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:sphilr: by Edme

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Shining Stars Of Deviantart by ArtByCher


When everything's working right, you become transfixed by the notes and chords and the beautiful spaces in between. In the center of it, with the drums, bass and guitar all around you, the earth falls away and it's just you and your crew creating this forward motion, this undeniable, magical stuff that can move ten thousand people to snap free of life's miseries and get up and dance and scream and feel just fine.

  • Listening to: R.E.M.: Aftermath
  • Reading: Roger Ebert: Life Itself
  • Watching: The Drop

“Do not let the fact that things were not made for you, that conditions are not as they should be, stop you.  Go on anyway.  Everything depends on those who go on anyway.” 


The thrill of viewing a work of art is partly about seeing all of the stages of prolonged struggle that were required to make it, slammed into one single instant of experiencing the finished work for the first time.

It's difficult to imagine the breaks and interruptions, the trips to the grocery store that pulled the artist away, the concessions to sleep that derailed those moments of righteous craftsmanship which came after a dozen false starts; the struggle for money to secure art supplies (and groceries) that always postponed completion one more day; the infinite number of things that conspired to prevent the work from ever coming to fruition.

The moment of realization when you sign your name to the the piece is a victory over every obstacle that made this work of yours seem impossible to accomplish; the signature is a useful reminder of how many times you really have conquered hopelessness and kept on going.

A signature is a triumph, and also a kind of resignation.

Goodbye to the year of the Horse, for better and for worse.

Happy Year of the Sheep to everyone still logging on to deviantART; to everyone still doing what we've always done here: submitting art and submitting to other people's art. Michelangelo was born in a Sheep year; may his spirit abide with us for all of the next twelve months and beyond; Happy New Year, deviantART!


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Sam Raffa
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Sam Raffa is an artist and graphic designer whose clients have included Book Of The Month Club and Dark Horse Comics. His paintings have hung at Le Jardin Des Arts Gallery and Royce Galleries Ltd in Colorado, and the International Art Expo New York.

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
Where to begin with the reasons for selecting `sphilr for this month's deviousness award. How about with his passion for all things art. If you want to see someone who lives and breathes the concept, you don't have to look any further. He has spent his entire life honing his unique and easily identifiable style. You can look at what he does and just get that sense that he is the type of person who wakes up needing to create something. His journals reflect that passion as well. Additionally they provide a bit more insight to the soul of this individual. Showing a compassionate and giving nature which can then be further glimpsed through his positive and supportive commentary.
`sphilr is the real thing and we are proud to add him as a recipient for deviousness this July!
-awarded July 2007


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Jompie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Thank you by Jompie
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Spideecartoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning gallery 
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VergilSharky Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015   General Artist
:squee:Bullet; Purple  :squee: Bullet; Purple :squee: Bullet; Purple :squee:Bullet; Purple :squee:Bullet; Purple :squee: 

Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple Bullet; PurpleBullet; Purple  Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple Good Aftie~!Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple Bullet; PurpleBullet; Purple Bullet; Purple  Bullet; Purple Bullet; Purple 
:squee:Bullet; Purple  :squee: Bullet; Purple :squee: Bullet; Purple :squee: Bullet; Purple :squee: Bullet; Purple :squee: 
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Spring74 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav :-)
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Hi Sam. What are you doing?  I know we hate Twitter but it made me see your journal because, well, I am challenged.

And when I get sad I remember things like:
Hester by thomsontm

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atefehaban Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Happy new year, my lovely friend!
Happy year of the sheep,
Have a cute sheep
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Solys Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Artist
♥ Happy New Year , dear Friend! :)
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jactinglim Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the FAVE on Akame ink doodle :D
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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015   General Artist
great gallery :)
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atefehaban Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Merry Christmas
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