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Forests of the Heart

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

Inspired by Dali and my poem Forests of the Heart


These self portraits seem to become a bit self obsessive, but I assure you the main reason for them is the fact that I am the only model available all the time… LOL I wanted to try out some new actions I just bought from Apples & Sisters called Retro and my face was handy… the rest just happened.

Before you start thinking I am becoming suicidal or depressed, here’s some background info on the elements I used.

The desertnot because it’s such a desolate place, but also because it goes with the poem and because the dunes themselves are everchanging as we are ourselves.

The bare treesokay, mainly because I liked their architectural quality and because they reminded me of quills which works with the poem.

The goldfishthat’s a Dali element, and symbolises all the different surprises we come across in our lives, be it people we meet or epiphanies we have.

The ravenfor me ravens have always signified wisdom and knowledge, something very important to me.

The dragonflyI often include dragonflies, butterflies or moths in my images because of their metamorphical qualities, and I just like them.

The hair and swirlsto signify the flowing nature of time and the paths through our lives.

The starry night skyI’ve always loved the night, for some reason there seems to be more space and more room for thought during nighttime.

The aurora borealis effectone of those magic miracles of nature I want to see in real life one day.

Half a facebecause our spirit is just one part of what makes us.



Grackle ‘Raven’ by Della-Stock
Orange Ghiribaldi Fish by Della-Stock
Dragonfly stock image 1 by zpyder
STOCK PNG its a naked tree by MaureenOlder
Dripping Blood Stock I by poisondropstock
Wet Hair 6 by allyekhrah-stock

Backgrounds and Textures
Wyldmoon STOCK by wyldraven
Starry Night Sky by nighthawk101stock
Storm Ahead by nightwish24
dunes 5 by darkw0lf09stock
Abstract Texture 6 by Sed-rah-Stock
skate+land by CKdailyplanet
6 Faves Of Mine Texture Set # 3 by Shadowhouse
Free Textures from Apples & Sisters

Actions and Brushes
Perfect Portrait 3 Action by TheCoffeeshopBlog
Retro Actions by Apples & Sisters
czchagas decorative curlys by caiojosechagas

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


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