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Winter Solstice

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Published: December 23, 2009
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Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful....

The small bonfire gave a warm touch to the otherwise cold landscape dominated by snow and evergreens. Built by some unknown valedweller, it beckoned with some unseen force, bringing renegades and ringdancers to share in its warmth.

....And since we've no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!....

Healers and warriors, mates and lovers, young and old, they came, snow upon their winter coats, firelight glittering in their eyes. What a shame it would be, to leave the fire unused, uncelebrated in its glowing joy. What a shame, to ruin the night with rivalries and enmities, with long hours left of the dark, to spend them cold and alone would be almost a crime in itself.

....It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I've bought some corn for popping....

So they danced, that solstice night. Friends and enemies, those with secrets shared and hidden alike, they danced. Around the fire, its warmth welcome in the winter ice, as glittering flakes began to fall, subtle at first, then the large, fluffy down that would coat the landscape anew. Firelight dancing upon the snow, a thousand glittering eyes witnessing the dance of the Solstice.

....The lights are turned way down low,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!.....

That little fire, unkempt and alone, was suddenly surrounded by goodnatured company, dancing and frolicking like halfgrown younglings-- sheer joy. And like the little fire, a soft, sweet voice piped up in melodical bliss,

"When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I'll hate going out in the storm!"

And one by one, baritone's and soprano's, rasps and trills, joined in on the song,"But if you'll really hold me tight,
All the way home I'll be warm." as they danced and leapt, racing round the improvised hearth of the rolling, conifer covered hills.

"The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we're still good-bying,"

They sang as one, the song filling the lonely night with the reminder that the winter frost had only frozen the unforgiving ground. Their voices companion to the billions of glittering flakes dancing as surely Alma's eyes did upon the little gathering, hearts and spirits soaring to the heights of the Great Mare herself.

"But as long as you love me so,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

And one by one, as the hours of the longest night of the year ebbed, as inconspicuously as they had arrived, the unicorns left. Bodies warm from the dancing and fire, souls lit by the simple joy found in sharing time together, they fled. Mares with foals as they wished farewell to their past, rivals broke off to dance a more dangerous dance , horns glinting in the ebbing emberlight. Mates bid goodnight too spend their last hours sharing the warmth kindled with eachother before the responsibilities of life awoke in the dawn hours to come. Friends fled by the pair, content to talk the journey home away, the youth brought back by the firelight still burning bright in the animation and giddyness pushing their limbs forward though the banks. Other stayed, using the remaining embers to warm their souls, for some reason or another they came to dance in the light alone, and so they lay cherishing the warmth, thoughts of those they loved warming and lighting their drowsing thoughts.

....Yes, as long as you love me so,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!.....

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

From far left to right: Dex, She, Iambe, Liliane, Juju, Glittir, Balios, Scylla, Eir, Asa, Silvana, Vari, Mo, Devadasa, and Chase.

My christmas gift to the wonderful patrons and patronesses of the Vale. I'd have filled it with more unicorns, but decent snowspace was out of demand after this group.0.o So I apologise for those who did not make it in.

I had meant to have this finished on the 21st, the actual winter solstice, but, well, I didn't. *eep*

Hurrhurr, snow.XD I absolutely luff the stuff! An' I luff drawin' it all over my pictures.XD I had so much fun making this, its not even funny. It was soo much fun colouring and shading all these guys (And, although you can't see it, I made the best pine trees I've ever drawn ever!) and just trying to puzzle where to place everyone! I wish I'd thought to make the canvas wider to I could stuff even more unicorns into this sucker!

And surprisingly, I didn't f*** up the fire as badly as I thought I would. :^^: And yanno, it was really hard to find a good reference that I couldn't screw up too badly while attempting to recreate it into the scene. I'm still sorta dissapointed with the smoke though. :(
... And the little story... Well, uh heh, I was sorta listening to that christmas carol while makin' the picture, and had the words stuck in my head... It fits though, eh? I could have added more, but, um, I don't think that it would have been very pg-rated what with Juju in the mix, lol. XD

When I have time tomorrow I'll separate everything and mail out the individual characters to their owners. ^^

Detail Shot: [link]

Various Poses reffed from: *kittykitty5150 ~paula2206-photo and ~Photopolis and my own personal stash of Jigs pictures XD.
Fire referenced from [link]

Image, Asa, Eir, She, Iambe and Chase © =sandeyes13
Scylla (<<3 Love!!!) © =bardicsidhe
Vari © ~DV-Skitz
Balios © *decors
Juju © *Firefeet
Glittir © *BlueFlyer
Devadasa © =SunsetRevelation
Dex (I just luff Dex!!!!) © *Greatalmightyqueen
Liliane (I luff her too!!) © *thunderjam1992
Mo © ~ultrabluey
Silvana © *scaramouche2802

I was very nice and put a small watermark on, so please, don't ruin the holiday by going and stealing this picture if your NOT one of the above character owners! It ain't nice!

