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The Fifth by dahlig The Fifth by dahlig
I believe that the biggest of dreams, sincerest of wishes originate not from our hopes but from our fears, as only the danger of losing something makes us realize what it is that we truly desire.
As we grow older our attitude, priorities and aspirations change. With time some dreams will fade and new ones will appear.

Each of the four creatures symbolizes a dream of mine. And now I wonder - what will be the fifth?

I intended this piece to be meaningful on many levels. Aside from the personal content I tried to hide behind the symbols, the looser painting technique embodies a style I always aspired to, yet never managed to fully employ in any painting. Lastly, I hope the piece brought to you thoughts of Salvador Dali… Temptation of Saint Anthony hangs above my desk and is always a great inspiration in times of need.

Done in Painter 6 and Photoshop CS in around 70 hours with some ref help. I will post a link to WIPs/closeups and the like soon :-)
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MatthieuLacrosse Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Very Dali
soleatrcharchar123 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
i want to enter this contest!!!
RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!
FifthDream Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
It will be a seahorse.
Lady-LM Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A pegasus with bloody legs and plucked wings, a lion with 3 snakes for a tail, an severely emaciated dog, and a disintegrating vulture.

What will come next indeed...
Turbonecro Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I immediately referred to the archangel trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce, have you read it? If not, I suggest you do :)
Lady-Kane-1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Amazing work, I wonder myself now, I love it from a nature's lover point of view. :heart: I always wanted to be able to play with lions,, and other wild animals, great job
dmangelina Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My first thought: Salvador Dalí! Your work is fantastic!
jadedtempest Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Salvador Dali is exactly who I thought of upon first gazing at the painting. You hit the nail on the head.
alexia007 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
some people (including me) can't even think as beautifully as you paint
tinykawaiikitty Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
agreed .__.
BelleVDM Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nicely done! I do not know very much (actually nothing at all ;-)) about digital arts, is this (and your other works) made solely with the computer or do you use other media too (paint, pencil, ....?)
AlliKatt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Wow. So, I commented on this back at the beginning of 2010, completely forgot about it because I didn't have a computer so was rarely on deviantart, just saw this again today and realize I had a pretty epic (to my life at the time) dream based off this in July 2010. It's just weird to see this and realize that one of the few dreams I remember was influenced a bit by this amazing piece of art.
ChloeEvoe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I totally love Dali and now I totally love YOU! ;D :heart:
You're my living Dali now! ^-^
This piece is completely awesome, brilliant, adorable and breath taking!!!
Hail to the new Queen of surrealism!
Wolfpack741 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
can you draw a picture for a story im working on plz plz plz ?
EmbrynStormcat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
i actually did notice Dali in there, specifically in the legs of the horse =) i really like it, love the detail. i wonder what the dog-like creature is though, but if that's 'personal content hidden behind symbols', i'll leave that
Xanness Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
This looks like my head on mild crack. You are amazing!
Lhege Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
:worship: You truly are a great artist...I wish I can draw like you. I always have visions of my guardians and I'm striving to draw them but unfortunately I only end up with a simple sketch. ^^;
Maximal-Prime Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this painting is beautiful
OceanTealBeats Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
what dreams do they reprisent? they similar to sum dreams of mine... its very well done by the way :)
falloutbek Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. I remember seeing your art years ago, when my friend showed me Vanity and Sloth, and I've come back to dA for the first time since, and it's great seeing the direction you're taking with your art and the depth that's developed.
shift1085 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
it's dun to try and figure out what those creatures might symbolize....i think i may have figured out the horse and vulture to some extent but idk :p
OldManZetton Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011
a deep one,i see. no other i can say but great!
dannygls Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
RLPT07IDN Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
:) I'm going to, :+fav: :peace:&:love:
:wow: Great Artwork,title & background too. :wow::clap::thumbsup:
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hedgiee Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
WOwww Wooow wooowww It is Freaking Amazing!
SkyseaCreative Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I'm speechless.. ))
TorinKurai Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I must say, this piece is very haunting albeit beautiful. The dog-like creature is especially creepy to me, but for some reason it doesn't seem to fit in somehow. It's not the design of it, but the shading looks like it doesn't belong in the piece completely, somehow brighter than it should be. Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me though.
vintagemusicbox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
KillerCassie Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Student Filmographer
omg! dali (L)
jukiedis Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hum.... that gives inspiration of dali!!!!! lovely work!
Child7 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
I like this as much for the meaning you gave it as for the piece itself, which is haunting.....powerful images....
Ashwolf13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hauntingly gorgeous
MorgenLust Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
i thought "very surreal" and "dali" at the same time when i saw this. congratulations! you succeeded in your desire.
JHasenjager Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Love it, amazing...
xKaseix Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely and ghost-like, just like a dream. Well done.
louli9559 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Student Filmographer
it reminded me very much of salvador dali, because of the surrealism and the style. good job.
ZBO1 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Thats what I tought when I saw this piece (: Really cool
FiraManiac Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
This is a very inspirational picture!
DeviantCalieL Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
... beautiful creation!!
Bobdabutcher Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Colours are pale, the image seems to be still, but the impression it gives is so vivid.
Great work.
VanillaEnigma Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist
On first glance things looks magnificent and hope with the golden field, but then all the animals have elements of decay or evil. I particularly like the lions tail. :) Awesome work.
luthien-soroniel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Beautiful :)
BurntFlower Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
This is so incredible, love your words too..

Turbomaruz Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
You inspired me. :nod:
Amazing work with such highly meanings. you've bring me back to the world i have yet left a long time.
very impress with this :clap:
orionshope Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Wow very nice piece visually stunning and Beautiful ! Could I have permission to use for xp logon screen? You can see one of my logons usong another deviant artist work here [link] :iconorionshope:
Gabby-chan1994 Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
When I saw this picture I immediatly thought of Surrealism and Salvador Dali, and all the "world of the dream" theme. This is awesome, it's so surreal, good job.
PrincessOvero Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
I think you'r cat has worms :)

Very nice picture :)
Zehabix Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I couldn't help but tell you that I laughed so hard at this comment.
The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
I'm glad, it was the meaning with the comment ;)
It's healthy to have a good laugh every now and then :D
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