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Terpsichore by SRaffa Terpsichore by SRaffa

Acrylics on board 18" x 24" 2015

Starring, inspired, and choreographed by Our Mrs. Procter ( UnicornReality )

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DrawingIrene Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
when i first saw it  I thought it was Photoshop from real life amazing job you did there
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks for taking a look!
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Arthammer Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Professional
Wow Sam, still bringing the fire I see. bravo sir!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much, Eric! 
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, pal! :la::la::la:
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synconi Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   Artisan Crafter
(Plus, I'll always be a sucker for Classics, so you had me at Terpsichore...:love:)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
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synconi Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Artisan Crafter
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synconi Featured By Owner May 20, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Freedom at her fingertips, yet binds and delusion at every turn; is she enchantress or enchanted??? I do adore the birds and how they seem to be formed from her and her long garment itself...

SO GOOD to see something from you. This is like...fresh breezes :heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
All good observations, my old friend; how do you light up a whole web site with a few scant words the way you do? :hug:
And that's Chopin's Ballade number 4 sheet music she's rising up out of...
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synconi Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Chopin! :faint:
I've played a nocturne or two of his recently in fact...the C sharp minor always kills me!

I have a Canadian housemate and she is ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC. I've learned a lot these past few months :blushes:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Musically and otherwise, I take it...? 
I hope it's all been going beautifully, Gabby.
My best friend's 8 year old daughter just took up the piano recently, and found herself playing the Ode To Joy in a recital setting-- the world keeps turning! :earth:
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
your beautiful work is featured :love: :hug: 
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks Mona! :cuddle:
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Dy0 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
I believe I have yet to encounter some of these colors in my life. Thank you :)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for looking! This thing preoccupied me for longer than I care to admit! :laughing:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Oh, Sam, this is gorgeous - a delight in color, harmony, light and symbol.  You truly have captured a exquisite Muse here :heart:  Love the sheet music and the star circle that brings it all together.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
What a pleasure to have it met by eyes like yours, Cathy; thanks for taking a look! :hug:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
  Always excited to see new work from you:hug:2 rvmp
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Very beautiful and elegant :heart: I love the colors mainly how vibrant the green looks wow :heart::hug: stunning and inspiring artwork :)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much, Mona! :iconsquee-loveplz:
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atefehaban Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Amazing!!!
Extraordinary combination; green rhythm, luminous colors from a musical imagination... :heart: :heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
:icondancetogetherplz: Thank you, dear Atefeh!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Lovely work all around, brother, and I love being able to see the original pencils next to the painted version-- I love how the gray clouds just enhance the lightning, did you had the idea for such a background when working on the pencils, or did it come as you started painting? Gorgeous composition, beautiful concept, and terrific execution!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, brother! You know, the clouds originally had a lot of pink behind them in the sky-- it wasn't until I was working on specific parts of the figure that I realized how much more I'd like it if the sky was just completely grey-- so I had to paint it all over again! :laughing: Actually, that happened a lot with this one, Diego-- I started over on this one probably more times than I've ever allowed myself to start over before!
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
I became so used to being able to change a complete color palette in a minute, when working in Photoshop, that I wouldn't even be able to imagine all the work required to change the sky from pink to grey in a painting...! :faint: To be completely honest, it seems like an intimidating process to me... :nod:

I loved reading your most recent journal entry, because while I guess it can apply to most art projects, what you described is probably more likely the case when it comes to a painting... as a kid, I used to check this huge 2-volume encyclopedia that my mom had (which is still at her house), which had these color pages with reproductions of paintings from different time periods, and back then I couldn't get my head around the fact that Leonardo worked so many years until finishing the Mona Lisa-- I think it took me some 20 years to figure out that in between making that painting he was required to do other stuff as well, from gardening to designing an aeroplane, to, I imagine, cooking pasta! :laughing:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
:lmao: Very well put, sir; and yeah, that's a great thing to meditate on while staring at the Mona Lisa-- think about just all the things that had to have been going WRONG in his life during the years he spent working on that, and yet, there it remains, this singular, perfect creation-- it's mind-blowing. I think that's part of what I love about reading all of these musicians' memoirs I told you about-- you get to learn some of the things that were standing in the way, and some of the things that were aiding in the creation of some of the music that's meant the most to you during your life-- it makes the music that much closer to my heart! :faint:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Mind-blowing indeed, brother! :nod: I guess that while growing-up, at least in my experience, it was easy to get stuck in the notion that people from Leonardo's time period (and also people from not that long ago in time) somehow existed in a very different reality... where they would just put a masterpiece after the other, in a total effortless manner! :laughing: So in that sense, and related to reading memories, I think it can be very motivating to learn about all the obstacles going on in the making of any project-- sort of like, "well, if they could make it, then we can, too!" ;) :w00t:

