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In Dreams We Belong by balaa In Dreams We Belong by balaa
In Dreams I heard a whisper of how the stars would come to be, that from the slumber of the deep dark they would come, rising from the sea. Alone you fell where the light forgot you, where the gull cry could not reach. In the bed of sea-grass you came home to me, the last shimmer of your light to rise as starlight through the sea's long night.

Dream beloved and let the dark be filled with light and in the nebula's languishing weave, we belong.

~ ∞ ~
I'll follow you through the fields
through the cities across the lands
through mountains and valleys
down to the beaches and sands
Into the ocean we will go
a mighty crescendo of cold
down and down...
but I have my prize
my prize of gold
my circlet of stone
down and down...
our path an endless song
as the stars come to take us...
to where we belong.
~ ∞ ~

First and foremost this is my first true collaboration with the amazingly talented Foxamoore whose patience and tireless inspiration has helped this piece find it's way to completion. It has been an astounding experience to work with him and has taken the creative process to a whole new level for me. Music has always fueled my work..and to have a piece created taylored to the artwork being created has been a profound experience that I hope to repeat again and again *nudges Fox!*. Fox Actually wrote two compositions for this piece and did several revisions of the final version. I was amazed at his speed and his energy in creating his work.

Please listen to his composition in tandem while viewing this piece:
♫~~~~ In Dreams We Belong Music ~~~~♫

A bit on the personal story of this piece. It was actually started late last year and was mired with indecision until I shared my progress with Fox and he suggested a collab. The piece, as with the music, evolved in meaning and direction as it came together.

The idea originally started with the story of a woman who lost her beloved to the sea and would wander the shores making circlets of stone and driftwood in homage to her lost beloved until one day she came no more. In the story she fell to the bottom of the sea where the sea-grass held her close and she was reunited with her lost love at last. Another idea diverged from here stemming from my fascination with both the ocean and the stars. In it I likened the sea with the sky and imagined that the stars were born in the lonely dark of the ocean and rose from it's cold depths to populate the sky. The final iteration rests somewhere between these two stories...but really it is just a lucid dream of the spirit.

I hope you all enjoy the journey painted by our collaborative effort..

Tools: Photoshop, wacom intuos
Size: 9000x4288 at 300dpi
Prints: Find prints in my store at [link]

Curious about seeing works in progress or random doodles or other silly artsy stuff I don't think to post elsewhere?

Welllpp follow me on my Tumblr for just that!
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FemmjowGrimmKitty Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is just beautiful.
approachthebottle Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful sense of movement and fragility.
ACARISEN Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great contrast and wonder full blend of difference things. + I love how you formed the hair.
ReeseS8 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How long did it take you to make that!?
olivia8383 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I found your page completely by accident xD But that's wonderful because I watch you on FA as well~ I am using this artwork as my desktop background right now~ I love it so much~
AskBluestar1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
you are the best artist I have ever seen
BlackHeresy Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
mishlen-linden Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Please, I LOVE this ...!!! Prints? I want!
My e-mail address for info is
What I do is at

Please send me pricing information!!!
Odilicious Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Writer
:wave: Hi! Your piece has been featured in #Lit-Visual-Alliance's Sixth Allied Artwork Feature! Please :+fav: the article to bring attention to the feature. Thank you for being a part of the Alliance! :salute:
SleepTightStudios Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is very inspiring. I feel a lot of emotions when I see this :)
SepiaWren Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the way this could be at night on a grassy field or underwater. You've captured the dream-like atmosphere of the deep sea. The anatomy is gorgeous, as is the hair. Great work, well done!
Fish--Tails Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of Skyrim it's obvious why...
MultiYellowHorse Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Wow~ This piece is amazing as it is, but together with the music in description... just wow...
dariusdragon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
this is beautiful
Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Even better than the last.I'm loving your artwork. I look forward to the future ones.
Aldric-Cheylan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012   Digital Artist
The music of Fox Amoore made me cry and your illustration matches perfectly the song ! The whole piece is just perfect to me and makes me travel !
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beyond beautiful. - How does one go about getting a print, please? x
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
the music was beautiful to.. I have DLd it.. thank you both for sharing your talen with the world. :)
balaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
And thank you for taking the time to listen to the music as well ^___^!
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're more than welcome... If you wanted to pass the compliments on to the composer i'd be more than pleased :)
balaa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
done! He appreciated hearing them very much <:..thanks again!
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: :D
balaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you for your kind words! I will be offering prints privately outside of Deviantart to hopefully keep costs lower C:. Please shoot me a note if you are interested. I am thoroughly overjoyed that such a personal piece would be desired as a print <3.
KatCardy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure thing, note sent :) x
CattheCowardlyLion Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow...the music was extraordinary as is the prose this piece comes with. The beauty and tranquility with a tinge of something all fits very well. This collaboration is amazing and worth every view and favorite.
EarthEmerald Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Beautifully done.
LuisPuig Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional
wow, wonderful
DarlingMionette Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
[link] <- Your work has been featured here :D
T-BioHazard Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
You're so deep. :)
TaruFaolchu Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so... inspiring...
lvixen Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Absolutely stunning!
literary-magic Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing effect!
rachhhhxo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Incredible. Love the concept.
UalSao Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
rajasegar Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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EmpressAkitla Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this picture. It brightened up my day, jus' made me smile since I'm going through rough times and dreams are always my escape from reality. Keep up the great work. :)
EBE246 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
That is so cool, and the poetry more so, I've done two well actually 3 photomanipulations to kind of mix a human and animal face, two i have put up, they're pretty good i guess, lots of people liked them when they saw me finish it, but damn i sure as hell wish i can just draw them straight out the bat, like this gorgeous piece of work here, it's so lifelike and realistic, the body's look and texture looks pretty damn good, you can definitely see it on the neck too, but anyways, wow. Awesome.
Kohakuro Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
lion mermaidsss :heart:
Vayms Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful idea and so gentle soft colorig - real dream.
OceanicPsychosis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Wonderful. ^u^
Stevesea Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous. Well done :peace:
maria-mar Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
The colors turned out amazing!...
Alatier Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I love this. The story and the flow of the painting. I love listening to the song that goes with it too, it makes it come alive on a different level then just looking at it by itself. Like getting a bit closer to the idea as it was created. Thank you for sharing.
FlashW Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
So inspirational.. thanks for your works, Balaa..)
Farelle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is...beautiful
postapocalypsia Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a lovely moody piece of work. I like the idea of music and art working off each other - congratulations! :)
balaa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Flabbergasted and thrilled to receive a comment from an artist I admire greatly!
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