Artists Are Always Right is a bimonthly online journal for all visual, performing and literary artists. In order to better
understand what the journal is about, we offer the following abbreviated and updated version of the UP FRONT editorial
written by publisher and editor, Douglas Schwartz, which appeared in the February 2018 premiere issue. If you are
interested in reading the complete editorial, you can find it by going to the PAST ISSUES page and clicking on the
FEBRUARY 2018 PREMIERE ISSUE.
If you would like to learn more about who Douglas Schwartz is, check out the ARTIST SPOTLIGHT in the FEBRUARY
2018 PREMIERE ISSUE.
To begin with, I would like to explain the two-part premise behind the Artists Are Always Right journal.
First of all, it is widely believed that the right hemisphere of the human brain is the place where creativity originates. The region
where imagination reigns. Perhaps even the epicenter where the muse plug-in. Therefore, Artists Are Always Right. It's as simple
and as complicated as that.
Artists Are Always Right will not concern itself with the goings-on taking place in the left hemisphere of the brain where all the facts
and figures and analytical thoughts are found. While it is certainly true that artists use the left hemisphere as much as anyone
(calculating color formulas, f-stops and shutter speeds, kiln temperatures and times and the like), Artists Are Always Right will
concentrate on the creative aspects of our work. No technical stuff allowed here! There's plenty of technical information out there
already in the form of books, classes and other venues.
The second part of the premise regarding the naming of this journal is this. No matter what artists create, they are always right!
No artistic result can be wrong if it is the intent of the artist. Not everyone may love it, or even like it, but it's not wrong if it's right for the
artist who created it. Unlike a meteorologist who can be wrong if their forecast proves to be incorrect, an artist owes no allegiance to
facts. Unless, that is, we consider the artistry of a documentary filmmaker conveying a factual story or some other form of art doing so.
My primary goal for this journal is to bring artists of various disciplines together in one unifying place. This roster of artistic disciplines
includes, but is not limited to (drum roll please and in random order) Photographers, Actors, Painters, Comedians, Musicians,
Potters, Architects, Sculptors, Designers, Watercolorists, Singers, Poets, Dancers, Filmmakers, Writers and Illustrators.
I want Artists Are Always Right to be a celebration of all artists and the creative process they all navigate.
In case you're wondering, let me assure you that Artists Are Always Right is in no way intended to be a political statement! I don't care
if you're a left-wing liberal or a right-wing conservative. That sort of left or right thinking has nothing whatsoever to do with Artists Are
Always Right. We'll leave the hotbed political viewpoints and arguments to the politicians and the myriad of political forums geared
towards that kind of thought.
There are currently two ways for artists to send submissions to Artists Are Always Right. The first way is as a guest artist in the
SPOTLIGHT. Artists wishing to be featured should think of the SPOTLIGHT as thoughts from the artists' soul. How a particular
artist feels. How they think. What they want out of this life. What they want their art to accomplish. The SPOTLIGHT feature is your
opportunity to be the shining star on the Artists Are Always Right journal! At least for one issue. Both professional and amateur
artists are welcome to submit their stories.
The second way is to send a submission for the FEEDBACK page. Also open to both professional and amateur artists, this
regular feature will be a great way for you to express your opinions about the Artists Are Always Right journal, past SPOTLIGHT
features, etc. And even if you're not an artist, we welcome your comments as well.
You can find complete details on how to submit material to both the SPOTLIGHT feature and the FEEDBACK page by clicking
the SUBMISSIONS link.
The ORDER page is the place to go for purchasing an Artists Are Always Right T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT. Featuring the
exclusive design of the journal, Artists Are Always Right shirts are sure to get attention at your next club meeting, audition or
performance, art league party, gallery premiere, or even a trip to the grocery store!
I truly believe that this journal can serve as a meeting place for artists of all disciplines. An opportunity to get together and share
our common bond. For it doesn't matter what artistic discipline we work in. We're really all the same. Each of us has something
deep inside that we want to express. That we are compelled to express!
No true artist can deny the artistic force that originates in the right hemisphere of our brain anymore than we can deprive
ourselves the breath of life itself. If you agree, I hope you will join us.
Douglas Schwartz, Publisher and Editor