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Dreamcatcher by Alicique Dreamcatcher by Alicique
A Christmas present for my oldest sister, which is now several years overdue. Personal ramble to follow, so everyone glance up at the ceiling. It's unbearably cheesy, so feel free to skip and just look at the picture. :P

I know this one addresses the sleeping sort of dreams (if one is familiar with what a dreamcatcher is), but I was thinking of a completely different "dream" as I was working: the sort of dream that people like to link with hopes and aspirations. Probably didn't come through, though. But really, dreams are enormous. They're stubborn, powerful, and infectious. They erase apathy and make people believe in things they can't see. Dreams let individuals consider the sweat'n blood of hard work alongside abstract notions like faith and integrity. In other words, pretty neat stuff. But for the same reasons, they can be extraordinarily difficult to put up with. We're kinda small, after all. But maybe I wanted to say, "Yah, we're tiny in comparsion, but?"

It's not clear from the image, but this story ends well. This dude is going to catch a building-sized dream with a wooden hoop and some pretty string. And I hoped that maybe others can do the same. People take a glance at the big scary dream and get that bug-eyed look. "Won't come true. Risky. I'd rather stay home." But honestly, get some wood'n string and go for it. Take care of yourself, work hard, and take opportunities as they arise. Run as fast as you can in one direction, mowing through any open (and closed doors) you meet. Give people a reason to care about what you care about. Convince them. If you can, show them your conviction, and that funny little light that shows up in the eyes of those talking about what they love; remember that dreams are contagious. If you can't conquer your fear and insecurities, take 'em with you. Just because they're there doesn't mean it has to weigh you down. Cry a little, and make yourselves some cake. Don't fret about age or speed, but be responsible about who's relying on you and what you're stepping on or in. Otherwise, make like the dude in orange and just go.

And to my sister, who finds herself in the unlikely position of grappling with her first real dream at the tender age of 28, a mighty thumbs up and as much wood and twine I can find at the local hardware store. <3

(Also, I'll probably be improving this as I get crits; I kinda had no idea what was happening for a while there. Sorry Adj. ;_; )
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Given 2010-01-26
Dreamcatcher by ~Alicique ( Featured by gucken )
:iconourlak:
ourlak Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional Filmographer
love your style ;)
nice work, really!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional
Thanks so much!
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:iconamirzand:
amirzand Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nicely done
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional
Thank ya. :)
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:iconlaminate-rix:
Laminate-rix Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Wowowowww~ this is amazing and I love the description :heart: you captured the valiant battle perfectly!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional
Aww, thank ya!
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:iconwolvenmoonmist:
WolvenMoonMist Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
That is amazing.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional
Thank you!
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:iconerikshoemaker:
ErikShoemaker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow absolutely awesome!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional
It's a little late, but thank you very much. :)
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:iconuptownpete:
UptownPete Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Artist
thats so awesome!!!
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:iconsithlordlb:
SithLordLB Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Writer
Fantastic piece.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Thank ya! :)
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:iconkdjfkajd:
kdjfkajd Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I would totally hang this above my bed. You know, for good dreams.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Ahaha, could be useful. My next door neighbor hangs a blank canvas above his bed, which seems to work well.

Also, why do we never see you? ;_;
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kdjfkajd Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Ahah, that's actually kind of cool. Does he draw on it if he wakes up with an idea and replace it afterward or something?

And I'm probably gonna visit in a couple weeks when you guys are on break.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional
-shakes head- Apparently he just leaves it white. Something about dreaming and inspiration, I believe.
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:iconkdjfkajd:
kdjfkajd Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Hey, I guess we all have our dream catchers in some form or another.
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:iconpeacethroughpower:
PEACETHROUGHPOWER Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Very good! ^^
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Thanksss!
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:iconpeacethroughpower:
PEACETHROUGHPOWER Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
No problem! :)
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:iconbambi-spankarelli:
bambi-spankarelli Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
awesome
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Thanks!
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:iconasfodelo:
Asfodelo Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Student General Artist
without your description I wouldn't had understand the picture, but after reading it makes perfect sense :)
I agree with you, dreams are so powerful and might lead you, if you let them, to situations way better than you ever imagined, because they're real.
beautiful piece in so many ways, congratulations!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Glad the description helped! And thank you, I'm glad you appreciate and agree with the message. :)
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:iconasfodelo:
Asfodelo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student General Artist
It really did :)
And you're welcome! That's a subject I like to talk and write about
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:iconmissjonsey:
MissJonsey Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow thats really cool!!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Thank youuuu~
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:iconmissjonsey:
MissJonsey Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ya welcome :D
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:iconageshero:
ageshero Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
This would be a really really good fantasy movie.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Ahaha, I wonder! A movie on dreams...
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:iconageshero:
ageshero Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
Fantasy Action. A warrior of the Dream world fights for one man's dreams.
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:icongalactusworldeater:
Galactusworldeater Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
cute
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:iconturtlesensei:
TurtleSensei Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous! I really love how huge and scary the Dreams look at first, but once you look at it more and get a feel for it they aren't so scary. Gorgeous piece of art and lovely message!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Yah, I'm sure dreams are secretly just big tough fluffballs in disguise. :D Thank ya!
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:iconturtlesensei:
TurtleSensei Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha big fluffballs? nah I always imagined them as big huge Pink Ninja Frogs (I hate Pink, love Ninjas, and hate Frogs because they're more popular than Turtles!) hehe
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NeoNNerd08 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Beautiful, congrats for the DD!!! :clap:
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Thank you. :)
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:iconelectric-ace:
electric-ace Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NOt only is the artwork itself beautiful and moving, but the meaning and effort that you have poured into it to symbolize in a gift form those desires you wish for others, it is wonderfully breath-taking. A great deal of hope does radiate from the figure, for though they are outsized, out-numbered, and out of exits, they stand their ground and prepare to catch and possibly rise to ride the biggest dream around them.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
This is a very moving comment, and I thank you for that. I sometimes feel that what I say or draw doesn't convey the thoughts or feelings I'm actually trying to communicate. So it is with a great sense of satisfaction that I find that you've understood it all perfectly. Thank you so much.
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electric-ace Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very more than welcome, and I say that because your art is moving in itself. You have great representation of emotion!
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D4RKF0X365 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
OZMG THATS A TOTAL EPIC WIN!
LOVE IT!
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Heh, THANK YOU!
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:iconelswyth:
Elswyth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Not only is this a beautiful painting, but it has an equally beautiful message. I like when artists put a lot of thought and heart into their work cause it really shines through. This piece is really inspirational from an artistic standpoint and just from a life standpoint. Now I wanna go paint and catch some dreams of my own! Thank you. This is honestly one of my favorite pieces I've ever encountered on Deviantart. Congrats on the DD! You deserve it! =)
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
What a thoughtful and flattering comment. I'm really pleased that my work could be of some use to someone, and that it could somehow be inspiring. Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors!
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unmisprinted Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Wow, this is amazing. Great idea too, about how dreams are big and stubborn, that really showed here. I love the little guy with the dream catcher too. Great job.
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Ah, thanks so much!
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:iconunmisprinted:
unmisprinted Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Not a problem.
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anonymous-strawberry Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
That's really cool! And I like what you said in your note ^^
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:iconalicique:
Alicique Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional
Thank you, and thanks for reading the note. :) Hopefully it's of some use!
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