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Collaboration with Michelle Smith, Michellerena for Mission Monday

The image was inspired by my son who told me “that I was even more childish than his friends at school”. This pleased me as it means I haven’t lost the magic altogether… :-)

I used Michelle’s image twice – once by itself at the top and again as a texture on the bottom part of the diptych.

Cover page for calendar:


Pink Bird 4 by Tracie76Stock

moths and butterflies stock114 by hatestock

Backgrounds and Textures
Dark Sky by raven2663
Wind by CKdailyplanet
Oil Painting Texture 1 by Shadowhouse
Used Canvas 5 by Shadowhouse

Grasses and Plants PS Brushes by redheadstock

All other images/textures/stock/brushes my own.


I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carrabout 4 years ago

    classic work!!

  • Many, many thanks. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Patricia Strand
    Patricia Strandabout 4 years ago

    Whoa, this is SO good !!

  • Thank you Patricia. Much appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • missyjennyb
    missyjennybabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work, even though I don’t usually fave pics with butterflies! lol

  • LOL Poor me. I use lots and lots of butterflies and dragonflies – not only because they’re pretty but mainly because I like them as symbols of change and the subconscious… Thanks for faving it anyway. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • michellerena
    michellerenaabout 4 years ago

    Wow!! Sybille this looks wonderful, I’m so pleased to see my work combined in such a beautiful creation. I’m about to start on mine:)

  • Thank you so much for collaborating with me. I love collabs – they’re so much fun and the things you create with someone else are always special I think. :-) Can’t wait to see what you create. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • missyjennyb
    missyjennybabout 4 years ago

    lol, i make an exception for your work, because the butterflies are meaningful and purposeful, not just decorative. :)

  • LOL thank you! I am honoured. I try not to use many decorative ‘objects’ in my art – most I use because they have meaning to me – a sort of language of symbols. :-) Mere pretty is not enough! LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 4 years ago

    I really love this too Sybille….the way the butterfly crosses into both images! Age is only a state of mind… :-)

  • :-) Thank you so much Carol. That was the idea of the butterfly – daydreams going from one age to the next…

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Tammera
    Tammeraabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Tammera. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    lovely dreamy !Liz

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosabout 4 years ago

    This is ..just perfect.
    The dream close to heaven
    and the dream close to earth.
    The messenger of the dream halfway.
    Earth flesh and flying…the clouds.
    Heaven…canopy of eternal layers, the limit.
    Heaven is the Limit.
    Michelle mesmerized by thoughts,
    the future is close to the mind
    Shadows perfect, textures, perfect…transparency as in a new-born baby..or a real aged soul.

  • Thank you so much Rosa. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic collaboration!! :)

  • Thank you so much Keith. It was great fun. I love collaborating. Makes you think out of the box and often gives you a new direction to explore. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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