This one is a hard one to explain and I hope it is mostly self explanatory. It started off with the idea of birth – all the different things mixed up together which make up a new being. This got me thinking about the connections we have to everything else and how as children we take these connections for granted. Whilst growing up we often lose this feeling of being connected and have to recapture it later on (if we’re lucky). So all that is in there, somehow hidden within all symbols and effects…

It would have worked as a single image rather than a diptych, but I wanted to separate the physical and spiritual births.

I’ve specially created some fractal brushes for this image which I’ll be posting soon. If you’re interested in Photoshop brushes, keep an eye out for a journal post announcing them… There will be some other brushes too – flowers, snowflakes and more gothic/victorian brushes plus some grunge brushes.


Cover page for calendar:


Lace10 by faestock

Perfume Bottle III Stock by EmazingMessedUpOwsum
Sprouting Seed PSD by AbsurdWordPreferred
Cracked Eggs by AbsurdWordPreferred
Dragonfly stock 7 by hatestock
Milksplash 1 by alfababy
Milksplash 2 by alfababy
Paint Splash PNG by “AbsurdWordPreferred”:

Backgrounds and Textures
dunes 5 by darkw0lf09stock
Paper Texture (no longer available) by night-fate-stock
sky 16 by night-fate-stock
Seen It In My Fathers Eyes by Smoko-Stock
Primitive by Shadowhouse
Square 124 by Shadowhouse
Classic 6 by Shadowhouse

Hair brush set by para-vine
Waterfalls by midnightstouch
Splash Brushes by Baringa-of-the-Wind
24 cloud brushes by Mila Vasilev

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



birth, spiritual, connections, life, altered art, diptych, photo manipulation, magpiemagic, sybille sterk, textures

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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  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful work Sybille……….

  • Thank you so much Carol. :-) Much much appreciated. Love your shoes! xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    How beautiful this is Sybille!

  • Thank you so much Rose. :-) Glad you like it. I spent almost 2 days on this!!! xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 3 years ago

    This is simply stunning Sybille. It really does convey the whole essence of rebirth and renewal. I absolutely love it.

  • Thank you so much Anna. So glad you like it. :-) Took a long, long time to get it all to work together. xoxoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMover 3 years ago

    Exquisitely beautiful and dreamy. Love the sense of elation in it.

  • Thank you so much Lisa. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • mindym306
    mindym306over 3 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much Mindy. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 3 years ago

    Fantastic work Sybille, I will be keeping my eye out for your brushes :)

  • Thank you so much Michelle. I’ve posted the brushes – 5 sets altogether. Check my journal, just posted no 5. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • dovey1968
    dovey1968over 3 years ago

    breathtaking piece of work, so beautifully done :)

  • Thank you so much. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • AmbientKreation
    AmbientKreationover 3 years ago

    Understand the story completely! The artwork is amazingly breathtaking Sybille.. well done.

  • Thank you so much. :-) It took forever, so I am glad it worked. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Jacqueline Eden
    Jacqueline Edenover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Sybille, especially love the dragonfly being there :)

  • Thank you so much Jakki. The dragonfly is becoming something of a trademark. I love dragonflies! :-) xoxox

    – Sybille Sterk

  • sandraharris10
    sandraharris10over 3 years ago

    Beautiful Sybille ;-)

  • Thank you so much Sandra. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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