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