Please do not copy, paste, alter or otherwise steal my art without my WRITTEN permission. I will report all persons who I catch doing so.
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FozzymillowStudent General Artist
Words can't even capture the beauty of this.

It brings be right back to the innocence and joy of childhood and Christmas.

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*grin* Thanks!
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I've been coming back to DA over the last few days to look at this and have been trying to come up with something to say but I'm just struck dumb everytime I come around and look at it.

It's damn beautiful! I love the snow, I lovelovelovelovelove it. I love how it has gathered on their backs and the bigger snowflakes falling closest, I love the fire because it looks so alive in the middle of all the snow and the movement and I think you did a damned good job with the smoke!

The poses of all the little goobers you got, but of course my favorite is by far my Jujubean :meow: and I LOVE Glittir too!

Iambe is freaking beautiful :horny:, he is SO gorgeous.

THIS WHOLE THING IS GORGEOUS aSFLAJSF RAFFRAFFFRAFFF If I could hug you through my internet connection you best be believing I would hug you until someone came to pry me off of you

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*lolgrin* I'm glad you like it so much. :hug: Merry Christmas. :)
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OOOOoooooo Girlie! You just made my day! :love:

Thank you so much, hun! *squishes til you squeak*

Lilianne is in front. *3* Hurr hurr!

(And Scylla is damn hawt! :drool: )
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*grin* Your very welcome. I'm glad you like it.:)
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I've been back several times today, just to stare in awe. The story is beautiful, and the image is fantastic! I love the falling snow, and how it's gathering on their backs. Dex and Glittir, Scylla and Dev are my favorites, but they're all gorgeous!

You really captured a magical evening scene, and I'm so grateful that you thought to toss my little girl in there with everyone. :glomp: You rock, Paint. You rock.
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*smile* Aww, thanks. :) I'm glad you are pleased with it. :)

Merry Christmas Scylla!
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I just want to say that this really made my day Sands, I opened up DevArt and said, "OH LOOKIE A NOTE!!" and when I clicked the link I was about as excited as a 5 year old who ate one too many sugar coated candy canes.

Thank you SO much, for inlcuding Miss Mo in the picture, and for doing this. Christmas isn't that big at my house this year, but that's not what it's about; it's about this warm fuzzy feeling and knowing you have amazing friends like you. Thank you hon. :heart: :hug:
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Merry Christmas Bluey, I'm glad you like your gift. :)

I'm glad to be friends with you, because it makes that warm fuzzy feeling all the better. Your welcome.:)
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I just gotta add to the chorus of OMG YAY YOU ARE SO AWESOME LOVE, because I dunno if I've got anything more intelligent to add. :giggle: Eee!

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*grin* Aww, thanks. ^^ I dunno what to say, other than that I'm glad you and everyone seem to like it so much.^^
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AW Balios! :heart: Thank you SO much! *glomphugshard*
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*returns hug* Your very welcome. ^^
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I actually let out perhaps the loudest SQUEEEEE I've ever made, and probably woke my parents...since the cats all seem to have suddenly woken as well and have sought out safe places under furniture. XD

Beautiful, amazing and completely wonderful. :)

Have a VERY Merry Christmas!
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*grin* Your welcome.

Hehe, Squee is my favorite kind of gift reaction.^^ You get a cookie for that, I think.:)

I'm glad you like it so much.

Merry Christmas!
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heee. XD COOKIE :O
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It's awesome how each character has so much life and personality :D

and I love the story that came with the piece :meow:

kinda makes me wish I was going to have a white Christmas... which is never going to happen since its summer here :XD:

Merry Christmas & thanks again! :hug:
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Thank you and Merry Christmas.^^

I'm very glad you like it so much.^^
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Absolutely stunning :D
I love the sky, and it is just so full of energy and joy :)
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^^ Thanks!
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I love how all the poses look real and they breathe life into the picture. The joy and warmth of even this cold setting is tangible, and completely real!! Of course I ADORE GLITTIR AND JUJU, but your representation and inclusion of all the wonderful unicorns (and my gleeful task of identifying them) really brought me so much joy!!

EEE!! Thank you so much!!

And that writing in combination with the piece really, REALLY brings this all together. What a beautiful piece of art, and a wonderful gift. Thank you so much Sandeyes, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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:hug: Gah! You beat me to the note!

Your welcome, I'm glad your enjoying it so much.^^

Thank you so much, for the kind words, and being a great pal on DA and at the Vale, you and Firefeet really needed a place in this after everything.

Merry Christmas!
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