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Diapason by SRaffa Diapason by SRaffa
2007 Oil on Canvas 48" x 60"
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Deewah Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  New Deviant
This is to hard to decipher. Damn I wish I knew what it means.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Professional General Artist
Here's a copy and paste response, only because it takes almost as long to type it up as it would to sketch it out:

It's kinda tough to see in the scan, but the source of that orb of light is Kryss's cell phone; it's ringing a musical tone, but it's me calling her; the events of 9/11/01 have just begun, and I'm calling her to make sure she's home and safe, at least until it's established that the attack isn't on the whole of the United States-- there's lots of people I need to call, but she's the first; I also have to tell her what's happening, and that all by itself is bad-- Kryss takes tragedies worse than most people do, because she feels more than most people do.
But the intention of the painting had begun as a tribute to women, and their relationship to music-- music as the most compelling proof I have that human beings really do have souls. So the light coming from the cell phone is a pure musical outpouring-- Diapason-- but the song is about tragic things, and those are piano keys on fire behind the orb-- the 12 Chinese constellations are the animal signs, and a clock, and the 12 keys of her cell phone (up close, you can see the phone icons next to the animal characters on the individual circles), and, in defiance of the tragedy the music describes, a young girl (Hailima, who I haven't seen in 5 years, and doesn't even know I finally finished this) grows to womanhood and celebrates the lives of the people on the Chinese horoscope wheel in the form of a dance-- a dance that produces a single rose for each of the fallen, represented by the empty chairs coming down from the sky... And that's an angel witnessing all of it, this peculiarly human process of reaffirming the sanctity of life in the face of death, and she pays tribute to it by "painting" it-- spring growth in the dead of winter. 
The mask is trickier still... When I started this painting, I became aware of a radio show called "Japanese Pop For Beautiful Life" that used to be on every Sunday on the college radio station out here, when I'd be working on this and 3 other paintings, and I got to know Jessica Arntson, who was the host and editor of that show, by talking to her on the phone during her show, learning about Japanese pop-- it became so much a part of the ritual of working on these paintings, that I finally asked her if she'd let me paint her--
So that's Jessica, as the angel; she's half American, and half Japanese; so that mask is this kind of cultural perspective she has, even though she's spent her whole life here, with some visits to Japan every chance she gets... 
And, as you know, a lot of it is stuff that I'd never be able to put into words. It's as close as I can come to a kind of journal of my own dreams from that time, when I was just beginning to lose Kryss, and Japanese pop made music brand new for me again, and the events of 9/11 were beginning to redefine how my friends and I thought about our home here.
Complicated... :nod:
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mattridgway Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
Dynamic composition, masterful technique, and compelling colors. Though, I think my favorite thing about it is the mystery.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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InkWorthy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I really adore the vibrant colors you use on your artwork :nod: This is my favorite in your gallery - its magical! If there is such a thing as seeing music, then that's how I feel when I saw this :clap:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
What a great comment; thanks very much!
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InkWorthy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! I meant everything I said :D

By the way, did you happen to listen to music while you were painting this picture? It's just that it really looks so "rhythmic". I can't help but ask :)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
:hug: Music is always saturating my work over here-- with this painting in particular, it was both music and memories of a trip I made to Russia-- I met the subject of this painting on the way there-- some really good memories, and lots of great music...
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InkWorthy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww RUSSIA must be an enchanting place! :love: How wonderful it is to be able to translate one's experience into a picture, and not just a mere photograph - a painting! :w00t:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
:hug: I wish I could travel once a year-- it's extremely good for people to go where the language and architecture are completely different from where they grew up-- it opens up your eyes and keeps you WIDE awake in a good way!
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InkWorthy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, me too :bounce:! My grandfather who was an anthropologist always told me that travel teaches more than school. It's just sad that he passed away before I was old enough to go on any of his trips :(.

