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Eidolon Cafe by SRaffa Eidolon Cafe by SRaffa
18" x 24" Acrylic and Drawing Ink on Masonite 2008





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Given 2008-04-16
Eidolon Cafe by `sphilr "...is his first attempt with acrylics but also one of his most profound, rich and hypnotically beautiful paintings to date in my humble opinion!" Agreed. ( Suggested by nosyd and Featured by stigmatattoo )
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majin88 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you 'see' or what inspires you to paint the subjects you do?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
The older I get, the more these paintings do connect up to whatever it is I'm currently going through-- this painting, in particular, turned out to be an allegory for why I quit my day job! :laughing: Those crayons on the floor ended up being more compelling than maybe they should've been; the girl is meant to be ourselves as artists, who do art for art's sake, and the creatures at the tables are the employee which I had become-- over-caffeinated and underslept, but the blooming flowers in their lapels meant that they could still respond to art, when art walked in the room...
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MYTHOOOS Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Magnificent! 
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Your stunning work is featured :heart: [link] :heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you, dear! :hug:
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ForestRogers Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
So intriguing! I love the crayon touch, especially...
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks Forry! :giggle:
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Pevansy Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, love the colour contrast!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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daxusx Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
this is great! :squee:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconspazhugplz: Thanks very much!
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daxusx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
yeah welcome dude
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Mararda Featured By Owner May 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
I love the luminosity of the colours in this. :-) What usually takes place in the 'Eidolon Cafe?' Are the crayons perhaps representing a wheel of fortune?
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SRaffa Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
Meh; this is kind of an allegory for the feelings I was experiencing when I wanted to quit my day job-- the circle of crayons are the protection an artist feels when surrounded by their tools of choice, and crayons are among our earliest talismans... :nod:
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is mesmerizing! i love how the layers go deeper and deeper into philosophical meaning, depending on how you look at it. of course no one but you will fully understand the piece, but each picture tells 1000 words, and this one has many many chapters too!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! I think this mostly amounted to an allegory of me quitting my day job to make more time for painting-- but if I had the opportunity to go back to that day job now, I'd do it in a New York minute! :lmao:
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simonpark81 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah, its hard to find paying work as an artist, im in that boat too:(
i guess the fact that your art has evolved so brilliantly must count toward life experience though, which is more important for the soul.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Security versus freedom is a life sentence conflict-- we'll just have to make the best of it...
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Very surreal and even slightly disturbing! It's like a comment on child exploitation. Beautiful work!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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lolly Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
Okay...you posted this in 2008 AND it was a DD AND it's on your front page and I still missed it? wtf is wrong with me? This is brilliant.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
:hug: Thanks bub-- I like this one, too! :laughing:
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lolly Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
Most very welcome man, and hey did you call me bub? I didn't know you were Wolverine. :fear:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've been Wolverine since 1960. :iconwolverine:
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lolly Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Well, I should have known since you are the best there is at what you do!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconhappycriesplz:
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Landscapist Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
wow this is really great man =)

you are a very talented artist.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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JeyBelinski Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student
Perfect...
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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91coffees Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
An intriguing composition, with even more intriguing characters. What inspired this piece, if anything? :thumbsup:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
What inspired it was an interior argument I kept having every morning about quitting my day job-- I did end up quitting, but three years later? I'd go back in a heartbeat! :lmao:
Thanks for taking a look!
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zenatz19 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
:iconsootheplz:It's time for your monthly reminder, Prince Namor: you were miserable at that job, remember? :p
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
:glomp: Thank you, lifeguard... :heart:
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zenatz19 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
:iconnewhugplz::heart:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
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bindii Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Magic! :love:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
This does not happen often, but I'm speechless. Perfection!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much-- this is one of the few paintings of my own that I remain happy with! :hug:
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SkillZombie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A truly deep and profound depiction of the inner gifts of all children as well as the various colored crayons that can represent the various shades of their personality. The color palettes used in this piece are excellent and give the whole piece a great feeling of personality and atmosphere. Beautifully done. :D
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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SkillZombie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so very welcome. Your artwork has quite a level of uniqueness as well as a sense of style that I see in few others.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Much appreciated, SZ!
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SkillZombie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem man. :D
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MasterKoschei Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ohhhh. This is just amazing. When I can afford some art, I want a huge print of this to adorn my walls.
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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nishagandhi Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thats amazing!! love the colors:)
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much!
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