Welcome

Welcome!

Just over four years ago I launched Combustus on-line arts and literary magazine. My dream: to create a unique vehicle for artists and free thinkers from all genres and all over the globe to inspire and learn from one another. Since then, one of my favorite comments I’ve received is that through these artists sharing their passions, new worlds have opened up. Poetry, abstract art, dance, etc…has found a new fan.

Just as satisfying for me is knowing that, bit by bit, borders are being crossed, walls between diverse peoples slowly broken down and stereotypes gently dispelled as men and women share with us not only their artistry but their humanity. The power of art in community.

I encourage you to actively engage with this magazine. Maybe for you that means leaving a comment after an article or sharing with your friends a piece you enjoyed. You might support the artists profiled here and this magazine by purchasing an author’s book, artist’s painting, musician’s CD, Combustus t-shirt, or making a personal donation. Let us know art is important,

This seems the perfect time and place then to give special thanks to those who donated to Combustus magazine our very first year out: poet and editor Carolyn A. Martin; photographer Andy Schmitt; and poet Salvatore Ala.

Thank you as well to New York metal designer, Tod Pardon, and Texas musician, Kevin Winter, and Bill Ursel, the first to purchase the vibrant new Combustus hoodie and t-shirts designed especially for us by artist, Keemo.

And a special, special thank you to each of you who has come forward over the past few weeks and months, letting me know, through private donations, that you are not yet ready for Combustus to end. How frequently I will be able to continue to publish the online arts magazine, I still do not know, but to throw in the towel now would feel like a betrayal to all of you. So in gratitude, I say, Thank you! And may this coming year bless all of you lovely friends with what feeds and warms you most. Peace.

~ Carolyn Marks Blackwood, New York Filmmaker & fine art photographer
http://www.cmblackwood.com/
~ Samuel Peralta, poet, physicist
http://semaphore1.blogspot.com/
~ Christopher Dean, a new friend to Combustus
~ Elena McCollim, Grant Proposal Manager at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of California at San Diego
~ MaryAnne Kolton, writer, reviewer for The Los Angeles Review of Books
https://lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/maryanne-kolton
~ Andy – AW Schmitt, photographer
http://www.awschmitt.com/
~ Jennifer C. McCarthy, outsider artist
http://www.newoutsiderart.com/
~ Laura M. Smith, archetypal dreamwork practitioner
http://www.archetypaldreamworks.com/
~ Alexandra Tyng, realist painter
http://www.alexandratyng.com/
~ Dean Campbell, fine artist
~ Lori L. Brown-Craig, fine artist
~ Jennifer McCurdy, porcelain artist
http://jennifermccurdy.com/
~ Betsy (Elizabeth) Bensen, designer, metalsmith
http://betsybensen.etsy.com
~ Julyan Davis, fine artist
http://julyandavis.com/
~ Candace Moore
~ Maureen Gibbon, novelist
http://www.maureengibbon.com/
~ Andres Orlowski, contemporary figurative painter and photographer
https://andresorlowskipainting.wordpress.com/
~ Tom Chambers, photographer
http://www.tomchambersphoto.com/
~ Pamela Wilson, figurative painter
http://pamelawilsonfineart.com/www.pamelawilsonfineart.com/Home.html
~ Anatoly Molotkov, poet
http://amolotkov.com/
~ Laura Osgood
~ John Taylor Batey, supporter of the arts
~ John Ebel, fine artist}
~ Riko Colin Chock, artist
~ Katie O’Hagan, figurative painter
http://www.katieohagan.com/#!recent-works/cay5
~ Kerry Holjes, writer & editor, retired
~ Conor Walton, fine artist
http://www.conorwalton.com/
~ Anna Schantz, movement educator, formerly psychotherapist
http://zensationfitness.com/
~ Aron Wiesenfeld, painter
http://www.aronwiesenfeld.com/
~ Stanka Kordic, fine artist
http://www.stankakordic.com/
~ Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, multi-media artist
http://www.irenehardwickeolivieri.com/
~ Vincent Xeus, figurative painter
http://vincentxeus.com/
~ Steven DaLuz, fine artist
http://stevendaluz.com/Artist.asp…
~ Grete Semb Kempton, self-employed business owner, Oslo, Norway
~ Maria Kreyn, fine artist
http://mariakreyn.com/
~ Kelly Rees, intimacy counselor, artist
http://www.intimatehealingarts.com/
~ Aleah Chapin, figurative painter
http://www.aleahchapin.com/
~ Jennifer Balkan, painter
http://www.jenniferbalkan.net/
Adrienne Stein, figurative painter
http://adriennestein.com/
~ Richard Siegelman, photographer and university professor
http://robert-siegelman.tumblr.com/
~ Salyna Gracie, mixed-media artist, curator at Confluence Gallery and Art Center
https://www.facebook.com/SoulBirdCollageArt
~ Mona Turner, lovely new friend to Combustus
~ Nancy Viebrock
~ Yuko Ishii, mixed-media artist
http://www.yukoishii.com/
~ Edison Jennings, beautiful human being!

And for all of you who have taken the time to give the artists and me precious feedback, letting us know how you have been affected by what you’ve found here: A great big thank you.

All of you make the work that goes into publishing this magazine so worthwhile. You help keep the passion bubbling.

With gratitude,

~Deanna

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    On golden waves
    I've seen you flow
    One light so clear
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    A spirit filled
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    An angel see
    yourself above
    Just breathe &
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    In gratitude
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    Our light so clear
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    ~Cyres Esprich

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