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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?


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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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:iconsoleatrcharchar123:
i want to enter this contest!!!
RIGHT NOW !!!!!!!
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:iconfifthdream:
It will be a seahorse.
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:iconlady-lm:
Lady-LM 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...
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Turbonecro 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 :)
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:iconlady-kane-1:
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
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dmangelina Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My first thought: Salvador Dalí! Your work is fantastic!
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:iconjadedtempest:
Salvador Dali is exactly who I thought of upon first gazing at the painting. You hit the nail on the head.
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alexia007 Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
some people (including me) can't even think as beautifully as you paint
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