Bitter-Bitter by Sybille Sterk

Inspired by one of my favourite poems:

In the Desert
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter – bitter”, he answered,
“But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

by Stephen Crane

I chose a pretty model instead of a ‘beast’ because I wanted to emphasise the way we sometimes let ourselves be overwhelmed by our emotions and end up ‘eating our own heart’ and like it.


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Triptych series


Model 1
Mask 4 by AttempteStock

Model 2
ayot 1 by AttempteStock

burn me up by sull
heart yarn by Almasa-stock
Thorny Locust by Stock-by-Kai
Free blood splatter textures by khaosdog

Backgrounds and Textures
Very blue sky and clouds by Sinned-angel-stock
STOCK BG 37 by MaureenOlder
landscape 27 by night-fate-stock
sky 6 by night-fate-stock
remember by CKdailyplanet
Old Paper Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Dark Classic Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Entropy Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Layer Overlay/Mask Set by Shadowhouse

Thorns by midnightstouch
Hair brush set by para-vine

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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  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    amazing on all levels !@Liz

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-) Much appreciated. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Jennifer Rhoades
    Jennifer Rhoadesabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous, Sybille! You are a genius!

  • Thank you so much. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyabout 4 years ago

    yeow! You amaze me constantly dear lady!

  • Thank you so much Ellen. :-) It’s the ‘grown-up’ continuation of the diptychs. LOL

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Ingz
    Ingzabout 4 years ago

    love how much thought and work you put into these amazing and extremely beautiful pieces of art xxx

  • Thank you so much Ingz. My mind is constantly buzzing. This is the only way for me to keep sane… :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • garts
    gartsabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful works Sybille.

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 4 years ago

    Wow! Stunning in every way!!!! The poem is so thought provoking…I will be thinking about this one for a while….

  • Thank you so much Carol. I know what you mean about the poem. I first read it years and years ago and never managed to get it out of my head. Maybe it’ll stay quiet for a bit now… ;-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveabout 4 years ago

    this is truly amazing…

  • Thank you so much! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Outstanding Sybille!! Amazing interpretation!! :)

  • Wow! Thank you Keith. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsabout 4 years ago

    Wow….just fabulous work Sybille!! Congratulations on being featured…so deserved!:))

  • Thank you so much Lynda. :-) I am over the moon with the feature. It’s such an honour. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylabout 4 years ago

    Sybille, these panels are of extraordinary beauty and wonder! You’re such an amazing artist! The accompanied poetry is simply devine and offers food for thought! Peace and love be with you always…Cheers!, Lisa =)XO

  • Thank you so much Lisa. It’s one of my all time favourite poems, and despite it sounding so bleak I’ve always thought of it as something that helps me keep things in perspective. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

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