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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: Deanna Fei: A Thread Of Sky
  • 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 genuine magic of a first encounter with a work of art is in seeing all of the stages of prolonged struggle that were required to make it slammed into a single instant of viewing the finished work at once, as a singular vision.

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 each other'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!


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 SRaffa 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.
SRaffa 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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Dolletic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the llama!!!!! Meow :3
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Negatic Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional
Thank you for faving my work pullmonaria
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Love The Sunshine  Thanks very much for faving, Sam. bee 
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You (16) by daniya-ART
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
I appreciate the favorite kind sir.
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
:wave: Many thanks for faving! :-)
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keight Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015
Thank you for the fave.
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jactinglim Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the FAVE on my TINGside Out :D
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notmystyle Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
Longtime no see ? how are you ? Facebook locked my account 6 month ago :( I've lost many friends .Can you add my new FB… .:hug:
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gigigirl Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Happy Birthday Sam!! :D Have an absolute blast! The Clash stamp by 5-3-10-4
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