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Don't Open Your Eyes by AllieRaines Don't Open Your Eyes by AllieRaines
24 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas

For the majority of my childhood I was afraid to open my eyes once the lights went off. I always felt like there was something waiting for me under and around my bed and only my cocoon of blankets could keep me safe when whatever it was would come out to get me. I was afraid to open my eyes and see something that I shouldn't, and for the most part I thought that if it saw me looking at it it could hurt me. I was an incredibly paranoid child and I always pictured things like this around me. It was a similar experience with mirrors at night time too - I would never look in a mirror once everyone else went to bed because I was scared to death there would be a ghost of some kind behind me - I wanted to do a piece involving that too, but I stuck to the contest criteria for this one and went with my under-the-bed fears. After all, they were the worst; I was stuck there until the next day.
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Imortal-Night Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can identify with your fears .
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capitalofawesome Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is epic
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capitalofawesome Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
np
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:iconandyburgess:
I HAD THOSE EXACT SAME FEARS AND I WAS ALSO VERY PARANOID AS A CHILD, HOW STRANGE!!

LOVE THIS PIECE, GREAT WORK :)
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:iconallieraines:
Yes, it seems to be relating to a lot more people than I expected! Thank you :)
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JohnDoe10001 Jan 10, 2013
Yup, that's me alright. There is some rationale to it. Sure, there might not be anything out there waiting for me, but so long as I keep my eyes shut, my mind won't play tricks on me if I look up and imagine, say, some coat or something across the room is a monster.

Perhaps the reason is because, as a child, we shut our eyes and hide under the covers because, in doing so, there remains a good chance that what's on the other side is merely our room in the dark and a TINY chance that there's a monster waiting for us...but, in either case, just a chance. We don't want to look out to confirm that it is indeed our room because there's the teeniest, tiniest, infintestimally small possibility we'll end up confirming that there IS a monster there...

And that it's hungry.
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:iconallieraines:
yes! i don't know how to respond to that but i agree lol!
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bramblestar129 Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The description describes me at night, still ;;
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:iconallieraines:
me too sometimes lol
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