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Fairy... by ChristinaMandy Fairy... :iconchristinamandy:ChristinaMandy 169 33 field by t-a-t-k-a field :icont-a-t-k-a:t-a-t-k-a 2,239 120 Snow Queen: 2 by UnicornReality Snow Queen: 2 :iconunicornreality:UnicornReality 36 55 Recluse by joeyv7 Recluse :iconjoeyv7:joeyv7 216 101 Little demon by MoKaShiNes Little demon :iconmokashines:MoKaShiNes 24 24 Venetian Harpy, detail by ForestRogers Venetian Harpy, detail :iconforestrogers:ForestRogers 946 47 Graffiti Girl by Rubius Graffiti Girl :iconrubius:Rubius 17 9 Lunam by ShirrStoneShelter Lunam :iconshirrstoneshelter:ShirrStoneShelter 1,824 146 East of the Sun, West of the Moon by ForestRogers East of the Sun, West of the Moon :iconforestrogers:ForestRogers 3,102 176 Waste Management Consultant by davidbrooker Waste Management Consultant :icondavidbrooker:davidbrooker 935 171 And see that life is beautiful by ymymy And see that life is beautiful :iconymymy:ymymy 56 3 1. by AndieCris 1. :iconandiecris:AndieCris 227 50 Lama Glama by synconi Lama Glama :iconsynconi:synconi 591 246 Girl without heart by AnnMei Girl without heart :iconannmei:AnnMei 952 97 :Gift: The Young Priestess by Doria-Plume :Gift: The Young Priestess :icondoria-plume:Doria-Plume 402 79


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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.



Here was a narrative that I could place myself inside, that I could share with other people to help explain how I felt, especially at a time when I was a shy and fairly inarticulate teen. I could turn the volume up on their songs and that loudness matched all my panic and fear, anger and emotions that seemed up until that point to be uncontrollable, even amorphous. Bikini Kill's music really gave a form, a home, and a physicality to my teenage turmoil. Eventually I was able to harness that tumultuousness, build on it and make it my own. It's hard to express how profound it is to have your experience broadcast back to you for the first time, how shocking it feels to be acknowledged, as if your own sense of realness had only existed before as a concept. I felt like I could step inside something; it was a revelation.

  • 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.” 

Red Env by SRaffa

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 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!

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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 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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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving !
keight Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thank you for the faves, Sam.
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VergilSharky Featured By Owner May 25, 2018   General Artist
:happybounce: finally got to drop by Happy Retsuko [F2U] La la la la  
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner May 16, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly for the favorite. Cheers.
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EricNocellaDiaz Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional
Thanks for the faves! Hope you are well and your art Kung Fu strong!
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Garinas Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Pssst, Hey Kid. You Wanna Buy Some Birb? pekaboo
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly for the favorite.
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DavidR-XV Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hope everything's well!
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jactinglim Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the FAVESS on my Prof Didith and The Imaginary Element :D
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