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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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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Sloth - Icon  OMGAWD Sam!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconaawplz::iconflyingheartsplz: Thank you so much for the fave!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconloveloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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Ebony-Tiger Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Thank you very much for the :+fav:!! ^^
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scarletwave Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
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Ailixa Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have interesting works ~
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Bernardumaine Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2019  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving :D
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019
Happy Chinese New Year, Brother! :glomp:
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Queen-Kitty Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2019   Photographer
Thank you! by Queen-Kitty  
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2019   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the favorite.
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memod Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2019  Professional
:heart: Thanks, Sam!
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2019  Hobbyist Artist


fear me
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