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For Chells "Tell me your fears" contest: [link]

It was strange that she came up with that contest and post in minutes after I was thinking back to something that terrified me as a kid; the apocalypse and the vastness of space.

When we were sitting at home at the last night of 1999, my sister started talking about how the world was about to end. She didn't believe any of the Y2K crap, but seeing how I was 8 at the time, I was terrified. The thoughts that not only would I not wake up the next day, but that the whole planet and everyone on it would be dead too. I thought that fire would rain down, meteors would smash into us, planes would fall from the sky, volcanoes would erupt, the ground would split open and we'd all die.
Then, something else that scared me around that time was space. The idea that we're an insignificant speck floating around an impossibly massive black void where stars much larger than I could comprehend exploded and formed, and where black holes would eat up anything around it.
And both of those fears remain with me today, and surely remain with most adults if they ever stop and think about them.

So this is a bit of both. I originally intended to paint in the sky myself, but I doubt I'll have the time. Source of the black hole is here: [link]
Picture was taken at an abandoned quarry in my town. It's a stunning place that I'll apparently be prosecuted for going in to.....if I get caught that is. And if the person who catches me is actually arsed to go through legal proceedings which I doubt very much when all I'm doing is take pictures.
piplup19077 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what I'm afraid of? HOLES. They're SO freaky to me...they've bothered me for a long time...and I can't really do anything about it since my mom is freaked out by holes, too. I don't know what to do, but that is a great fear. Mine is PATHETIC. Sorry for complaining to you. :(
Chell-Dunphy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh! This is so freaking cool! Really interesting, I love the composition. It's beautiful and imposing at the same time, I can definitely understand your fear, it's something that used to frighten me as well. I used to lie in fields on starry nights to look at the constellations, and just the vastness of everything above made me feel so terribly small and scared, like I was going to slip off the face of the Earth and float away. This reminds me of that feeling. Thanks for your contribution :3
Spelonker Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! That and the deep sea can be oddly beautiful things, and suddenly feel terrifying when you think about them in another way. I was going to go scuba diving before with my dad but pulled out when that fear hit me. I regret not going.
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