By the way, I was randomly checking the Oscars ceremony tonight while advancing some work (I wanted to see if a director from my neighborhood would get the Oscar to foreign film, for "Wild tales", and if Michael Keaton would get it for "Birdman"), and in one of the music numbers they made at the show, I think I saw this musician you once mentioned, Questlove, playing drums? It is possible that I'm confusing him with someone else, though!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Naw, you got it, that was him, alright! Brilliant musician, and he was teamed with Tegan and Sara, whom I also love; amazing how they could've had anything to do with as crappy a song as that one, though! :lmao:
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
:lmao: "Everything Is Awesome"? :D I can't help but thinking that awards ceremonies everywhere feel like the acts held at elemetary schools, at least over here! When I was in the 4th grade, our teacher made us make a pretty embarrasing choreography of sorts while Queen's "Radio Gaga" was playing. :faint: Though thinking about it now, I guess it was very advanced for her time having a 60 year-old lady making a school act in Argentina over 20 years ago to the music of Queen! :laughing:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Right, true! And that song's where Lady Gaga chose her name from-- fact! She's Italian, named Germanarro, I think, and Diego, I swear, she was the best thing about the ceremony last night. Seriously. She got up and sang pieces from "The Sound Of Music" and she was AWESOME. :laughing: She got up and made it look easy-- she can really sing brother; no kidding around.
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Stunningly beautiful. I love the details, colors, and pose of the figure. Wonderful movement and balance in the composition. The green birds look fantastic.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, Rakesh! There was something rejuvenating about working on this, probably attributable to the model/inspiration/choreographer, UnicornReality :nod:
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
You're welcome:).
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kolaboy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
The light becomes the dance, and the music is the wind.... :)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Lyrical, brother; thanks for taking a look!
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Lovely work, Sam. I really like the Escherine (?) dimensionality of this, and those lovely clouds in the background.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, sweetie! :hug: Escherine, Escheresque, let's call the whole thing off! :laughing:
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keight Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
:rofl: Hug

Careful, I'll just go back puzzling the best way to slide red, green, yellow, and black lizards around. Laughing
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Cuz that is what we DO! :icondancetogetherplz:
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overdebated Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional
That specific green you have on the birds - the darkest green - is wonderfully rich. Which pigment/mix of pigments/magical hallucination did you use there?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! These are Golden® brand acrylics, and I love the pigments-- that particular green is mostly Spectrum Blue mixed with Hansa Yellow Light... :iconcheechwizard: 
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overdebated Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional
I've been super tempted to try their QoR watercolours. All the samples I've seen are richer than phthalos or alizarin in oil, yet retain that watercolourfulness.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Man, if it has anything to do with Golden, I totally recommend it-- I really hesitated for years before seriously jumping in to acrylics (after having spent most of my time as an artist in Windsor Newton gouache, and then switching to Holbein's water-based oils)-- it was, like you said, the richness of the pigments that got me in and kept me there.
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overdebated Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional
I'm a WN artist's watercolour loyalist, and use a mix of Holbein miscibles (I blame Katy, who in turn blames John Paul) and Grumbacher pre-testeds for oils. Which makes for an expensive habit for someone like me who's got all the painting skill and patience of a mad baboon with no thumbs. The QoR are hard to come by in Canada yet, so I'll be ordering some from Blick once it's above -30C outside.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
:laughing: Blick rears its head! When I was volunteering on dA, I found out that there is some corporate synergy happening between Blick and dA, but I was never able to harness it for fun and prizes...
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overdebated Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional
:lmao: A quick google brings me to this gem with graphics a good few years out-of-date.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
:laughing: There it is, alright; but you know, when you're trying to put together really good contests with really good prizes on dA, it doesn't get much better than a shitload of art supplies-- and yet, I was never able to clinch the deal...
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