I enjoy looking at photos of him from wherever. Maybe one day I can be as well-traveled :)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think so much of any kind of endeavor like that starts out with the simple DESIRE to do it; I bet you'll be a world traveler like your grandfather... :nod:
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JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: I don't know how could I miss this one but I saw you uploaded it already in 2007 way before my time on here :nod:
How long did it take you to finish just an awesome piece of work :O
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, brother!
Hard to say how long this one took, because I began it, and put it away, and worked on it some more, and put it away, and repainted the background, and put it away, and... :faint:
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JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sound almost like me ... I work on it .. put it away ... work again on it and put it away :laughing:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
:giggle: Sometimes it's just got to go that way...
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JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icongiggleplz2: By me it's not sometimes ... it's always :laughing:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Perseverance is a fine quality in chefs, artists, musicians, and mountain climbers... :nod:
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JurgenDoe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally agree ... it makes us stubborn too ;)
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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holy shit, sir! how the hell didi i miss this one before?
this painting is a triumph!
seriously, i don't know if i should ever dare picking up a paintbrush again after viewing something like this.
how long did this take?
mother of god, i'm speechless...
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Dude!
It's a fact this piece wouldn't have been finished if I hadn't stumbled onto dA when I did-- the gallery that commissioned this and 3 other oil paintings had gone out of business, and my relationships with everyone in the painting had pretty much gone over a cliff-- it was too big to even mess with in my tiny studio-- I had it stashed behind a drawing board for months that turned into years-- 6 years went by from the time I started til the day I actually signed my name to the finished piece...
Thanks so much for connecting with it here tonight...:hug:
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
i can relate sir. i owe MUCH to this website for the priceless fuel it has dumped onto my fires.

this painting is further positive proof. seriously. a masterstroke. :nod:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks again, Jeremy-- sometimes our friends give us encouragement we didn't even know we were in need of...
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Rubius Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I'm gonna try to explain whats in my head... I like how the things that happen to you in your life are treated with so much respect that they reach a status that's like... beyond just events. They're like essential literary elements to understanding your story. :blushes: Not just looking fact the fact that this relates to 9/11...

I could be totally wrong, but the three women remind me of the 3 models, the snakes.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
:hug: I think you're a genius, Ruby; that's what I think.
Those three in the middle are all a girl named Hailima, and sure nuff, she was born in the year of the snake...
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Rubius Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Oh man. :cries: :heart:

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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
:cuddle: How you doin, pal?
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Rubius Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Pretty good. :aww:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
^_______________^
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synconi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008   Artisan Crafter
I remember seeing this in your gallery, but, having only recently met the word "Diapason", I have come back to this. :)

There is so, so much going on, to see and explore- I could spend hours and hours, days and days, just wondering at it all!

I love how the woman in the background changes and evolves, from a simple garment, to a beautiful creation of roses, her hair fanning out, her pose relaxing into a full-blown dance of...perfect peace.

The contrast between the snowy, mountainous background and the fiery wooden bridge, the gorgeous butterfly wing, and the stunning orb of light, with the zodiac signs around...


This is absolutely inspiring, and utterly magical. A true representation of the power of your mind, and the magic of your hands. :heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
:glomp: The most valuable thing about this painting for me, these days, is that it records what turned out to be one of the best periods of my life-- I can look at the various elements of this and relive those days a little bit, so long as I get the musical accompaniment right!
Thanks for taking another look, Gaby...
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synconi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008   Artisan Crafter
:hug: Your paintings can be...a little bit of your history, then?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
Most definitely! :hug:
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synconi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009   Artisan Crafter
AND, if I lay sideways next to this painting, only my fingertips would be seen by someone on the other side of the canvas...:faint: :heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
My tiny Gaby... :cuddle:
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synconi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009   Artisan Crafter
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
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wingdthing Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This makes my mind and heart sing.....
of the true beauty of the soul.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Nicole-- this is as crowded as a canvas of mine is ever gonna be, but it was one of those times when I needed to take it all on, you know...? :)
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wingdthing Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Boy do I know! ;)
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grooserySTORE Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
you have an amazing gallery
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, spaniol! :)
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grooserySTORE Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
you are welcome friend!
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KimIsMissing Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make it so smooth! Is this air brush or like just painting? Eighther way it is awesome!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is mostly airbrushed, but it was done with oil paint...
I've moved over to the acrylic side of the road, and I think I'm gonna happily stay there for awhile... :D
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QueenIsis-Blu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
wow amazing paintinhow long did it take?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
6 years!!! :faint:
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thequickbrownfox Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2008
oil!:faint: awesome! howd you make your colours look like that?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
:D Look like what?
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thequickbrownfox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
you know like vivid and smooth and stuff hehe
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