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Fairy... by ChristinaMandy Fairy... :iconchristinamandy:ChristinaMandy 171 33 field by t-a-t-k-a field :icont-a-t-k-a:t-a-t-k-a 2,227 120 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 950 47 Graffiti Girl by Rubius Graffiti Girl :iconrubius:Rubius 17 9 Lunam by ShirrStoneShelter Lunam :iconshirrstoneshelter:ShirrStoneShelter 1,814 146 East of the Sun, West of the Moon by ForestRogers East of the Sun, West of the Moon :iconforestrogers:ForestRogers 3,096 176 Waste Management Consultant by davidbrooker Waste Management Consultant :icondavidbrooker:davidbrooker 931 171 And see that life is beautiful by ymymy And see that life is beautiful :iconymymy:ymymy 56 3 1. by AndieCris 1. :iconandiecris:AndieCris 228 50 Lama Glama by synconi Lama Glama :iconsynconi:synconi 589 246 Girl without heart by AnnMei Girl without heart :iconannmei:AnnMei 953 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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jactinglim Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the FAVESS on my Poisonous Meme & Tranquil Sleep :D
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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AndieCris Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 Happy birthday! (with delay...):happy birthday: PARTY HARD Happy dance 
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving !
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gigigirl Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Momo Mikoshiba [McSparkles] Hey Sam! I saw it was your birthday!! Wouldn't miss it!! Sending you cake! Dessert

Be sure to eat it all in one place :D

Hope you have an amazing day!! rainbow heart 2 
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Happy Birthday!Red and white strawberry cake 40px 
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
:party: Happy birthday, my brother! :glomp: :party: :iconcakeplz:
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Happy Birthday! :iconballoonplz:
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving :D
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
So you know I have to hug you up.  And stuff. :iconspazhugplz:
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