day dreaming, attending a concert, having a conversation. The list is endless. If you are speaking about a work space, in the past that would have been a darkroom. Currently it is at home in my office which has a floor to ceiling window and looks out upon a garden.
In the past I used film, including black and white, color negative and color positive film. My longest experience was with Kodachrome 25 film (no longer made) and making color prints called Cibachromes (aka Ilfochromes). I now use a digital camera and make digital prints using Adobe Photoshop.
I don’t have a fixed routine except to work daily.
I’ve been making art for over fifty years. I date my first serious photograph from age ten when I climbed up into a fir tree in order to take Yosemite Falls from a different perspective. When I was sixteen I taught myself how to print in a make-shift darkroom I set up in my father’s woodshop. There is something magical about seeing an image come up in the developing tray that never gets old.
I have never consciously thought about an audience. I believe that would have a devastating effect on an artist’s work and it is what separates commercial artists from fine artists. You make art for yourself. I have hundreds if not thousands of photographs which have never been seen that mean as much to me as those I’ve shared, exhibited or published.
Inspiration comes from being alive but only if you are paying attention. It could be a love affair that ends badly. Or a terrific novel you are reading. An overheard remark in a cafe. A dramatic stage setting by a gifted set designer. If you are “blocked” you wait, just like a farmer allows her/his land to be fallow before sowing.
I spend a great deal of my time traveling, reading, gardening, writing poetry and as much time as I can in conversation with people who are more knowledgeable than myself in a variety of subjects.
Seeing the photograph in my head the millisecond before pressing the shutter.
Spend as much time as possible in your own company. Expose yourself as much as possible to nature without the trappings of media. Visit as many museums as possible and examine the art that has gone before you, not your contemporaries.
Check out Roger’s work in Volume 3, Issue 2.
Volume 4 Issue 1 is available here as a PDF: The Magnolia Review Volume 4 Issue 1.
Contributors: Charles Joseph Albert, Meredith Bailey, Susan P. Blevins, Doug Bolling, Adam Levon Brown, Sally Bunch, Antonia Clark, Mara Cohen, Ann Colcord, Tony Concannon, Sandy Coomer, Barbara Daniels, Maureen Daniels, Chris Dungey, Robert Ford, Cynthia Gallaher, D.G. Geis, Jessica Gigot, Ben Groner III, Mary Hanrahan, K.B. Holzman, Jamie Houghton, Mark Hudson, Steven Jakobi, Brian K. Kerley, Lauren Klocinski, Laurie Kolp, Paul Lamb, Sean J. Mahoney, Bridget Malley, Todd Mercer, Anthony J. Mohr, Wilda Morris, Leah Mueller, Don Noel, Toti O’Brien, Richard King Perkins II, Scarlett Peterson, Greg Rappleye, Ruben Rodriguez, John Rodzvilla, Valerie Ruberto, David Anthony Sam, Hilary Sideris, Roger Sippl, Steve Slavin, Spencer Smith, and Christopher Woods
Reviews: Magic for Unlucky Girls by A.A. Balaskovits, Twenty-One by D. Victoria BonAnno, Wet Radio and other poems by Goirick Brahmachari, Two Towns Over by Darren C. Demaree, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson, and Chant of a Million Women by Shirani Rajapakse.
Winner of The Magnolia Review Ink Award: to be announced
Sandy Coomer is a poet, artist, and endurance athlete. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including the forthcoming Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press). Her art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits and has been published in literary art journals. She lives in Brentwood, TN.
Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award winning Butterflies in Flight (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and Heat (Charta, Milano, 2008). His work has appeared in over 100 magazines including The New York Quarterly, New England Review, and Witness.
For the sixth issue of The Magnolia Review, 3 artists submitted 11 pieces of art and photography, 5 creative nonfiction writers submitted 6 creative nonfiction pieces, 40 fiction writers submitted 42 stories, and 52 poets submitted 169 poems.
The delayed issue will be available in October.